Asus XT8's in Bridge Mode - Setup with Firewalla

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AKLT

New Around Here
Hi guys,

Was deep into researching dependable wifi 6 mesh setups for my upcoming home and come across the XT8's and also this forum with quite a few issues raised.

Wanted some feedback if this would be stable enough for my home that will have a fair number of IoT accessories ranging from wall switches to curtains all linked to HomeKit.

  • ISP Modem
    • Firewalla Gold (Router Mode)
      • Asus XT8 (Main, AP Mode)
        • Switch
          • 2x Asus XT8's wired backhaul
          • 1x Asus XD4 wired/wireless backhaul (since the XT8's come in sets of 3)
          • 1x Synology NAS wired directly to the switch
          • TVs, and other rooms potentially all wired via either ports
Any potential issues that might rise up? Hearing about nodes dropping and reconnecting randomly is a big no-no for me.

Cheers in advance fellas.
 
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gz2021

Occasional Visitor
Im using it AP mode with one wireless nodes with pfsense and have no issues so far.

I am sticking with the 42095 firmware for my environment/my devices

You lose the guest network mode in AP mode if you are looking to dump IOT devices to their own network. If all your devices are gonna be on the same subnet then its not a big deal
 

AKLT

New Around Here
Im using it AP mode with one wireless nodes with pfsense and have no issues so far.

I am sticking with the 42095 firmware for my environment/my devices

You lose the guest network mode in AP mode if you are looking to dump IOT devices to their own network. If all your devices are gonna be on the same subnet then its not a big deal

Thanks for sharing. What does your setup look like?

Any issues when setting up the AiMesh?
 

slrt

Occasional Visitor
I've had a lot of issues with ESP devices dropping off the grid. Eventually I just added a legacy 802.11n AP on a different channel, and that solved it. 2.4GHz has a long reach, and these devices don't need a strong signal, so you likely need just 1 or 2 APs.
 

AKLT

New Around Here
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I've had a lot of issues with ESP devices dropping off the grid. Eventually I just added a legacy 802.11n AP on a different channel, and that solved it. 2.4GHz has a long reach, and these devices don't need a strong signal, so you likely need just 1 or 2 APs.
we got a ton of concrete walls between rooms so the signal drops significantly.

Thinking of placing 1 at each corner and having a wired backhaul
 

slrt

Occasional Visitor
I also have plenty of concrete walls. 2.4GHz manages to go through with enough signal for IoT. Definitely not good enough for web browsing, but IoT doesn't need much.
 

gz2021

Occasional Visitor
Thanks for sharing. What does your setup look like?

Any issues when setting up the AiMesh?
pfsense(does all the layer 3 routing on my network)----unifi switch----(port assigned to vlan 100)-----asus made node in AP mode -----wireless-----2nd Asus in AP node

No issues so far
 

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