Asus RT-AX92U Wireless intermittently dropping

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
September 27, 2020 at 20:02:16
Specs: Windows 10, 3.70 gigahertz Intel Core i5-9600K/64 GB RAM
Ok, I just bought two Asus RT-AX92U routers a few weeks ago. They're in a mesh configuration. I have them setup with smart connect turned off so I have 3 different SSIDs. (I bought it because it supports wifi6 802.11 ax... my phone and PC both support it... and my Internet is 400 Mb/s service, so I want 400 Mb/s wifi...) Twice now, the wireless has dropped in our house and the SSIDs were not broadcasting or nothing would connect for a few minutes. This was a $400 router! I'm expecting near perfect wireless reliability. I downloaded a wifi analyzer on my Android phone. I moved the routers' channels so they're not interfering with our neighbors' wifis. That did not fix the issue. There are no firmware updates available for the router. Any suggestions?

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#1
September 28, 2020 at 02:36:51
If you're using Mesh, all the routers in the Mesh should use the same SSID.
So if the Mesh routers all use the same channel but a different SSID, you'll get trouble in wifi reliablilty.

Mesh routers do use the same channel and the same SSID.


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#2
September 29, 2020 at 20:18:32
I dont think I wrote i gave them separate ssids. I didnt do that though. I dont think you can give them separate ssids.

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#3
September 29, 2020 at 20:26:51
"I dont think you can give them separate ssids"

How to Set Up a Wi-Fi Mesh Network
https://au.pcmag.com/netgear-orbi-h...


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#4
September 30, 2020 at 07:21:45
So I'm not familiar with using the term "mesh" with wireless like it's been used here and on the link Johnw included. To me, that's how normal wifi works........period end of story...........LOL.

In my world, "mesh" refers to an actual network topology which is a different animal altogether. So I find it necessary to ask, is there a specific setting inside the router to enable wifi "mesh"?

If so, perhaps you could give me a brief rundown on what it does.

I have dual SOHO Routers in my home. If you check my link below to my how-to guide describing how to add a second router to your home, you'll want to pay attention to "Version 1" wherein you interconnect the two routers LAN port to LAN port. This is how mine is configured. It's worth noting, I also added an access point to my network and had to add the same SSID/password to it as the routers in order for it to work within my network.

https://www.computing.net/howtos/sh...

Router 1 is at IP 192.168.1.1
So when I preconfigured router 2, I gave it LAN IP: 192.168.1.2 with default gateway 192.168.1.1

Then I connected router 2 to router 1 as described (LAN port to LAN port). When I had it running, I then connected to the management interface of router 2 and configured the wireless network using the exact same SSID and password used on router 1. This extended my wifi network to router 2.

That's all it took. That's all it should take, to add your wireless network to an additional router.......or multiple routers if you wanted to add a bunch.

So my questions are these:
1) Is the wireless dropping on both routers at the same time?
or
2) Is it only dropping on one router?
3) If you have more than one SSID, are all 3 stopping at the same time for the same length of time or is it just one SSID?

If only one, then chances are that unit has a bad radio. If it's dropping on both at the same time, then you have another issue which may be related to the "mesh" setting if that's an actual setting you choose on that router.

If it's only happening to one SSID then it's possible it's a setting on the actual wireless network. I know I can control time of day that the wifi is available so maybe you've inadvertently shut it off for a period of time.


As a side question I'm curious about the 3 different SSID's in your home. If you don't mind me asking, why 3? I can see two, one for mom and dad and a separate restricted one for the kids.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#5
September 30, 2020 at 07:54:13
Perhaps the third SSID is for the neighbours...?

(Retreats to kitchen for a snifter of kooking sherry...)

But seriously - like Curt I can't see why such a complicated setup?

The goal is presumably to proved a stable (and hopefully secure) wifi signal around the house? The KISS principe is invariably better whenever possible... and Curt's approach/method is one of two which I know work perfectly.

And ideally link all routers via ethernet first; more stable than using wifi both ways?

If running cables isn't an easy option then one can fall back to using homeplugs to that end; and they now come with wifi extender options too!


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#6
October 1, 2020 at 16:10:21
If you have setup the routers in mesh mode, both routers use the same SSID, right, should be.
What is the 2nd and 3rd SSID and did they come from?

A friend of mine had exactly the same issue and had configured the routers with differnt SSID but same channel.

And so the connection dropped from time to time.

I reconfigured the routers remotely, so that all routers in the mesh system uses the same channel and same SSID and it works perfectly.


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#7
October 2, 2020 at 22:21:04
If the router with its corresponding nodes are in MESH NETWORKING, there should be little to configure. The mesh-technology does the complex configuration and routing. Why is the "Smart connect" turned off?

Just place the nodes in the house where there is low signal from the router. No need for Ethernet wiring between router and nodes.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/321...
https://www.tp-link.com/ph/home-net...


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#8
October 2, 2020 at 23:47:30
If I enable smart connecr, the 5g-2 network isn't available and thats the whole reason I bought the router. I read it doesn't do 802.11ax in smart connect mode.

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#9
October 3, 2020 at 07:19:27
dorlow

Are you ever going to respond to my questions or are you just going to ignore me?

If you plan on ignoring me, then please move on and seek your help elsewhere.

It's extremely rude to ignore someone who's trying to help you and I'm not going to put up with it much longer.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#10
October 3, 2020 at 07:40:02
There are times when pholks seem to want to use the latest toys to make the solution to a relatively simple problem more complicated than it needs to be.

There is weak wifi around the location... Curt and others have proffered a simple and effective workaround; and it can all be resolved with bog standard routers (as per one of Curt's options).

So often the KISS principle is ignored in pursuit of the latest toys and more complicated approaches.


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