Synology WRX560 is the new mesh solution in the renowned NAS manufacturer’s line of advanced Wi-Fi 6 routers.
Synology took advantage of its annual conference on Thursday to announce, among other new products for businesses, a few products for individuals and small businesses. In addition to a flagship, the DS923+, it announced a new Wi-Fi router.
After one and then two first successful Wi-Fi 5 routers, Synology inaugurated its Wi-Fi 6 range at its previous annual conference with a high-end router, the RT6600ax, sold for 380 euros. The Taiwanese company is finally completing this range with a second model, the WRX560, more economical and more compact, much better suited to building a mesh Wi-Fi network (several interconnected access points to increase Wi-Fi coverage). fi). Although Synology has changed nomenclature along the way, the WRX560 is to the RT6600ax what the MR2200ac was to the RT2600ac.
Above all, the Synology WRX560 is in our opinion a good alternative to the Netgear Orbi for demanding users. Unlike the very popular “mesh” Wi-Fi solutions Amazon eero or Google Nest Wifi, these two solutions offer a web interface with advanced settings (allowing them in particular to replace the ISP box), and not just a smartphone application. But SRM, the software for Synology routers, is more advanced (it’s certainly not difficult) and offers more functions, in particular certain basic functions of a storage server (file sharing, downloading, etc.).
2.5 Gbps Ethernet and 2.4 Gbps Wi-Fi 6
The Synology WRX560, like the Netgear Orbi, adopts a vertical design with no visible antennas, which reduces its surface and makes it easier to place it in the four corners of a home. However, no wall mounting is provided. With its black colour, its sharp lines and its conspicuous (dummy?) ventilation vents, it also adopts a less consensual design.
Anyway, it is a 2×2 MIMO dual-band router on the 2.4 GHz band and 4×4 MIMO on the 5 GHz band, offering “physical” speeds of 600 and 2400 Mb respectively. We don’t share his opinion, but Synology believes that it is still too early for Wi-Fi 6E, which adds a 3rd band, on the 6 GHz, to increase the bandwidth.
In addition to 4 1 Gb/s Ethernet ports, it above all offers a 2.5 Gb/s Ethernet port, which can be used as a WAN port with one of the “Multi Gig” boxes on the market, such as the Freebox Pop or the SFR Box 8X, or as a LAN port, for example with a NAS, to exceed gigabit in Wi-Fi or to distribute 2.5 Gb/s over several Gigabit devices.
Synology thus recognizes the relevance of Multi Gig Ethernet (at 2.5 or 5 Gb/s), which it unfortunately denies on its range of servers, on which it offers either 1 Gb/s ports or direct 10 Gbps ports.
The router also embeds a chip with four cores at 1.4 GHz and only 512 MB of RAM, which will limit the extra NAS capacities that it can offer if you connect an external storage medium (disk drive, SSD, etc. to its USB 3.2 Gen 1 at 5 Gb/s port. It consumes 8 W at rest and 11 W in activity.
Synology WRX560 Pricing and Availability
The Synology WRX560 will be available in November at a price of 209 euros excluding tax, or 250 euros including tax. As usual with Synology, the reputation of the SRM software is quite expensive since, for the same price, Netgear offers tri-band.
And unlike Netgear, Synology does not distinguish router and satellites. Those who wish to build a mesh network consisting of multiple access points to cover larger areas simply need to purchase multiple WRX560s, which will automatically match each other.
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