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RT-AX88U vs RT-AC86U as a node?

Discussion in 'ASUS AX Routers & Adapters' started by CBR1000RR, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. CBR1000RR

    CBR1000RR Occasional Visitor

    May 31, 2019
    Hi. Noticed a few people in other posts mentioning that they use a higher end router as a node. I was thinking of doing this but not sure if it would actually improve performance when connected to the node.

    I have a RT-AX88U as my primary router and an RT-AC86U as a node. I average around 400mbps when connected to the AX88 and about 150mpbs when connected to the AC86. Would the speeds improve when connected to the node if I upgraded it to an AX88 or is there just a bottleneck somewhere that can't be avoided?

    Not really a big deal either way but would like to improve node speed if I could. Do I need to get 400-500mpbs all over the house? Nah. Do I want it? Yeah. :p
  2. sanke1

    sanke1 Senior Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    In my house with 2 RT-AX88Us connected in mesh mode, I get 500-600 Mbps anywhere and in any room. I had RT-AC68U and Blue Cave before and just that they were not doing a good job of being in a mesh network because AX88U was AX and those were AC.
    You also need to make sure that the November 2019 firmware for RT-AX88U is not used as it has speed problems with AC devices. Downgrade that to Version
    JohnB_123 likes this.
  3. royarcher

    royarcher Senior Member

    Apr 25, 2019
    from where women glow and men chunder
    Rt ax 88 u? Expensive node
    Clark Griswald likes this.