I use the ASUS main/AP mode for my two router home network. This setup requires wired backhaul. It lacks some features of Aimesh, but its 100% reliable, and I have full control over the radio settings on the AP. I replaced both the main and the AP RT-AC86Us with GT-AX6000s. My home network already incorporates a multigig switch for the wired network, so moving from the RT-AC86U to the GT-AX6000 allowed me to bring the wireless part of the network up to 2.5 gbps. I'm running the current latest beta firmware - 184.108.40.206.102.4856. A few thoughts on the move to the GT-AX6000 main/AP combo:
- The GT-AX6000 is definitely larger than the RT-AC86U, but its not really that much more of an eyesore than the RT-AC86U because the body of the GT-AX6000 sits horizontal rather than vertical. If a set of more normal looking antennas were used, it would look less obtrusive than the RT-AC86U.
- N and AC wireless range and speed at long range are about the same as my RT-AC86U. No surprise here as the RT-AC86U is known to have excellent wireless range, and I guess the good news is that the GT-AX6000 range is as good rather than worse.
- Maximum wireless speeds are now of course higher due to 2.5 gbps networking and AX mode, but not a lot higher. Close range, large file transfer speeds between my wired server and my wireless 3x3 AC laptop went from 80 MB/sec with the RT-AC86U to 90 MB/sec with the GT-AX6000. I wouldn't expect my AX laptop to be any faster because its only 2x2 (which now seems to be the standard for built-in AX wifi, even on Macs). I have yet to try a folder of small files which may be more relevant because backup software (which everyone should be using) is often chatty and uses lots of small transfers.
- I've not yet experimented to see if my AX devices have better range in AX mode than in AC mode. I may try that at some point.
- Not surprisingly, the router GUI runs noticeably faster on the GT-AX6000 despite the RT-AC86U GUI being no slouch.
- The ROG web GUI design is annoying.
- I'm just beginning to explore the beta firmware features. Not much to say here yet except that the Network Map is still broken (stops updating after a while) with the new beta firmware. I guess ASUS is never going to fix this.
- Based on my experience thus far, I would say there is no clear benefit to the upgrade except to have access to the next generation ASUS firmware which hopefully will be significantly better.
- If someone wants to get one of the ASUS Pro-level routers, I see no reason not to choose the GT-AX6000 for dual band needs because it has all the features and capability of the RT-AX88U Pro and RT-AX86U Pro but runs significantly less expensive at this time.