Why use the Guest Network for Airbnb guests?
I have an Airbnb suite on the front side of my home with its own beacon and access to the guest network. The limitations to the guest network aren't really practical now that people travel with their own stuff, or are travel/working.
-no air printing
-no air play streaming AND most recently
-no ability to use their smart speakers (my current guest couldn't connect her google nest mini so I gave her my own main network name and password)
Initially I thought I could stick another Eero router on my modem but Eero support said that won't work; they will interfere with one another. No splitting the signal from the ISP.
My question is: what are the real liabilities for just opening up my regular home network and allowing guests to use it? I could finally put that printer in there, and I wouldn't have frustrated guests trying to troubleshoot their streaming devices.
I have a pretty well-appointed smart home (Apple HomeKit) that I can limit to our own devices to control (unless they bring a HomePod, then they can turn my lights on and off I guess) but what else should I be concerned about? Is this a real threat from the garden variety Airbnb traveling guest?
Hello jennifer ,
It is never ideal to share your home network password with people you may not trust. However, it is a quick option for you to allow your customers to gain access to any IoT devices they may bring. If you are concerned at all about how they will use your services, you can setup a second network in your home.
To setup a second network in your home you would need an upstream router, you can use either a Modem Router Combo if you have one or you can use your primary eero network. But you will have to run an ethernet to the area where you are going to setup the second network as the Gateway will need to be wired into the upstream router.
Once that is setup you can go into your eero app on the same eero account and click on Settings -> Add Network. This will allow you to create a second network to manage on your account. Make sure the SSID, network name, is different than your main network and setup a password. This will allow your customers to connect up to that network and access their IoT devices.
Let me know if you have any additional questions.
Thanks so much James! I mean, this is the solution I thought I articulated to eero support but, from the answer I received, understood it would not be an option.
My current setup is a Spectrum modem with one ethernet out, which goes into my eero ... I used to have a modem/router combo but boy when I added the eero with the same exact network name boy was there trouble as you could imagine. I believe it's a modem-only at the moment. Exactly how do I need to configure a 2nd network? Does upstream mean it has to be straight out of my modem and then daisy-chained to the eero? And is the Gateway the name for the eero router? V-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y explain to the technologically challenged :)
Okay, this makes sense and was likely what eero support was trying to communicate. Please tell me what are the real-world risks of just opening up my own network and password to visitors? Are there certain things I should be sure to do to my own devices to protect them from unknown prowlers...er, guests... on my own network ? Or is this too large and/or a stupid question for this forum?