2. I upgraded my first system to a “second system” that now has TWO more nodes by adding two hardware upgraded AC68Us to the AiMesh capability. This is further to my question earlier of how to configure the Asus RT-AC86U AImesh router with the WAN IP address. Thank you. Thanks for your reply. Both hit opposite nodes which made me think this is some sort of DHCP problem. If I add an AiMesh node in my bedroom, can I expect better than 150Mbps speed after adding one? Resetting all of them and setting them up from the beginning. Been looking through here, and the suggestions are so good. My old dual-band linksys EA6350 is failing and never reached the two extremities of my house well anyway — and doesn’t seem to handle the number of devices my family is using either (esp. Any ideas on how to prevent this from happening? One other question – Now that I have one of my three ASUS RT-AX92U units in wireless router mode, is there a way I can set the IP addresses of the two mesh nodes? And that’s a good thing. That said if you want a reliable affordable setup, I’d recommend getting the RT-AC86U as the main router and two TP-Link access points (you can skip the controller). Again, I mentioned this in the review. That’s a great modem, Bob. I wanted to ask you, with this AiMesh system merging two router to create one single access point, will this slow my speeds down or boost it a little bit? Anyway, they still need to configure the main router, which is the most challenging task. Now, wait about a minute for the adding process to complete. Thanks! I have 1 GB down and 750mbps up fibre optic plan through my ISP. will i loose features or capabilities advertised for the 88U (such as wifi 6)? Thanks! Also really do appreciate your site it’s been a huge help in seeing the many options. It’ll be a lot faster. It requires some work — or maybe even a lot of work in certain situations — before you get it the way you want. Putting it back up to 67 solved that issue, but I still have the cellphone Wifi Calling problem. And when possible, tri-band routers are the way to go in if you plan on using them wirelessly, thanks to the dedicated backhaul. I run the two tri band routers in my small home connected through ethernet. Dual-band will work but not as well as tri-band if you want the best performance. If you have wired your home, Sachin, either of the two you mentioned will work. I hear you, Sean. Hi Dong, thank you for another great review! My question is will I get better performance to install both computers with AC adapters? It tends to locate in the Advanced or System section. I wasn’t sure if I should turn on the Smart Connect or leave it as is. Orbi doesn’t give you much to tinker with, though. When I type in the password the iPad reports the password is incorrect! In your case, it doesn’t matter to which other two devices, the router or the 2nd wired node, the third router connects, but yes, it will work in the daisy-chain. For now, this new name has to be different from that of the 5GHz-1 and 2.4 GHz bands even when you use these two in a Smart Connect setup, where they share the same name. I was talking about the wired backhaul, Fred. How would it be best to start into this on a phased basis. However, it seems it works better now with the latest firmware. Thanks. Not as an Aimesh node, but just as its actual purpose to repeat and extend an existing wireless signal. Here’s the diagram, Cagri: Modem -> (WAN) router (LAN) -> other wired devices. Yeah, if you’ve got the ability to run copper, a cable is vastly superior to Wifi to Wifi via any Mesh network. Love the site. A) RT-AC1750-B1 (non mesh) . I couldn’t figure out how to post a question… But I am going to set up a mesh system. Do u mean software or hardware ?? You need to do a real test to know how the connection speed truely is. If it works for you just leave it alone, or you can adjust it within 5 points or so either way. I am thinking to get RT-AC86U to pair with my old DSL-AC68U, which one do you recommend to act as a primary.Thankyou. PHY Rate Less: 0Mbps / 0Mbps 2. However, the node keeps disconnecting and re-connecting, disconnecting, etc. Since then I have added five Blink cameras to the system. The low star ratings scared me away for a long time but you convinced me otherwise. Hoping you can offer some advice for my setup. Is Asus planning to support for WPA3 in the AiMesh mode? What’s strange is that the RT-AC68U seems to be configured as a mesh node, regardless of this issue. I have a asus RT-68P as my main ASUS router and 2 flashed TM -AC1900 as my aimesh nodes. It’s an easy way to extend the signals but not the speed. Because accordind the my own test, the LAN port as well has to be use on the node for the Ethernet backhaul to work. Poor signal and unstable. Also, are the LAN ports in the back of the node active? 4. Would it make a difference in one of the nodes speed if I connect the 2.5 Gigabit port on ax11000 to one of xt8 nodes. Well, it does for a week or two, until I have to go and change it back to -58dBm for it to work properly again! But I generally don’t recommend extenders, though. And that’s it! If you mix you will gain some features, lose others and encounter new problems. And will i wire both units? But in return, you can rest assured that any hardware combo will work well, and you can make use of the AP’s USB port and control its Wi-Fi bands individually. That’s called the “access point mode”, Alex. I would have to conclude that the mesh setup may work but be aware that there are significant differences to you network speed if you use it. However I have a cat5e connection for a wired backhaul. I’m planning to install a WiFi6 mesh system with smooth handoff and multi gig support for a long lasting solution. Hi, found out what the problem was, it was the firmware on the main router rolled it back to previous firmware and its now working. First of all, thanks for the great article. Happy to have you here. There are also tons of networking settings and tools that you can use via the web interface, including Wake-on-LAN — the ability to turn on a computer within your home network remotely. Thanks! In a wireless setup, you want the star topology, not the daisy-chain (linear) one. I bought the combo and at first everything was perfect after two firmware upgrades problems started. No, one of the two 5GHz band will be used as the dedicated back-haul that connect to the main router. I’m not a native English speaker, hope that I could explain the situation well. 2200 sq feet on each floor with garage. I have set up a mesh using AC88U as the primary and the AX86U. No, none of the hardware devices you mentioned supports AiMesh. So always use it when possible. I’m trying to setup the asus aimesh system in the new house i am moving in currently. Dong, what a brilliant review and “how to”. In AiMesh the XT8 doesn’t support WPA3. But, generally, I’d keep the value of dBm between -60 (less clingy, faster speed) and -75 (more clingy, slower performance). Thanks for this. PHY Rate Greater: 0Mbps / 0Mbps Does my “newbie” plan make sense? 2 docsis-gateway (192.168.10.1) 3.410 ms 3.532 ms 2.892 ms. Tell your ISP to make their UBEE router work like a modem so that your router gets the WAN IP directly, Perry. I assume adding another XT8 would be the simplest route, but I’m wondering if the less expensive CT8 will work just fine–can you advise? So Dong….which one….a pair of Blue Cave or a pair of rt-ac86u? Very frustrating (pretty much show stoppers) issues. By the way, I’m having a terrible issue with the latest firmware where my 2.4GHz band has erratic throughput, from 40Mbps suddenly down to almost zero at times. The combined Ring, Blink, Asus system has been working well for the last month or so. I currently have one AP on the 3rd floor and 2 APs on the 2nd floor. When I say unbelievable, you have to understand my situation. I have followed your reviews on CNET before and they are very well done. Many thanks for your article – incredibly helpful. If you use the 92u as the main router, make sure you manually change its 5GHz-2 band to a new SSID for Wi-Fi 6 only clients. In the meantime you can flash the router back to the firmware version that works. I am curious what your thoughts are on my scenario. It’s now a central feature and not an add-on one. I have both the Asus AC86U and RT-AC5300. There might be some legacy devices that hoard 2.4ghz bandwidth around the node. They confirmed what LAN and WAN ports on the nodes are auto sensing. Or does the primary router have to be directly wired to the secondary router? With the ZenFi AX, is it possible to use the 5GHz-2 band for wireless clients in the case of a wired backhaul? I think you might do fine with the ZenWiFi AC CT8, Willie. 2) Would it make sense to run an additional cable between the basement node point and the basement corner? Or do you think with 1Gb service I should drop the major $$$ for a pair of AX routers? Available in almost all Asus routers, AiMesh allows for combining any two or more routers into a single mesh network, similar to the Netgear Orbi or Linksys Velop… Yeap, that’s how it works, Bob. Update firmware. Two things important to me. I’ve tried many combinations using a dozen of models, with the latest being the RT-AX88U, GT-AX11000, ZenWiFi AC, RT-AX92U, ZenWiFi AX, RT-AX3000, RT-AX89X, and RT-AX86U. Is it possible to add a 3rd party (ie. More on that here. For instance: in the app it is possible to ‘group’ devices to a person, and restrict the person (parental controls, for instance no gambling). So far, the connection seems stable but its only been 12 hours. 2. I like both the ASUS and Synology (I have a Synology 1812+ storage server already). Going wired is pretty challenging given the house set up but something for the future. I’m trying to get the best combination without having to tear down walls and do wiring. And yes you can set up Dual WAN on the main router unit to support another internet connection. Should I use a single SSID and enable Smart Connect across the mesh… or leave Smart Connect off and assume that because I setup a mesh all will work for the best? Thank you, Dong, for all this information. Have fun! My internet entry is from Comcast and comes into a metal cabinet. Also make sure your desktop has a gigabit networking port. The main reason being your reported speeds for Wi-Fi 5 clients connected to the satellite. It probably won’t be much of a difference, Matt. If you use wired backhaul, though, then the issue is minimal, if at all. One thing I did not see mentioned, can the open LAN ports on the AIMesh Node still be used when participating as a wireless node? I went all in with Asus and am past the return period, so experimenting with other mesh implementations is to costly for me. Thanks Dong. But you can find out quite easily. It’s also an excellent way to re-use your old Asus router, as a node, when upgrading to a newer one. I think having a wired backhaul is probably removing some of the issues others are reporting about connection losses, lags on AiMesh infrastructure. This is even with the 2.4ghz + 5 Ghz radio disabled in the professional tab. I’m guessing yes. Asus routers offer a lot of it’s quite understandable that they can’t deliver on all fronts. Both Amazon and Asus websites say it is tri-band. FYI – I tried this AC1200 (RP-AC55) https://amzn.to/36ekTkt Hi, first of all have to say this is a great website. Thanks for the answer! RT-AC68U seems like the best candidate based on price. One generally unsupported feature for any type of Asus router using AiMesh is the Guest network, which works only on the main router unit and will not propagate to any additional node and, unfortunately, it seems that it may take a while until we will see this feature enabled (since it’s been almost two years and the RT-AC68U is almost 6 years old, I really doubt we’ll see any new features added to improve its behavior within the AiMesh network). But if you have time and are willing to work at what you need, you’ll note that they are far superior to others (while far from perfect, too.) Because i read for wired backhaul you’ll need to connect to the WAN port. Have also been using TP Link powerlines adapter for upper floors of my house. I realize I’m not being very clear in my description. I live on a mountaintop in the middle of the Pike’s National Forest in Teller County, Colorado (on the outskirts of Woodland Park). Do you run merlin on the nodes too or just the router. This depends on how far you put the two apart (find out more in my post). So what are the best router to suit for better signal range through the whole home. Hi Dong, Most mesh systems has the “good” threshold of just 50Mbps. I tried contacting Asus, but they can’t help me resolve it. However, both should work well in long term use. Is there any downside to the 2 router solution? If there is a better central router I should splurge for and cheaper remotes that is fine. Try restarting the phones, and updating them to the latest version of Android available. Holy Moly – I’m starting research on mesh systems, wish to beef up my home system and I ran across your site. Same thing. Meanwhile, do you suggest to have both AC86U for router and node, instead of AC86U as router and GT-AC5300 as node? 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