Storage firm Synology moves into home networking

Taiwan-based storage firm, Synology, has today launched itself into the networking space, releasing its own router.

Synology, the Taiwanese company known for its network attached storage (NAS) offerings for business and home, has on Tuesday unveiled its plans for the future, which includes the upgrade of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system and its new DS716+ NAS server.

Additionally, Synology has made the move into the networking world, launching the Synology Router RT1900ac.

"We've seen the cloud becoming mature as a platform, so this year by utilising Synology's strength in software-hardware integration, we create breakthroughs to a lot of aspects which businesses follow closely, such as cloud applications, virtualization, data protection, and disaster recovery." Mike Chen, sales director of Synology said.

The router includes a desktop user interface; smartphone app support; provides up to 1,900 Mbps combined transfer speeds allowing administrators to alter a user's upload and download speeds; app-based traffic control and DNS-based web filters, such as parental controls and internet access times; as well as the capability to connect to an external storage device to create a personal cloud.

"Starting from this year, we will re-define NAS," Derek Tu, Synology ANZ sales manager said. "NAS does not stand just for network attached storage, but now it is networking, application, and storage that we will be focusing on."

Synology's new server is a direct upgrade from its DS713+ NAS server, has 2GB of RAM; contains Intel Braswell Celeron N3150 Quad Core 1.6GHz -- up to 2.08Ghz -- CPU; employs AES-NI Hardware Encryption Engine; and has 4K transcoding capability. Tu said it is 260 percent faster than its predecessor.

Tu also said that the router is expected to be priced around the AU$200 mark and should be released next month.

RT1900ac Router, image courtesy of Synology 2016