Asus Ai Mesh with BT Smart Hub 2

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    matthewgordon
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    Hi all,

    Total noob here :)

    I’m a customer of BT and use BT Smart Hub 2 with 5 BT complete WiFi black discs in my house. I have always suffered from WIFI dropouts and very low speeds. Watching iPlayer or Netflix can be very difficult on some days and I get very low speed tests results anywhere other than next to the Smart Hub.

    Recently I installed 2 x Asus RT-AC68u routers using AiMesh. The primary AiMesh router is wired to the BT Smart Hub and then the second AiMesh node is connected wirelessly to the primary.  It works great, and vastly improves speeds above the BT disc setup.

    Do you know of way to connect the primary AiMesh router to the BT Smart Hub? This would allow me to move it and further the coverage.

     

    Thanks

     

     

    #9696
    UK Sentinel
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    We all have to start somewhere   is there any reason why you are still retaining the BT Smart Hub – this can be replaced easily for say a modem or modem router combo unit ?

    A modem is easier which will then plug directly into first RT-AC68U ?

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #9697
    matthewgordon
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    Thanks for the reply.

    I bought the routers to test it out really, so I could buy a new DSL router, but I’m trying to hold off for a while, saving the pennies whilst I can 😁.

     

    If there is a way to connect the primary AiMesh router to the BT Smart hub wirelessly that would be great. If not, it can be replaced 👍

    #9698
    UK Sentinel
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    ASUS AiMesh only works with another AiMesh enabled device, so alas no.

    ASUS does offer a Repeater and Access Point, but that does come at a loss of bandwidth over wifi etc.

    Take a look at this video below

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #9699
    matthewgordon
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    Perfect, at least I know. I’ll have the get the wallet out again 😁😁. Thank you

    #9700
    UK Sentinel
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    The AiMesh is simpler to use and more intelligent, and does make life simpler when it works

    Alternatively, you could invest on a couple of Ethernet Powerline adaptors (they use your homes electrical mains circuit to carry data) and move the first RT-AC68U further away from your Smart Hub, thus keeping your existing set-up

     

    AiMesh is great for Streaming and Gaming I am sure you can find another RT-AC68U on Ebay for under £100

    As for Modems, If you are on a VDSL connection, then the DrayTek Vigor 130 is excellent and around £70 and is BT approved.

    If you are on a FTTP / on Demand/ FTTH connection etc, then just another RT-AC68U is needed

     

     

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by UK Sentinel.

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