eero: Reviewed - The Most Revolutionary Home Wi-Fi Distribution Network

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  1. Dave Upton

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    I do this stuff for a living, so if you send me your floorplan as an image or PDF, I have all the software/tools to run a predictive analysis of how many AP's you'll need to reach those data rates. It will also show where to put them.
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    Dave,

    I will send you the floorplan within 24 hours.

    Someone asked me about my connections.

    First, the router is Verizon's top-of-the-line Fios router. They just sent it to me a few weeks ago. They tout it as their most advanced router to date. No, it doesn't have the power or antennas of the best routers out there -- but then again, I am not using it for wireless. All I am doing is plugging the gateway eero into it.

    From the gateway eero, plugged into my main computer, I am getting 330 MBPS.

    I have the newest Macbook Pro. I can't imagine that it doesn't have the capability to run the fastest Internet available.

    Other items in my home using Wifi are three webcams. However, with all three unplugged during a test, the WiFi speed only improved slightly.

    The support at eero can't figure out the bootlenecking issues. I have 5 of these devices scattered across my home with perfect placement.

    Again, I am going to put my eggs into the Linksys Velop basket. I will try that next week before even thinking about attempting to hardwire the house.

    Thanks, guys, for all the help
     
  3. Dave Upton

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    The 330MBPS is likely a limit of the hardware. The eero is a 2x2 AP, which theoretically peaks at 867mbps if you set your channel width to 80MHz. Some of that airtime is being used by the mesh, so i'd say you'd more likely to have a 1x1 max of 433mbps unless you can manually adjust channel width on the eero control panel.
     
  4. Ronald Epstein

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    I gotta do something. I am up to 1GB Internet coming into the home and I can't enjoy it.

    My home layout doesn't make it easy to run ethernet from one end of the house to the other.

    I am going to give the Linksys Velop a try next Wednesday. Some claim that you can get close to 1GB speeds on that network, but other people I have talked to on network discussion forums agree with Dave that the radio signal is not refined enough.
     
  5. Ronald Epstein

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    Here is a response from the Linksys community. Please note, I don't agree nor disagree with this response. I am in uncharted territory and until I actually get to test the Velop out next week, I am not saying anyone is correct or incorrect.

     
  6. Johnny Angell

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    Yeah, competition? We have AT&T Uverse and their top speed in our area is 18mbps. There's also Fidelity that offers higher speed for more bucks but the 18mbps seems to be good enough for streaming. I hiccup in the streaming is quite rare and my internet growing is ok. Sure I'd love to have faster but these speeds are fantasy speed in my neighborhood.
     
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    While he's correct that one radio is dedicated to mesh communication, what that means is that your device only ever gets 2 streams - which peaks out at 867mbps real world, just like the eero, though I'd be shocked if you got that sort of real world performance.

    Though Linksys is correct advertising 2.2gbps theoretical performance, it's sort of like the cheap Onkyo receiver that promises 150WPC - we all know that's total BS.

    See this review of the velop, the numbers aren't that impressive: http://www.pcmag.com/review/350691/linksys-velop

    It's also worth noting that the new 802.11ac spec (and it's wave 2 improvements) require you to be within 10 feet of an AP to reach those maximum rated speeds. Here's a really thorough test of the Velop showing the same results:

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/linksys-velop,review-4290.html
     
  8. Ronald Epstein

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    If I can get 500-800 MBPS WiFi speed, consistent, throughout my home with Velop, then I will be happy.

    With Eero, I can't get above 90 MBPS with a 1GB network.

    I will know for certain by Wednesday and I will report back. My Velop will be delivered tomorrow.

    Let's just say that this is the last step before considering a wired network. To do a wired network will cost me twice the amount of what I am paying for Velop. So, certainly, you understand why I am kind of doing this step-by-step to rule out any cheaper methods that might deliver fast WiFi.

    Appreciate the help. Will keep you posted.
     
  9. Ronald Epstein

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    Well, I am now on the Velop network. I ditched my Eero devices.

    I don't want to say too much at the moment because I want to do a separate review on this forum. There is also more tweaking that needs to be done.

    I can tentatively say that the Velop is more powerful than the Eero. I am getting speeds 3x faster than the Eero was able to deliver.

    However, the speeds are nowhere close to what I was hoping for.

    I am in constant contact with Linksys support. They are excellent. They want me to wait a few hours for the network to settle itself in. I am also finding that some devices are on the 2.4GHZ network instead of the 5GHZ. Linksys wants to do some additional tweaking to fix that. They are confident they can get me into even faster speed category.

    So far, however, I am much happier with the Velop system.
     
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    Is that something like "new speaker break in?" ;)

    Watching your journey with interest, Ron!

    I just upgraded my DL speeds from 1.8mbps to 50+...which is not insignificant. But I've gotta imagine at the speeds you're talking about you click on ANY webpage (no matter how much advertising or new content there is) and it fully resolves itself before your index finger has even completely lifted off the mouse! :D
     
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    Mike,

    Remarkably, I don't see a huge increase in page loads. It is just about instantaneous, though. Where I really see the difference is when I click on a file to download and the progress bar R A C E S across the screen in seconds instead of minutes.
     
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    Let me know if you want to sell some of them.
     
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    I would be willing to sell all 5 as a set
     
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    Still working with Linksys on speed issues.

    I am willing to try something else....

    I am not going to spend the exorbitant amount of money that Dave Upton suggested with his network setup.

    But I am determined to do this, and I think I can do it on the cheap.

    I can buy this ethernet cable and plug it directly into the outdoor box

    https://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Ethernet-Waterproof-Direct-Underground/dp/B00GYGQ31E/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1494858178&sr=8-5&keywords=500+feet+ethernet+cable+cat+6

    I can then bury the cable underground by building a small trench around the outside of the house to the opposite end.

    I can then bring the ethernet into the home via a drill.

    I then simply connect the ethernet into this switcher

    https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-GS105NA-Ethernet-Replacement-Unmanaged/dp/B0000BVYT3/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1494858386&sr=1-6&keywords=gigabit+ethernet+switch

    The question is, how much ethernet can I run without signal loss?

    Also, is it easy for an idiot like me to sire an ethernet connector onto the wire?

    I might also consider having Verizon just come and lay the wire and drill it into the house. I'll do the trench work. They will probably only charge me $100 to do it.
     
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    A couple of neighbors have upgraded to FIOS gigabit, with SpeedTest results of 600 to 850 Mbps. I'm interested knowing it's available to my home. But having re-upped a two year contract in January for 50/50, I'm not yet motivated to try and switch service plans.
     

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