I was faced with such a situation. The two-storey house has a home wifi network in the 2.4/5 GHz. The first floor covers the router connected to the wan on the second floor of the repeater. On the router (ASUS) connected a hard drive with shared access via network (smb), playing the role of a file server. And on a different drive (a USB flash stick 64GB) launched service transmission. I would like to install a mesh network instead of a bunch of "router+repeater".
On the Internet there are many articles on this topic, but they basically contain the principles of operation and if there is reference to particular models, it is difficult to understand what the capabilities of those routers to support external drives and launch applications.
Perhaps someone can suggest if not specific model, though, manufacturers that are worth paying attention to. I would've looked through the models of these firms.
In principle, if there is some alternative solution, such as a network hard drive with the ability to run applications on Board (not variant, like "old computer as file server"), then I would also come.
Maybe I'm a little protupil, but I have a ASUS RT-AC88U support AiMesh. Does this mean that I can solve the problem manually switch networks if the repeater will use the other router AiMesh? For example the ASUS RT-AC66U or similar.
Faustino.Huel13 answered on April 19th 20 at 12:19
The main thing to decide - you have cheap or go?
If you want cool mesh network stores a bunch of routers with stickers - try.
If you need a quality connection - Pro mesh network and about the repeaters to forget as about a bad dream.
Jakayla.Barro answered on April 19th 20 at 12:21
Buy two Keenetic'and one Extra and the second Air. In the first to connect to the Internet, and the second transfer mode signal extenders and all.
The desired mesh when you move a lot of territory that was painless switching between points, and if you have everything is in place - why is it needed?
Laury_Feeney answered on April 19th 20 at 12:23
If you have wiring on the first and second floors are powered from one phase, we propose to consider PowerLine technology. In particular, the model MikroTik PWR-Line AP as "repeater". This will allow you to get away from the Wi-Fi bridge and associated inconvenience, as well as eliminates the need to lay new wires.