AiMesh with two routers connected to unmanaged switch

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awkwardpond

New Around Here
Hello all,

I am a networking noob and am struggling to setup wired network in my home. I have two ASUS RT-AC68U routers located in 2nd floor and 3rd floor. These WAN port on these routers are connected to an unmanaged switch located in the 1st floor. One of the ports on the switch is connected to the ISP internet coming from a modem located externally.

My question is how do I connect these two routers using AiMesh wired setup so that all devices connected to these two routers are on the same LAN or subnet

Thanks for any help in advance
 

SomeWhereOverTheRainBow

Very Senior Member
Hello all,

I am a networking noob and am struggling to setup wired network in my home. I have two ASUS RT-AC68U routers located in 2nd floor and 3rd floor. These WAN port on these routers are connected to an unmanaged switch located in the 1st floor. One of the ports on the switch is connected to the ISP internet coming from a modem located externally.

My question is how do I connect these two routers using AiMesh wired setup so that all devices connected to these two routers are on the same LAN or subnet

Thanks for any help in advance
Step 1. Before attempting to pair node to main router, factory reset any nodes using the reset button on back.
Step 2. Pair the Node to the Main Router at close range.
Step 3. Power off Node.
Step 4. Plug Node into its final location and power on.
Step 5. Under Router Aimesh settings, Change the Nodes connection Priority to ethernet to prevent any conflicts from wireless or unmanaged switch.
final step---- repeat the process for any other nodes as desired.

Here is the FAQ on Asus Website:
they have all kinds of instructional images. The Aimesh Router can either be in Access point mode or Router mode, while the node is simply paired to it .
 
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awkwardpond

New Around Here
Thanks for the step by step instructions.

I followed all the steps and changed the AiMesh Nodes connection Prority to ethernet. Now the AiMesh router went offline and I cant connect to it anymore.
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Is it because the primary router is not able to find the secondary router through the network switch wired connection?
 

SomeWhereOverTheRainBow

Very Senior Member
Thanks for the step by step instructions.

I followed all the steps and changed the AiMesh Nodes connection Prority to ethernet. Now the AiMesh router went offline and I cant connect to it anymore.
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Is it because the primary router is not able to find the secondary router through the network switch wired connection?
Combination of switch and distance from the primary play a big factor here.
 

awkwardpond

New Around Here
I am able to setup each router independently as primary access points since they share the switch with the WAN connection. But what I really want is to setup both routers to be on same LAN/subnet so all my devices can talk to each other.
 

SomeWhereOverTheRainBow

Very Senior Member
I am able to setup each router independently as primary access points since they share the switch with the WAN connection. But what I really want is to setup both routers to be on same LAN/subnet so all my devices can talk to each other.
You can if you place one in access point mode and the other as the router
 

elorimer

Very Senior Member
Maybe I'm not getting it. I would have connected the WAN port on one of the routers to the ISP modem. That's your main router. Then connect the other router to the first router with a cable between their LAN ports. Set up the second router as an AP and don't use its WAN port at all. You may not need the switch at all.

EDIT: I guess I am wrong about the WAN port on the second router.
 
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L&LD

Part of the Furniture
@elorimer is correct.

You can't have each router connect to the internet independently (in parallel) via their WAN ports and expect them to be on the same subnet/LAN as the other.

The ISP should only be connected directly to one router's WAN port and the second router used as an AiMesh node by connecting one of the main router's LAN ports to the node's WAN port.

The switch is not needed except to possibly connect the ISP connection to the first/main router (if a direct cable run is not available).
 

heysoundude

Very Senior Member
I'm going to be inheriting an ac68 to mesh with my ac86 very shortly and have been investigating the implications of a switch between router (ac86) and node (ac68) due to wiring complexities in my home. I'm happy to see that it shouldn't be a problem, because there is no direct cabling possible between the router location and the node's planned location for wireless coverage.
 

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