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ASUS AiMesh turns regular routers into an eero alternative

ASUS AiMesh turns regular routers into an eero alternative

Additionally, the Asus Lyra home WiFi system will be receiving AiMesh support even though it already has its own mesh networking system.

AiMesh overcomes numerous limitations found in alternative off-the-shelf whole-home Wi-Fi systems, such as mesh-networking systems.

Mesh routers like Eero, Netgear's Orbi, and Google Wifi are getting all the hype these days, but replacing your whole network with a bunch of new devices can be kind of expensive.

Asus is issuing a firmware update to allow pairing of several different routers using AiMesh.

Most modular mesh systems are limited to a single SSID, whereas AiMesh offers seamless roaming with either a single SSID for the entire AiMesh coverage area, or alternatively with separate SSIDs for each frequency band.

ASUS AiMesh turns regular routers into an eero alternative
ASUS AiMesh turns regular routers into an eero alternative

Unlike off-the-shelf mesh systems with a fixed feature set, AiMesh is created to give users unrivaled flexibility, allowing them to tailor the functions of their whole-home Wi-Fi system to suit their individual needs.

Not everyone has old hardware lying around ready to be turned into a new mesh network but this is a welcome feature from Asus. Once updated, additional routers can be added via the ASUSWRT interface or through a mobile app to create an AiMesh network.

A simple home networking setup may involve a modem and one or more wireless routers. All settings and preferences are centrally controlled and synced to all routers in the AiMesh network. Normally, all access points in a mesh network are the exact same model and run the same software. Each router is capable of superb performance on its own, so when they're working together in an AiMesh system, they're unbeatable. But WiFi coverage can be affected by many factors: room layout, construction materials, and even furnishings! AiMesh is powerful, flexible and can use a mix of ASUS router models - protecting your investment! More than a dozen routers are supported.

Several different models are eligible for new firmware; the RT-AC5300 and ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 will be added later this year. For updates to this list, please check www.asus.com/AiMesh.

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