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Synology WRX560 Router Review – StorageReview.com

Synology has launched its latest router, the WRX560. Designed to provide a fast, safe, and secure Internet connection for busy homes and small businesses, the Synology WRX560 is a powerful Wi-Fi 6 router that’s equipped to handle many networking challenges.

Synology has launched its latest router, the WRX560. Designed to provide a fast, safe, and secure Internet connection for busy homes and small businesses, the Synology WRX560 is a powerful Wi-Fi 6 router that’s equipped to handle many networking challenges.

Synology WRX560

Synology WRX560 Highlights

The WRX560 works with Wi-Fi 6, which provides faster Wi-Fi speeds and improved network efficiency. With a combined throughput of up to 3000 Mbps, the WRX560 is capable of delivering fast downloads and buffer-free streaming. Its 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 512MB of RAM allow it to handle up to 150 connected devices without slowing down.

Additionally, support for newly licensed 5.9 GHz spectrum provides access to an interference-free band for potentially higher connection speeds or dedicated wireless backhaul. The router can also be incorporated into a mesh setup with other Synology routers for better coverage under a single Wi-Fi name.

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The WRX560 runs on Synology’s intuitive and feature-rich Router Manager (SRM) operating system. SRM includes a number of advanced networking capabilities, such as VPN server hosting, fine-grained control of bandwidth usage, and VLAN network segmentation. We’ll dive more into it below, but historically the operating system has been something we’ve really enjoyed on Synology’s line of routers.

Synology WRX560 User Interface

The WRX560 offers a single 2.5GbE WAN/LAN port, allowing users to connect high-performance devices such as a NAS for excellent network performance. Or that port can be used to connect to high-speed Internet. However, it can’t do both, which is an unfortunate compromise given the true hardware cost of 1GbE and 2.5GbE ports. We’d definitely like to see 2.5GbE across the board in a device of this nature.

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The Synology WRX560 also provides a lot of intelligence. Includes full parental controls and Internet filtering capabilities through the Safe Access package. This allows parents to set Internet usage quotas or restrict Internet access at certain times for each child-owned device. Safe Access also includes web filtering to prevent children from accessing inappropriate websites and usage tracking to provide insights into their online activities. We assume that there may be commercial applications where the same constraints are needed.

The WRX560 is available now for a retail price of $220 on Amazon.

Synology WRX560 Specifications

CPU Quad core 1.4 GHz
Hardware Acceleration Engine Layer 4 / Layer 7
Memory 512MB DDR4
antenna type High-performance internal antenna 4×4 MIMO (5 GHz)
High-performance 2×2 MIMO (2.4 GHz) internal antenna
LAN port 2.5GbE (RJ-45) x 1
Gigabit (RJ-45) x 3
WAN port Gigabit (RJ-45) x 1
2.5GbE (RJ-45) x 1 (Dual WAN)
External Ports USB 3.2 Gen 1 x 1 (5V, 0.9A power output)
IEEE 802.11ax IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
2.4GHz: 600Mbps
5GHz: 2400Mbps
Simultaneous Dual Band Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi encryption WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2/WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Personal/Enterprise, Wi-Fi Enhanced Open (OWE)
button and switch WPS, power on, reboot, Wi-Fi on/off
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 233mm x 194mm x 66mm
Weight 1.35kg
Temperature 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
Warranty 2 years
Notes The warranty period starts from the date of purchase as indicated on your sales receipt. Synology will provide software updates until December 2027, and extended support may be provided.

WRX560 vs. RT6600ac

With the two new models added to Synology’s portfolio, it’s important to know the differences between the WRX560 and the RT6600ax. Price wise, the RT6600ac is $299 street compared to the WRX560’s $219 street. The extra cost wins a few things with the RT6600ac, which may or may not be a huge selling point depending on the intended use case.

Both the WRX560 and RT6600ac pack a quad-core CPU, though the WRX560 runs at 1.4GHz and the RT6600ax at 1.8GHz. The RT6600ac also gets double the RAM with 1GB compared to just 512MB on the WRX560. The increased RAM and CPU help the RT6600ac handle higher device and user loads.

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You can run up to 15 Wi-Fi SSIDs and support a maximum of 200 connected devices on the RT6600ac vs. 10 SSIDs or 150 devices on the WRX560. There is also a big difference with the antenna design (the WRX560 is internal and the RT6600ac is external).

There are also differences in port forwarding or trigger rules, with the RT6600ac handling almost twice as many, from 64 to 96 port forwarding rules or 32 to 64 port trigger rules. If you need to take advantage of the VPN server, the RT6600ac supports 40 licenses vs. 20 on the WRX560 or 20 vs. 10 site-to-site VPN tunnels.

For smaller deployments or users who don’t plan on pushing routers to the limit, the WRX560 offers an easier entry point into the Synology Wi-Fi 6 family. You get the 2.5Gb Ethernet port for multi-gigabit Internet access or local NAS in any of the models.

usability

The is powered by Synology Router Manager (SRM), a powerful web-based operating system that allows you to easily manage and protect your networks. You can do things like set up smart Wi-Fi and mesh networks, monitor network traffic, configure VLANs, and configure multiple SSIDs. This is a pretty comprehensive operating system that is very easy to navigate and find what you need.

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To get SRM up and running, simply go to http://router.synology.com or http://192.168.1.1:8000 via a web browser and follow the installation wizard.

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Once SRM is loaded, you can manage your Synology router via Network Center. After loading this, you’ll be taken to the main “Status” dashboard, which gives you useful information at a glance. The Internet connection panel displays your IP address, gateway, DNS server, and whether or not you have a working connection. On the right, it lists Wi-Fi networks and how many devices are connected to each one while showing current internet traffic, device list, CPU/memory usage, and router port status.

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The Internet section houses the Connection, QuickConnect and DDNS and Mobile Networks settings. You can also configure network access plans for two defined outward-facing Internet interfaces, such as PPPoE, WAN, VPN, and mobile networks. You can choose one of the following ways to determine your roles in network connectivity:

  • Failover – If one of your interfaces fails, the other will be responsible for all network connectivity so that the connection stays online.
  • Load balancing and failover – If both interfaces are online and working, this will allow you to distribute network traffic to the interfaces to ensure optimal network traffic flow. Also, if one of the interfaces fails, the previously mentioned failover condition will be triggered.

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You can configure port forwarding rules as well as modify/add/manage port forwarding, DMZ and NAT settings.

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The Local Network section allows you to manage your local networks, which can be configured with independent Wi-Fi and a variety of LAN settings.

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In the Wi-Fi Connection section, you can create three types of local networks: Main Network, which is the main local network and is the only one whose Ethernet ports can be configured as trunk ports; Guest Network, which is wireless only and allows you to give visitors Internet access (ie, restrict their access to private networks); y Custom network, to which Ethernet ports or Wi-Fi names (SSIDs) can be assigned.

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The Wi-Fi Radio section allows you to easily configure 5Ghz and 2.4GHz wireless settings.

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In the Wi-Fi hotspot section, you can deploy a mesh Wi-Fi system, manage existing Wi-Fi hotspots, and view the current status of your Wi-Fi system.

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The Status section displays useful Wi-Fi information at a glance, such as a list of networks, transfer speeds, existing Wi-Fi hotspots and logs, as well as the general status of your Wi-Fi network.

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You can also modify and enable Windows and Mac file services, FTP, and WebDAV.

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In the Service section, you can enable the SSH (Secure Shell), SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and NTP (Network Time Protocol) system services and modify the privileges and certificates of applications.

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The Device section displays the basic specifications of the Synology router (such as the serial number and model name, CPU information, memory, and total uptime of the device), time information, and whether any external devices are connected. . You can also change the behavior of the LEDs, set up your Synology Router as a print server, and set a one-time event (or a recurring schedule) to reboot the router device.

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The areas of update and restore, system database, SRM settings, regional options, login style, and Synology account are located in the System section. Taking a top-down look at the Synology SRM ecosystem, the WRX560 maintains the simple appearance of previous Synology routers.

final thoughts

Overall, the Synology WRX560 is a feature-rich and powerful router that is designed to provide fast and reliable Internet connectivity for busy homes and small businesses. With its network capabilities and comprehensive parental controls, the WRX560 is well-equipped to handle almost any home networking challenge.

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Looking at the hardware, the build of the unit is quite strong, and having the internal antennas makes it a bit more sturdy. But the decision to only include a 2.5GbE port at this time is a significant mistake. If you have a high-speed Internet connection, you’ll want that port for incoming Internet. It’s also reasonable to assume that if you’re paying that much for premium internet, you might have other devices like a NAS that can use another 2.5GbE port.

On the software front, Synology continues to impress with its SRM operating system across its entire line of networks. It offers a simple yet feature-rich experience that is powerful enough to address the needs of advanced users. The WRX560 aims to fit just below the big brother RT6600ac, with less of an impact on the wallet with an MSRP of $219 compared to its big brother’s $299.

WRX560 on Amazon

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