Convert AC86U as an Access Point

wizzard

Regular Contributor
Want to convert an AC86U router into an AP. Do I power up and reset it to factory mode. Connecting it to the existing router via eternet cable, what settings do I need to setup please? Just need extended wifi coverage - so will I be better off with using it as an extender?
 
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L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Go into the GUI and reset it to factory defaults first.

Then, change the operation mode to Access Point from the Setup Wizard.
 

wizzard

Regular Contributor
Go to Administration > Operation Mode and select Access Point(AP) mode. Read the description on that page.

Thank you. Reading the description on that page, am I right in assuming that the AP mode requires a wired ethernet conntection between the two routers and a Repeater mode uses WiFi. Since I have Ethernet connection available, AP might be a better route.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Yes, that is correct (wired AP is the way to go).
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
Do I power up and reset it to factory mode.

You don't need to reset it. Just enable AP mode. It will continue as AP with all your Wi-Fi settings and client names. The router IP will change, if you don't set it manually. Use Asus Discovery Tool or look at your main router client list to find what the new IP is. Do you need Guest Network on this AP?
 

wizzard

Regular Contributor
You don't need to reset it. Just enable AP mode. It will continue as AP with all your Wi-Fi settings and client names. The router IP will change, if you don't set it manually. Use Asus Discovery Tool or look at your main router client list to find what the new IP is. Do you need Guest Network on this AP?
Thank you. Have done it as you have mentioned. Also gave it a static ip address in the main router - not sure if it is necessary.
 

wizzard

Regular Contributor
Thank you. Have done it as you have mentioned. Also gave it a static ip address in the main router - not sure if it is necessary.
You don't need to reset it. Just enable AP mode. It will continue as AP with all your Wi-Fi settings and client names. The router IP will change, if you don't set it manually. Use Asus Discovery Tool or look at your main router client list to find what the new IP is. Do you need Guest Network on this AP?

Not sure about the Guest network. Anything to watch out here?
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
If you need Guest Network to the AP, at least use "set isolated" in settings. Sorry, I don't have any Asus routers running at the moment and can't check what exactly Asus called it. It isolates Wi-Fi clients from each other. It's a workaround in AP mode.
 

wizzard

Regular Contributor
If you need Guest Network to the AP, at least use "set isolated" in settings. Sorry, I don't have any Asus routers running at the moment and can't check what exactly Asus called it. It isolates Wi-Fi clients from each other. It's a workaround in AP mode.
Thanks. I have not used Guest mode in Asus before but will keep this point in mind.
 

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