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Anyone know if this accepts a DD-WRT or other 3rd party builds?
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No AiMesh?
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No AiMesh?
Blue Cave works with AiMesh. https://www.asus.com/AiMesh/
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Anyone know if this accepts a DD-WRT or other 3rd party builds?
Looks like no for DD-WRT, and there may only be an unofficial version of Merlin (which is more popular for Asus). Good chance using Intel hardware stopped the aftermarket community.
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Would you use two of these with AIMesh to get the best coverage with identical speed? I've been debating using Asus AIMesh over another mesh router system and wondered what the best way to do that would be? Or is one of the other mesh systems a better option? Money isn't an issue. I actually want the fastest setup with the best coverage. I currently have a Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk and it doesn't connect well throughout my home. I don't want to have to run Network cables for backhaul. I want to do it completely wireless. Thanks.
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Based on what you described, I'd go with something simple like Orbi. I switched from Orbi to aimesh (ASUS 5300, 3100 & 1900) and the speed is not noticeably better. In my opinion, what you gain in features and control with aimesh you pay for in the time it takes to set up and tweak. The Orbi system we had (rk53: router + 2 satellites) offered a better user experience (at least for non-engineers who don't want to spend hours on network forums to optimize router settings). That's not to say that aimesh isn't cool technology, it's just not as easy to use as the packaged mesh systems.
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Would you use two of these with AIMesh to get the best coverage with identical speed? I've been debating using Asus AIMesh over another mesh router system and wondered what the best way to do that would be? Or is one of the other mesh systems a better option? Money isn't an issue. I actually want the fastest setup with the best coverage. I currently have a Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk and it doesn't connect well throughout my home. I don't want to have to run Network cables for backhaul. I want to do it completely wireless. Thanks.
I can't tell you if it's the fastest/best or not (Google can probably help figure that out) but I have the eero second gen mesh system and have been very pleased with it. I have a 1,400 sqft house on 1 acre and may only have a few deadzones on the very corners of my 1 acre property; definitely none in the house.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/eero...Id=5873516
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Based on what you described, I'd go with something simple like Orbi. I switched from Orbi to aimesh (ASUS 5300, 3100 & 1900) and the speed is not noticeably better. In my opinion, what you gain in features and control with aimesh you pay for in the time it takes to set up and tweak. The Orbi system we had (rk53: router + 2 satellites) offered a better user experience (at least for non-engineers who don't want to spend hours on network forums to optimize router settings). That's not to say that aimesh isn't cool technology, it's just not as easy to use as the packaged mesh systems.
Thanks a lot for the helpful info!
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I can't tell you if it's the fastest/best or not (Google can probably help figure that out) but I have the eero second gen mesh system and have been very pleased with it. I have a 1,400 sqft house on 1 acre and may only have a few deadzones on the very corners of my 1 acre property; definitely none in the house.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/eero...Id=5873516
Thanks so much!
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I have an ac88u already and was thinking of upgrading to a mesh system but I now see asus did a firmware update and added aimesh to existing routers. Would the blue cave function well as a node if I wanted to stick with my ac88u?
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I have an ac88u already and was thinking of upgrading to a mesh system but I now see asus did a firmware update and added aimesh to existing routers. Would the blue cave function well as a node if I wanted to stick with my ac88u?
Yep. Blue Cave is supported.
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