Part of the Furniture
For any given stable install, my AC86Us have been solid, except when they burned out. AiMesh has been a work-in-progress, but I understand and accept and support that. Asus and AiMesh have introduced more features and functionality than I've ever experienced or expected in a home router purchase. I think my home AiMesh network beats the competition.apparently. especially if you own the ac86u. I don't run scripts and I never had to do that on the ac66u_b1 which I've owned over 2 years where I occasionally ran vpn, always ran ai protection and qos. switched between merlin and stock and never had a single issue except for when it went down on 9/11 this year after a supposed power outage at verizon which prompted me to change the ssid password which caused issues connecting devices. but a hard reset fixed it. Partly why I decided to upgrade in case it was compromised, since i'm adding more iot devices and want better range. but I realize now the newer models don't do any better with more devices and they are prolly even more vulnerable lol . I basically paid 180 dollars for slightly better range and more vpn bandwidth. And yes I always keep my router in a UPS. Maybe to you this behavior on the ac86u is normal, but I find it horrifying and suspicious. I mean I can't even run qos or ai protect without issues. Did you read everything I said? Its twilight zone status. I keep forcing myself to use this forrest fire but I hope I don't end up regretting it in the long run.
Why did the website go down? Planned maintenance?
The website said it was down for an upgrade, whatever that means. The timing was not typical for admin work.