Mixing AC and AX routers in a mesh.

tomw

New Around Here
I just set up an Asus Zenwifi XD6 as my router mesh system. I noticed I still have an Asus RE-AC68U left over from before. Can this AC router be worked into this AX mesh? If so, How? Anybody that can point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful.
 

OzarkEdge

Part of the Furniture
I just set up an Asus Zenwifi XD6 as my router mesh system. I noticed I still have an Asus RE-AC68U left over from before. Can this AC router be worked into this AX mesh? If so, How? Anybody that can point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful.

Assuming that is an RT-AC68U router, install the current firmware, reset that firmware to it default settings, and then search/add the AC68U as an AiMesh node from the Zen router webUI. The AC68U WLANs will not support AX clients, of course.

If you intend to use guest1 WLANs across all nodes, then you should use the previous release AC68U firmware to avoid a bug in the latest firmware.

Note that the AC68U does not support Smart Connect node band steering, so you may need to configure different SSIDs for each band used by the AC68U... or wait and see how your wireless clients connect to its WLANs.

Be sure you need more WiFi... too much radio is not helpful. You would not want to add the overhead of integrating and managing a second and older standard model AP only to degrade your overall WiFi experience.

Note that the AC68U can connect to the Zen router WiFi in Media Bridge Mode to wirelessly extend your LAN for wired clients only... such as to put its 4-port Ethernet LAN switch at your media center for wired clients. All AC68U WiFi is then dedicated to its WiFi link to the Zen router.

OE
 

bbunge

Part of the Furniture
More info: I have tested an AC66U_B1 (which has the same hardware as the AC68U) as a mesh node with my AX86U. Both on the most recent Asus firmware (3.0.0.4.386.45934 for the AC66U_B1 and 3.0.0.4.386.45934 for the AX86U). I had no problems. The issue with the AC68U is when it is used as a router not a mesh node.
WIFI settings on your XD6 - do use Dual Band SmartConnect and AX WIFI but set the Authentication Method to WPA2-Personal as the AC68U does not do WPA3. All the other WIFI settings leave to default. However, in time you may want to set the WIFI bands to fixed channels.
 
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OzarkEdge

Part of the Furniture
More info: I have tested an AC66U_B1 (which has the same hardware as the AC68U) as a mesh node with my AX86U. Both on the most recent Asus firmware (3.0.0.4.386.45934 for the AC66U_B1 and 3.0.0.4.386.45934 for the AX86U). I had no problems. The issue with the AC68U is when it is used as a router not a mesh node.
WIFI settings on your XD6 - do use Dual Band SmartConnect and AX WIFI but set the Authentication Method to WPA2-Personal as the AC86U does not do WPA3. All the other WIFI settings leave to default. However, in time you may want to set the WIFI bands to fixed channels.

Good points! So yes, try the latest AC68U firmware.

Now that the time has come for me to mix AiMesh hardware... that's been an AiMesh premise all along that I have avoided..., I've got some things to learn. So, WPA3 doesn't fallback politely to WPA2 with non-AX nodes? non-AX clients?

OE
 

sl4fko

Regular Contributor
More info: I have tested an AC66U_B1 (which has the same hardware as the AC68U) as a mesh node with my AX86U. Both on the most recent Asus firmware (3.0.0.4.386.45934 for the AC66U_B1 and 3.0.0.4.386.45934 for the AX86U). I had no problems. The issue with the AC68U is when it is used as a router not a mesh node.
WIFI settings on your XD6 - do use Dual Band SmartConnect and AX WIFI but set the Authentication Method to WPA2-Personal as the AC68U does not do WPA3. All the other WIFI settings leave to default. However, in time you may want to set the WIFI bands to fixed channels.

Same here, I have a good experience mixing different routers in mesh mode.


AX58U (main) with AC57U v3 as a mesh node.


AX58U was configured with non-AX signal (only AC) and AC57U v3 works with it as a mesh node. Never had any problems since it was configured.
 

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