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neil0311

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Can someone provide a link to an article or post (I’ve looked) or give an explanation of the technical difference between these settings?

I have 3 routers connected in a mesh with Ethernet Backhaul Mode set. Having some possible issues and thought about setting up as AIMesh in AP mode but wanted to be clear on the technical differences.

No sense doing it if there’s little difference.
 
Do you have 2 separate options, one for AP and one for Aimesh AP? I think there is just AP and it works just any AP config. There is no configuration simplicity like Aimesh,at least not in my AX86U.
 
Main router will be in Wireless Router mode for both below

Ethernet Connected AiMesh nodes: All settings controlled from the main router. Same SSID, chanel and bandwidth across all devices (bandwidth and channel will be set by the lowest capable device). USB apps can be set for each device. Upgrades controled from the router. Network Map in router will show if clients are connected via WIFI or Ethernet.

Ethernet Connectec AP's: Settings and upgrades controlled at each individual device. Each device can have individual SSID's or the same SSID. Channel and bandwidth controlled at each device. Network Map shows all clients connected to AP's as Ethernet connected.

I've run both scenarios and feel for my application AiMesh is better. However, I feel it is more reliable by not enabling Ethernet Backhaul Mode.
 
I've read about your issues. I told you about the free beta tester membership coming with this setup. After you have enough switch to SMB gear.
I've read about your issues. I told you about the free beta tester membership coming with this setup. After you have enough switch to SMB gear.
I hear you. As I told you, I want simple off the shelf consumer solutions that my wife can simply reboot if there are issues. I don’t want to manage a complicated network at home long term.

Just want to understand more about all the AIMesh options. It’s proprietary and not documented very well or with detail.

What does AP in AIMesh mode get me above straight AP or straight AIMesh?
 
What does AP in AIMesh mode get me above straight AP or straight AIMesh?

An AP is wired.

An Extender/Repeater is wireless... WiFi is shared with backhaul and clients... performance is less with shared WiFi.

You can configure either of these directly yourself, or let AiMesh do it by adding wired/wireless nodes.

You can decide which implementation works best for your network.

OE
 
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An AP is wired.

An Extender/Repeater is wireless... WiFi is shared with backhaul and clients... performance is less with shared WiFi.

You can configure either of these directly yourself, or let AiMesh do it by adding wired/wireless nodes.

You can decide which implementation works best for your network.

OE
Maybe I’m just overthinking this.

The mesh nodes are wired. Ethernet Backhaul Mode is already enabled as posted. Not trying to do wireless between the mesh nodes and router.

For some reason there is a setting for AIMesh Node and also a setting for AIMesh Router in AP Mode. If the only difference is wired backhaul, then I guess I already have that now.
 
For some reason there is a setting for AIMesh Node and also a setting for AIMesh Router in AP Mode. If the only difference is wired backhaul, then I guess I already have that now.

AiMesh can be used in AP Mode:

non-AiMesh LAN <wire> AiMesh router in AP Mode (aka a wired AP controlling downstream AiMesh nodes) <wire/wireless> AiMesh nodes

OE
 
As I told you, I want simple off the shelf consumer solutions

You may have to wait for some more stable firmware then. Asus is at the beginning of 3.0.0.6 series firmware for this router. The rest Pro and newer GT models still wait and there was a theory Asus is using RT-AX88U Pro as a test platform before releasing something more stable for all supported models. Have patience and it will start working better at some point. This is normal for consumer products. You have an option to roll back firmware to 3.0.0.4 base with current Asuswrt-Merlin and test again.
 
I'm still confused AP or AIMesh AP are one option in my AX86U, not separate options. Are they separate options in other routers?

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It's the same thing. You can connect AiMesh nodes to an Asus router in AP Mode.
Right, but then what exactly is AIMesh? It's just an AP like any other AP. Must be configured independently from the router and you can't see any info about the AP in the router interface.

This is how I have my setup after having too many problems wAIMesh, My router is AX86U Pro and my AX86U is a wired AP. There is no AIMesh functionality at all
 
Main router will be in Wireless Router mode for both below

Ethernet Connected AiMesh nodes: All settings controlled from the main router. Same SSID, chanel and bandwidth across all devices (bandwidth and channel will be set by the lowest capable device). USB apps can be set for each device. Upgrades controled from the router. Network Map in router will show if clients are connected via WIFI or Ethernet.

Ethernet Connectec AP's: Settings and upgrades controlled at each individual device. Each device can have individual SSID's or the same SSID. Channel and bandwidth controlled at each device. Network Map shows all clients connected to AP's as Ethernet connected.

I've run both scenarios and feel for my application AiMesh is better. However, I feel it is more reliable by not enabling Ethernet Backhaul Mode.
Can someone confirm that AiMesh still sets ALL nodes to the same channel for WiFi when wired backhaul is used?

I'm setting up a new network for a friend using 2xAX86S as AP nodes and an AX88U Pro as the main, ALL WIRED BACKHAUL.

I already know that all 3 nodes using the same channel won't be optimal. I personally don't use AiMesh but for him I thought it would make the network simpler for me to remotely help in the future.

I sure hope AiMesh has evolved to allow each node to determine WiFi channels based on its specific local environment.

TIA!
 
Unless wireless devices are running concurrently and consistently at all main/nodes at max speeds, the same channel isn't an issue. It may even help lessen the congestion and variability for the neighbors too.

And yes, same channel.
 
Unless wireless devices are running concurrently and consistently at all main/nodes at max speeds, the same channel isn't an issue. It may even help lessen the congestion and variability for the neighbors too.

And yes, same channel.
Same channel is an issue. Thanks! (sorry for the first response, I missed the last bit) :)
 
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