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eero Labs features and feedback thread

Welcome to the eero Labs features and feedback thread!

Here is your place to share your experiences with new eero Labs feature releases, as well as let us know the types of future concepts you'd like to see here. We encourage you to share your feedback and interact with others, as well as have an opportunity to interact directly with our developers.

While this section will be more focused on connectivity related features, you can also submit general feature requests here.

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  • Please allow for blocked sites to be saved such that I don't have to freshly type in the site each time I want to block it. I block a gaming site for my kids during the school days. It would be fantastic to have scheduled allowed access to specific sites (specific time ranges or time limits). 

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  • When i enable WPA3 my HP6700 printer drips from WIFI. Any feedback would be appreciated. TY

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      • Sdworman
      • Sdworman
      • 2 wk ago
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      hawkbdh WPA 3 is not supported on that printer. 

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      • hawkbdh
      • hawkbdh
      • 2 wk ago
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      Sdworman TY agree, maybe my question is if WPA3 is enabled can non WPA3 devices co exist? Or is it an all or nothing situation? Appreciate the dialogue and feedback. 

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  • If you have devices that don't support WPA3, then they will not connect to wifi. 

    So it's all or nothing...

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      • hawkbdh
      • hawkbdh
      • 2 wk ago
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      Sdworman TY makes sense now, Much Appreciated!

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  • WPA3 is great to increase security.  Having it be more compatible with devices not capable of WPA3 should be worked.  I just posted to another thread:

    I attempted to add a new digital photo frame from Skylight that was a gift.  It would consistently get a 'signal lost' message on the frame.  I could see it connected to the network, but was unable to communicate and there was no data sent or received.  I attempted all the recommended troubleshooting steps including rebooting the frame, rebooting the network and attempting different areas of coverage.  I could connect the frame to my hot spot without any issues.  I attempted to enable the guest network and that did not work either (same message).  Finally disabling WPA3 allowed it to connect.  Every other device on the network worked just fine with WPA3 on for many months.  I think it just needs to be a little more discerning of the criteria to use WPA3 vs. WPA2.

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    • Jayrowe1 Since 2018, WPA3 began showing up in devices and became a mandatory encryption protocol on July 1, 2020.

      If all your devices have been manufactured within the past few years, they may have a WPA3 chip within them. In this case, having the ability to limit connections to WPA3 is great. But on networks with WPA2 devices (since 2004), eero does a good job of using the best protocol for each device.

      Keep in mind that WPA3/WPA2 is all about encryption, not so much about speed (though newer protocols decrypt faster, you won't see the difference). This protects your network from hacking. eero software also offers a security software plugin to thwart attacks.

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      • hawkbdh
      • hawkbdh
      • 9 days ago
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      Clinically Speaking question...so with erro, when WPA3 is enabled its an all or nothing scenario, thus when WPA3 is enabled WPA2 devices are not operational. Any word of mixed mode WPA2/WPA3? I see other vendors have that offering. TY

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      • Jayrowe1
      • Jayrowe1
      • 9 days ago
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      Clinically Speaking 

      Thanks, I do understand the difference in encryption levels, and I want to run WPA3 on my network for those security reasons. I also have eero security+ already. My point in posting to the eero labs forum is to recommend that there is more tolerance developed into the feature to allow devices only capable of WPA2 on the network. As a feature in the eero labs development, I presume feedback is appreciated. In order to make this feature usable, there should be a way for devices of both encryption levels to negotiate their entry to the network. One should not sacrifice the security of their entire network for one device incapable of using WPA3.  The write up of the feature indicates an attempt to make devices capable of WPA2 use that encryption even when turned on, but that some may not be backwards compatible. Instead, perhaps negotiation can be done with WPA2 and then if a device is capable of WPA3, use that encryption to secure to constant data transmissions between the device and the network. 

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    • hawkbdh This is the default behavior for eero software. There is a beta option to force WPA3 that some are using (without WPA3 devices). Click on a listed device in the eero Home tab. Details about the device will indicate the encryption method.

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  • It's nice being able to try these out. We have had two issues. 1. Band steering seemed to confuse our Ring doorbell which kept flipping between two Eero 6 Pro nodes. 2. A Surface Book 2 in our house couldn't connect to the network after turning on WPA3. Other devices in the house (including two newer Surface Laptops) connected fine.

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      • KirkNason
      • KirkNason
      • 2 wk ago
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      tonych I really want to be able to "suggest" which eeros that devices connect to if available.  
      During a reboot, devices get assigned erros that are to far away and get bad connection and speed.

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      • Sdworman
      • Sdworman
      • 2 wk ago
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      tonych ring tends to prefer 2.4 since it's an external device it would travel further to connect.  Unless you have a eero nearby.  LG Os (TV) also prefers 2.4 even though it supports 5.0.  

      Band steering is not perfect.  Wish we could isolate devices by Mac and eero and turn off 2.4.  2.4 is too "noisy" causes a lot of interference.

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      • KirkNason
      • KirkNason
      • 2 wk ago
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      Sdworman I have distributed four eero around my house, near clusters of devices that happen to match up.  My Samsung TV, which connects on 5G, most of the time connects to a eero  which is like 4 ft away, but after a firmware update the eeros don't all come on line at the same time, and typically the one furthest away grabs my Samsung TV connection.   Of course some of these updates happen and you don't realize it.  So typically I will get crappy streaming then have to reboot the connected eero so that the Samsung jumps on the one a few feet away.

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      • Sdworman
      • Sdworman
      • 2 wk ago
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      KirkNason you can decide when the firmware updates occurs kind of.  I actually have an update waiting now,, but will happen overnight.

       

      However, devices will pick a eero based on best path and signal to get out to the internet.  It may find a eerob with less traffic or connected devices, but connect on 2.4.  This connection can cause crappy streaming.

       

      I would recommend downloading a wifi analyzer app to see where your signal may be dropping.

      Or you can take a laptop and just go to an area disconnect wifi and see how many bars you get to connect.

      Keep in mind you can connect 2 eeros together to boost the signal such as in the TV area.

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  • Band steering didn't seem to work yesterday.  After updating my Xbox one, it rebooted and connected to the 2.4 network. More than 12 hours later still there. Rebooted the Xbox again and it's back on 5 GHz.

    Also, th Xbox is only using IPv4, even though IPv6 is enabled on my eero, and supported by my ISP. Not sure why. 

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      • txgunlover
      • txgunlover
      • 13 days ago
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      JimmieJohn Ultimately, what AP and band the X-Box connects to is completely and only up to the X-Box.   The eero can "encourage" it too trigger a reconnect, but ultimately the client (X-box) makes the decision.

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      • JimmieJohn
      • JimmieJohn
      • 11 days ago
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      txgunlover in this case, the encouragement wasn't effective.  I wonder if there is a certain requirement for devices.  A just updated Xbox one didn't pass the grade, at least this once.

      Whatever was stopping it from using IPV6 was resolved some time after the reboot that got it back to 5 GHz.

      Thanks for your interest and comments.   Stay safe! 

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  • my eero has been disconnecting all the time and runs fine at time and slower than snail 

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      • Sdworman
      • Sdworman
      • 11 days ago
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      swlotrgta91 is it the gateway unit that disconnects?  This is the one connected to the internet router

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  • no the whole network the gateway included 

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      • Sdworman
      • Sdworman
      • 10 days ago
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      Have you reached out to support?

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  • When turning on WPA3, both of my printers wouldn't connect (HP photosmart 7520 and Epson WP-4530). Both should support WPA2 so not sure why they couldn't connect.

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  • I had the same issue with an Epson Artisan 837.

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  • With the 2 Eero extenders supplied as standard by my ISP, I have lost control on what Band I wish my devices to work.  I thought that Band Steering would solve the problem of having my devices change yo 2.4G  but I was disappointed as my devices stay on 5G for a few minutes only before lapsing to 2.4G. This happens even when my devices are almost touching the wired Eero.    Sometimes, I get the feeling that my wired Eero does not accept More than one single device on 5G.  Why is this?

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    • Nanin You should not mix eero mesh routers with third-party extenders.

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      • Nanin
      • Nanin
      • 10 days ago
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      Clinically Speaking They are definitely Eero extenders, both of them.

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      • KirkNason
      • KirkNason
      • 10 days ago
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      Nanin there is no extender concept in a mesh network. You may have a eero Beacon. But it’s just a wireless only mesh device.

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      • Nanin
      • Nanin
      • 10 days ago
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      KirkNason Let me describe what I have:  I have one Eero pod connected by an Ethernet cable to my modem. The second pod is some distance away from the modem (about 20 metres) connected wirelessly to the wired pod.  This setup, including thev2 Eero pods was supplied to me by my ISP.  If I disconnect the wired Eero, I will have no Internet WiFi signal.

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      • Sdworman
      • Sdworman
      • 10 days ago
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      Nanin eero does not make pods.  Google uses these.

       

      Eero make mesh access points. Just clarifying the terms that should be used.

       

      In any case, band steering does not guarantee your devices will connect to 5ghz.  If the devices have connected consistently before it will try.  Otherwise, they will connect to 2.4.

       

      You should make sure your device drivers are up to date as well. In early December, Intel, Nvidia, and Microsoft came out with updates causing issues of staying connected to wireless.  Sound and Video along with Bluetooth were so issues.

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      • Nanin
      • Nanin
      • 9 days ago
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      Sdworman Many thanks for your detailed reply. I really appreciate it.  I am attaching 2 photos of one of the eero's   as this may further illustrate the pods that I have been supplied with. 

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      • Sdworman
      • Sdworman
      • 9 days ago
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      These are generation 2 mesh access points.  Have you updated your devices drivers?  Also, I would reach out to eero support.  They can see what is happening.

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      • Nanin
      • Nanin
      • 9 days ago
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      Sdworman what is the best approach to check for available drivers and if any  install them, please?

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      • Sdworman
      • Sdworman
      • 9 days ago
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      Nanin 

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      • Sdworman
      • Sdworman
      • 9 days ago
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      Sdworman you go online.  

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  • I'm referring to device drivers for your computers and devices that use wireless.

     

    You should reach out to eero support for more troubleshooting.  They might have a resolution for your issues.

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  • So just upgraded to the eero 6 system and it doesn't allow me to use some of the same optimizing options in the app but says they're there to use like the optimize for conference and gaming unlike when I had the eero 5 network system was wondering why is that 

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      • Sdworman
      • Sdworman
      • 6 days ago
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      Deadnutz187 I have the option to Optimize for Conferencing and Gaming and I am using eero 6.  Just to make sure, you are looking in the AP under Discover -> eero Labs -->

      Interesting enough, the network I do not have Wifi6 on, does not have that option...

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  • Same. Assume WiFi 6 handles bandwidth efficiently enough without beta patch.

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  • So, as with many others i have seen with printer related issues, i found that turning off wpa3 and band steering lets me connect to my HP Envy 5300. Without doing this the printer will not connect to any device in my house. ie, windows laptops, iphones, desktop. 
    Im fully up to date with all software and firmware. Is this my only option? Its just i get my daughter coming to me at random times of day and NIGHT to turn them off so she can print a Harry Styles picture 🤨

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