ASUS ZenWiFi AX Tri-Band Mesh System Delivers Strong Signal

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Whole-Home Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System (XT8)
January 6, 2021

A few month’s ago I wrote ASUS ZenWiFi AX Whole-Home Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System. At the time, I’d researched the system in detail but I hadn’t actually used it. Now I’ve used it and I’ll share my experiences with you. While I do receive a puny commission if you buy using the Amazon links I provide, I purchased the system at the regular Amazon price.

Since purchasing the Asus ZenWiFi AX mesh system, I’ve had the opportunity to use it in two different scenarios. The first came when I was visiting family over the Christmas holiday. They have multiple houses on the same property separated by approximately 100 feet and only one of those houses has Internet service. Of course I was staying in the house with no service. This gave me the chance to test out the system and see how well it worked.

I connected one of the nodes to the existing wireless router and set up my own wireless network. Then I placed the other node in the house where I was staying and hoped the mesh would do its magic. It worked very well. While I didn’t get the same speeds possible if the two units were closer, it was still a very good signal that kept me connected. While this wasn’t the reason I purchased the system, I was happy that it worked as well as it did.

The big test was once I got home. In my earlier post I noted that due to the way the house was constructed, getting a signal to travel between the two levels was a huge challenge. While I had a signal throughout the house, it involved separate networks and they didn’t switch seamlessly.

As part of the setup of the Asus mesh system, I set the SSID to be identical for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz so that my devices could choose the best signal. A few minutes after plugging in the Asus routers, I was in business with a strong signal throughout the house. Yes, the signal was able to penetrate the concrete and rebar as I hoped.

It took about 15 minutes for each of my smart home devices (switches, plugs, etc) to come online in the new network, but that is normal anytime there is a service outage. Then it was time to see how far the signal traveled. I walked to each end of the sidewalk outside my house and was able to stay connected. With a neighbor’s permission, I even went to various locations in their house and also stayed connected. It worked so well the neighbor may purchase the same system for their house.

While the Asus mesh system isn’t inexpensive, it is well worth the price for the strong signal it delivers. It is also sold with one, two or three nodes in the box. If you buy multiple nodes, there is a built-in discount for the nodes. If you want the best possible signal in your home or office, I highly recommend you give the Asus ZenWiFi AX mesh routers a long look!

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