eero - Mesh WiFi networking

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  1. rdy0329

    rdy0329 PhilMUG Addict Member

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    I'm using plume wifi. Super reliable! I bought the 6-pack for 2 homes (3-each). if spaced out correctly, I get the full 50mbps of my fiber line from each of my pods.

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    Whats great:

    1. It recognizes your usage data and analyzes it through the cloud. If you are gaming, for example, then it will prioritize latency over bandwidth so that you can have a smooth online gaming experience.
    2. It knows the wifi networks around you and automatically adjusts to the less congested band + uses a different band for the pods to talk to each other.
    3. Auto optimizes the network. The kitchen pod is the least used AP in my home so it pushes some of my smart home device to actually use that pod and take the load off my living room pod to focus on 4K Streaming and Gaming.
    4. Less intrusive design. Just plug in an outlet.
    5. Great UI. IMO, the Apple of Mesh WiFi. Set it and forget it.
    6. One wifi network name & your device seamlessly switches pods as you walk around your home. No separation of 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz because that's all in the background too!

    Whats so-so or not so great:

    1. Cloud-based optimization means no wifi network when your internet service is down.
    2. Sometimes speed drops down on less used pods even if you suddenly have the need for speed.
    3. Super simple settings. Not for advanced users, only port forwarding is the only useful tool in the advanced settings.
     
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    Ok how is the support so far? Are there frequent software updates available?

    And how do the pods reboot when the internet or power goes down? Does the mesh go back up by itself?

    I'm actually going to use it in my parent's house to improve coverage. Will be used with the provided ONT/router of Converge since its signal does not reach the master's bedroom.

    Devices in the house:
    1. 3 phones
    2. 1 laptop
    3. CCTV DVR (needs a physical LAN connection for online services)
    4. Smart TV (planned purchase)
    5. Android box (planned purchase)
     
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    How does this work? Is this connected wirelessly to your stock Fibr modem/router?


     
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    1a. Pods will go into "healing mode" when the power or internet goes down. It'll be checking for internet every minute or so until internet is back up (no significant power draw or heat).
    1b. When one pod goes offline, the remaining pods will step up their game, so to speak, to try and cover the area where the previous pod was located (auto heal mesh system).
    2a. 20 devices per pod for a reliable wifi experience as per their website.
    2b. All pods have 1 ethernet port, if your DVR is in a favorable(central) location then you can just place a remote pod beside your dvr and hook up an ethernet cable between both devices.
    3. Contrary to the suggestion of the website (one pod each room), you may opt to place a pod between two rooms (hallway) to be more efficient on serving few devices.
    4. I've not needed any major technical support so I'm not in the position to comment on it, they do reply to my shipping question when I was about to buy the device.
    4b. Software updates are done over the cloud during times where there are low network activities. 1am-4am or so. I think they employ algorithms to determine if its the best time to update (everyone's sleeping, or no one's at home using the internet).

    1. Nope, you need one pod connected to the Fiber ONU then the rest can be scattered around your home. It'll be the one who'll figure out the best way to bridge those pods. Preferably 2 hops max to get a reliable service.

    Example: Main pod (connected to Fiber/DSL) -> Pod 1 -> Pod 2. If you hop too many times, latency will take a hit. Good thing these pods know how to mingle with each other.

    2. For my set up you can see that both remote pods are connected to the main pod (symbolized by the earth) and those small dots are the number of devices connected to the pods.

    3. I've already retired my TP-Link AC750 router becuase it just works so damn well. Set it and forget it.
     
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    http://a.co/emuz63O

    For those interested Eero's currently 15% off for the base package on Amazon.
     
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    Honestly, for that price, I'd rather get plume 3-pack for $179.
     
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    I'm a Plume convert (y) 3 pods cover our 2 storey house

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    Almond 3 routers guys.
     
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    we're using google wifi, set of 3. covers three storeys. speed is consistent on all three points. very satisfied. by the way we are subscribed to sky 50mbps plan
     
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    For other eero customers, you should definitely look into eero's subscription offering. Beginning next month they're also including other services on top of their network-level ad blocking. For $9.99/month or $99/year you get amazing value out of it.

    eero Plus benefits:
    • Network-level ad-blocking ($99/year)
    • 1Password ($60/year)
    • Encrypt.me VPN or formerly Cloak ($99/year)
    • Malwarebytes Premium ($60/year)
    Over $300 value for $99 annually. I'm a long-time user of Cloak (now known as Encrypt.me) for which I have been happily forking out cash for 5 whole years and with this bundle it's practically free. I'm also subscribed annually to both 1Password and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, so, to me, this is essentially the dream security package. I'm elated that this bundle is actually a thing. I am, I am, I am... ;)

    Just thought I'd share this in case anybody else here is subscribed to some of the services listed above. And if you are, I implore you to consider eero Plus and save cash.

    Read more about it here.
     
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    guys, just to let you know that Almond 3 [bundle] is available locally via manilatech.net .
     
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    Mm...my old hodgepodge wifi system at home still works: TPlink plus unsightly ethernet cable (no prewired on my house). So, I decided to upgrade to mesh wifi and, considering its much lower price compared to Eero or Googe Wifi, I opted to get Luma through Amazon Global. Installation was a breeze and coverage is excellent. I like the simple app that allows me to monitor all devices on my home network. I get uniform speeds throughout. No more wifi deadspots. It works as advertised, like so:


     
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    Mm...yay...my Luma network security feature just blocked my desktop PC from visiting a site. Reason: it is a known malware distribution point.
     
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    I'm new to this mesh wifi concept; do these plume, luma, google wifi systems work as plug-and-play with pldt fibr modem/router? No need to request for bridge mode from hotline?
     
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    Yep, no need, just plug and play.
     
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    Yup, thats how I set-up mine....just connect your modem’s output to the mesh routers input via an ethernet cable, disable your modem’s wlan(if its a modem/router) and your good to go. Btw I’m using a TP-link Deco M5 which I think is the first mesh router available locally. :)
     
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    Mm...test your pldt device. Connect any wifi router via ethernet. If ithe wifi router works, it should have no problem connecting to any mesh wifi system. Mesh wifi works like any wifi router. The only difference is mesh wifi is a seamless network of wifi router (network of one or as many depending on your coverage requirement). Think of it as wifi plus. It eliminates deadzones for wifi and more efficiently handles traffic than a single wifi/traditional wifi router. It is just miles better. In essence, mesh wifi like erro or luma is the home version of a mall wifi system.


    With the proliferation of multiple internet-enabled devices, including IOT (internet of things), mesh wifi is an elegant solution that can keep up with the times.
     
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    In our home, we use Netgear's Orbi since last year. Setting it up is a breeze, with no complications noted. Connection is stable and consistent all through out the house and definitely an immense improvement in comparison with our previous router and network range extenders. Would definitely recommend it, despite being slightly more expensive with its competitors.
     
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    How is it? Does it have bandwidth control for individual devices/MAC addresses?
     

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