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AIMesh with ethernet backhaul VS AP Mode with ethernet

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by busch09, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. busch09

    busch09 Occasional Visitor

    May 6, 2013
    I have a few asus merlin routers in AP mode with an ethernet backhaul to the main router.
    Is there any benefit in switching to AIMesh with ethernet backhaul?

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  2. Swistheater

    Swistheater Very Senior Member

    Jul 8, 2017
    The only advantage is for those wanting to skip the extra steps it takes to configure a repeater, because mesh is suppose to function seamlessly with little configuration other than pairing with aimesh router. With ap mode, you may or may not have an advantage, you have to configure channels and wireless powerlevels, the whole 9 yards just to get things operating smoothly. In some situations ap mode may be better especially if you want to segregate ssids and do not care for uniform ssid and semi seamless transitioning between nodes.

    So, it really depends on you as a user to determine the best route for you based on what you feel your needs within your setup are.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2019
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  3. heysoundude

    heysoundude Very Senior Member

    Sep 20, 2016
    What they ^ said.

    If you're a set & forget type - like most people - AiMesh makes extending wireless coverage super easy: it handles all of the arcane aspects of channel selection and transmission power stuff.
    If you're a more roll up your sleeves type, and can remember (or keep records of) your AP setups...
  4. OzarkEdge

    OzarkEdge Very Senior Member

    Feb 14, 2018
    Can't say as I have never used AP mode. Here are some AiMesh observations:

    o centralized management from the router/root node including firmware upgrades... you don't configure the remote nodes... you just add them to the AiMesh;

    o auto configuration of wireless backhauls that at least support a 120 Mbps speed test with my PC client and 100/10 ISP cable service;

    o wired backhauls are supported;

    o Tri-band routers lose client use of the second 5 GHz band even if using a wired backhaul;

    o better than AP mode seamless same-SSID roaming from what I gather around here... definitely better than repeater mode roaming;

    o all WiFi signals use the same channel per band;

    o if you leave dual-band Smart Connect node band steering (a router feature, not an AiMesh feature in particular) enabled by default, then wireless mode, ch bandwidth, control ch, and extension ch will be adjusted automatically. Smart Connect is not supported on AC1900/AC68/AC66 B1 routers/nodes, so using separate SSIDs per band may be required.

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