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Ready to sell the Eero
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2020
I bought an AX92U to see if I can get some speed upgrade to the slower spots of the house, especially the office which hides behind 2 corners. It went from 80 mbps to 120mbps. I tried wired backhaul, but not helping much, until I turn 5GHz-2 as dedicated backhaul off and unhide the SSID with name and password. Whah! The office is now over 400mbps both up/down and everywhere inside the house!
Found it not compatible with different AiMesh router. Tried to use the ethernet to connect the AX92U to free up the 5Ghz-2 band. But as soon as I plugged the network cable into the 92U, it lost connection, unplugged the 92U, and the internet was very slow. Checked the app, it said the uplink type is 2.4GHz! Reboot, reset all routers, turn on/off dedicated backhaul, nothing helped. So basically the two 5Ghz bands disappeared! Luckily, my backordered AX11000 showed up, so my internet is up and running while I return the ZenWifi. I am WFH, so a good internet is very important and not going to bother to figure out what went wrong. However, I do suspect the hardware may had problem since they were bought from the warehouse as like new.
Note that I have a very sophisticated smart home setup with over 50 devices connected from doorbell to fountain pump, and many smart TVs, I so I am happy to get 400mb out of 1Gb internet on any PC or iPad with no streaming going, or 120mb with 1 or 2 streaming video on. But I am still researching on possible improment using 12 stream AX router.
I had Eero for about a year or so, although it had been working fine, but I had to use 5 of them to cover a two story home with yards, it doesn’t go through walls well enough. Also being a gadget guy all my life, I think it is time to upgrade to an AX mesh network to validate if it really can cover more grounds with higher speed.
Been on Amazon since day one writing/reading reviews, I can say there is no perfect product in the world, so I rarely buy stuffs based on reviews, instead, buy them for the looks or functions they provide. In this case the Asus XT8 got me for its speed and price, not for the bulky look.
Setup - easy enough, just need an IOS or Android phone or pad with bluetooth, download the app and follow the instruction. Make sure the two routers are fully linked before running the app, or you will see 2 mesh devices and setup will fail. Once setup is completed, move the node router to where you think it should cover the other half of the area. This involves a little guesswork, but surprisingly easy for me, since the signal is strong even where I left the node at the farthest corner downstairs. You can tell if the link between the two routers are strong if the led is solid white. If yellow or red, then move it around.
Connection speed - For my 1gb internet connection, ipad was getting 200/250 up/down on the Eero, now it is 350/400. Even in the backyard, I could get 170/200, with just 2 routers.
Coverage - I had not found a dead spot yet. Inside or outside. Although speed may vary, the lowest one been the office at the very corner of the house, on the PC that is 13 years old.
Compatibility - with same SSID setting and let the router handle the bandwidth, all smart home devices are working. About the only device not working was the 13 year-old PC the no longer has a updated NIC driver, I solved it using an USB 11ac dongle with updated driver.
I still need to figure out how to hang the main router upstairs on the wall, but other than that, I am happy withe the ASUS XT8, the simple setup and management using phone app, and strong signal for internet with just 2 nodes. It is something worth looking at for WFH now and the future.