Eero Plus vs. Luma Parental Controls
I'm curious about Eero+ because a number of competitors offer parental controls baked into the app/hardware. Can you explain to me, Jeff C. how I can justify $100/yr for something that Luma has for free? I know all about the VIP support, et al, but apples to apples here. I already paid $400 for the routers... another $100 hurts.
Also, I backed the Fingbox for $50 a number of months ago which appears to be similar to Circle and others. I loathe subscription models so I likely won't get Eero+ regardless, but I am curious how they play off each others' strengths. I read the blog posts, marketing materials, and techblogs for info... but I'm still left wanting more info.
Thanks for the reply. Wife's birthday this weekend so I didn't get to respond until now.
I am a bit disappointed that there aren't basic protections built in. I don't feel I need this offering. It may be for some people, but not me. Se la vie. I do find Eero starting to lack in features, but that's a whole 'nother thread of discussion. Thanks again for the dialogue.
I understand the eero plus security option, which by itself might be something well worth paying for. That said, why are parental controls tied to eero plus and not built into the devises and software without a subscription. This is now one of the only routers on the market that doesn’t include that option for free. I am thinking of switching routers just because of the lack of this feature. I have kids and would definitely like to have this feature offered for free.
Here are some of the things I liked about Fingbox.
1. real-time alerts when devices join/leave your network. For example, you can setup users (my kids) and it alerts me when they enter the network (they don't have to join).
2. You will get alerts when devices are down (drats have to reboot Roku b4 the complaining starts).
3. Nice view of which channels/connection strength of each device.
4. User-based parental controls
5. Bandwidth Analysis: Good way to find bandwidth hogs
6. Wifi Analysis. Test connection/speeds from your device to the AP.
What didn't work very well (at the time):
Threats and alerts. Wasn't picking up all threats, not very detailed and alerting was spotty.
Neutral: Fingbot is NOT a router or firewall. this can be good or bad depending on your needs.
OK, I bought a 3 eero system for 499 plus the extra $$ for eero plus. I am extremely disappointed with the parental controls. I can't believe that in all the time since these posts Eero has not added ability to whitelist/blacklist individual websites either en mass or per device. Putting a family filter to shield porn and violence and malware is one aspect. But allowing the kids to use the internet for homework and other productive tasks while blocking youtube/gaming sites and other individual websites is a crucial necessity that i can not do without. I may be returning this. Can I run OpenDNS on the Eero?