AiMesh nodes using ethernet backhaul

eglons

New Around Here
Hi, I want to cable up the house so that my 3 routers can connect with wired backhaul. Do I need to connect both nodes to the main router by ethernet or can I daisy chain the routers router -> node1 -> node2 (I currently use this config with wireless backhaul).

Also, is it possible to take the node ethernet connections from an ethernet hub so I just need to run one long cable to the hub and then 2 shorter ones to the nodes?

Hopefully someone has tried this and knows the answer!
 

heysoundude

Very Senior Member
I'm not sure...did you check asus' website?
If they haven't given any direction, I would think a switch would be the preferred method to implement rather than a hub. That switch would likely have to be a 2.5GHz unit if your router is current hardware, and that means Cat6 cabling and a length limit between it and the switch (30m? 50?), and from that switch to the nodes (the same again, 30-50m). It's probably possible to daisy chain...the WAN port is surely 2.5GHz
Everything else wired could be Cat5e (GigE, 1000Mbit ethernet)
Start here: which router model(s)?
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
All the above should work.

As long as any client devices are not saturating the switches (there are no Ethernet hubs anymore) concurrently with a downstream device requesting full ISP speeds, you'll be fine. :)
 

SeaMonkey80

New Around Here
Hi, I want to cable up the house so that my 3 routers can connect with wired backhaul. Do I need to connect both nodes to the main router by ethernet or can I daisy chain the routers router -> node1 -> node2 (I currently use this config with wireless backhaul).

Also, is it possible to take the node ethernet connections from an ethernet hub so I just need to run one long cable to the hub and then 2 shorter ones to the nodes?

Hopefully someone has tried this and knows the answer!
I have AiMesh setup for wired backhaul on my system (3x-AX86U and 1x-AC88U) and it has been flawless for the most part. I have a connected house, so have 2 ethernet jacks in every room. For the nodes, they all connect to the main AX86U (LAN 1) via a dedicated 5 port gigabit switch. The rest of the room connections are on a separate 16 port gigabit switch that connects to the main AX86U (LAN 2). I had previously tried to daisy chain the nodes together, but it was very unstable and the furthest node would often disconnect and reboot. Also, I haven't yet gotten the 2.5 Gbps port on the AX86U to work with AiMesh. Hope this helps.
 

bbunge

Part of the Furniture
Run each node to the root router or daisy chain them. I would recommend direct connection with no switch between the root router and an AiMesh node.
 

dropilikeitshot

Occasional Visitor
Run each node to the root router or daisy chain them. I would recommend direct connection with no switch between the root router and an AiMesh node.
Thanks for the tip. Planning out changes to my network. I currently have three Merlin flashed ac routers in aimesh using wireless backhaul. Soon I will add at least a GT-AXE11000 as main in aimesh and add repurpose another Netgear as an access point in the basement (not mesh). Before reading this I was going to try running the node connected to a netgear switch but my gut was telling me there might be issues, especially if the aimesh is expecting direct connection for Ethernet backhaul. Thanks again I will pull more wires (Ethernet cables) from the main router to the nodes and not go through the switch.
 

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