The main network equipment manufacturers have Wi-Fi Mesh devices, and thanks to said devices there is Wi-Fi roaming in our homes, therefore the user never gets disconnected when changing from one node to another. Normally, high-end routers do not have the Wi-Fi Mesh feature because they have special devices, such as the ASUS Lyra and the ASUS Lyra Mini, to get said feature. ASUS has now launched ASUS AiMesh, a technology that has been built into the brand’s high-end routers to allow them to have Wi-Fi Mesh.
What is ASUS AiMesh and what does it do?
All of ASUS’ high-end routers feature the ASUS AiRadar technology, also known as Beamforming, capable of focusing the wireless signal to wherever we have a Wi-Fi client, providing a greater wireless coverage and speed. Although in most cases only one router is enough to have a fast, reliable connection and to provide coverage for our entire home, it is possibly not enough for very large homes or for those with several floors.
ASUS AiMesh will give us the possibility to connect multiple ASUS routers and create a Wi-Fi Mesh network, therefore when we move around our home we can always establish a connection to the closest one, and the transition between one device and the other is made without noticing any type of issue. Thanks to this technology, we can take advantage of the ASUS routers that we already have, so even if we upgrade the main router, we can continue taking advantage of the old one to expand the coverage at home.
Up until now, ASUS allowed to activate a “roaming assistant” based on RSSI, meaning that when a Wi-Fi client had an RSSI (signal) below a certain threshold, the router “ejected” it so that the device would connect to the closest access point. In this case, although the transition was quite fast, we always had a small cut in the wireless connection, but with ASUS AiMesh this disappears as the routers “talk” to each other to make the transition completely smooth for the user.
Other features of ASUS AiMesh is that it allows you to set up a wired backbone or “trunk” connection with a 2.4 GHz band or a 5 GHz band. The system chooses the best combination automatically, always aiming to provide the best possible performance. The simultaneous tri-band routers will use a 5 GHz band for their connection. In the hypothetical case that one of the routers fails, the system allows to exclude said device from the AiMesh network and keep using the other wireless routers’ connections.
ASUS AiMesh allows us to use the same SSID for all frequency bands and routers, as well as different network names for each frequency band. In this way, we make sure that we are always connected to the frequency band that we want, preventing the router from choosing it, as it happens with other Wi-Fi Mesh systems.
ASUS AiMesh vs. Mesh systems
The main difference between ASUS AiMesh and Mesh systems from ASUS (Lyra and Lyra Mini) and other manufacturers lies in their setup options and performance. Wi-Fi Mesh systems are only compatible with the devices for that model. Usually, they come in predefined packages, although later on we will be able to buy more nodes of the same model; they allow us to create only one SSID, and customizing the Wi-Fi Mesh system is quite limited because it does not support many features in terms of the router.
How to manage the routers with ASUS AiMesh
Although the system is very easy to set up, AiMesh allows us to use and control all of the routers’ functions directly with the ASUS Router app or with the PC by opening the ASUSWRT interface. Thanks to ASUS AiMesh, we will have the best features of high-end routers (adaptive QoS, VPN, advanced parental control, AiProtection, IPTV, DMZ, Game Boost, etc.) and of Wi-Fi Mesh systems (Wi-Fi roaming).
The first thing that we will have to do to set up our AiMesh system is to download and update our router’s firmware, as we must install a special firmware. Next, we set up the most powerful router in our network as usual, and later, on the main screen, we click “Search” other routers to add them to the Wi-Fi Mesh network.
What routers are currently compatible with ASUS AiMesh?
In Spain, we currently have two models that are compatible with ASUS AiMesh: the first one is the popular ASUS RT-AC86U, one of the best routers in the market in terms of its quality-price ratio. The second one that is currently available is the ASUS RT-AC68U, of which we have a full review in RedesZone.
According to ASUS, soon we will have a special firmware with ASUS AiMesh for these high-end Wi-Fi routers:
- ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300
- ASUS RT-AC5300
- ASUS RT-AC88U
You can access ASUS AiMesh’s official webpage to find the firmware of the routers that are currently compatible.
Will we see this ASUS AiMesh technology on the brand’s Wi-Fi repeaters? It is very likely that the high-end Wi-Fi repeaters will feature it in the coming months, as all of them currently have “roaming assistance” but lack Wi-Fi Mesh. It is clear that Wi-Fi Mesh is here to stay, and being able to switch from one “node” to another without a connection cut is something to take into account.
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