I bought a portal to replace an Asus RT-AC66U. The performance was about the same but I missed my return window so I’m stuck. I decided to double down and got another to see if mesh networking would solve my issues. But I have to make a call on this one before the return window closes again so it’s time to do a lot of testing.
I currently have one portal set up as the primary router (connected to FIOS) in one corner of the basement and the second connected to it using mesh (set up from the “+” on the main app screen) a floor above on the opposite side. Both units show green lights.
A few questions:
- Is there a way to see which portal a device is connected to? I’m not seeing a benefit to the second portal which seems very strange, so I think devices are staying connected to the first unit. For example, on my deck (one exterior wall and 15’ from the second portal) my performance is about the same as it was with just the original.
- If I unplug the second portal, will the network performance be similar a non-mesh setup and allow me to do A/B testing? If not, is there a way to remove the second portal from my without having to reset everything? I saw the post about using Fing to identify the IP of the second portal, but that unit doesn’t accept connections.
- On the iOS app, I’m seeing a device on my guest network as soon as I create it, but the web UI shows no guests. Is this normal? I don’t believe this happened when I was only using one portal.
- The guest network signal seems consistently weaker than the primary network. I could just use the main network, but we have a lot of guests and I like having their devices separated.
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