Mesh network mixed with AC and AX w/ Ethernet Backhaul

Jester

New Around Here
Hi all,

I would like to finally upgrade to ax network and here's my current setup:

Optical modem -cat6-> Asus RT-AC88u (dual band AC1000 + 2167Mbps on ground floor) -cat6-> Netgear N router (on top floor) as Access Point while running different SSID. When I set both to same SSID and I walk from ground floor to top, I often get stuck w/ very weak reception so my guess is seamless handoff wasn't done properly due to different brands router. As such, I resorted to setting different SSID and manually switched network when I move between floors.

Alternative 1:
Retire the Netgear N router, move the AC88u upstairs as Access Point while getting a new Asus RT-AX86u or 88u downstairs as main router/gateway. Will like to run AiMesh on both Asus routers with cat6 ethernet backhaul and hopefully can finally do unified SSID with proper seamless handoff. Question for this setup: would I be able to connect downstairs at AX(WiFi6) speed and upstairs at AC speed?

Alternative 2:
Ditch the whole network setup and get a brand new AX Mesh setup, be that from Asus or Netgear with ethernet backhaul. Obviously the whole network will be upgraded to AX and more costly.

Cost factor aside, I really prefer to get more use out of my ac88u router hence I have slight preference on #1. But if there's other major advantage/disadvantage between the two, I'm all ears. Thanks in advance for all your feedback.
 

Tommy Grace

Regular Contributor
Hi all,

I would like to finally upgrade to ax network and here's my current setup:

Optical modem -cat6-> Asus RT-AC88u (dual band AC1000 + 2167Mbps on ground floor) -cat6-> Netgear N router (on top floor) as Access Point while running different SSID. When I set both to same SSID and I walk from ground floor to top, I often get stuck w/ very weak reception so my guess is seamless handoff wasn't done properly due to different brands router. As such, I resorted to setting different SSID and manually switched network when I move between floors.

Alternative 1:
Retire the Netgear N router, move the AC88u upstairs as Access Point while getting a new Asus RT-AX86u or 88u downstairs as main router/gateway. Will like to run AiMesh on both Asus routers with cat6 ethernet backhaul and hopefully can finally do unified SSID with proper seamless handoff. Question for this setup: would I be able to connect downstairs at AX(WiFi6) speed and upstairs at AC speed?

Alternative 2:
Ditch the whole network setup and get a brand new AX Mesh setup, be that from Asus or Netgear with ethernet backhaul. Obviously the whole network will be upgraded to AX and more costly.

Cost factor aside, I really prefer to get more use out of my ac88u router hence I have slight preference on #1. But if there's other major advantage/disadvantage between the two, I'm all ears. Thanks in advance for all your feedback.
So i currently am running an RT-AX88U as the main router and ethernet backhaul to a Lyra Mini (AC1300) in the office as the node. Works well, each device will decide at what speed or protocol to connect to. I have a couple of AX clients and when they are connected to the main router, they run at AX speeds, when they connect to the Lyra Mini node they connect at AC. I also use Smart Connect (which i know a lot of people hate) and it provides a seamless handoff, i certainly don't notice any drops or handoff issues etc. My advice would be to keep the AC88U and use it as a node to an upgraded AX primary router. The RT-AX88U has been very good for me and seems very stable and the 8 Gig LAN ports have been really useful.
 

OzarkEdge

Part of the Furniture
Hi all,

I would like to finally upgrade to ax network and here's my current setup:

Optical modem -cat6-> Asus RT-AC88u (dual band AC1000 + 2167Mbps on ground floor) -cat6-> Netgear N router (on top floor) as Access Point while running different SSID. When I set both to same SSID and I walk from ground floor to top, I often get stuck w/ very weak reception so my guess is seamless handoff wasn't done properly due to different brands router. As such, I resorted to setting different SSID and manually switched network when I move between floors.

Alternative 1:
Retire the Netgear N router, move the AC88u upstairs as Access Point while getting a new Asus RT-AX86u or 88u downstairs as main router/gateway. Will like to run AiMesh on both Asus routers with cat6 ethernet backhaul and hopefully can finally do unified SSID with proper seamless handoff. Question for this setup: would I be able to connect downstairs at AX(WiFi6) speed and upstairs at AC speed?

Alternative 2:
Ditch the whole network setup and get a brand new AX Mesh setup, be that from Asus or Netgear with ethernet backhaul. Obviously the whole network will be upgraded to AX and more costly.

Cost factor aside, I really prefer to get more use out of my ac88u router hence I have slight preference on #1. But if there's other major advantage/disadvantage between the two, I'm all ears. Thanks in advance for all your feedback.
ASUS AiMesh should allow you to do 1 and/or 2, at your leisure. Note that WiFi 6e products are arriving soon, so no hurry to buy unless you need AX now. Consider the AC86U or the AX model others recommend around here.

I would prefer the incremental upgrade approach vs the 'get a brand new AX mesh setup now approach' unless you can reason otherwise. I think the incremental approach has its appeal for managing the home network over the long haul.

OE
 

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