RP-AC55 aimesh 2.0 (thus FW 386.x)

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Krism

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Anyone knows wether the RP-AC55 will get aimesh 2.0 support and thus running the 386.x firmware?
 

chichow

Regular Contributor
I honestly doubt it.

1) The RP-AC55 is the only repeater that supports AiMesh. None of the other ones do.
2) It is Realtek chipset so any Aimesh 2.0 work that Asus would have to do would be only applicable to this one model as opposed to their AiMesh 2.0 development on the Broadcomm chipset on the routers
 

Krism

Occasional Visitor
I honestly doubt it.

1) The RP-AC55 is the only repeater that supports AiMesh. None of the other ones do.
2) It is Realtek chipset so any Aimesh 2.0 work that Asus would have to do would be only applicable to this one model as opposed to their AiMesh 2.0 development on the Broadcomm chipset on the routers
I hope they do because aimesh is the way asus wants to go.
 

brobin

Occasional Visitor
I cannot recommend the RP-AC55 as an AiMesh mode. I started my AiMesh adventure with a pair of RT-AC1750 B1 routers as a primary and node. I still had some areas that needed signal so I added a couple of RP-AC55's with upgraded FW and they were recognized and worked as nodes. All the nodes were connected by Ethernet - no WiFi backhaul and it's turned off. However, we had frequent WiFi dropouts from all 3 nodes which did not please my wife who streams audiobooks constantly. WiFi backhaul was even worse. I was ready to jump ship and try another brand.
The primary is located in a wiring closet at one end of the house. The three nodes were all on the first floor with the AC1750 B1 node in a central location and the AC55's in an office and the master bedroom.
I had another RT-AC1750 B1 as a spare so this past weekend I turned off the two AC55's and installed the third AC1750 B1 in a central location on the 2nd floor. It's only been two days but there have been no dropouts noticed and my wife would not be shy in reporting any. In fact, I've asked her about it several times and gotten a thumbs up - which is much better than other hand signal! This leads me to the conclusion that the RP-AC55's are not ready for prime time as AiMesh modes. I would like nothing more than to be wrong about this so any thoughts are welcome.
 

Krism

Occasional Visitor
I must be lucky with my rp-ac55 as I don't have any wifi drops. So still hopes for aimesh 2
 

Domdus

Occasional Visitor
Maybe just a rumor - I read that the RP-AC55 does not play nice with the higher 5GHz channels - above channel 64. I use channel 36 and set fixed channels and width for both bands (2.4G -> CH1, 20MHz) (5G -> CH36, 80MHz).
Try to not set wifi settings to automatic, otherwise if the main router changes the spec it needs to be synced to the Node/RP - causing a wifi restart and (more) connection drops on the nodes.

Meanwhile I wired all nodes for the backhaul, it seems essential to get stability, especially for the RP. (Wireless backhaul was unusable)
 
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brobin

Occasional Visitor
Thanks for that info. I'd read about using the lower channels and set it to 48, 80MHz from the outset but then went to wired backhaul only as it was unstable. Unfortunately, wired backhaul wasn't much better. I'm now 3 days into using a third RT-AC1750 B1 and no RP-AC55's and not a hiccup. If it remains that way I'll probably just do a factory reset on the RP-AC55's and put them up on ebay. With the coverage I have now I really don't need them anyway.
 

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