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 have a Wifi doorbell and I know what AP it needs to connect to (and the AP and Door Bell don't move around :-) . Especially when I loose power at the house and then my door bell connects to the wrong AP (during the reboot process) ... So please get this feature implemented. Much appreciated @eero
This would be an amazing feature. Either this or block devices from specific Eeros.
We have a situation with my laptop, I connect it via HDMI to the bedroom TV so I can watch shows in my home country via a VPN. It has endless troubles with buffering and connecting, even though it works fine if I watch it from my hardwired laptop in the office. It will start streaming, and then pause, and when I check, the whole connection has dropped - it stays like that for a minute and then it reconnects, often to the other Eero to the one it was just on. The office hub is further away, but is wired and probably a stronger connection, but the gym leaf is right beneath the bedroom. There's no option to hardwire the laptop, plus like... it's a laptop, I shouldn't NEED to. We have a 3100 sq foot split level house, an Eero pro and two beacons, and nothing else has trouble getting adequate juice from all points in the house.
I called Eero support this morning but they were very little help. I didn't even get taken through any steps to reset devices or look at settings/locations of the beacons to make sure things were set up optimally. The guy was just like "there's not much you can do" and toggled on a setting that should encourage it to connect to the stronger one (spoiler: it didn't do anything, it still jumped between the two).
All of this could be solved if the app would allow me to say "let my laptop use the connection from this one".
Also, kinda bummed out about my support experience - I'd read great things and was sure I was going to get some kind of solution, but it left me feeling like no one cares and I just have to deal with it myself.
So...Eero dev team...what are you waiting for? Or are you just not able to figure it out? Even just being able to permanently block individual devices on each eero would solve this. Come on...put Bezos money to good work!
With work-from-home and schooling at home we have a similar but different issue. My son's room is right above my first floor office where the gateway resides. We have another AP in my wife's office on the second floor so his devices sit between two APs but his devices struggle to stay connected. My only thought is that his devices are jumping back and forth between the APs resulting in poor connectivity. If I could assign his devices to one or the other he wouldn't be having interruptions in his schooling.
This thread is super frustrating. It seems to me that the beacons are simply not functioning to the expectations of the consumer. The question for me is: when will there be a solution? I want to be able to go to my mobile app, see the devices connected to each of my beacons and the main gateway and assign them based on location and signal strength.
I think this would be a good option for problematic devices. You could put it in the same area as IPv4 reservations and port forwarding
Installed an Eero 3-pack today. I also noticed that a static client device was connected to a farthest eero even though there is one very close by. So I would like to see a feature allowing me to assign affinity. I have seen the workaround of power off-on working where it connects to the nearest one. I guess the signal from the farther node is still reasonably good, that's why the client is probably not re-scanning(my guess). Also, I have seen a device not connecting in 5G even though the mesh node is few feet away. I would think that 5G band would give better performance than 2.4 when the distance to node is just a few feet.
I do not understand why this hasn’t been implemented. I have had these Eero’s for 4 years and monitored this thread for the last 3 years. We can easily add devices to a specific profile, why can’t we assign devices to a specific eero station. I am constantly rebooting devices all over my house and I am about to reboot this eero network into the trash can.
I think it is an inherently complicated problem due to clients choosing the access point. The clients would need to support/listen to suggestions from the system (802.11k and 802.11v).
Within a few days of owning Eero 3-pack, I strongly feel the need for this. Today my ipad had connected to the farthest node in 5G and zoom was having difficulty maintaining connectivity. Even turning wifi off and on from the same location was again connecting to the farther node even though there was a node much closer. So then my only choice was to take the ipad literally next to the mesh node that I wanted and then do the wifi off and on. After couple of attempts, it connected to that in 2.4. Then came back to the original position and rejoined zoom, it all worked fine from then. I was continuously monitoring the signal and noise using netspot software on a mac during this issue time.
To implement this, I was wondering if an affinity option can be given where I would set device-A to connect only to mesh-node-B. If I set that then nodes A and C should choose not to answer this device-A. I recognize that I will not have the luxury of moving around with device-A and the transfer of connectivity from mesh node to node wont be there. I am ok to give up that flexibility. Not sure if something like this is technically doable.
Another similar option, I hope to have is to choose 2.4 or 5G. I know, feature request for separate SSID has already been rejected but is there some other way to implement this, may be, like the above method ? For example, I see that Mac always connects to 5G band but there may be a case where the available 5 signal is weak but 2.4 is better.
I am sure Eero software engineers have implemented some great algorithm on all these to make it easier for users which I think works out correct in most scenarios but giving some flexibility or options to those who want to give up some other benefits of mesh, will be good. I already see the need for it in just 2-3 days of usage with zoom call participation of 5 hours everyday. If this keeps happening my only option is to return the 3-pack and go back to my good old ASUS router as I never had zoom issue in this location in the house in the last 7 months of doing this every work day.
Can we get an update from Eero on this thread? I can't understand why this feature would not be enabled long ago. Every home has static device that don't move, often sitting a few feet from an Eero . . . I should be able to bind a device to a particular Eero. I have just set up 3 Eeros, and like everyone else, I continually see my main tv in my family room connect to my basement Eero, instead of the hardwired Eero sitting next to the tv. I typically find ~70% of my home devices connecting to my basement Eero (the furthest placed Eero) instead of hardwired Eeros within a few feet. Continually rebooting the devices works for a short period, but they typically end up connecting to my basement Eero. Why is this?
PLEASE add this feature. It's been requested so many times!
OK, I get it, it isn’t the router that chooses the connection path, it’s the device that is connecting that chooses which node to connect to. I’ve had “pretty good” luck in forcing a certain connection path by unplugging power from all but one eero node, leaving connected the node I want to use; then power-cycling the connecting device, so that it’s forced to connect to the remaining eero node; then plugging in the rest of the eeros. This works until something happens, like a firmware update on the eeros. But it’s pretty ridiculous, no? Did the brains who invented mesh routers consider this? The eeros know who’s connected where; can they figure out the signal strength between each device and each node? Maybe they could kick off a poorly connected device and let it reconnect elsewhere? In other words, not forcing it TO connect properly, but forcing it NOT TO connect wrongly??
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