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Old 09-01-2018, 10:32 PM   #16
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Which router is suitable to install in room for this aimesh?

I have a AC68U in the living room as a main
Depends on whether you want to buy new to use as "MAIN" or "Node"
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Old 10-01-2018, 12:07 AM   #17
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Anyone successfully deployed this?
Yup! Just recently swapped a bunch of my old routers (N15 + AC1200) connected as Wireless AP's to my main RT-AC68U, to the following setup:

RT-AC68U (Main)
RT-AC68U (Node)
RT-AC68U (Node)

Previously I had issues in different parts of the house when all routers were on the same SSID, because wireless devices would have trouble seamlessly switching from one router to the next, instead often times staying on the previous router because it still had 2-3 bars. Changing to separate SSIDs meant that I could select the router I wanted manually, but that was still a chore.

With this new setup I can walk to different parts of the house and it seems to switch far more seamlessly than previously based on my testing, and all without my intervention. I will test it for a few more days and report back, but so far it seems very very promising

P.S Do note that once the "Node" router is part of the network, it doesn't have its own separate admin panel anymore, all functionality is restricted, and administered purely from the main router. You can still manually allocate static IP's etc for the nodes however.

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Old 10-01-2018, 01:26 AM   #18
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Depends on whether you want to buy new to use as "MAIN" or "Node"
I am hoping to buy a new node for the bedroom and use the AC-68U as the main

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Old 10-01-2018, 08:49 AM   #19
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I am hoping to buy a new node for the bedroom and use the AC-68U as the main

If that's the case, 68u or 86u. Doesn't make sense to buy the higher end 88u / ac5300 to use as "node"
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Yup! Just recently swapped a bunch of my old routers (N15 + AC1200) connected as Wireless AP's to my main RT-AC68U, to the following setup:

RT-AC68U (Main)
RT-AC68U (Node)
RT-AC68U (Node)

Previously I had issues in different parts of the house when all routers were on the same SSID, because wireless devices would have trouble seamlessly switching from one router to the next, instead often times staying on the previous router because it still had 2-3 bars. Changing to separate SSIDs meant that I could select the router I wanted manually, but that was still a chore.

With this new setup I can walk to different parts of the house and it seems to switch far more seamlessly than previously based on my testing, and all without my intervention. I will test it for a few more days and report back, but so far it seems very very promising

P.S Do note that once the "Node" router is part of the network, it doesn't have its own separate admin panel anymore, all functionality is restricted, and administered purely from the main router. You can still manually allocate static IP's etc for the nodes however.
How are you assigning static ip for the node ? Please share, I couldn't find any option after it's added to the mesh network.
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If that's the case, 68u or 86u. Doesn't make sense to buy the higher end 88u / ac5300 to use as "node"
68U is the lowest end for aimesh?
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The handover parts work good Liao?
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:40 AM   #23
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68U is the lowest end for aimesh?
You can see from the aimesh website. As of now, 68u is the lowest. Asus may add more models in future.
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Yup! Just recently swapped a bunch of my old routers (N15 + AC1200) connected as Wireless AP's to my main RT-AC68U, to the following setup:

RT-AC68U (Main)
RT-AC68U (Node)
RT-AC68U (Node)

Previously I had issues in different parts of the house when all routers were on the same SSID, because wireless devices would have trouble seamlessly switching from one router to the next, instead often times staying on the previous router because it still had 2-3 bars. Changing to separate SSIDs meant that I could select the router I wanted manually, but that was still a chore.

With this new setup I can walk to different parts of the house and it seems to switch far more seamlessly than previously based on my testing, and all without my intervention. I will test it for a few more days and report back, but so far it seems very very promising

P.S Do note that once the "Node" router is part of the network, it doesn't have its own separate admin panel anymore, all functionality is restricted, and administered purely from the main router. You can still manually allocate static IP's etc for the nodes however.
Wow you got so many AC68U routers?

New AC68U is costing about $200. I think it is not cost effective to use AC68U as a node.

Furthermore, other mesh routers are w/o antenna and more ergonomic in design.

It will be more cost effective if other Asus models can converted into Aimesh.
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Old 10-01-2018, 01:34 PM   #25
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Wow you got so many AC68U routers?

New AC68U is costing about $200. I think it is not cost effective to use AC68U as a node.

Furthermore, other mesh routers are w/o antenna and more ergonomic in design.

It will be more cost effective if other Asus models can converted into Aimesh.
Compared to the more popular mesh on the market like velop, lyra, orbi, deco, Google Wi-Fi etc...the price is comparable. In some cases, the 68u specs are also better.
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How are you assigning static ip for the node ? Please share, I couldn't find any option after it's added to the mesh network.
It wasn't really showing up properly from the list of available clients, so I just copied and pasted the MAC address manually, and assigned the address that way. Worked nicely after that!

The handover parts work good Liao?
I was using the following before:

RT-AC68U (Main)
RT-N15 (AP Mode)
RT-AC1200G+ (AP Mode)

When it was on the same SSID, my wireless devices would hang onto the wrong AP's sometimes because there was still 2-3 bars etc. Now it seems to choose the most powerful node much more quickly / correctly.

Wow you got so many AC68U routers?

New AC68U is costing about $200. I think it is not cost effective to use AC68U as a node.

Furthermore, other mesh routers are w/o antenna and more ergonomic in design.

It will be more cost effective if other Asus models can converted into Aimesh.
Compared to the more popular mesh on the market like velop, lyra, orbi, deco, Google Wi-Fi etc...the price is comparable. In some cases, the 68u specs are also better.
I bought a bunch second hand to supplement the one I already had. I think it cost me about $100 per router or thereabouts. Definitely cheaper than buying a brand new mesh networking kit. Also in terms of tweaking etc, the ASUS software will be a bit more robust than the mesh ones, because they're more geared towards ease of setup / simplicity.
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The only issue I've noticed so far is that my wired clients have all taken a significant throughput hit, even using ethernet as the backhaul between Main / Node. Previously I was getting 900 ~ / 450 ~ Mbps on my fibre connection (tested yesterday at the same time), now I'm getting 350 ~ / 250 ~ Mbps, tested at the same time 1 day later.

Apparently according to the ASUS rep on the SNB forums, it's a known issue and they are working on it. Just thought I'd highlight this to you guys first!

(Even before a fix is found, the trade-off for me personally is worth it, since the handover issue > speed issue on my end)
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Old 10-01-2018, 05:31 PM   #28
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I bought a bunch second hand to supplement the one I already had. I think it cost me about $100 per router or thereabouts. Definitely cheaper than buying a brand new mesh networking kit. Also in terms of tweaking etc, the ASUS software will be a bit more robust than the mesh ones, because they're more geared towards ease of setup / simplicity.
Where did you get a 2nd hand AC68 router for $100?

I have been aiming for this model for some time. I think 2nd hand cheapest was at least $180.

In the end, I bought a new one for $200.
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Where did you get a 2nd hand AC68 router for $100?

I have been aiming for this model for some time. I think 2nd hand cheapest was at least $180.

In the end, I bought a new one for $200.
It's actually pretty easy if you shop around on carousell. These routers were standard issue for alot of ISP's over the last few years, so there are heaps of people selling them regularly. I managed to pick both mine up in a week without too much effort!
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:18 PM   #30
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i do not have any ethernet point laid ard the house, if i connect via wireless, would upload and download be affected?
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