You won’t have a true mesh system but it’s close. Doug, great review indeed, I have a few questions. So the Router seems to be seeing the mesh node, and when I turn the mesh node off the router see’s the mesh node and reports “offline”. Yes, there’s the chance the 2.4GHz is used, but only if you place the node really far from the main router. Sure, Tom. Do me a favor, read it again, and pay a bit of attention. You can keep the 88u as the main router. Also, reserver the IP address for the speaker and the printer. As a single router, you can use whatever firmware you’d like, Mike. thank you…but would it be possible to get the information for each points I mentionned? In this case, again, it’s best to run network cables to link them. That means -65 dBm is now an excellent signal, and anything below -70, like -75, is probably no good. return it and purchase a Tri band? If the latter, consider a tri-band set. Use the one I mentioned earlier and make sure you have wired backhaul. Standing 1m away from it and using Samsung Note10+ with WiFi Analyzer I see -38dBm on the 5GHZ and -41dBm on the 2GHz4 channels. RSSI: Greater -62dBm / Less -82dBm What WILL make a big difference is that you use a network cable to connect the two vs. using them wirelessly. Would like to ask several questions: 1. That said, if you want to support lots of Wi-Fi devices, use the RT-AC1900 as the main router. Putting it back up to 67 solved that issue, but I still have the cellphone Wifi Calling problem. I have a PC wired to it and it does not have internet although the aimesh router does.Please advise. what about roaming? Set them up as an AiMesh system. If you get a 2-pack ZenWiFi system, keep in mind that the hardware units are pre synced. I will connect them via ethernet back haul. The routers can be bought more affordably than some of the newer ones but they are great performers. Here you report 826 Mbit for a Wi-Fi 6 client at 10ft from the satellite router which is 40ft from the main router. Can I connect these via wired back haul and once I do that will I have issues since the XT8 is tri band? I just bought a 3 pack Dlink covr 2200 triband with dedicated wireless backhaul but it is AC. Honestly, only Apple can answer this question. THANKS! I’ve read it now I’ve set aside the next 5 hours to attempt it. I have used two different “WiFi Anaylzers” to figure out the best consistent channel and the green bars on the router node page of ASWRT show full 4 green bars. You can use any gigabit switch. That would allow to have the mesh system behind a combo modem/router such as a comcast business gateway. For the router interface remote access, you can forward the remote management port form the gateway to the IP of the router. I can buy it at the moment at a good price in Germany ($160 for one unit). UPDATE 08.28.2020: Merlin has adjusted its custom software to support for the AiMesh since last year and I did immediately try to see whether I could finally connect the two routers (the RT-AC86U and the RT-AC68U) without relying on the older firmware, but it seems that things weren’t yet fully polished and I encountered some problems (nothing that can’t be fixed in a future update). You can add the GT-AX11000 (it’s an awesome router) to the GT-AC5300. And that’s it! I’ve actually used separate access points which aren’t controlled by a controller in the exact same locations as the orbis and the WiFi calling drops happened all the time when roaming. Two questions: (1) Can you comment on the advantage of conneting 3 units with “mesh” as opposed to making 3 AP’s? There are more benefits in using wired backhaul than just performance. I’m open to any suggestions to get my mesh network back. and make sure you read the entire post this time! Its about a 3000 sqft house with 2 additions total that are separate by brick walls.. I will set this node up wirelessly and it is not in any location to be hard wired. The repeater does connect to the AIMESH but the connections seem to roam from node to node. can you give more detailed information about wan/lan situation? Before I can figure it out myself, my question is this: for AiMesh node with wireless backhaul are they able to communicate with each other when placed on different floors? Inside the box you find everything you need to get started. Thx! Asus says they are now using AImesh 2.0. Next, run the ‘Find AiMesh node’ option on the main unit in order to detect the secondary device. Hello, thanks for advices. We just purchased the Asus AC3000 Zenwifi pair to improve coverage in our 3 story home. Connecting the 2 routers with cable is out of the question. I’d recommend the RT-AX86U if you want to move to Wi-Fi 6, but the RT-AC86U will do, too. You shouldn’t use repeaters (extenders), Dave, if you want good and reliable performance. A year later and a few firmware updates have improved some stability mishaps, but I still needed to use the older firmware to pair the two Asus routers together using the AiMesh Read more about it here. And when possible, tri-band routers are the way to go in if you plan on using them wirelessly, thanks to the dedicated backhaul. 5. Presumably this would mean it would have a speed of ~792 Mbit. What you’re experiencing is just the nature of Wi-Fi so there’s no guarantee that a more expensive set will work better in this regard. Any benefit in having GT-AX11000 in Wireless router mode / AiMesh Router mode (Default)? Thanks, For more on Synology mesh check out this post: I’ve tried using the normal ASUS firmware with AiMesh and Roaming Assistant turned on, I’ve tried using Merlin in both AiMesh and AP mode. Hi dong. 2. No, a single Wi-Fi 6 router generally won’t have the same coverage as a 2-pack Wi-Fi 5 system, unless you can place the former more in the center of the place. Are you saying the AIMesh system will use different channels for each mesh node if their is interference at that node location? I have another router it’s the AC3100 that I could use in there, not sure if I can hard wire it or have to use wireless back haul. the ac2900 or ac3100? Try updating the software driver (or the firmware) for the device itself. Just updated my set of RT-AC68U which are in an AIMesh system. The RT-AC3100 is not a tri-band router, Neill. This step’s progress is shown in two screenshots below. Stay safe! Big fan on your articles and reviews. . There’s a lot of router settings to play with and I have no idea what I’m doing, heh. I currently am planning a RT-AC86U / RT-AC68U setup with a hardwire connection between them. Do you know, if i have already set up 4 nodes in aimesh router mode, and now i switch to ap aimesh mode, will the 4 nodes still remain after switching? Sorry, I thought you meant the RT-AC3100. In the last week, I had connections to the mesh node (ac68u) start showing “connected no internet” on my phones. Can u please elaborate more when u said Considering WPA3 is so new, this might change in the future. Since you have wired backhaul, Daniel, you can get any other dual-band AiMesh routers. Sure, Chang. ASUS recommends that you use the faster router as the primary router, so in our testing, we will be using the RT-AC88U as the primary AiMesh router and the RT-AC86U as the AiMesh node. Hello I am currently using a ac5300 as the main and a ac1900p for 1 mode, and a ac88u as another. I thought of putting it in the garage to round out the house. Open DNS hasn’t given me any issues but I also disabled Trend Micro security just in case not wanting a tug of war issue. As for AiMesh vs AP mode, among other things, the former allows you to change the Wi-Fi settings just at the router units, while with the latter, you have to manually change that at each AP. Keep it as dedicated backhaul the way the system wants it to be. The thing is that nobody does any comparison between non mesh features, so hard to say how they would fare (better or worse in the areas of interest). Dual-band will work but not as well as tri-band if you want the best performance. That way I could connect the modem to the main router in the hallway, and then the second cable (from the main router back to the corner) to the other three routers via a switch. Thank you for your continuous insight to the Asus router mesh system. If you cannot use an Ethernet back-haul from the main router: Use the RT-AC86U as your main router. If you haven’t encountered any pairing problems (like I did), you should update both the router and the node to their latest firmware (otherwise, just update the node) and, to do so on the secondary nodes, click on the Firmware Version and either let it automatically detect if there’s a new firmware available or manually upload the newer firmware file – this way, I was able to get the RT-AC68U to the latest firmware after I had to downgrade it for the pairing process (the node remained connected after I updated the software). I am setting ROG GT-Ac5300 as the router and RT-AC86U as the node. So here’s what you should do: 1. It will not disable Wi-Fi 6 but chances are your RT-AX88U will work in a compatible mode, unless you have a cable to link the two. I have a large two level home, I run a full domain with all the associated servers and have foster kids (5 currently) which adds up to 10 or more hardwired desktops and servers, a couple of games consoles and who knows how many mobile devices at any one time so I need plenty of routing power and good wifi coverage and dead spots have been an issue at times. $170 difference. I’m not sure about your question re: standard ping. The second 5 Ghz band – I have unhidden it and chosen the option of “AX Mode only” /”Wifi 6″ – it works but then I notice that my old laptop with N mode wifi also connected to it. Those IoT devices are the worst. 2. If it works for you just leave it alone, or you can adjust it within 5 points or so either way. But that is right now I might not know for 2-3 more days if this helps.. How the problems Start: Therefore, if we stick with wireless, why do you recommend cutting the speed in half and how do you do that? When I do so, the nodes immediately uses the wireless as the backhaul. You can also put Merlin firmware on it, too. Remove the RT-AC5300 from the AiMesh, that will reset it, too. Yes, if you go with wired back-haul, there’s no signal loss between units at all. I have a mesh system with an AC68U as the main router, a second AC68U wired for ethernet backhaul, and a third AC1900P router in AIMesh mode. That said, you can get a used RT-AC86U or AC68U or Blue Cave. There’s nomore details on these to give, Cagri. 2) Would it make sense to run an additional cable between the basement node point and the basement corner? You can ONLY use AiMesh with Asus firmware. Got hold of a pair of RT-AX92U for a reasonable price. But in the annex building I must use wireless mesh because I can’t pull a cable there. I have 1Gb internet service, but most of my devices that need fast speed are wired (with the exception of one laptop). When I use the app I see both routers active with devices connected. This gives pretty good coverage but it’s weaker in some parts of my fairly long basement. I have an ‘odd’ situation, and I can’t seem to find a correct answer. For about a year now I’ve had a pair of RT-AC86Us set up in an aiMesh network. The channels will be picked automatically, Mike. It is in my office (bedroom 3, I suppose). After another 30 seconds or so the client nos. I currently have the Asus RT-AC86U as my only router with a 300gb service from my cable company. After that, you can get another RT-AC88U, or an RT-AC86U, or even a RT-AC68U and you’ll be OK. Could you help me choose efficient and cost effective solution for my home network. Thanks for sharing. I have a primary area downstairs. However, if that ends up to be your case, make sure you use the compatible Wi-Fi setting for the Wi-Fi 6 broadcaster when using it as the primary router. My story: RT1900P with a busted/fried WAN port, have been using Dual Wan and Lan 1 port with no issues for a year or so. Another thing is how do I get rid of all those Offline devices that I no longer have in the Asus Router app? Also, I know I can tweak some Smart Connect rules to possibly change it to work as I’m assuming it should, but do I need to? , What you can expect from an AiMesh system, How tri-band routers work in an AiMesh system, How to manage the (dedicated) backhaul band (5 GHz-2), AiMesh wired backhaul vs. dedicated backhaul (tri-band), Wired backhaul: AiMesh vs. Access Point mode, AiMesh with wired backhaul: How to connect the hardware units, Wireless AiMesh: Wi-Fi tiers and standards matter, AiMesh with wireless backhaul: Ho to arrange hardware units, How to set up roaming assistance in AiMesh, Asus RT-AX82U Gaming Router Review: A Fancy Little Wi-Fi 6 Performer, Dual-band vs. Tri-band Wi-Fi and that Burning Bandwidth Question, The Right Way to Do an Internet or Wi-Fi Speed Test, Mesh Wi-Fi System Explained: How to Best Use Multiple Broadcasters, Netgear Nighthawk RAX40 Review: Wi-Fi 6 for the Budget Minded. . @Ezra Litton, Dong, these are connected via wired backhaul. I bought a RT-AX88U as my main router. However, the Talon was outmatched by the Asus when it came to 2.4 GHz. . Or just get the Deco M9 plus without 802.11ax will be just as good? I am quite confused why the better performance GT AC-5300 to be the node rather than the router. But, a single XD4 nodes claims to cover only 1,650sq. 1. Saving and restoring did seem to solve the issue. My IP cameras could not be reached consistently from the internet (or internally). One little trick I learned was creating a Guest network using the 2.4 band. I would like to ask if i can access the router or use the app from outside the network without using dyn dns? So I’m really limited for a tri-band wireless mesh setup to another 5300 then? I had a couple of questions 1) I was hoping to build an aimesh network with a gt-ac5300 as the main router. My Homekit devices sometimes have their connection fall off resulting in NO RESPONSE. Thankfully my setup matched your advice/recommendations – so no changes necessary. You’ll have a fast Wi-Fi network, either way. I got a AIMesh system I’m am generally happy with it. Yes I did with two RT-AC86U units, but not with many other combinations. If you can hook them up using network cables, any of them can be the main router, but it’s best to use the setup you have right now. I wanted to ask your opinion about best way to set up my hardware. So 1. Only use can figure out the specifics, Mike. You can use just a couple of MR2200AC units. PHY Rate Greater: 0Mbps / 0Mbps Recently I upgraded my home network and purchased two routers ASUS GT-AC5300 and RT-AC5300. Hi Mem. I have a 600Mbps connection and can get over 300Mbps consistently when running a speedtest anywhere in my house. The majority of wireless connections will occur to the node which I will likely place in the main level (kitchen). Yes, Stephen. There’s no way to pick that manually, however. 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