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How many units is too many?

Currently running 3 wired eeros. Getting decent reception bars for all 50 or so devices. Ordered a 4th eero to be wired also. Hoping to tweak for maxing signal everywhere. 

At what point do eeros start interfering with one another ?  Had 4 Google Wifi units but found signal degraded so went back to 3. Wonder if Eero is better equipped for this?

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  • Great question. I'd love to hear an answer to this. 

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  • Thanks for the question! There really isn’t a limit to the number of eeros. A good rule of thumb is one eero for every 1,000 square feet with eeros being no more than 50 feet apart.

    With that said, the more space you are looking to cover, the higher the odds are that there will be some sort of interference (walls, electronics, doors, etc.). It really just depends on the space, but following that general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t see any interference between eeros.

    Also, if you are wiring some eeros, this will help avoid any interference between eeros since they’ll use Ethernet as the network backhaul.

    Hope this helps!

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  • Thanks much for your answer. Will let you know when I get the 4th eero in a few days. I have outside Nest cams that are situated right next to aluminium soffits and window shutters. Lots of interference like that everywhere in the house.

    Am getting mostly 5 bars at the moment with a couple 4 bars, and a couple that occasionally turn to yellow for a few seconds then back to 5 bars. Not sure what’s up with that but everything works so far. As long as the eeros don’t interfere with each other (or rather, devices have issues  switching between eeros), things will be good. 

    So far, eero has been excellent and stable. Hopefully things will be even better with eero #4. 

    Wondering if software updates always reboot the eeros, thus disconnecting everything, or are they done in the fly.  

    Best

    Daniel, Sudbury Ontario 

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    • cotedan87 I’m not sure exactly what the schedule is, but automatic firmware updates have always seemed to be applied in the middle of the night. As far as I know each firmware update will reboot the eero.

      You can always apply an update manually through the app without having to wait for the automatic schedule to apply it.

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      • cotedan87
      • Fan of tinkering with new hardware. Canadian boy.
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      cMoo92 Many thanks. I would prefer if updates didn't reboot the routers to ensure 24h nonstop coverage.  Google Wifi updates itself without rebooting. Perhaps in future updates, Eero will be able to do so. So far, 3 days, Eero wiredx3 is perfect. 4th unit coming. Should have bought the company instead :) 

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    • cotedan87 in a perfect world reboots wouldn’t be necessary, but one reboot every couple of months in the middle of the night isn’t a big deal.

      I’m also very very surprised to hear that Google WiFi doesn’t reboot when it updates. I’m pretty sure every network product I’ve managed (everything from consumer to enterprise grade) reboots after a firmware update.

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  • In my experience with other routers *(e.g. Google Wifi), 50 feet is a long way in a house, and most houses aren't 50 feet long. I rather say decent range is 25 feet and if you have refrigerators or stoves in the middle of that, likely down to 20 feet and not with full speed.  Just my experience anyway. 

    My soffits and window shutters are aluminium. Furnace and kitchen stainless appliances. Wrought iron furniture and wine rack. 50 devices competing for bandwith.  

    Thus, getting 4th Eero to cover entire house - two upstairs, two down, all wired. Should be good. 

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      • cotedan87
      • Fan of tinkering with new hardware. Canadian boy.
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      cMoo92  thanks again for the reply.  How I know about reboots is through my Nest cam history.  They can buffer a bit but if it’s for 2-3 minutes I’d get an email that my cams are offline. Never happened with Google Wifi. 

      Liking the eeros so far, and nice to see a person like you who’s used them enough to be helpful to others. Many thanks. Let’s continue the dialogue. 

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    • cotedan87 That's interesting to hear. I have two Nest cams on my eero network and I don't recall getting offline notifications due to an eero update. I just timed my gateway eero rebooting and it was 90 seconds. I know my Nest cameras connect to the gateway eero, so maybe your cameras end up being offline for longer because they are connected to a leaf eero which would be offline for a little longer.

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      • cotedan87
      • Fan of tinkering with new hardware. Canadian boy.
      • cotedan87
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      cMoo92 could be indeed. I’ll have to watch. I do know the cams have some buffer because under other modem reboots, my cam history would appear intact. 

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      • cotedan87
      • Fan of tinkering with new hardware. Canadian boy.
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      cMoo92 love to exchange ideas about the Nest cams but this is not the forum. No way we can send pvt emails here I guess. 

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    • cotedan87 You can message me on reddit: reddit.com/u/cmoo92

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  • How many would you put in a 2,500 sqft house?

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    • googlehome_or_eero Three would probably cover it, but I wouldn’t do more than 4. I have 3 in my 2,200 sq/ft house.

      There’s a lot of variables when it comes to the layout and construction materials of the house so it’s not easy to give an accurate estimate.

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      googlehome_or_eero - Our last house was 3600+ sqft.  2200 sqft main level with one Eero (wired) and 1450 sqft basement with 2 Eeros (wired).  We had 5 bar service everywhere in the house and 4-5 bar service within 25 feet of the house.  I could see signal strength taper off over 150 feet past that.  I've been so impressed with the system as a whole!  Ran for 2 years there with no hiccups.

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