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Asus AIMESH combo recommandation

Discussion in 'ASUS Wireless' started by Sébastien GEOFFROY, May 16, 2019.

  1. Sébastien GEOFFROY

    Sébastien GEOFFROY Occasional Visitor

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    Hi,

    I own a RT-88U (2 bands / 3200 mbps) working perfectly.
    I'd like to add an other router at first floor using AImesh (wire link between both) for my Wifi extension.
    Sons at first floor will use 5 Ghz to play with their Sony PS4.

    Which other Asus router you recommend me to buy ?

    Other RT-88U ?
    Blue Cave ?
    RT-AC86U ?
    Other ?

    I suppose I will keep my RT-88U as Aimesh main router so I ve to find the Aimesh node to match with it.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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  2. MarcusVR

    MarcusVR Occasional Visitor

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    Also curious!
     
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  3. Hawk

    Hawk Senior Member

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    My recommendation would be get rt-ac86u and make that primary router and pair rt-ac88u with it.
     
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  4. Smokindog

    Smokindog Regular Contributor

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    If you've got a wired connection to the other location I'd just add an AP and use any ASUS AC router you can get for a bargain. IMO AiMesh buys you nothing with a wired backhaul and forces you to use the same channels on all routers.
     
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  5. Sébastien GEOFFROY

    Sébastien GEOFFROY Occasional Visitor

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    What are the differences between AP and Aimesh for my use ?
    I suppose both share SSIDs so I'll still get 2 SSID (2.4 / 5 GHz). I'm right ?

    I want the best possible setting for Wifi coverage and latency/speed/bandwidth at 1st floor.
    My sons will use it for game (PS4) and Android TV.

    2.4 GHz : smartphone, ipad, workstation, printer
    5 Ghz : game (PS4 + PC) / android TV (kodi/netflix/..)

    Looks like in AP there is a problem with DHCP. I currently use my main router (AC-88U) to assign IP for all my home devices.
     
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  6. Sébastien GEOFFROY

    Sébastien GEOFFROY Occasional Visitor

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    We should use the powerfull router as main AImesh and the less powerfull as node. Why use a AC86U as primary ?
     
  7. Smokindog

    Smokindog Regular Contributor

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    You get MORE control over the AP node than the AiMesh node and I know of no DHCP issues using AP nodes. And yes, I assign ALL my SSIDs on ALL my nodes the same. I've used them for years.

    There are many "reviews" and commentary comparing the two modes in this forum and on the net.

    My suggestion of using an AP node works best for ME. YMMV.

     
  8. Grisu

    Grisu Part of the Furniture

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    because 86U is much more powerful than 88U!
     
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  9. Sébastien GEOFFROY

    Sébastien GEOFFROY Occasional Visitor

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    More pôwerful ? Regarding "paper", 88U looks better (wifi, bandwidth, hardware, ..).
     
  10. L&LD

    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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    No, the RT-AC88U is an older generation, lower quality hardware vs. the much newer RT-AC86U. The RT-AC3100 is the RT-AC88U's equivalent, with 4 less LAN ports. Both are older, weaker and surpassed by the RT-AC86U, particularly with 1Gbps symmetrical up/down ISP connections.

    With an external 4th antennae (it does have an internal one), it would be even better.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Asus_routers
     
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  11. Sébastien GEOFFROY

    Sébastien GEOFFROY Occasional Visitor

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    So why 88U is 3200 mbps ans 86U is 2900 mbps ?
     
  12. Grisu

    Grisu Part of the Furniture

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    Maybe your mixing up 68U and 86U?

    dont rely on max wifi values you cant achieve in real world. Thats all fantastic marketing values saying less than nothing.
    Your WAN port is limited to 1Gb (=1000mbps).
    Is a car better if it says max speed 200mph and another even 210mph?
    And the first car can get its "lower" max-speed in 10s while the other needs to go downhill and 60s.
     
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  13. daduls

    daduls New Around Here

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    Sidebar question:
    Can I add a switch to port one of my main router and connect wired nodes to the switch?

    I’m adding a fourth node but still want to use the ports on the main router for other devices.
    I prefer my nodes be wired as I’ve already done the work to cable the house.
    Thanks for any advice.
     
  14. OzarkEdge

    OzarkEdge Very Senior Member

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    Yes. Note that the node connection type Auto may not automatically detect Ethernet with some switches (per ASUS). In that case, set it to Ethernet.

    OE
     
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  15. daduls

    daduls New Around Here

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    Fantastic,

    Thanks OE!
     
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  16. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    Only three 2.4 GHz streams, which is not an issue since almost no client supports 4 2.4 GHz streams (and the much faster 5 GHz is used by anyone in need of performance anyway).
     
  17. Sébastien GEOFFROY

    Sébastien GEOFFROY Occasional Visitor

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  18. Sébastien GEOFFROY

    Sébastien GEOFFROY Occasional Visitor

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    Are you Merlin from AsusWRT-Merlin project ?
     
  19. L&LD

    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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    The one and only. :)
     
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    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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