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Outdoor Eero

Would like an Eero unit that can be placed in an outdoor weatherproof enclosure. Even though I have a hard-wired Eero 2nd gen placed next to the patio door, the outdoor range is not satisfactory. Rachio provides an outdoor enclosure for their wifi sprinkler controller and the hardware specs cover the typical temperature extremes for many parts of the country; hoping to see an outdoor capable unit from Eero. Thanks!

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  • I'm definitely interested in an outdoor eero.

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  • An outdoor beacon or a suitable weatherproof enclosure would make a lot of sense. Is it not possible to create an outdoor enclosure to accommodate a beacon. Not really a need for a special beacon design.

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  • Agree on this need, as my wifi enabled outdoor security cameras are struggling to keep connectivity to my WiFi network.  

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  • Absolutely agree.     Partner with someone to make an enclosure that will keep existing hardware safe, and look good still... Or have an outdoor rated node.     Also don't rule out those with POE, or Hardline's run to outdoors.       

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  • HUGE.

    I see that a competitor recently released one of these (can’t remember which one, just remember the tech blog article).  This would be an absolutely fantastic option for Eero to add to their portfolio.  I’d snag a couple of them.

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      • Yufasa
      • Yufasa
      • 2 yrs ago
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      rcooked Me too. I have a gazebo that is just too far from the main house to  enjoy streaming my music from the internet. I can put one on the porch and one in the gazebo and problem solved...

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  • Any way to merge this and the other outdoor feature request? Combined this is a top 5 feature request.

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  • Yes! Not sure why there is not anything yet for out door. 

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  • It's not needed.  A Beacon or 2nd Gen Eero near a window or exterior wall works just fine.

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      • rattrick1
      • rattrick1
      • 2 yrs ago
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      txgunlover Maybe for you, but not for the size and shape of my yard.

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    • rattrick1 I have over an acre and it's fine.

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      • rattrick1
      • rattrick1
      • 2 yrs ago
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      txgunlover I'm the same, but the coverage down by the lake, where I need a camera isn't good enough. An outdoor eero would be perfect for me. Otherwise I've gotta run a really long POE cable...

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      • rcooked
      • rcooked
      • 2 yrs ago
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      txgunlover I agree work fine for an acre.  However, I’ve got five with a pond and would like to have signal extended down by the beach and floating dock area.  Clearly there is a need for an outdoor unit or enclosure.

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    • rcooked an enclosure to keep it dry is not enough. It needs to be able to withstand heat, cold, and humidity for an extended period, and without voiding warranty.

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  • Using a beacon, make work for the home and a porch, and basic backyard usage.    However, I have multiple cases where a formal outdoor eero node, would benefit it GREATLY... especially if it could be powered by POE.       In my case, a node in my one bedroom, gives okay coverage on the deck, but I have it hardwired for a node, which would give me coverage in my yard and my neighbor's (who has the pool).   
    I am looking to install an eero system out our Boy Scout camp, which has some outdoor spaces, that would benefit as well.    

    I understand that it is not just about keeping it "dry", there are temperature and other elements that have to be factored in as well... but getting an outdoor node and 2nd SSID option, would cement eero as the number one mesh-wifi system at a fair price.

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  • Quit dragging your feet Eero on an outdoor Eero or enclosure. Need this now.

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  • Definitely agree that an outdoor eero that would survive the heat and humidity under my covered patio roof in the Florida summer would be a great help.

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  • Just as an FYI, I have had an Eero Beacon plugged in outdoors for a couple months now, in a relatively exposed location, with no problems so far. 

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    • rhody1854 Thanks, but until it survives for years, not just months, I  hesitate to put it outdoors. In fact, I asked Eero and they said that it wasn’t designed for that environment.

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      • Yufasa
      • Yufasa
      • 2 yrs ago
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      rhody1854 I don’t think it will survive the cold in the northeast or anywhere north for that matter, but then I don’t need it outside for the winter. 

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  • I will being installing my EERO outdoor network soon.  Our property is exactly two football fields end to end so about 2 1/2 acres.  The back 150' or so is a rising forest ridge so no need for wifi.  We have an Ubquiti customer access point on the beach with buried ethernet cable running the length and coming up in conduits in four locations.  We have one 3 pc set of 2nd gen and 2 additional 1st gen units, new never installed.  At lot midpoint we have a raised & powered Suncrest outdoor shed where my 2nd gen main Eero unit will go.  It will be the first item attached from the Ubiquiti access point.  A  first gen unit will be installed in a NEMA fiberglass enclosure back towards the lake about 150' from the midpoint Eero.  It will connect to a POE splitter that will separate 12 volt dc (to power it) from the ethernet (for it's data connection).   The other first gen unit will be in our shop back about 150' from the midpoint.  So all the Eero's with ethernet will have the wired backhaul.  That leaves me with two beacons.  I suspect one will be at the base of the beach access point since I do have a 110 volt outlet there, and the other may go in our camper.  I will report back in a few weeks if this thread is still around.

    For the last couple of years we've had an amalgamation of various POE switches for cameras, wifi routers, etc.  Mostly stuff I had laying around.  Since we got this new all aluminum shelled camper the need for a mesh system is really crying out.

    I agree they should have an outdoor unit but a fiberglass NEMA box ($52 for a 14 X 10 X 6 with a raised non-metal universal mounting plate from L-Com) is just the thing for it.  In any case you would have to have some infrastructure to it anyway, unless you are gonna set a big car battery or solar panel next to it.

    If anyone has any comments or theories about my proposed system I would love to hear it as I am really just a novice.

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    • wifipi where are you located? I’m in South Florida, and even though my covered patio provides protection from rain I’ve been told that the Eero units are not designed to withstand the heat and humidity. I don’t think a fiberglass shell (NEMA) would change that, but I’m curious what Eero says about your plan.

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      • wifipi
      • wifipi
      • 2 yrs ago
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      nsteinmetz We're up on Lake Superior.  Occasionally hot and humid but not for the most part.  I have had none of the various switches and routers fail yet after two years.  I am able to remote view my cameras when these enclosures are surrounded (but still above) by four feet of snow.  Even some powerline units plugged into my RV pedestals with just the pedestal lid shielding from the rain I have had no failures (an X-10 chime module still is working so I know whenever the shop door is opened.  If they are built up to the quality of cheap Netgear or Asus wifi routers I should not have a problem.  If they do fail after a while I will have to study up on Ubiquiti outdoor wifi equipment, it just seemed a little to technical for me at the time.

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    • wifipi probably will be fine where you are. I hesitate to risk it here in Florida, where I have had other outdoor electronics fail.

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  • Probably a little bit better enclosure would suit you.  Here is the link.  I would look for either the vented or the fan equipped.

    http://www.l-com.com/nema-enclosures?cmp=LM1

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  • So Netgear has released a formal outdoor module for their mesh-network.
    While it is on the pricey side of things; it is a start.... hopefully this will get some of the other vendors (hint hint eero), to understand there is a need/desire for a device like this out there.

    I am currently getting away with having an eero module up against a window facing the backyard, but this really isn't the best solution.    

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    • ebonovic let’s hope so

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  • I'm in NorCal and just ordered two of these... http://www.altelix.com/Altelix-14x11x5-Inch-PC-ABS-WiFi-Enclosure-p/np141105m.htm They customize them, so I had them include a sealed power cable from the outside to the inside and a powered fan (which is not shown in this picture). It does get hot here in the summer and the fan hopefully keeps things cooler.

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      • wifipi
      • wifipi
      • 2 yrs ago
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      gbdesai I just ordered one of those basic altelix boxes too.  How quick was their shipping?  Looks like a good deal.  What did you think of the quality?  I am heading up to install the 5 pc EERO system in a few days.  I think I only need one in it's own enclosure.  I'll post some photos and results.

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      • gbdesai
      • gbdesai
      • 2 yrs ago
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      wifipi Not super quick.  I think they just shipped it, I did ask for customizations, so I think it took longer than they anticipated.  Should have them in a day or two.

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      • wifipi
      • wifipi
      • 2 yrs ago
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      gbdesai Wow, it's already in FedEx possession and tracking shows a Tues delivery to upper Michigan not bad!  So these generic stock items process very quickly good to know.

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  • Hey great find thanks!  I ordered a couple of these Tenda POE splitters with selectable output voltage and screw tab mounts.  These should power up the Eero’s remotely in those boxes.

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      • gbdesai
      • gbdesai
      • 2 yrs ago
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      wifipi oh nice. I haven't seen these before. Thanks!

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  • This would be a great feature obviously, however in the meantime, I just place the beacon on the inside wall, closest to where I will be sitting outside, and it penetrates through the wall pretty good, as it’s closer. Just a work around until (or if) they ever implement this.

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      • gbdesai
      • gbdesai
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Chessmassacre  unfortunately that doesn't work that well for me. We have stonework on the outside walls that kills the signal pretty well. It only gets 10-20 feet beyond the wall.

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  • +1! 

    Definitely need this 

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  • I've had a Pro outside for several years here in the Texas weather.  No issues.

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  • Finally after much trial & error I was able to find inexpensive POE splitters and a short power cables with the correct adapters on both ends.  About 6" long matches 6" ethernet patch cables I found also.  This is gen 1 which is just fine with me. If anyone wants details or photo shout out.

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      • Ikonoblast
      • Ikonoblast
      • 4 mths ago
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      wifipi I need a poe device with splitter. Where did you find it?

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  • Gen1 Eero POE setup. finding everything in its simplest minimal form took a few weeks

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      • Ikonoblast
      • Ikonoblast
      • 4 mths ago
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      wifipi Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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  • Note the mounting tabs on both the POE unit (unique to the Trendnet brand) and on the Ebay found Eero wall mounts.  This one is going in my condo's garage (some distance away)  so my in-vehicle iPods will automatically update.

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      • Ikonoblast
      • Ikonoblast
      • 4 mths ago
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      wifipi Sounds good.. I bought the eero mount on Amazon. I'm going to install that and a poe injector and a eero pro in my attic on one side of the house.

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  • The power cable I got from a china Ebay vendor (took about three weeks) has different size plugs on both ends, and what I found is the mm sizes are slightly different from vendor to vendor so it was a slight nightmare for awhile.  One example was the outside of the pin was correct but the inside was not.  I found two things that worked, first one was a cord same on both ends with an adapter plug, then I ultimately found these cords.  I think I still have the auction saved so let me know if you need that too.  This is pretty clean in the end and a WHOLE LOT cheaper than the guarded details of what an "authorized Eero installer" was charging (lol).

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  • Thank you. Eero helped me find four authorized installers in the city. Three were either out of business or looked like trunk slammers. Really dumb not to sell the splitter.

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