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I received my Eero Pro Gen 2 3 pack today. Wasn't overly impressed with the Gen 1...migrating to Open-Mesh and ultimately Netgear Orbi. However I am liking Eero Gen 2 after initial testing for a few reasons:

- range - perhaps not Orbi, still has a far reach across our entire property.
- roaming - seems to be better than Orbi maybe because the range isn't quite as far, requiring APs to hand off more often
- ethernet backhaul
- iOS app - can see in near real time that my clients are being passed between APs

And not a single client connectivity drop since I've powered on the units. Although it's a 3-pack, I'm playing w the placement of only 2 units. If I opt to keep this kit, I may hold onto one of the APs for later.

Though it is somewhat peculiar that iPhone 7s often don't connect via 5 ghz band from only a few feet away. Still trying to figure that out.


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I had odd connectivity issues with iOS devices with the Gen 1 where Orbi seemed to cover everywhere the iOS device went in our house.  My phones and devices were fine with the Gen 1.  Thanks for your thoughts on the Gen 2.  Confirms my initial hunch on how it would perform. 

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After further testing, I've noticed these new units run insanely HOT. Also, the handoff doesn't seem quite as seamless as I had initially thought. While the iOS app is top notch, the range and speed don't quite seem to be comparable to Orbi nor can I quite tell what the benefit of Ethernet backhaul even is with Eero since Orbi works so well. Need more time with these Eeros.


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Don't forget how aggressive eero is with improvements.  They will continue to improve the product.  In fact, the shipping firmware is not the speed advertised either.  They have yet to turn the radios loose to their full potential.  Which is also troubling due to you stating they may have heat issues.

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Afraid I may need to return the Eero Gen 2 and stick with Orbi (latest beta 1.11.0.8 firmware) with beamforming and MU-MIMO disabled. Orbi's range is consistently better and have identified a few devices that were incompatible with Eero (IP cameras). It's a shame Eero still needs some development, but Orbi just works.

Am still impressed with Eero's app and thorough release log. Netgear could learn a lot from this.

Noticed Amazon shipping is now 1-2 months on the Eero Pro 3 pack.


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Unfortunately I've had to return the Eero Pro kit. Overall Orbi still outperforms it, but if they address these issues, I'd certainly reconsider it in a few months. Their tech support is too notch and their app is quite polished - lots of potential.

 

 

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Has been a while...decided to plug in my Open Mesh MR1750s for the latest updates. Also took a peak at CloudTrax. OM has made some ridiculously awesome updates recently including independent transmit power per band per AP! And, yes, you can now even disable the LED status lights on the APs. Back to testing OM

 

 

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