I have an eero system in my house which covers the house pretty well but doesn’t really cover much of my back yard.
As I walk around my yard my WiFi drops out.
What would be the best way to ensure that I can get good coverage in my yard?
I was looking at outdoor WiFi extenders on amazon but would that work with eero?
Hi blairdee2000 —
Thanks for reaching out. It isn't possible to add another third-party extender as an eero access point to your network.
If you'd like to extend coverage to your backyard, we recommend placing an eero on a wall on the side of your house that has the yard. Depending on the structure of the home, as well as other factors, performance reaching outside of the home can vary.
If this isn't an option, depending on the extender, you may be able to add one as a connected device to extend your coverage. However, any client devices that connect to that access point will follow any settings assigned to the extender and not the device.
We also can't ensure the same performance expectations, as eero isn't designed to work with third-party range extenders.
unfortunately I already tried moving one of my eeros on the wall facing the yard and it improved the coverage in my yard but it still was not great.
when you said....
"If this isn't an option, depending on the extender, you may be able to add one as a connected device to extend your coverage. However, any client devices that connect to that access point will follow any settings assigned to the extender and not the device. "
could you elaborate on that?
Thanks for the info! So the main purpose for outdoor coverage for me is to be able to connect to my outdoor airplay speakers from my back yard.
I used to use an asus RT-N66U router before i got my eero system and the signal from that reached outside nicely.
i like the features of my eero though and it covers the inside of my house better.
so I am wondering if I could just hook up the asus router downstream from the eero base station. I know it would have a different SSID, but If i were to connect my airplay speakers to that new SSID, then when I am outside, I would just have to switch my device over to the other SSID in order to airplay.
i would love it if I could have the SAME SSID, but I am just thinking its something to try using the equipment that I already own.
I have 3 of these. Ubiquiti Unifi Ap-AC Long Range - Wireless Access Point - 802.11 B/A/G/n/AC (UAP-A... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015PRCBBI/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_i_RRmcDb02B4GTB. Can buy on Amazon.
Jeff C. said:
What this is referring to is when a device is connected to the extender (instead of an eero on the eero network), we are unable to recognize the specific device through the extender and thus can't apply any specific settings (scheduled pauses, static IPs, etc.) assigned for that device. Instead, the eero network will be seeing this as activity from the extender.
I have been playing around with a TP-Link extender and my Eero network. It seems to be working ok and connects to the eero network without any problem via wifi. I set it up with a separate SSID and clients again connect without any issue to it. It also acts as a bridge so I can see the router and its clients in the eero list of connected devices.
We got a Hydrawise irrigation controller outside our house (HOA owned). I tried to connect it to my home wifi but it always show “wireless connection failed” and “can’t find wifi access point.” Although the controller found my home network and I used the correct password to it, with strong signal shown on the controller’s screen. Still, I got the same result, failed. Hydrawise said it only works in these channels 1-11, and 2.4ghz frequency only. For security type, Hydrawise only supports WPA/WPA2 or WPA/WPA2-PSK. Please advise on how to resolve this issue. Thanks.
I wanted to extend my network to a location outside maybe 300' from the next closest Eero in my house. The location is fully exposed to the elements next to a horse barn - wind, rain, lots of dust and temp swings. I had access to power, but wired net is not an option. My set up has been working GREAT for about a year now.
- I chose an Eero Beacon for the location
- I chose an IP67 rated box to keep out all elements: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075X15V3L/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- The box is mounted about 6.5' feet up, on top of a 4x4.
- I drilled a whole into the side of the box and routed power into the box to a 2 gang GFCI outlet
- Inside the box I have the Beacon, another small network device and the 2 gang outlet.
That's it. It has gone through 4 full seasons now and has performed quite well. I have had no reason at all to open the box again, though I chose to open the box again out of curiosity about a week ago. First time opening it since I mounted it. Interior of box was pristine - no dust, no water, perfect. Again, this is about 300' from the next nearest Eero, which is inside my house. Except for one wall between the inside Eero and the outdoor Eero, it is unobstructed line-of-sight. Network stability at the outdoor access point has been rock solid. There is of course some bandwidth degradation. I get about 90gbps throughput, which is still plenty to support Zoom sessions, phone calls, file transfers and other work.
This has worked so well for me that I will be installing another similar outdoor Eero - but with an Eero Pro and a slightly different junction box.
I easily solved the outside issue. I did call Eero asking for an outside solution but got the not supported answer. Understand. So, I bought a plastic electric box off Amazon and installed it on my fence about 120 feet away from the back of my house. I installed an Eero unit inside my Carriage House (external 2 car garage that is about 20 feet from the main house). I then installed Eero at the pool in that plastic box on the fence and have electric plug run inside of it. Completely sealed except for a few tiny drain holes in the bottom for condensation. I added another Eero about 40 feet on the other side of the pool near the pool equipment so I can control pool lighting effects on my iPhone. These units daisy chain from the main house > carriage house>pool fence>pool equipment. I have full internet at top speeds on my Verizon Fios 1GB fiber connection. Eero works great with it.
Hello. I'm new here and am considering an Eero system. I have a house and two steel buildings on my property that I am eventually going to run fiber optic lines to (at least the underground connections from building-to-building). The first building is about 50' from the house and the second building is only 20' from the other building so daisy-chaining an Eero system should be pretty easy with me needing only one outdoor extender (two at the most). Sad to say but the reality is that I probably won't get to the fiber optic for a year or two so an Eero-type system seems like a good, longish term solution.
I am pretty inspired by what kailou did with his outside set-up! My question though is If you currently do not own a system of any type, would you still go with an Eero knowing that you would have to provide your own outdoor solution in order to use the system? Thanks for any opinions.
Ah, got it! I'm not in lightning country...but, after our current local lightning fires I'm starting to question that!
I wouldn't call myself a network expert, but I have built corporate networks and data centers. Fiber was usually relegated to incoming feed and then as an interconnect between clusters, but not for LAN.
I see no issue at all with running high quality Cat6 underground through conduit. Though I would absolutely defer to anyone in your geographic region regarding lightning risk - there's certainly logic to that. If the cost difference is negligible between fiber and Cat6 for those inter-building connects, then go for it. I'd suggest Cat6 for your ether patches, not Cat5e. Make sure it's a known brand at 24AWG and capable of 550mhz - lots of crap stuff on Amazon. No need or benefit to Cat 7 or 8 unless you have faster than gig network OR you have a run longer than 100ft.
Your thinking is definitely on the right track with placement, IMHO. You're at least positioning yourself to get the best results you can. Check out an app called SpeedTest if you haven't already. Beyond signal strength, this app will help you get an idea of the actual throughput you're getting at various spots and placements. If possible, get a wired reading first at your primary base station, and also a wireless reading within a few feet line-of-sight - as baselines for your max throughput to compare to. In my situation I've found that even small changes in placement have resulted in a marked improvement in signal and throughput. I guess I have some odd absorption and reflection points. If it all possible run ether between your primary base station and the satellite on the back of your house so you can retain and transmit as much of your bandwidth as possible out to your out buildings.
Hi Kailou! Thank you for your great pictures and responses. Because of this I'm going to do the same thing! My question is, how cold does it get during your winters and how hot during your summers? It can get down to -10 and up to 100 where I'm at so didn't know if that little guy would survive such extremes in that little box! Thanks again.
My temp swings are from about 20 to 100+. So, cold, but not -10! I have 2 outdoor boxes now and have had no issues at all with the Eeros in either box. The original is very exposed to all elements - dust and direct sun being the the prominent factors, but also direct rain, wind etc (no snow)(see pix above in this thread). The Eero Beacon in that box has never had an issue in over a year - no interruptions, no downtime and no need to open the box (though I did open it once since deployment - out of curiosity). The 2nd install is a Gen1 Eero Pro under an eave. So it's exposed to the outdoor temps, but has no real exposure to the elements. This Eero is the 'relay' Eero for the beacon out in the other box. Also, zero issues. I introduced something new to this Gen1 box - PoE! Yes, I deployed a 3rd party PoE solution for this Gen1 which has worked perfectly! Allows me to have it powered and protected by a UPS and it also saves space inside the outdoor enclosure box. So that 2nd box is smaller than the first.
Said I'd report back here when I was done so hope this helps someone else along the way. Thanks to Kailou for the pictures.
I have 2 Arlo wireless cameras about 75 feet from the house that I needed more wifi strength for. I already had an external power outlet with a light for my flag pole. I purchased an airtight external box from Amazon. See if this link works: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075WZYMNB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I already had Eero Pro 6 in my house so I placed one of those and the Arlo Smart Hub inside the box with another outlet. Unfortunately, the Arlo Smart Hub needs to be hard wired to work. The light pole is hollow so I did most the electrical hookups inside it. I ended up burying it to please the wife. I'm getting consistent 100Mbps which isn't the greatest but better than the 10Mbps I was getting. If you want more pictures, let me know.