Asus AiMesh technology 802.11kv detected but no 802.11r

ankhazam

Senior Member
Hey,
I did some digging through the forums and Asus' AX routers specifications and admit failure in finding any reliable pieces of information. Hence this topic.
So I have an RT-AX88U running 388 with 2 aimesh nodes RP-AX56 (on their latest 386) firmware

I have ran a spectrum scan using the following tool https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html which according to its documentation " Version 2.15: Added '802.11 Standards' column, which displays the 802.11 Standards that the access point supports: 802.11d, 802.11e, 802.11h, 802.11i, 802.11k, 802.11r, and more..."

EDIT: The NirSoft tool above fails to detect 802.11kv on Windows for whatever reason. But WinFi tool detects them properly.

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Hence only 802.11r is apparently missing at the moment.
 
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Tech9

Part of the Furniture
802.11k/v must be supported, no 802.11r when I checked lately. What superior AiMesh products? There are better "mesh" products even on the consumer market. Controller managed SMB multi-AP systems also outperform AiMesh in both throughput and roaming, plus much more control, plus VLANs.

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Matthew Patrick

Senior Member
802.11kv is enabled even on single router mode (AC86U). Probably because I have smart connect band steering. But yeah no 802.11r . Idk why though.
 

Matthew Patrick

Senior Member
Does it show up for you in this tool? Doesn't show up on my AX200 W10 :(
I'm using a MacBook and i have a different software that can see those things. I haven't found an app that shows those info on Android though.. Here's what my AC86U with Smart Connect Band Steering shows on my MacBook

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thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
You generally don't see 11r implemented on consumer gear because it usually works with 802.11x authentication. This requires support on the STA side and also usually requires a RADIUS server.

11r is mainly needed for voice and VoIP applications like in some hospital communication systems. It has no real value for home systems.

It also could be that the AP won't advertise 11r unless it sees that a STA supports it. But I think it is more likely the first reason.
 

sfx2000

Part of the Furniture
You generally don't see 11r implemented on consumer gear because it usually works with 802.11x authentication. This requires support on the STA side and also usually requires a RADIUS server.

11r is mainly needed for voice and VoIP applications like in some hospital communication systems. It has no real value for home systems.

11r does require inter access point support - e.g. the DS, and yes, usually radius...

I see it on many hospitality networks - hotels, coffee shops, airports - not guest facing, but back of house to secure and extend their VLAN for wireless and wired connectivity.

Do note that VoWiFi doesn't need 11r - that's an IPSeC tunnel to the carrier's IMS core...
 

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