Living in a huge house, but less wireless coverage does really concern most users. Some, may, overcome the weak wireless coverage by purchasing a power line or a repeater as a solution. However, some, may not satisfy with the performance of the wireless, as the dead-spots still available at their houses. In order to overcome this, ASUS created an alternative way by making their own high-end routers to support AiMesh feature. An AiMesh is a feature to turn your ASUS router to become the nodes in addition to your main routers. AiMesh is an alternative to Mesh Wi-Fi routers.
Supported AiMesh Models (Malaysia):
I used two router’s I tested previously. Their models are respective as below:
The AC68U comes with the standard diamond pattern design like the most ASUS routers while, the AC86U comes with a futuristic cyber-looking design with two red stripes carved at the front cover.
The rear view of the both routers is identical except for the antenna’s used. The AC86U have more thicker solid antenna’s with “ASUS” leathering carved in each antenna’s while, AC68U comes with a standard dual band antenna’s.
SETTING UP AIMESH
Both of the router’s are running on the stock firmware(s).
Main Router: AC68U
Secondary AiMesh Node: AC87U
The setting up of the AiMesh is pretty straightforward. In order to use this feature, you have to turn on the WPS feature of your main router.
Step 1: Click on the AiMesh Node button. Click on the “Search” button on the given panel on the right.
Step 2: Turn on your WPS feature, or, the main router will turn on the feature automatically for you.
Figure 3 shows the WPS feature was turned on in order to use the AiMesh feature. If you disable the WPS, then you can’t use the AiMesh properly.
Step 3: Once your router identified the AiMesh node, the system will display the secondary router. Click on the given node (Just like in the picture below).
Step 4: The system will add the node in your router. This will take around 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 5: Once the process successfully, you will get the success message popup’s, indicating that, the secondary router successfully added as a node in your router system.
Step 6: You’ve added the AiMesh node in your router. Now you can place the secondary router at any place you wish to put.
Similar to Mesh Wi-Fi routers out there, AiMesh features an advance version of it.
The settings of the wireless only can be done with the main router, thus, the connected nodes will follow the rules defined in the main router.
For this test, I placed the AC86U at the downstairs while, the main router, AC68U at the upstairs.
Analysis of Downloads:
I able to achieve over 90% of subscribed bandwidth both on upstairs and the downstairs. By using a single router previously, I encounter problems such as slow wireless coverage, few attempts of failed wireless network test and some old devices couldn’t even get connected to the router. But, with the added AiMesh node, now, I able to access to the internet from anywhere in my house.
Analysis of Uploads:
The upload speed seems to be similar to the download analysis. However, during the test, not even a single test was failed. In other word, the test was done continuously.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
Part 1: Compare with the other products.
Part 2: Within the AiMesh feature.
- Easy to setup within the main router.
- Less time taken to complete the setting up process.
- Wireless settings can be changed in the main router.
- Achievable subscribed bandwidth.
- Nodes can be added up to 5 inclusive the router itself.
- Excellent wireless coverage.
- Stable wireless experience and wired (when get connected to the secondary mesh node).
- Stable firmware and offered feature are awesome.
- The wireless settings only can be done at the main router.
- WPS feature has to be turned on (security).
- Only high end ASUS router has this feature currently.
Although the technologies move fast as the newer technology were introduced, the manufacturer of the technology eases our task by minimizing the time taken by the consumer to setting the things up.
As for the AiMesh feature, you don’t really need to waste time, unlike setting the routers as a repeater or bridge in an old school way. The setting up process of this were pretty straightforward and easy to understand, even for novice users.
Next, the good thing about the AiMesh is, you get the subscribed bandwidth even if you place the router further than the main router. You also can plug your laptops or PC to the secondary nodes as well.
Finally, if you’re looking for a Mesh Wi-Fi router alternative, why not give a try to the ASUS router’s that supports AiMesh? I can say that, from my experience using this feature, I feel satisfied and it’s definitely worth for your pennies.
My Recommendations: 10/10
In case if you wanted to temporarily or permanently to remove the AiMesh, it is easy.
Step 1: Click on the AiMesh button.
Step 2: Click on the “Minus” button. The system will show a message.
Step 3: Click on the “Apply” button, thus, resulting the AiMesh node will be automatically set to the factory settings. By doing so, your current router settings won’t be affected.
Immediately turn off the WPS feature in your main router once you removed the AiMesh from your main router.
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