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Synology launches the WRX560, a Wi-Fi 6 router

Synology has launched the WRX560, a “Wi-Fi 6 router designed to provide fast, secure, and safe Internet connectivity to busy households.” It runs the Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system.

“We are excited to add WRX560 to our lineup,” says Mike Chen, product manager for Synology routers. “Sitting below our flagship RT6600ax, the WRX560 still packs powerful performance and advanced network functionality but for a broader audience.”

Powered by Wi-Fi 6 technology, WRX560 offers fast Wi-Fi speeds with a combined throughput of up to 3,000 Mbps1 to provide buffer-free streaming and fast downloads. Its quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM allow it to handle up to 150 connected devices without missing a beat, according to Chen.

Performance

As a step-up from most consumer routers, WRX560 features a configurable 2.5GbE WAN/LAN port to support high-performance devices or “superfast” Internet plans, he adds. Additionally, compatibility with the newly licensed 5.9 GHz spectrum provides access to an interference-free band for higher potential connection speeds2 or dedicated wireless backhaul.

The router can be incorporated into a mesh configuration with other Synology routers for whole-home coverage under a single Wi-Fi name.3 Users with existing Synology routers can get the most out of their device by using it as an additional Wi-Fi point.

Safe Access

The WRX560 includes comprehensive parental controls and Internet filtering capabilities through the Safe Access package. What’s more, parents can set internet use quotas or restrict Internet access to certain hours for each device owned by children, including laptops, smartphones, tablets, and game consoles.

Parents can prevent children from accessing adult, violent, gaming, and social networking websites and filter out explicit search results. Users can apply filters flexibly, for example, restricting social media during homework hours.

Safe Access provides insight into kids’ activities online, such as the daily amount of time spent on the web or whether they have attempted to visit inappropriate websites.

SRM includes advanced networking capabilities, including VPN server hosting, fine-grained control of bandwidth usage of devices on the network, and VLAN network segmentation.

VPN Plus

Designed for remote workers and office use, VPN Plus provides the ability to quickly establish secure connections to internal networks behind the router, bridge multiple locations together with secure IPsec tunnels for resource sharing across different networks, and access to desktop software from anywhere with remote desktop functionality, says Chen.

Traffic management

The WRX560’s built-in traffic management tools provide users with \control and oversight over their network traffic. With the ability to view detailed application and device traffic information and apply traffic shaping and quality of service policies, users can optimize their network based on their specific needs.

VLAN network segmentation

The VLAN network segmentation feature lets users create VLANs and define custom firewall rules, quality of service policies, and access policies for each VLAN. For home users, VLAN network segmentation is most often used to isolate vulnerable IoT devices from the main network to keep PCs and NAS secure from potential intrusions.

The DS router mobile app offers a e range of features, including router setup, traffic monitoring, parental controls, guest network creation, and network management.

The WRX560 is available at an manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$219.99.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.