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Old 01-25-2018, 12:16 PM   #1
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Has anyone used one of these? Is it essentially a router with a couple repeaters, with the main difference being that it's easier to set up?

Here's what I'm referring to:
https://www.amazon.com/eero-Pro-WiFi...=eero+wifi+pro

We've got a large house and multiple users, so this is something we're considering.

Also, we've got Ethernet cables (I believe) set up to go throughout the house. I'm wondering if I can hook up the router installed by Windstream to that and plug in any devices possible, and also plug in additional routers (rather than range extenders) to broadcast on an identically named network. Would doing that (essentially two routers that are set to the same network name) make things better or worse?

Just FYI, I very well may have gotten some of the terminology wrong, so please bear with me.
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If you're gonna fork out the money for that, just get digital life from AT&T. Cheaper up front and great quality
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Donít know anything about these specifically. But cable will always be faster and more reliable then WiFi. So if you have it already installed use it.

If you have more the. One router, only one is your actual router. Put any others in pass through mode.
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how is that different than using extenders? I mean we have extenders in our house and they work great! I know nothing about these things and our home is not that big but I can't imagine dropping that much coin when there are already cables run throughout your house
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Has anyone used one of these? Is it essentially a router with a couple repeaters, with the main difference being that it's easier to set up?

Here's what I'm referring to:
https://www.amazon.com/eero-Pro-WiFi...=eero+wifi+pro

We've got a large house and multiple users, so this is something we're considering.

Also, we've got Ethernet cables (I believe) set up to go throughout the house. I'm wondering if I can hook up the router installed by Windstream to that and plug in any devices possible, and also plug in additional routers (rather than range extenders) to broadcast on an identically named network. Would doing that (essentially two routers that are set to the same network name) make things better or worse?

Just FYI, I very well may have gotten some of the terminology wrong, so please bear with me.
It you have cat5e run throughout your house it is a million times better to hook up your devices hardwired than it is to use them wireless. If you still find yourself needing wifi in parts of the house that your main router will not reach then buy some wireless access points and plug them into the Ethernet ports in those rooms to extend your coverage. It would be WAY cheaper than buying the system you are looking at and work much better. Also the system you are looking at is way overpriced. If I were to do a mesh system like that I would go wtih the Netgear Orbi system. It is cheaper and better supported. https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Orbi-.../dp/B01K4CZOBS
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Man, 500 clams? I would just try a stronger (wifi) router first.
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Old 01-25-2018, 07:55 PM   #7
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Man, 500 clams? I would just try a stronger (wifi) router first.
Especially if most of the devices are mobile (phones/laptops/pads).
I guess you could hard wire a smart TV if needed. I run mine via wifi.
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You can't use multiple routers if each one is in full router mode. Part of a routers function is to communicate withe the ISP network to handle routing, DNA requests, DHCP functions etc. More than one router doing this won't work, normally. It can be done, but it requires a lot of IT expertise.
A wireless router is actually a router and a wireless access point in the same box. The access point function simply replaces the hard wire connection. Wireless Routers in pass thru mode simply have the routing function turned off and become access points. Individual Access points are hard wired to a router. You generally can't not have multiple access points advertising the same wireless network name.
It can be done, again with a lot of expertise. Think of a range extender as an access point that connects to the router wireless instead of hardwired. It also differs from an access point in that you can have more than one. It's sort of like an access point in pass thru mode.

In otherwords,just about anything can be done, provided the settings are available in the devices to design the networking functions. Meaning, if you go buy a couple wireless routers, plug them up and expect it to work, good luck.

I never use the ISP Equipments routing or wireless functions. A really good AC capable wireless router with 4 or more large antennas, coupled with one or more range extenders should do it. A lot of it also depends on how many devices you may have simultaneously streaming wireless.

FWIW, when i built my house, i had cat6 wiring put in in a bunch of places. Al. My computers and the main smart tv's are hardwired. This allows me to use less expensive routers, etc. I have a 3000 sq ft house (17 down, 13 up) and I use one wireless router downstairs and one repeater upstairs. My router is an AC 1900 class.

Don't get fooled by routers advertising high power. Wireless is a 2way conversation. A high power router shouts loud and your device may be able to hear it. But, unless it is also a high gain router (if it is, it will say so), it won't be able to hear your device. This is a main reason that range extenders are used. It puts the receiving antenna closer to your device.

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It you have cat5e run throughout your house it is a million times better to hook up your devices hardwired than it is to use them wireless. If you still find yourself needing wifi in parts of the house that your main router will not reach then buy some wireless access points and plug them into the Ethernet ports in those rooms to extend your coverage. It would be WAY cheaper than buying the system you are looking at and work much better. Also the system you are looking at is way overpriced. If I were to do a mesh system like that I would go wtih the Netgear Orbi system. It is cheaper and better supported. https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Orbi-.../dp/B01K4CZOBS
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However another, possibly cheaper option if you don't mind doing some configuration yourself is to just grab another router or two and put them into bridged mode. I've done this with old routers I have around the house when I need a little extra coverage in the back yard.
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My google Wifi is hard wired since I have cat5 throughout the house. Got 3 units for $250 during Black Friday. Simple set up, so I never needed any support. Their app allows me to shut down any device instantly. Did a lot of research and felt it was better than the competition due to its ease of use.
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My google Wifi is hard wired since I have cat5 throughout the house. Got 3 units for $250 during Black Friday. Simple set up, so I never needed any support. Their app allows me to shut down any device instantly. Did a lot of research and felt it was better than the competition due to its ease of use.
How is WiFi hardwired?
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It is a mesh network. Only one unit needs to be connected via Cat5. The others can connect to the main via WiFi and then send their own signal. You can connect the additional units via cat5 if your home is wired. It creates a stronger signal.
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Here is a list of some that are cheaper.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/350795...etwork-systems

This is a nice system, it keeps the same network throughout the whole house, and you're connection doesn't get cut like with a plugin unit. I would only recommend this if you have demanding devices at each corner of the house.
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I uhh... I don't even have an excuse. I misread everything known to man in his post. I'm even a manager for at&t. Smh...
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