A license for one user is included with the router and for additional users you need to get USD9,99 licenses. But this only applies to “Synology VPN”. The router alos supports OpenVPN, no restrictions there.
As for the router itself:
I called my provider to set my my cable modem to bridge mode, so the RT2600ac now is “directly” attached to the internet and reachable with it’s IP.
I have several computers/devices attached to it (Ethernet and WLAN) and it performs brilliantly. No issues at all. It requieres some configuration, but I guess if you want a plug&play router, you bought the wrong product. Configuration is very easy, the GUI is very intuitive.
I looked at several routers and, for me, the RT2600ac is the best out there.
Its my favorite prosumer router. Have installed quite a few of them and they are trouble free and work very well.
The antenna’s are what they are but they are the primary in-output source for the WiFi Signal. For any radio transmitter / receiver, the antenna is one of the most important part of the system. That being said its at least not as ugly as a gamers version of an Asus or Linksys router…
FYI, with everyone working from home, there is a run on routers. Earlier today, they were available in the usual places, four hours later, Amazon, Newegg, etc. were sold out. Perceived (actual?) scarcity kicked in, had to have one, and I finally found one at Adorama.
Thanks for all the info everyone!
Update: Adorama sold me something that wasn’t in stock, disclosed after emailing about the order. Service rep said they didn’t know when they’d be in stock, and I could cancel, which I did. There was no indication when I ordered that they weren’t in stock.
(Humble Pie moment ahead). The first Synology I ordered never worked, it would start to boot then lock up. After trying several things, I contacted support who also could not resolve the issue and quickly said to return this to where I bought it and order a replacement.
I bought it from Amazon and they were great. I received the replacement the very next day. When I plugged it in it exhibited the exact same problem. My troubleshooting brain screamed USER ERROR and sure enough I had inadvertently grabbed a different power cable from under my desk—one from a brick with a lot less power. After rooting around behind my desk I found the actual Synology brick, plugged it in and all worked perfectly.
So, I was forced to return a perfectly good router to Amazon that I knew they couldn’t sell as new. I felt pretty stupid about this for a while, and met with mixed emotions the dichotomy of Amazon having to take a loss on my error and me not being financially penalized for my stupidity…
Well, color me impressed.
Of course this isn’t my first rodeo, but setup was much easier than I would have expected. The similarity between Disk Station Manager on my NAS and the Synology Router Manager helped lot.
Easy setup, as mentioned above.
Common UI with DSM, as mentioned above.
The 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands aren’t treated as two separate networks, as they were with my Apple Airport Extreme (AEE).
Hair-pinning works, and I think my certificate woes are over.
Saved $50 by buying an Amazon Warehouse unit (and was in-stock).
Free VPN client license, when I can leave home again.
600Mbps down/40Mbps up (limited by my service).
Coverage seems to be good. Will know for sure tomorrow when the Roomba runs (it generates a WiFi coverage maps as it vacuums).
The form factor. I like the nice vertical block that is the AEE.
Switched my Xfinity modem/router to bridge mode so I can use the RT2600ac as a DHCP server, and set DNS to my NAS, which is running pi-hole