AX86U - what to use as mesh node

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shorshi

New Around Here
Hey guys,

i am planning to do a big network upgrade and buy the new AX86U wifi6 router.
i will need one mesh node to cover my appartment, what do you suggest to buy as a node to make the best use of the AX86U's capabilities? Another AX86U? something different?
the mesh node will actually experience more LAN-traffic (NAS, 2PCs) (than the router itself (nvidia shield, TV, phones) but i have to do it this way since my cablebox is on the outer side of my appartment :(

As we speak i have an AC86U as main router and an AC88U as the mesh node and im definitely happy, but theres always room to improve :)

thanks!
/shorshi
 

tallytr

Senior Member
Don't do AiMesh, it doesn't work. Try to position one router high up in a central location. RT-AX86U is good for that... :)
 

shorshi

New Around Here
i would like to avoid it but i cant. i have multiple devices that can only be hardwired on both sides of my appartment....
also as i said before, im quite happy with my wifi5 aimesh right now that im running between my AC86U and AC88U... basically just looking to upgade to wifi6 with the new AX86U and would like to know what goes best with it
 

KT_doyle487

New Around Here
I would go with AX86U it has great range, i think a bit better than the ax88u. I have one of each and stability has improved since making the 86U main and the 88u as node. Also have an AC68 as node and I plan to replace it with AX86U in the near future.
 

shorshi

New Around Here
im not sure if you understood correctly. i am getting an AX86U as my main router 100%.
now i need to decide which model i want to use as my mesh-node, since i need one. i am asking which is best for that... i could also just get 2nd AX86U if you think its best to use two of them. im just looking which model is best to use as a mesh-node in combination with the AX86U i will be getting.

//EDIT: oh wait maybe you actually understood me correctly haha :D you saying i should just get 2x AX86U ?
 

KT_doyle487

New Around Here
I understood, I just was not clear I would rather have another 86U instead of the 88u. But as I purchased the 88 first I'm kind of stuck with it and that's ok.
In hind sight I would be happy to have all 3 (main and 2 nodes) be AX86U units.
 

shorshi

New Around Here
yeah thats what i figured after reading your post a few more times haha. thanks for the input :)
it doesnt maky any sense to combine AX86U and my old AC86U since i would lose wifi6 benefits on the node-devices, right?
 

KT_doyle487

New Around Here
Correct that's why I want to replace the AC68 node in my setup as it's the weak link.
Also I have not noticed any real impact using dual band for wireless backhaul but tri band would be better of course hard wired is best but not really doable in every case.
 

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