Hard Wiring each Eero via existing network

My house has 2 CAT 5E drops in each room, all go back to a wiring closet with Gigabit managed Switches connected to my existing AC-1750 Router. 

my house is 4200 SF and has poor WIFI since the AC-1750 Router/WIFI is in the very back office/room. 

At any given time there are about 30 devices both wired and wireless on our home network (phones, laptops, Nest, Smartthings, Dropcams, xbox, FireTV, 3x gaming systems, etc.) 

My question is.  will I get better performance if I plugged each EERO into an RJ45 CAT5E drop in the house vs. using the MESH feature? 

my EE mind leads me to believe I would mostly because I assume MESH implies you are using some of the bandwidth for control.

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    • Jeff_C
    • 6 yrs ago
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    Hi  lonestarcanuck

    Thanks for reaching out and for your interest in eero!

    If all your eeros are connected via Ethernet, you will receive better performance throughout your network as there won't be any potential interference between each eero while passing your traffic. In this scenario, your eeros will automatically configure to use the wired backhaul.

    I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions. Also, please Feel free to give us a call at 1-877-659-2347 or email us at support@eero.com .

    • lonestarcanuck
    • 6 yrs ago
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    Jeff C.  Thank you for the reply. 

    A couple of more questions.


    1. if I hardwire each EERO,  do they need to be near each other or overlapping like a mesh network requires? my house is 110' long and 55' wide  1 story Ranch. I plan on using a centerline placement with each unit being about 25-35' apart.

    2. my network schema will be:  DSL Modem --> Router (Asus AC1750) setup as Bridge --> Gig Switch (24 ports) --> EERO via 3 ports on the Switch.  I am thinking I could go DSL Model -->>  first EERO --> Switch (24 port) --> other two EEROs.


    I guess understanding if the EERO will act as my Router/Firewall/DMZ, if not I need to use my current Router with the WIFI turned off.  So who will act as the DHCP and handle QOS, etc. ?

    • eero Community Manager
    • Jeff_C
    • 6 yrs ago
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    lonestarcanuck —

    No problem!

    Since the eeros will be hardwired, they don't need to be within a certain range of one another as the connection between each and eero and ultimately back to your upstream modem will be via Ethernet. However, you may need to adjust the placement in case any dead zones are not covered by the placement you choose. Each eero can cover over 1,000 square feet, so you should be good, but it can really depend on any potential interference and building materials.

    As for your topology, it should be noted that at this time eero doesn't provide QOS. If this is something you depend on, it would be necessary to bridge your eeros to your existing router.

    Since this is a relatively complex setup, it may be best to jump on the phone with one of the members of our tech support team. That way, we can make sure we answer and address all your questions and concerns and ensure you can make the best decision for yourself and network.

    Feel free to give us a call at the number above or let us know if there any other questions 😀

    • Barry_S
    • 6 yrs ago
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    I have a three storey house of 3,500 sq ft and want to upgrade to a mesh system. At the moment I have a modem, router and a 24 port switch with all my wired devices and three waps hanging off that. The house has ethernet outlets in most rooms (10). My problem is that several mesh providers say I can use my ethernet for backhaul. But when I look closely the devil is in the detail of 'connect'. Some 'daisy chain' these devices so that I actually need an ethernet cable in and another out. My cabling is 'star' or 'radial' from a central point and I only have one cable to each outlet.

    Do the eeros devices connect radially or are they daisy chained? That is do they need two wires each? A topography diagram showing how they can be used to cover the WAN function while my switch handles all the wired devices such as my CCTV, TV, VOIP phones and hardwired desktops.

    Thank you 

    Barry  S.

    • John_Chandler
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Was this thread's final question ever answered ?? I don't see tech response and am having issue setting up. I believe this is because I wired secondary units into existing network using switches and backhaul traffic is interfering with basic wired network performance, causing PC's to lose wired connection.

                                              |  -> Eero base

    Router -> network switch | -> Eero slave B

                                               I -> Eero slave C

    Is it necessary to separately wire as below for stable performance:

     router to Eero base -> slave B -> slave C 

    or do they need a loop: router -> Eero base -> slave B -> Slave C -> Base

    • ericeezy
    • 1 yr ago
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    I plan on hardwiring all three devices I have with my Eero Pro Mesh Station, but will they all set up their own network or will they actually mesh & still communicate via wifi?

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