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AiMesh: Asus’s Ongoing Journey to Excellent Wi-Fi

The ZenWiFi AX XT8 (left) and the ZenWiFi AC CT8 are the latest and arguably the best AiMesh routers on the market. Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

AiMesh is a free feature Asus brought to most of its routers in early 2018, and it has proved to be one of the best ways to build a home Wi-Fi mesh system. I’ll explain it all in this post.

Dong’s note: Since I first published this post on February 24, 2018, I’ve been using/testing more than a dozen AiMesh routers — in too many combos to count. In the past two years, Asus has released many firmware revisions with numerous changes, bug fixes, and, for the most part, improvements on this feature. This update, posted on February 13, 2020, aims to reflect the latest state of Asus’s AiMesh, including the support for Wi-Fi 6.

Asus AiMesh Wi-Fi System

8.6

Performance

8.5/10

Features

9.0/10

Easy of use

8.0/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • The most flexible way to build a robust, scaleable home Wi-Fi mesh system
  • Excellent performance, top-notch feature set
  • Built-in online protection
  • No vendor login required or other privacy risks
  • Comparatively affordable

Cons

  • Certain routers combos can be buggy
  • Guest network not (yet) supported
  • No auto firmware update
  • Hardware units can be bulky

AiMesh review: It’s like no other mesh

Available almost all Asus routers, AiMesh allows for combining any two or more routers into a single mesh network, similar to the Netgear Orbi or Google Wi-Fi. Over time, it has proven to be Asus’s most important home networking feature.

To use it, you need to get a couple of supported routers.

Asus’s current AiMesh-ready routers

Like most mesh systems, you use one as the primary router, and the rest will be satellites (or nodes per Asus). AiMesh nodes automatically replicate the Wi-Fi settings of the primary AiMesh router and extend the coverage, either wirelessly or via network cables.

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And an AiMesh system can offer a lot more.

Flexible hardware setup

First of all, AiMesh enables you to scale up your Wi-Fi network as your needs grow. You can start with a single router; then, later on, add a satellite or two. It’s also an excellent way to re-use your old Asus router, as a node, when upgrading to a newer one.

Most importantly, AiMesh allows you to pick and choose a mesh system that fits your needs and budget.

You can get two affordable Asus routers and build a budget mesh. Or get two high-end ones to create a high-performing system. And of course, you can also mix a high-end router with a low-end node.

All the features you’d need and more

An AiMesh system has all the features and settings of the primary router. And since Asus routers currently offer the most features on the market, none of the other home Wi-Fi systems can compete on this front.

In short, AiMesh is the only way to have a mesh that gives you the same feature set as even the most feature-rich standalone router.

Examples of these features include AiProtection (online protection and parental control), Traffic Analyser, Adaptive QoS, VPN (client or server), and an excellent dynamic DNS. And if you use high-end routers like the GT-AX11000 or the RT-AC5200, you’ll also get special features tailored to online gaming.

There are also tons of networking settings and tools that you can use via the web interface, including Wake-on-LAN — the ability to turn on a computer within your home network remotely.

What’s more, you have the option to use the Asus Router mobile app to manage your network on your phone. It’s the only app on the market that has the options for remote management without you having to register an account and log in with the vendor.

What you can expect from an AiMesh system

Other than the features mentioned above, you can also expect the following from an AiMesh setup:

  • Dedicated wireless backhaul: When you use tri-band routers, like the RT-AC5300 or GT-AX11000, one of its 5Ghz bands will work as a dedicated backhaul band.
  • Wired backhaul: Router and nodes can link to one another via network cables. When having multiple nodes, you can mix wired and wireless connections.
  • No hard limit: There’s no official max amount of routers you can use in an AiMesh setup. However, realistically you shouldn’t use more than five hardware units or three if you use dual-band routers in a wireless setup.
  • Third-party switch supported: You can use switches in between nodes. For best performance, make sure you use Gigabit (or faster) switches.
  • Auto-sensing WAN ports: Only on the router unit, the WAN port function as one — it needs to connect to an Internet source.  All ports satellite units work as a LANs.
  • No vendor account required: No account with Asus is required, even when you use the Asus Router mobile app. For remote access, Asus uses Dynamic DNS. So, there are no privacy concerns.
  • Useful mobile app: The Asus Router app works well for the AiMesh feature, both for setup and ongoing management.
  • Access point (AP) mode: An AiMesh system can work in access point mode, meaning you can use it with a non-Asus router to extend the existing network.
  • Universal setting restoration: In case of an upgrade, back up the old router’s settings to a file, then restore it to the new router. Most, if not all, of your network’s configurations — including those of an AiMesh system — will remain the same with the new router.
  • Here to stay: This is an ongoing feature, future Asus routers will support it.

Notes on using tri-band AiMesh routers

Generally, you want to use the most powerful (newer) router as the main AiMesh router and a lesser (older) router as a node. If you choose to use tri-band routers, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

First, consider tri-band routers if you intend to have a wireless AiMesh setup. And in this case, it’s best to use tri-band hardware throughout, both as the primary router and node(s).

As soon as you set up a tri-band unit as the primary AiMesh router, it will automatically dedicate its second 5GHz-band (a.k.a 5GHz-2) as the dedicated backhaul. It does this by creating a separate exclusive network and keeps the SSID (network name) hidden.

And this means, by default, if you use dual-band node(s) with it, or when you use wired backhaul, this band remains not available to clients — it’s just not used at all.

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If you want to make the 5GHz-2 band available to end-users, you can unhide its SSID and give it a meaningful name, different from that of the other two bands, and pick an easy-to-remember password.

Note that, now, this band still works as a backhaul when applicable, but it’s no longer a dedicated one. And when you use wired backhaul, this 5GHz-2 Wi-Fi network will propagate throughout all tri-band units within the mesh but remains unavailable at a dual-band node(s).

By the way, if you want to switch from wired backhaul back to using the 5GHz-2 as the dedicated backhaul band, you only need to hide this band’s SSID so no clients will connect to it, and unplug the backhaul network cable.

The Asus Router app is sleek and a pleasure to use and works well with the AiMesh feature. Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

When to use wired backhaul

Generally, wired backhaul delivers the best performance. Considering how AiMesh manages the 3rd band of a tri-band router, keep these in mind.

  • If you have run network cables, it makes a more economic sense to go with dual-band routers for your AiMesh setup. Using tri-band routers, in this case, is unnecessary. But it does give you the option to have an additional 5GHz-only network if you don’t mind setting that up manually.
  • You should make the 5GHz-2 band available to users only when you use wired backhaul throughout the entire system. If you have even one tri-band wireless node, you should leave this band alone. Otherwise, the mesh still works, but it no longer has a dedicated backhaul band.
  • Using tri-band nodes with a dual-band router will result in no dedicated backhaul, and you’ll make no use of the nodes’ 5GHz-2 band, at all.

AiMesh’s shortcomings

Like all mesh systems, AiMesh is not perfect. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Some router combinations might be buggy. Considering there are so many routers involved, it’s quite hard for Asus to make all work consistently in all scenarios. At times, a new firmware release that fixes one combo might causes issues in others. In most cases, though, I find that resetting your router and setting up your mesh from snatch helps.
  • No support for WPA3 for now. While most of Asus routers now support WPA3, if you choose to use it, your AiMesh system will stop working. Considering WPA3 is so new, this might change in the future.
  • Guest networking is not supported — the Guest networks remain at the router unit. Initially, Asus said it would fix the issue by the end of 2019. Now it looks like this might happen in 2020. The idea is it will happen, eventually.
  • There’s no way to manually set a band of your liking, 2.4GHz or 5GHz, to work as the backhaul.
  • You can only access the web interface of the main AiMesh router. (If you try accessing a node via its IP address, you’ll reach the interface of the router). Among other things, this means you generally can’t manage certain features of the node, including its USB ports, unless you use the ZenWiFi hardware throughout — more on this below.
  • Firmware updates of the nodes are only available via the interface of the router unit, and you’ll need to download the firmware on your computer manually first. Currently, there’s no auto-update — this is true for all Asus routers — so you’ll need to manually check for new firmware using the interface once in a while. Firmware update works better on the Asus Router mobile app, which allows you to perform the update, of both router and node units, via a few taps.
A ZenWiFi router has a brand-new AiMesh section. Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

The ZenWiFi family: The latest of AiMesh

Asus announced the ZenWiFi family at CES 2020 that, for now, includes the ZenWiFi AX and ZenWiFi AC.

ZenWiFi products are those built with AiMesh from the ground up. It’s now a central feature and not an add-on one.

For this reason, the Wi-Fi 6 ZenWiFi AX is arguable the best AiMesh system on the market, while the ZenWiFi AC is the best AiMesh setup among Wi-Fi 5 routers.

Among other things, the improvements include a new AiMesh section within the web user interface, which makes managing the feature easier. Also, you can now use the web interface of a ZenWiFi router unit to control the USB port and lighting of a ZenWiFi node unit.

The ZenWiFi hardware will also be the first that supports the Guest network and WPA3 when no non-ZenWiFi routers are involved in the mesh setup. But ZenWiFi hardware will work with other AiMesh-ready routers, in the role of the main router or node. 

AiMesh performance

I’ve tried many combinations using a dozen of models, with the latest being the RT-AX88U, GT-AX11000, ZenWiFi AC, RT-AX92U, and ZenWiFi AX.

Generally, all Wi-Fi 5 router combos worked well, though not completely bug-free. By the end of 2019, AiMesh on Wi-Fi 6 routers was buggy.

In early 2020, Asus released a new round of firmware updates, which makes them work much better, though still far from perfect. And you can expect even more firmware releases in the future.

That said, AiMesh will always have some flaws, but so do other mesh systems. Any AiMesh combination, though, can beat other similarly-priced purpose-built systems in performance and features.

Below are the charts of the real-world performance that shows how AiMesh’s nodes stack up against the satellites of other mesh systems, both Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5. I tested all of these systems in a wireless setup.

On the Wi-Fi 6 chart, keep in mind that the ZenWiFi AX cost hundreds of dollar less than all other competitors, namely the Orbi RBK852, the Alien Kit, and the Arris SURFboard mAX. Also, Asus said it would release new firmware “in weeks” to double the ceiling speeds of the ZenWiFi AX.

Keep in mind that your mileage will vary depending on the combo you pick. However, even when you use the most affordable Asus routers, your AiMesh system will likely be at least as fast as any other mesh of the same price, plus it will have a lot more features.

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Conclusion

In my experience, AiMesh is one of the best — and fun — solutions for anyone who wants to build a scalable, robust Wi-Fi mesh system, without compromising their privacy.

Most importantly, again, it can beat all other similarly priced purpose-built systems on the market in both performance and features. In return, it requires a bit more work to set up, and a large number of settings and features can be overwhelming.

The only true competitor I can think of is the Synology Mesh. Unfortunately, Synology hasn’t released more mesh-capable routers — there are only two, the RT2600ac and the MR2200ac — nor does it have any that support Wi-Fi 6 yet.


How to set up an AiMesh network

You need at least two routers to create an AiMesh system. You can use any combo depending on your budgets or your needs. No matter what set of routers you use, the setup process is the same.

Note: If you get a ZenWiFi system, keep in mind that the hardware units are pre synced. In this case, set up one as your network’s router, the way you do any other routers with a web interface, and your mesh is that ready — you won’t need to add the second unit manually.

This step to step guide below only applies to other Asus routers.

Steps to set up an AiMesh system

1. Update all involved routers to the latest firmware from Asus. (Third-party or opensource firmware, including Merlin, doesn’t support AiMesh.) Then, set up the main AiMesh router as a regular standalone router. This process is similar to setting up any router with a web interface).

2. Reset the router(s) that’ll you use as AiMesh node(s). You can do that via its interface or by pressing on its reset button with a pin. For more details on how to reset a router, check out this post.

3. Place the node router(s) within 10 feet (3 m) from the primary router. Note: Generally, you should use Wi-Fi for the setup process. But with the latest firmware, I was able to add nodes by connecting their WAN port to a LAN port of the main router (or of another node or switch) using a network cable.

4. On a computer connected to the network of the primary router, open a browser, log into the main router’s interface and click on Network Map, then on the AiMesh icon. Click on Search. After a few seconds, the node(s) will appear.

To start, click on “Network Map,” then on the AiMesh Icon, and then on “Search.” Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

Within a few seconds, you will find all the AiMesh nodes, click on the one you want to add. Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

Click on Apply to confirm. Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

The adding process takes about a minute. Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

And, a new node has been added successfully. Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

You can click on any node to view its information or change the name of its location as well as the backhaul type (Auto/Wireless/Wired). Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

For the best performance, you can use a network cable to connect a node to the main router. Note how the connection icon next to the node changes to show the type of backhaul it uses. Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

In an AiMesh network, you use the primary router’s web interface to manage the node(s), including firmware updates. Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

AiMesh hardware placement

An AiMesh system follows the same rules of hardware placement as those of any other mesh.

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Specifically, place a node some 40ft (12m) from the main router if there are walls in between. If there’s no wall, you can increase this distance to around 75ft (23m). When you have more than one node, place the nodes around the main AiMesh router.

On the other hand, if you use network cables to link them up, it doesn’t matter how you arrange the nodes. What does, though, is how to make sure your clients automatically connect to the closest node in real-time. For that, you need to configure the roaming assistance.


Asus’s roaming assistance

In a mesh system, as you move around, you probably want to make sure that your phone (or your laptop) automatically connects to the closest Wi-Fi broadcaster to get the best connection speed, instead of to the one that’s farther away. And that’s called roaming assistance or seamless hand-off.

Before we go any further, though, keep in mind that it’s always the speed that matters. If your connection is fast enough for your task at hand, there’s no need to concern about which node your device connects.

Also, for roaming to work, the clients need to support that, too. Specifically, they need to feature 802.11k or 802.11r standard. The good news is most Wi-Fi hardware released in the past decade has this.

So, most of the time, the default hand-off settings work out just fine. And in fact, many purpose-built systems don’t even give you the option to change this setting.

But you can do this with an AiMesh setup. And that can be quite useful.

How to set up roaming assistance in AiMesh

The act of adjusting the roaming is easy and fast. How to figure the correct values, however, is a different story entirely. Keep that in mind.

Here’s how to customize seamless hand-off with AiMesh:

    1. Log in the interface of the primary router, navigate to the Wireless section (under Advanced Settings) then to Professional tab
    2. Pick the band you want to customize (2.4GHz or 5GHz).
    3. Locate the Roaming assistant setting; you’ll note that there’s a default value already in place. It likely is -70 dBm.
    4. Change the value to a new number that fits your situation — more on this below. Then click on Apply.
    5. Repeat from step #2 to #4 for the other band
To customize the seamless hand-off, you need to understand dBm. Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech

Wi-Fi dBm explained

To know what fits your situation, you first need to understand dBm, (short for decibels relative to a milliwatt). Here are what you should keep in mind about dBm:

  • We are dealing with negative numbers, so the lower the number, the higher the value, hence the stronger the signal.
  • dBm doesn’t scale like most measurements (weight, length, etc.). It’s not linear and consistently incremental. Instead, it’s logarithmic and spiral — it’s curvy. As a result, the gap between -30 dBm and -60 dBm might not be more significant than between -60 dBm and -65 dBm, if at all.
  • Generally, meaningful dBm values range from -10 (optimal signal) to -90 (unusable signal or no signal at all). Still, the useful range that applies to each router varies.
  • Depending on the environment, a router picks a dBm value that works best. Consequently, you’ll find this number different from one router to another, but you can use it as the base to adjust roaming assistance to your liking, generally within plus or minus five dBm points.

My test routers automatically pick the dBm value of -70, so I’ll use it as the base. In my experience, where I live, that number is equivalent to about two bars of Wi-Fi signal on the client — an OK signal. That means -65 dBm is now an excellent signal, and anything below -70, like -75, is probably no good.

At this threshold, a client would disconnect itself from the current node when the signal strength gets weaker than 2 bars, and it detects another node with a stronger signal nearby. It then connects itself to the closer node.

Pick the right dBm value

So, if you want the hand-off to take place at a higher threshold (like 3 bars), increase the dBm value a few points from the base (-67 or so in my case). Now, your phone won’t wait till the signal gets as low as two bars before it jumps.

If you change it to an even higher value (like -60 in my example), hand-off might happen too frequently, which can be a bad thing, especially when you stay right in the middle of two nodes.

The reason is each jump takes a bit of time for the client to re-authenticate with the new node. Hence, too many of them close to one another can cause interruption.

On the other hand, if you change the value to lower than -70, hand-off might not happen at all, and your phone remains connected to a node until there’s no signal from it.

But, generally, I’d keep the value of dBm between -60 (less clingy, faster speed) and -75 (more clingy, slower performance).

AiMesh roaming assistance: The takeaway

It’s important to note that there’s no precise measurement for Wi-Fi range and signal strength since they vary a great deal depending on the environment.

That said, what mentioned above are my estimates applicable to my situation. The actual numbers that work for you depend on your environment and the routers you use. It’s a matter of trial and error.

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285 Comments

  1. Dong,
    I have an RT-AX88U 6000 as my main router. I bought aRT-AX58U as the node. Hooked it up as instructed and worked ok. However, the node keeps disconnecting and re-connecting, disconnecting, etc. I took it back and got a different one. Same thing. I do not have them wired with a ethernet, however when I do that it still does the same thing.

    1. If you noted, Tracy, I haven’t posted a review on the RT-AX58U. That’s to say I don’t have any experience with it. But it is indeed a budget router designed to work more as a single router.
      Here are what you can try:

      1. Make sure both routers have the latest firmware.
      2. Reset the 58U and try to hook it up again.

      If that doesn’t help, maybe you should return it, or contact Asus and give them an earful. 🙂

      -Dong.

  2. Hi Dong, thank you for another great review! I have a quick question: Does Ai-Mesh or any other Mesh WiFi work well in Linear (i.e., daisy-chain) topology? Thanks again.

    1. Sure, Jonathan. Generally, daisy-chain is never good for a wireless mesh system (it’s totally OK if you use wired backhaul, however). But if you use a tri-band system, the daisy-chain setup is more tolerable. In the end, it’s all about the speed you need. If you just want to share a typical Internet connection that’s not faster than 200 Mbps, it doesn’t really matter. If you need a specific recommendation, check out the ZenWiFi.

  3. Dong,
    Holy Moly – I’m starting research on mesh systems, wish to beef up my home system and I ran across your site. wow I am impressed with the in-depth reviews, writings, and tests… I just wanted to give you some kudos that your work is really top notch..

    thanks!

  4. Great write up! I have an aimesh setup at home. My main router is a RT-AC68P, while the other two AI Mesh nodes are RT-AC68U. All three routers are connected via ethernet (ethernet backhaul). I have roaming assistant set to -70. I have a ring door bell 2 (don’t get me started on that) reporting an RSSI of -66, so I’m afraid to lower the roaming assistant to -60 or -65. My main motivation for going the mesh network route is to avoid the constant hiccups/disconnects when walking around the house while Skyping/Facetime, etc.

    I had already setup the aimesh network prior to finding your website. Thankfully my setup matched your advice/recommendations – so no changes necessary.

    My main issue is I still have hiccups/disconnects when using Skype or Facetime. It is especially frustrating on iOS (12 or 13) devices. It is hit or miss. Sometimes the switch occurs without incident (perhaps a very brief pause in video). Most of the time, Skype or Facetime will report “bad connection” and eventually disconnect. A quick look at the iOS network setting reveals that the iPad (in this case) is no longer connected to the network at all! I guess no surprise because the roaming assistant disconnected the iPad. When I manually try to reconnect to the network, it prompts me for a password (that’s odd, it should have saved it). When I type in the password the iPad reports the password is incorrect! Only way to recover is to restart the iPad or forget the network and then reconnect.

    With android devices, there is still a hickup/pause when switching mesh nodes, but at least it reconnects after a few seconds (still not seamless – but at least it doesn’t drop the call entirely).

    My experience is so frustrating I’m constantly looking out for deals on Linkysys or Google’s options.

    My main question is if you have experimented with iOS devices and android devices. Do you by any chance have similar issues to what I’m experiencing above.

    thanks

    1. Hi Clem. I’d say that happens a lot to Apple’s products. For some reason, iDevices are behind others in supporting 802.11r/k which is required for seamless handoff to work well. Also, even when working well, seamless handoff doesn’t guarantee smooth real-time communication, so what you experienced with the android devices was close to the best you’d get. That said, check to make sure your routers have the latest firmware. After that, maybe back up the main router’s setting, reset everything to default and set up the mesh from the beginning. Leave the dBM at default and see how it goes, or you can restore the setting fro the backup file.

  5. Hi, Dong. Thanks for this. I added an RT-AC86U to my existing, older, updated, excellent RT-AC68U, and initially added the new/better router as a wired access point using the same SSID. Coverage was fantastic. Later, I turned on AiMesh, and reversed their locations to make the stronger 86U the router, according to instructions. Performance and coverage are not as good. the AP/node location is best for coverage, but the router is in a corner basement office near the DSL modem. I am tempted to turn off AiMesh and restore original configuration. What do you advice? Nick

  6. I am a newbie to aimless and I am wondering if I put a network adapter card ( PCE AC88) in my desktop, can I use that as my second router. I have one router already (AC-RT3100) which works really well but I am moving to a larger house and will need to expand my wireless range. If not I was thinking of getting another router to match the one I have. Please help. Thank you in advance.

  7. Goodmorning Dong,
    I noticed a comment which express that in order to become Wifi 6 certified the XT8 needs to support WPA3 (among other things of course). In AiMesh the XT8 doesn’t support WPA3

    Is Asus planning to support for WPA3 in the AiMesh mode? I find support for WPA3 quite important seeing that security is becoming more and more important nowadays. If not most important.

    1. All Wi-Fi 6 routers from Asus have already or will support WPA3, Marcus. It’s just a matter of firmware updates. Its AiMesh feature doesn’t work with WPA3 yet, though, so the XT8 will not work with WPA3 if you use another router with it. As a pair WPA3 will work.

  8. Hi Dong,
    I have a AC86U and its great although I lose signal in the far corners of my house so have just purchased a pair of the new Zenwifi CT8’s to use as AIMesh. The CT8 will be the router and one of the nodes and I’m wondering if its ok to set up the AC86U as another node or if this would mess things up as its only dual band and I can’t use wired backhaul at all without my home looking a mess with wires everywhere!!
    Any advice would be useful as I’d like to use all three devices if possible to give me the best coverage but could sell the AC86U if its going to mess up the two CT8’s.
    Thanks, Ian

  9. Thanks Dong. That’s what I had done at one point and placed the router in the DMZ to try eliminating the double nat situation. Problem is that you lose some FIOS TV capabilities like viewing the DVR flicks on your iPad. I’ll try again with the latest firmware and let you know how it goes. BTW is the AC88U a better device to place as the main router with the 86u as nodes or should I make one of the 86u the main router? I understand the 86u is the newer of the two routers even though its a lower number.

  10. I tried AIMesh and it is the most unreliable piece of software I’ve ever come across. Random restarts, random de-auth, dhcp stopping working, randomly stopping forwarding traffic. Honestly, I’d not buy Asus in the future.

  11. Hi Dong, I have a 6500 sf home and tried running a FiOS quantum gateway as the main router with an AC88 (primary mesh AP) and 5 AC86U (nodes). They’re all connected using wired backhaul. Usually after a few days, the devices would start to drop off a lot of connections and have to be rebooted. I finally gave up trying to get the AiMesh feature to work and reconfigured them all as plain old access point nodes connected by Ethernet. Do I have too many nodes? What’s the real advantage of AiMesh vs using them as plain access points?

    1. I think that’s because you use the system in an AP mode. Try using the AC88U as in the router mode. You can have the system as a double NAT or you can configure the Fios to work as a modem (more here.) Using the node as regular APs works fine but you’ll have configure each individually, and you might have a lot of interference. So here’s what you should do:

      1. Upgrade all routers to the latest firmware.
      2. Reset them all to default
      3. Set up the AC88U as the main AiMesh router.
      4. Connect the AC86U to the router (or switch) using their WAN ports (you can daisy chain them)
      5. Set them up as an AiMesh system.

      That will work well.

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