Most efficient eero architecture layout question

Hi all, I am new to Eero, and just setup my network. From what I can tell, I have two options for a network layout (see image). 

In Option A, I have the two Eero nodes connecting to a switch and nothing coming out the other port. When looking at any of the wired devices near that eero node, they are all showing as attached to the primary eero connected to the internet.  

In Option B, I have the two 8-port switches attaching to their respective eeros nodes. I can only imagine that in this case, those devices would show up as going through their respective eeros as opposed to the Primary eero.  

My question is: Which is a better, more efficient layout? Option A has the benefit of 1 less hop to get to the internet. Option B might be beneficial because the load of all of those devices might be split across all three eeros more efficiently. I know each device can support around 100 devices, and I have around 120 devices in my entire house, so Option A should be fine, but I figure I would leave it up to the experts.  Thank you for your time. 

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  • Hi Pauly

    Either way will work.  They are valid topologies. 

    Both scenarios have downsides, option A has additional failure points between the leaf eero and the gateway eero, if that switch gets overloaded the eero might have issues talking upstream.  Option B has all the traffic from that switch going through the leaf eero before going to the upstream switch and then to the gateway.  It really is a half dozen of one, 6 of the other thing.

    I would try both configurations for a few days, figure out which one works best and performs better and stick with that one.

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  • Thank you Michael. I think I will go with Option A in one area And Option B in the other and see what works best. Cheers!

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