RT-AX82U headache with smart home (google nest speakers)

Saffeb

New Around Here
Hey guys!

I've just recently gone from using a standard router from my ISP (technicolor tgxxx) to venturing into the ASUS AX series. I did this to increase performance particularly on my wi-fi as I grew tired of connecting a wire to my laptop each time I wanted to have stability & latency gamingwise.
My set up is as follows:
3 iphones
1 macbook
2 win10-computers
1 ipad
7 google speakers (6 always online, 1 online once every week or so)
6 smart plugs (configured as lights in google home app)
2 tv's
2 chromecasts
A total of 22-24 clients connected simultaneously

All devices are within 10 meters of the router.
Wooden or plaster as walls

Bought an RT AX-58u. It turns out though, problems were quick to arrive. Specifically, with my smart plugs and my google nest speakers.

First of all, dual band just didn't work at all. I could not see speakers when trying to set them up, and the smart plugs did not connect. AP Isolation you say? Disabled from start so couldn't have been a cause.

No problem! I'll just go for different SSID's! Problem solved, or so I thought. Speakers now connected, but smart plugs were nowhere to be found in google home app or smart plug app. (Everything has always connected to DHCP and received an IP address)

Trying a few different set ups within the settings panel, finally I found a few settings that made both smart plugs and speakers visible in apps (although achieved by lowering modulation scheme to "up to mcs 7" which in turn meant low bandwith).
Problem solved?
No!
I was now faced with the extremely annoying issue of speakers and smart plugs randomly deciding not to work. Now, smart plugs intermittently just wouldn't function correctly, and I couldn't play more than one speaker at the time or the speakers also intermittently re-connects.

Having troubleshooted in absurdum I DOA'd the router and went for its big brother, AX82u.

Out of the box, (with separate SSID's) all speakers and plugs connected (2,4Ghz), and worked.
Or so I thought.
It's been 1 week now, and the situation now is as follows:
Since yesterday, 1 or 2 smart plug, very rarely, intermittently stops responding
When playing on all speakers, intermittently, the speakers re-connects/synchronizes (not isolated to a specific speaker, it rotates randomly between all 6)

Kind of going crazy over here. Is ASUS just not a functioning router with this many devices or what is the issue?
 
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L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Welcome to the forums @Saffeb.

Neither of those routers would be recommended by most here.

I would consider the following routers, along with RMerlin firmware too.

Not saying it will 100% solve any of your issues, but these models are what have the highest success, reliability, and dependability rates on these forums, for most.

Current Order of Recommended Routers Late 2021

[Wireless] ASUS router Hard Factory Reset | Official Support | ASUS Global

Fully Reset / Best Practice Setup / More

Almost all L&LD Links


The above links may also be helpful to getting your router/network in a good/known state.
 

Saffeb

New Around Here
Welcome to the forums @Saffeb.

Neither of those routers would be recommended by most here.

I would consider the following routers, along with RMerlin firmware too.

Not saying it will 100% solve any of your issues, but these models are what have the highest success, reliability, and dependability rates on these forums, for most.

Current Order of Recommended Routers Late 2021

[Wireless] ASUS router Hard Factory Reset | Official Support | ASUS Global

Fully Reset / Best Practice Setup / More

Almost all L&LD Links


The above links may also be helpful to getting your router/network in a good/known state.

Hi & Thanks for the response!

I do understand there would be best practices in both hardware chocie as well as software settings.
Since this is the second asus router I'm testing with I'm pretty much at the point where if it does not work this time with either troubleshooting or trying your configuration set ups I'll just go to another brand. I just find it really difficult to acknowledge the fact that any router of any kind should have these kind of errors.

I'll give your best practice setups a go and revert

Is there a merlin version for my specific router mentioned above? AX82u
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Yes, there is an RMerlin fork for your router by @GNUton.
 

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