Connecting a Synology MR2200ac to an RT2600ac fails – SOLVED

I recently replaced my trusty Synology RT1900ac with a “great, problem solving, multi-room Wi-Fi kit” from Asus, the Lyra MAP-AC2200. “The best of the best”. Yeah, … right.

Product photo of the very good but not very powerful Synology RT1900ac. At time of writing, no longer available and for good reason; get yourself an RT2600ac! You will not regret it.
Out with the old …

The problem with my apartment is that is about 60 years old, and some rooms are behind load-bearing walls. Not load-bearing for my ceiling, but load-bearing for the entire complex. Like 20cm thick reinforced concrete! Wi-Fi is problematic there. So this multi-room Wi-Fi set would solve that problem.

Product photo of the not-so-great-in-a-Wi-Fi-jungle: the Asus Lyra MAP-AC2200 Multi-Room Wi-Fi kit. Works fantastically in a free standing structure or an office building...
… in with the new.

Well it did; I got Wi-Fi, strong, fast, … for about 2 hours. Then a reboot of the closest Lyra node was needed. On top of that, incoming connections to the main node would no longer get through after about 4 days, so twice a week a full reboot of all nodes was needed, just to get a little Wi-Fi. After 6 months of this getting worse and worse, I was done. [Edit: turns out there is so much Wi-Fi signals here, the Lyra set gets confused … It’s a Wi-Fi jungle out here …]

In the end I had ping-spikes and drop-outs like crazy; sitting right next to the main node, pinging my ISP Modem through the Wi-Fi;

Still of a WhatsApp video I shot to show a friend the superb Wi-Fi you get with an Asus Lyra MAP-AC2200 kit.
What the hell, Asus? You call this “superb Wi-Fi coverage”? This is a ping from Laptop -> 1 meter open air -> Asus Lyra Main Node -> 2 meters ethernet cable -> ISP Modem.

Playing online games was simply impossible. So I took out my RT1900ac again and settled with Wi-Fi being poor or even non-existent in some rooms.

A few days ago, however, I had enough of that too and I took a leap and bought the Synology RT2600ac + MR2200ac combo. The set-up of the RT2600ac was a breeze, but I had seen that before, as this works exactly like the RT1900ac. In fact; I downloaded a configuration backup on the RT1900ac, uploaded it to the RT2600ac and done. Unplugged the old, installed the new. All done.

Product photo of the fantastic Synology RT2600ac
The Synology RT2600ac Router

Well, almost; I still had the Mesh-node MR2200ac to set-up.

Product photo of the Synology MR2200ac Mesh router; you can use this without an RT2600ac as well, it has the FULL SRM software on it.
The Synology MR2200ac Router / Mesh node

That should be a breeze, too, right? Well, not so much…

To connect the Mesh node to the router, the procedure is as simple as this:

  1. Power on the Mesh node
  2. Wait till the led blinks blue
  3. Click a button
A screenshot of the first page of the Add Wi-Fi Point wizard in Synology Router Manager SRM 1.2.3
Step 1: put it down and turn it on. That should be easy.
Screenshot of step 2 in the Add Wi-Fi Point wizard in Synology Router Manager SRM 1.2.3
Step 2: Wait till the led blinks blue
Step 3: Click a button

Sounds simple enough, but it didn’t work. I tried setting the mesh node right next to the router; no change. Installing the node as full router, upgrade the firmware, reset and try again; no change. Reboot everything; no change. Every time I went through the wizard, it ended up the same;

A screenshot of a pop-up dialog stating the operation failed.
“Operation Failed”. O.k., but why?

Nothing of interest in the logs, no information in the dialog, …

So I took it on myself to check every single setting. And as it turns out; one setting was blank; the country selection for the Wi-Fi.

A screenshot of the control panel for regional options in Synology Router Manager SRM 1.2.3
Go to: Control Panel > System > Regional Options and set the Location

After setting it to the correct country, the set-up was done in a matter of minutes.

The end-result?

I have full bars Wi-Fi in all rooms. Every nook and cranny. And to top it off; I now max out my internet speed over Wi-Fi! (time for an upgrade, then :P )

So, having problems with adding the mesh node MR2200ac to your Synology RT2600ac router? Check this setting, it might be blank, and if so; then there’s your problem.

And with that, I thought it appropriate to close with a screenshot of my current ping stats to my ISP modem, through the entire Mesh network;

Screenshot of pings to modem through the entire mesh network - much better indeed.
Thank you Synology! now THIS is “superb Wi-Fi coverage” This is a ping from Laptop -> 3 meters through air and 20cm reinforced concrete -> MR2200ac Mesh node -> 10 meters through air and walls -> RT2600ac Router -> 2 meters ethernet cable -> ISP Modem.

 

 

Author: Remon Pel

WebDeveloper though not WebDesigner

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