I just upgraded my primary router to a GT-AXE11000 (388.1), and will be using my old RT-AC5300 (386.9) as an AiMesh node. I did a temporary setup to test it out using ethernet backhaul (the permanent install has to wait until I can run ethernet & power to its new home), and everything worked great. However, it did leave me with a couple questions I'm hoping the community can help out with:
- The node is picking up its IP address from the normal DHCP address space, even when I set a DHCP reservation for it. I'd like to give it a fixed address, is there a way to do this?
- I'd like to access the node via SSH so I can run scripts on it directly; it appears that's possible (this post shows it, for instance), but I can't seem to get SSH access (connection refused). Is there a trick to enabling it? My main router is configured with SSH enabled, no passwords (only certs), and no WAN SSH access, so my first thought is that the node rejects the connection because I'm trying to get to it from the main network (i.e. to the node, I'm coming in via the WAN port) ... but I could be overthinking it.
- It appears the node only provides the core wifi networks, not any of the guests - I believe I'd read that's the expected behavior, and largely that's fine for me. Is there any indication that might change at some point so the nodes can also provide guest network access (or any known tricks for doing that or some facsimile of it)? I have another use case that AiMesh might solve for me, but I'd need guest access in addition to the main network.