The mesh technology in devices has taken the networking industry by storm. Users who earlier preferred range extenders and multiple access points to expand their device’s network coverage, now prefer Mesh systems over everything else. And why not, Mesh technology is a one-stop solution for every network expansion need. If you have also purchased a mesh router system from ASUS recently, there is some information you might need. This blog is a complete guide for those new to Mesh technology and those struggling to synchronize their devices. You will also find information on what to do if the ASUS AiMesh synchronization fails.
But First, What Is AiMesh?
AiMesh is a technology that helps users connect multiple compatible routers to create a mesh-like Wi-Fi network that covers your complete home. This helps you mix different AiMesh compatible routers, and add even more at any time to even expand the coverage. All devices in such a network can access the features of the main router/host router.
Moreover, AiMesh is fast and reliable, and helps you surf the internet in a worry-free manner. You can connect to the internet using your wireless devices on the go, without having to switch to different networks manually.
Now, How Do You Setup An ASUS AiMesh Router?
Before you begin with the ASUS Ai-Mesh system setup, make sure you have the following equipment available and you have made the following arrangements:
- At least two ASUS routers that support AiMesh
- Ethernet cable(s)
One of the routers to be assigned as AiMesh router and the other to be assigned as an AiMesh Node. Make sure you assign the router with the highest specifications as the AiMesh router.
Now, once you are ready with the arrangements and the equipment, here are some steps you can follow:
- Position the AiMesh router and the node within a meter or two of each other.
- Connect the power adapters of these devices to the power outlet and switch on the power supply. If there’s a power on/off button, press it to turn on the devices.
- Notice the LED lights of WAN, the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz band, to ensure that the routers are ready to be paired.
- Connect your computer system to the main router using an ethernet cable.
- Launch a web browser and you will automatically be redirected to the Asus router setup wizard. If not, use the default web address https://router.asus.com in the address bar to access the same.
- Once the setup wizard loads, go to the Administration tab and click on the Firmware Upgrade section.
- Click on the Check button next to the Check Update field. If there’s an update available, update the firmware version.
Once the device firmware is updated, navigate to the Network Map page to check if the AiMesh icon is there.
The final step would be performing a factory RESET on your AiMesh node. Once the reset process is complete, allow the AiMesh node to stay powered on and in standby mode for the AiMesh settings to begin.
Beginning With The AiMesh Setup
- Unplug your cable/DSL modem and the other networking devices.
- Connect the MODEM to the AiMesh router using a network cable and then power on the DSL modem. Notice the LED lights on the MODEM to check and confirm if the connection is active.
- Plug in the power adapter and press the power button at the back of the router. Check the LED lights of the WAN, 2.4G, and 5G network bands to ensure that the hardware is ready to be set up.
- Connect your computer to the AiMesh router using a network cable.
- Launch a web browser and navigate to the ASUS router setup wizard.
- Go to the Network Map page and click on the AiMesh icon and search for the AiMesh node.
- Click on the Search button and the device will search for an AiMesh node automatically. When the AiMesh node shows on the page, click on it to add it to the system.
Your ASUS AiMesh router is now in sync with your AiMesh node. You can now place your AiMesh node at a location where you need the network coverage at.
Now, the big question!
What To Do If The ASUS AiMesh Synchronization Fails?
In case your ASUS router is unable to find a AiMesh node nearby or the sync operation fails, you can perform some checks:
- Make sure your AiMesh node is powered on.
- Check if the AiMesh node is updated to the latest Ai-Mesh supported firmware version.
- Make sure that the AiMesh node has been RESET to default settings after firmware update.
- Keep the AiMesh node and the AiMesh router within a meter or two of each other while the sync process is being carried out.