Not everyone is happy about how their router works. Surely, you’ve experienced situations when these don’t even reach all areas of your home, or end up running into dead spots. These are times when either your device starts searching for other networks, or the internet access is low.
Look at the mesh network principle: instead of just having a single router that produces Wi-Fi signal for your home, the mesh networks utilize smaller and multiple routers which they often call nodes.
One of the available nodes get plugged in the modem that your internet provider utilizes, and this is just like the current router that you have. Then, the extra nodes will pick up wireless signals, extending this in the space of the area where the device is placed.
Today, we’re going to talk about the MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router from Synology which can be added to your current Wi-Fi and router network. This will let your mesh router see this device as an additional node and will extend that specific network instead.
The MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router was released just recently, as it changes most of the things that you know about home Wi-Fi routers coming from Synology. This includes the company’s RT-2600AC, as well as the RT-1900AC.
Synology MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh Router Review – What’s in the Box?
Let’s start off with the packaging for the Synology MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router. It’s just a basic yet sturdy box with a sticker right at the top. It displays an image of the device, as well as a couple of its vital characteristics.
The people from Synology changed things a bit, and decided to revamp the outer labelling of the MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router. They turned it into something more crisp and cleaner which is probably due to the more network / technical area that the MR2200ac is geared for.
When checking inside the package, you’ll find the MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router, a quick installation guide, one AC power adapter that includes a regional clip, and one RJ45 LAN cable.
Synology MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh Router Review
The case / chassis design of the MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router is something that can be considered as notable. A lot of mesh router systems that are available today are made to act as a kind of discreet wall-mounted device. These almost always come in a white theme and are often sold in multipacks to push and promote the mesh characteristics of the devices.
When it comes to the MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh from Synology, it has a lot of differences compared to other mesh router systems: one is that it features a nicely ventilated case that is designed in a nice black shade.
It is also mainly designed as a desktop replacement. You’ll also get to experience the Synology feel to this device, especially in terms of the shape, chassis material, and feel to it. Beneath the base of the MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router, you’ll find slitted air vents that run throughout this portion of the device.
Now if you take a closer look at the front of this router, you will see numerous LED lights that display the system health of the device which is not really unusual. However, compared to a NAS device, the LEDs are utilized to display the cooperation and coverage health with all surrounding nodes such as your overall coverage.
Flipping the device around, you’ll get a better view of the ports and connections that are featured on the MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router At the back portion of this router, you’ll get to see a couple of ventilation grids, a sticker that displays important information about the device, the WPS button, the Wi-Fi button, reset button, power button, a USB 3.0 port, a LAN port, and a WAN port.
The first thing that you’d notice about this specific mesh router are the vents. The slits of the vents are quite wide and go across the device’s rear; plus, these vents are also much bigger compared to those found on other similar devices.
We really appreciate that the company is aiming towards efficiency and cooling for their devices such as this MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router. This device makes use of passive cooling but without a fan. This is the reason why such a specific level of cooling is necessary for the internal hardware; thus, is for maintaining optimal transmission.
The hardware that has been integrated in the Synology MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router is indeed powerful. It comes with a quad core Qualcomm Dakota IPQ 4019 processor that runs at 717MHz, 256MB of RAM, and with 4GB of storage space that’s specifically for the firmware.
Since this is considered as a new mesh router, the MR2200ac provides support for the 2×2 MU-MIMO and 802.11ac Wave-2 wireless transfers. This device is also a tri-band wireless router that includes an abstract max bandwidth split: 867Mbps for each of the 5GHz wireless bands and 400Mbps or 2.4GHz wireless frequency.
Enjoy Smart Wi-Fi Wherever you Go
You can utilize multiple MR2200ac routers since these can work together to give you Wi-Fi connection in every corner of your home. You will stay connected on a single network while enjoying smooth connectivity even in the dead Wi-Fi spots at your home.
Intelligent Mesh Algorithms
Synology created intelligent algorithms into the SRM to allow the system to configure and optimize itself. This is to deliver the fastest path to the Internet.
Child-Friendly Online World
It’s difficult to keep track of your kids’ online activities when you’re not around. With Safe Access, you’ll get to set rules for each of your kids without having to find the parental control settings on all of your devices. With this feature, you can get an idea on how they use the Internet and you can keep them protected from various online dangers.
Mesh Network from your Mobile Phone
You can deploy your mesh network from your smartphone to keep track of user activities, traffic usage, as well as security events no matter where you are. With just one tap on the screen, you can act on any of these, thanks to the DS router.
Improved Open Technology and WPA 3
WPA 3 OWE or Opportunistic Wireless Encryption, WPA 3 Enterprise, and WPA 3-Personal are features of the MR2200ac that provides improved defenses for your Wi-Fi network. This will keep you protected from attacks and snooping.
More Accessible Functionality
If you have a small office and don’t want wiring access points all over the place, then a mesh Wi-Fi is the ideal solution for you. Unlike other routers, the MR2200ac doesn’t leave out the network operation features that are necessary for businesses.
Quad core 717 MHz
256 MB DDR3
2×2 MIMO high-performance internal antenna (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)
Gigabit (RJ-45) x 1
Gigabit (RJ-45) x 1
USB 3.0 x 1 (5V, 0.9A power output)
Button and switch
WPS, Power, Reset, Wi-Fi On/Off
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 154 mm x 199 mm x 65 mm
Weight 45 kg
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH
VCCI Class B
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 95 W (Access) / 5.21 W (Idle)
Simultaneous tri-band Wi-Fi
IEEE 802.11ac wave 2
WEP, WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2/WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Personal/Enterprise, Wi-Fi Enhanced Open (OWE)
Using the Product
You can easily establish a mesh network via multiple Synology MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh routers, or if you currently have an RT-2600ac wireless router on hand. This is to add a single or more MR2200ac stations. It is highly possible that you might get tempted to configure the MR2200ac Wi-Fi router first as the mesh’s central hub, then add the RT-2600ac to make it function as your node in the mesh system.
It can be highly tempting but we suggest that you don’t since it doesn’t work this way. When setting up your MR2200ac as the mesh’s primary station, you’ll only be able to include other MR2200ac stations.
Now, if you’re currently utilizing the RT-2600ac router from Synology, we suggest that you keep this as the master station, then add the MR2200ac as your secondary node. Setting up the mesh can be done via the DS Router mobile application which is available for both Android and iOS; it can also be done via the web interface which has been provided by the SRM or Synology’s Router Manager.
If you plan to combine the RT-2600ac router with the MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router, you have to make sure that you have the newest SRM firmware on both the devices. This is necessary to make the process work smoothly and without any issues. We did exactly as mentioned, so the entire setup process was easy and quick no matter if we utilized the SRM or the DS Router mobile application.
At the start of the installation process, you will need to provide information such as your internet connection details, setting up and arranging the Wi-Fi, as well as access to the mesh system.
Once you reach the end of the setup process, you will also get the chance to enable your network’s remote management via the Synology account and the Quickconnect ID. One great thing about this specific feature is that your account is linked with a two-step verification process. This makes it more difficult for unwanted parties to change the network settings remotely.
Software: SRM 1.2 (Synology Router Manager 1.2)
The Synology MR2200ac can stand alone and can also function as an extension of the current network you own. The mesh router also has its own software which is the Synology Router Manager 1.2 or SRM 1.2. It’s not an ordinary router firmware, but it’s a custom version of Linux.
The OS is highly customizable and it offers advanced personalization and premium security. We really appreciate the modular approach that the company utilized and all the basics that they included in the SRM to allow the mesh router to manage and broadcast the network.
If you need more features such as DNS server, VPN server, or parental and security controls, you can install these additional packages. The great thing about these extras is that they do not have to be updated together with the OS. Each of the modules has their own shortcut so if you click on them, you will see some information and available settings.
When it comes to the settings, these are all explained thoroughly and even newbies can figure out how the mesh router works and how to configure this. Everything looks great and even though the software provides access to a lot of configuration options, customizing the settings isn’t intimidating, thanks to its simple interface.
The SRM 1.2 has a lot of the features of the previous router models of Synology but has better extras that enhance the router’s performance. The software comes with interesting safety guidelines and it surrounds enhanced provisions to keep everyone’s network access secure.
The router has a lot of different uses and it can also do the following. The MR2200ac can identify individual devices and characterize these to a single user. With the software, you can provide access, priority, and control through the mesh router point.
It’s able to assign time limits on each user’s access. Once a user’s device has been detected and identified by the router, you can give this a specific time limit for its access. Even if multiple devices are connected simultaneously, the MR2200ac is smart enough and will not automatically add up the time you assigned for these devices. This allows for fair allotment of Internet access.
Aside from blacklisting and whitelisting specific websites, you can also set the devices and timeframes for these. For instance, if you want to block distractions such as online gaming servers and social media on your kids’ devices, you can add the said websites to the blacklist for specific hours. This is extremely helpful when you establish a routine for your family members since you can easily set the time when they can do specific things using their devices.
Since the software has a simple yet impressive user-interface, it lets you easily acquire basic data on every contented device; plus, you can disconnect, increase or decrease access, as well as reassign a priority to all of the linked devices in just two clicks.
It allows you to keep track and protect your network from intrusions and threats. Most routers provide network protection but not up to a mesh connected level. The mesh router offers blanket protection for all devices while individually tracking these. Most routers only track the internet point until the router.
For additional benefits, the MR2200ac is integrated with Google Safe browsing with its wide range of older and current threats to always keep you up to date.
Once done with setting up the whole mesh system, we decided to link a couple of gadgets to the network. Despite having multiple devices conntected to the router, everything was able to link seamlessly, and there were no issues when it came to streaming media via the network, or when sharing folders and files.
After the test, we were able to get really fast average speed of around 92MB/s over a 100MB Fiber connection. We experienced no drop outs or loss of performance whilst moving around the house from room to room.
Now back to the SRM; we really liked utilizing its security tools that could be activated on it. Its security advisor functioned excellently so you can guarantee that the protection you’ll be getting is just as good. It’s one of the best and most efficient consumer systems to secure your smart home.
Only a few companies are able to offer something similar to this device especially when it comes to effectiveness; plus, most of them do not also provide you with real security tools.
We really appreciate the proactive approach of the company when it comes to the firmware updates. It does not matter whether you choose to administer the device from your smartphone with the DS router mobile application or from the web interface, you can easily set the SRM to automatically check on any updates for firmware. You can also set this up to install these at a certain hour without your intervention.
To make it even better, you can also set it for auto installation of vital updates for the SRM. Such important updates include those that can fix security issues; plus, you can also skip on any feature updates until they’re considered stable.
The MR2200ac mesh router from Synology is one of the company’s first networking devices that we have tested, and we were really impressed with the performance it delivered. In fact, it’s one of the best networking devices that we’ve tried; it delivered excellent performance in improving our connectivity while also providing top-tier security, integrated privacy, and advanced controls that some users would need.
The Synology MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router is not just another router. Its exterior may look simple, but we can guarantee that it delivers through its performance. If you are in need of a mesh Wi-Fi system that will really improve your network’s coverage, we highly recommend the Synology MR2200ac Wi-Fi Mesh router.