Wireless Bridge - AiMesh or Not?

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BlueOrbit

Occasional Visitor
Hello,

I am using AC86U as a wireless bridge connected to AX86U router and all works well. It appears I don't really need AiMesh to extend my WiFi, but I know if I configure the AC86U as a AiMesh node (over wireless backhaul), the Wireless Bridge function will still work for LAN connected devices (Xbox, laptop, TV) to the back of the unit.

A couple of questions:
  1. Can I expect the same wireless bridge performance on the AiMesh node for the LAN connected devices as when I run in a wireless bridge mode on the AC86U?
  2. Is there any advantage for me to chose AiMesh over Wireless Bridge mode, even if I don't really need better WiFi coverage?
I did notice in the past that wireless devices connected to an AiMesh node have a slower connection than when no AiMesh is used and everything is connected to the router directly.

Thanks for any input on this!
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
A wired backhaul AiMesh v2.0 setup is great. Wireless backhaul, not so much.

If a single router can effectively address all areas you want coverage in, then adding a wireless AiMesh node is usually detrimental to the overall network experience. If you do have wired devices that can use a spare router in Bridge Mode, do so. The fewer clients connected wirelessly, the better the network experience for all connected devices. Also, the Bridge router will be communicating with the main router at an enhanced potential vs. what each wired device connected to it could over its own Wi-Fi.

Media Bridge Mode

Repeater mode = wireless AiMesh
 

Tech9

Regular Contributor
Can I expect the same wireless bridge performance on the AiMesh node for the LAN connected devices as when I run in a wireless bridge mode on the AC86U?

When you have wireless connected devices to the same router the total available bandwidth will be split between your wired and wireless devices. It's the same radio serving both. If your Wi-Fi coverage is good with one router only, better keep it this way. One less point of failure in your setup.
 

tallytr

Senior Member
Hello,

I am using AC86U as a wireless bridge connected to AX86U router and all works well. It appears I don't really need AiMesh to extend my WiFi, but I know if I configure the AC86U as a AiMesh node (over wireless backhaul), the Wireless Bridge function will still work for LAN connected devices (Xbox, laptop, TV) to the back of the unit.

A couple of questions:
  1. Can I expect the same wireless bridge performance on the AiMesh node for the LAN connected devices as when I run in a wireless bridge mode on the AC86U?
  2. Is there any advantage for me to chose AiMesh over Wireless Bridge mode, even if I don't really need better WiFi coverage?
I did notice in the past that wireless devices connected to an AiMesh node have a slower connection than when no AiMesh is used and everything is connected to the router directly.

Thanks for any input on this!

I'd stay away from AiMesh completely if you can, I tried over the years and even had issues with wired backhaul...
Went the other route and my setup is now almost perfect. Wired Access Point (TP link) with separate SSID (iOT for stationary devices - all on 2.4GHz) close to the other side of the house for IPcam's and Doorbell, Door locks....
Keeping 2.4GHZ and 5GHz bands on separate SSID's, mobile devices only connect to 5GHz band, simply works, no more rebooting required....
 

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