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Featured Synology Announces Mesh Router With WPA3

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by Julio Urquidi, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. Julio Urquidi

    Julio Urquidi News Editor

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    Synology’s tri-band MR2200ac is the company’s first foray into mesh networking.

    Powered by Qualcomm’s IPQ4019 quad-core system-on-chip the MR2200ac has a tri-radio two-stream design, with an extra 5 GHz radio for added backhaul flexibility. The router has one WAN and only one LAN gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 3.0 port that supports storage sharing.

    Other features include "seamless" roaming, band steering and app-based setup and management. Owners of Synology’s RT2600ac router can also use the MR2200ac to extend their existing network without having to invest in an all new wireless setup.

    MR2200ac runs the Synology Router Manager (SRM) OS, adding a variety of profile-based security features, including web filters and SafeSearch, scheduling access hours, whitelisting, mpnitoring of what sites are accessed and which devices are used, as well as DNS and IP threat intelligence, and Google Safe Browsing that protects against malware, social engineering and other threats.

    Additionally, MR2200ac implements the new WPA3 Wi-Fi security standard for supported clients, adding WPA3 Personal, WPA3-Enterprise and Enhanced Open options to the router’s arsenal of security features.

    Available now, the single Synology MR2200ac can be found on Amazon for $139.99, but currently shows a 1-2 month delivery time.
     
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  3. TheLostSwede

    TheLostSwede Regular Contributor

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    For once, something is going for a bit less in Taiwan, as it's costing around $126 and it's even in stock.

    The question is how well it works with other brands of routers and it's also weird to sell a single device and brand it as a mesh solution.
     
  4. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    I asked a BestBuy salesperson last week what their best selling router was and he said a single Google WiFi. For only $99, you can buy one and see if it does the job. If not, you buy another and start building a mesh.

    Although Google didn't maket the WiFi that way, it seems to have evolved into a single-to-multiple node approach. At least in this case.

    Synology's approach is a combination of this and ASUS' AiMesh, although much more limited because the MR2200ac works with only one (top end) router.
     
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  5. Threska49

    Threska49 Regular Contributor

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    That does seem to fit the "mesh paradigm" better. It's good that McMansions are getting more and bigger to sustain the consumer mesh movement. :p


    BTW seems humorous for a "staff member" post to have a "report" button. How many turn you, into yourself?
     
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  6. TheLostSwede

    TheLostSwede Regular Contributor

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    That makes somewhat sense. As you kind of point out though, this whole mesh thing is a mess, as it's not really cross brand/manufacturer compatible...
     
  7. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    That's what EasyMesh is for. Lots of folks jumping on that bandwagon...NOT.
     
  8. TheLostSwede

    TheLostSwede Regular Contributor

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    Guess what, manufacturers/brands love proprietary... Consumers, not so much...
    This is really quite frustrating, but I guess we don't live in a utopia, it's all about who can get the biggest slice of the cake.
     
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