Assign a device to a specific eero
I was recently going through my connected device list and noticed I have some of my devices connected to an eero which isn't the closest one to it. Wouldn't it make more sense to bind a device to a specific eero? For example, my Ring doorbell is maybe 10 - 15 feet from the closest eero but it is connected to one upstairs and further away. Not sure if that would cause a QoS kind of issue but for stationary devices I don't see them moving from one eero to another (Nest products, Amazon Echo, Ring doorbell, etc.)
I just bought and installed 2 eero's plus 2 eero beacons. My basement Roku is bypassing a basement beacon for an upstairs eero that is also horizontally farther away (in addition to the obvious vertical distance). I rebooted the Roku and the situation continued as such. Further, when I went next to the Roku with my phone, my phone continued connected to the upstairs eero thus bypassing the basement beacon as well.
As a separate problem, my home computer so happens to be about half between two first floor devices. My Internet connectivity was dropped while working then I noticed that the computer switched from one device to the other.
This is also pretty frustrating for the price tag as the whole purpose of my purchase was to get this seamless pass-off from one device to the other throughout the home. At first blush, I'm not sure whether I improved or not from my previous powerline adapter solution.
Certainly, the feature being discussed here would be extremely helpful.
I would like this feature also.. Especially for devices that don't like mesh.
As another example of why this is necessary, I have four Roku Sticks in the house. Whenever the Eero’s reboot (they get a firmware update, I’m testing something for support, power outage, etc) all the Roku’s end up connected to the primary Eero, which is not the best choice for any of them.
it ends up meaning that every few weeks my family thinks the network sucks because tv does t quite work right. I start troubleshooting, realize the problem, and reboot all the sticks.....
+1. I have the same problem with Ring doorbells that others have posted. There is a Beacon 8' away yet it connects to something much farther away. Smoke detectors, sprinkler controllers, thermostats, etc don't move around the house. So an ability to pin them to a specific eero would help ensure they are getting the best wifi possible.
Let me chime in to support this request as well. I have 4 Reolink cameras and a Ring doorbell near the front of the house. I have 4 eeros and 1 beacon. Whenever the network restarts (e.g. because of eero update), all these devices connect to whichever eero boots up first - usually the one furthest away. I have 50+ connected devices in my home (about 10 traditional and 40+ IOT). It is impractical to reboot all of these clients every time the Eero network restarts (specially if it happens when I am not there). In the case of the Reolink cameras, usually the ftp server starts getting errors because of the weak signal.
One solution would be waiting for all Eeros to boot (potentially elongating boot time) and then synchronizing on starting the connection process, which would guarantee that the nearest Eero was up and running when the client attempted to connect.
But, as the OP requested, it would be ideal to be able to lock a client to an eero node.
With the ramp up of IOT, this problem will only get worse.
+1, for all of the same reasons already mentioned. I've also noticed my ethernet connected devices jumping around on my 3 eero (ethernet backhaul) setup... not sure how/why that happens! Loving the system so far :)
This issue has been reported by dozens and dozens of people 10 months ago on this thread.
I’m having the same problem!!!! I reall hope this will be fixed! I love eero!
I've noticed something that might be a cause for incorrect assumptions in this thread, but also potentially a source of bugs within the Eero system. I'm writing because I know I have the issue in this thread, where devices connect to a sub-optimal Eero on network restart, then won't switch to a better Eero as it comes back online. Nonetheless, the below might be helpful or informative.
I use a wifi analyzer app for on my phone, which shows which Eero I'm connected to. The Eero app often shows my phone connected to a more distant Eero that would make for a poor choice, whereas my Wifi analyzer app seems to show the correct one that I'm actually connected to. My wifi signal strength (on the phone) and speed test agree with the analyzer app (good connection, fast speed, for a nearby Eero). It seems the Eero app is simply wrong or using old information. Interestingly, it shows that the connection to the distant Eero unit is poor, which would be correct, if it were actually connected to that one.
These errors seem to occur even after power-cycling, as I've found with my IP cameras when I power-cycle Eeros to attempt to get a better connection.
As I mentioned, none of this is to disagree with this feature request or deny that it would solve problems. I just want to highlight that you can't always trust what the Eero app is telling you. It also might be useful to the Eero team to know that the app doesn't always even know where devices are connected, so any attempt to manage connections by power-cycling or any other approach is compromised.
I have a Yamaha receiver that only supports 2.4 GHz and have found from experience that AirPlay only works without pauses when the receiver connects to an eero that is farther away but has a "line of sight" through a wooden floor and, perhaps more pertinently, typically has few devices connected to it. I'd love the ability to flag a specific eero as preferred for an individual device.
I too have also experienced many of these exact same issues and think that a feature to permanently assign a device to a specific eero would be very beneficial.
I would like to second the request to have the ability to assign devices to a specific Eero. I have experienced slower connection speeds running 3 Eero pro's than with running just two as I feel devices are trying to connect to a unit which is not closest. i.e. I would like to assign all of my entertainment devices to pull from the unit next to them not an upstairs unit. I would like my office devices to pull from the unit in the office, etc. Thank so much
Picture 1: wired into remote Eero = 126 Mbps
Picture 2: Wireless to Eero = 70 Mbps
Picture 3: Disabled and unplugged Eero = 126 Mbps
Obviously seems like a connection issue with which Eero device is trying to connect to? i.e. 2 Eero Pro's are providing better signal than 3 but when I connect direct to 3rd all works well. Having the ability to assign which device to which Eero may help fix this problem.
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