Re-using older existing device as AiMesh nodes

Darkje

Regular Contributor
@RMerlin when I buy a new device. Can I use the old unit as aimesh and will it serve also the new abilities of the new router although it doesn't support them itself?
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
No.
 

visortgw

Very Senior Member
@RMerlin when I buy a new device. Can I use the old unit as aimesh and will it serve also the new abilities of the new router although it doesn't support them itself?
You can use old router as AiMesh node, but it will only support capabilities of hardware.
 

Darkje

Regular Contributor
Ok, so if main router supports ax... I understand that the old router won't offcourse. But if main router supports wireguard. The aimesh cliënt that don't support wireguard will only function as accespoint so it will delagate all below to all nodes right?
 

bennor

Very Senior Member
But if main router supports wireguard. The aimesh cliënt that don't support wireguard will only function as accespoint so it will delagate all below to all nodes right?
You lose (turn off) a lot of the functions of a router when you change a Asus router into an Asus AiMesh node. Your nodes themselves generally are not doing the WireGuard (or OpenVPN or TOR) your main router will be doing that as either the VPN client or VPN server.
 

elorimer

Very Senior Member
Older devices that are not mesh capable still have considerable utility as APs or wireless bridges. An AP is a close relative of a node with wired backhaul.
 

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