[Amazon.ca] Asus ZenWiFi Mesh Routers (2-pack) XT8 - $429.99
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Only black is this price though. Previous low was around $479 I think
Oct 5th, 2022 4:27 pm
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Hey, thanks for the input. Does it reach gigabit or close enough speed on Wi-Fi? I have a 1.5 gig connection with Bell and was planning on buying this.
Oct 5th, 2022 6:51 pm
I have a Telus Gigabit plan, which *only* promises 940 Mbps, and I routinely get 800-900Mbps from 40’ away. I say routinely because I need to occasionally optimize the connection in the (excellent) Asus software.
Oct 5th, 2022 7:20 pm
Thanks. Do you only connect one device while checking the speed? Also, is this with walls ? Seems excellent speed on wifi
Oct 5th, 2022 7:23 pm
On wired backhaul, I get ~1.2 Gbps wifi immediately next to the nodes. When I had wireless backhaul between the nodes it was ~700 mbps next to the nodes.
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The XT12 also supports merlin firmware, which I wish it did for mine.
Oct 5th, 2022 7:37 pm
ASUS routers allow you to do that. I think by default it is even set up to have them on seperate SSIDs IIRC. The option is called "Smart Connect" and you can just turn it off.
Oct 5th, 2022 7:39 pm
I have a Shaw 1Gig connection and between the Shaw XB7 modem's 2.5Gbps LAN port to XT8's 2.5Gbps WAN port, I get a little over 1Gig speeds. But to achieve the same bandwidth over your connected devices whether it is wired or wireless then that depends on other factors and your use case.
Oct 5th, 2022 7:54 pm
Thank you for your input. Do you have Bell Fibe 1.5 too?TerrorByte wrote: ↑ On wired backhaul, I get ~1.2 Gbps wifi immediately next to the nodes. When I had wireless backhaul between the nodes it was ~700 mbps next to the nodes.
I think Wifi 6E performs even faster, this is Wifi 6 so it is a little outdated already.
It's a good set of routers in their AiMesh line. Lots of additional features, handles a ton of IoT devices without any problem to more demanding devices. The mobile app is decent, firmware updates are frequent.
Also shares a lot of metrics over UPnP/IGD if you're into that.
They have 2.5G WAN ports, but all the LAN ports are gigabit. So interestingly they can serve faster speeds over wifi than LAN, albeit under ideal conditions. That's one downside for sure. You can always get another AiMesh device with 2.5G LAN ports in the future, or opt for something else entirely.
I picked up some open-box from an outlet for $400ish almost a year back. So this is a great price, but yeah they have been superseded already.
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What device are you using to test? I have an AX-88U and a gig plan also. Wired I can easily get 940Mbps, but using my MBP M1 Pro, I only get ~600Mbps, right next to the router.
Oct 5th, 2022 8:36 pm
Can you test you router speed (inside) please, I only get 1.5 GB down and 1gb up speed with bell 3G plan, thanksAnelephant wrote: ↑ The XT12 also supports merlin firmware, which I wish it did for mine.
I got the Zenwifi ET12, so the Wifi 6e version of this system. So just to speak on the speeds, my only device that can (now, finally) get on the 6 GHz band is my Pixel 6, which I haven't seen get wireless >1.4 Gbps ever (I have that Bell 3 Gbps plan, and using the 2.5 GHz WAN/LAN ports w/ wired backhaul). But I get over 1 Gbps everywhere I get signal (I found I had to use the wireless MAC filter to deny my Pixel 6 the ability to connect to the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bands, as I found it will often switch off 6 GHz).
Oct 5th, 2022 9:31 pm
The roaming is a problem for any mesh wireless network. A router cannot force a client to connect to the nearest access point, but only suggest to the client that there is a better one nearby. Ultimately it is the client that decides where to connect. Some clients like laptops have a setting where you can adjust the roaming aggressiveness, so that it will more likely try to connect to the nearest access point. For mobile devices though there's nothing of the sort that I'm aware of. One way to mitigate this is to try to space out or reduce the transmission power of the access points such that there is just enough overlap between them, not too small but not too big of an overlap.
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Yeah I do, didn't opt for 3Gbps.