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    • Dave
      By Dave
      Power over Ethernet.  Words always found on my eero wishlist.  According to Julie Jacobson at CEPro, eero is edging ever closer to this reality. 

      http://www.cepro.com/article/eero_cozies_up_to_channel_with_poe_and_remote_network_management
       
      Yes, but can I have it at my home?  The POE that is?  RMS looks great for integrators but also "carries a fee" according to eero.  We'll have to wait to see if anymore information comes out of CEDIA. 

    • Big Tree
      By Big Tree
      Hey all,
       
      I'm putting together a plan to outfit my home as a smart home.  I want to do this for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I am an electrician and I'd like to make smart technology more a part of my business, as no one in my community does it.  Second, I love smart technology and I want it!  I'm looking for suggestions and tips as to what is going to be the best to not only outfit my home with, but is good to sell in a lower income market (nothing like crestron or control 4). 
       
      I think the essential things to put in to make a home smart would be heating control, lighting control, door control, as well as some control to bring them all together.  Here are my current thoughts, and I'd love to hear what any of you think about these things.
       
      Lighting - Lutron Caseta - I'm a RadioRa2 installer, but I don't have the money to put that into my house, so the next best thing for me is Caseta.  I already have Caseta switches in my home and I love them.  I sell them quite often already and I think Lutron is fantastic.
       
      Heating - Ecobee - I like ecobee in theory because they aren't nest.  Even though I'm a Nest Pro, I just have always liked the look and sound of Ecobee.  Am I completely off my rocker for thinking that?
       
      Door Control - August Lock with Ring Doorbell - Seems like these are the best things out there right now, but this is a category that I know very little about.
       
      Central Control - I use Apple right now, so HomeKit seems to make sense, but I think I'd like to use voice control and so the Echo seems like a good product for that.  Would a Google Home be better?  Again, don't have much knowledge of this section yet.
       
      Finally, I currently have an old Apple router, one of the old airport extremes, and I don't know if I should be thinking of upgrading my router in this process.
       
       
      Thanks for reading my post, thanks for any input you give.
    • Dave
      By Dave
      The second generation of eero hardware is here and if it is as good as first gen it looks to be something awesome. There is new hardware and new software to fill in the gaps that other vendors filled in since eero exploded onto the market early last year.  This could put eero on the top for good but before we crown them king, let's look at the new offering.
       

       
      eero (2nd generation): the same design and footprint as eero (1st generation), but twice as powerful. It is the first and only WiFi access point of its size broadcasts on three wireless bands simultaneously (triband WiFi), doubling the speed of its predecessor. As the gateway of an eero WiFi system, eero has two auto-detecting Ethernet ports. One connects directly to the modem and the other port provides the option to hardwire devices. eero is also equipped with a Thread radio so it can connect to low-power devices such as locks, doorbells, and other sensors.
       
      eero Beacon: eero Beacon is a new addition to the eero product family. It’s half the size of eero, but is even more powerful than eero (1st generation).It’s wireless and cordless, so it can be plugged into any wall outlet to expand coverage into areas like hallways and stairwells where chords can be disruptive. eero Beacon is also equipped with an LED nightlight.With an ambient light sensor and automatic dimmer, it intelligently adjusts brightness depending on the time of day. Or set a specific brightness schedule using the eero app.
       
      eero Plus: is a premium subscription service added to eero’s existing world-class, built-in security that provides advanced security measures, enhanced parental controls, and priority access to customer service. With eero Plus, you’re protected against millions of malicious websites that host ransomware, viruses, phishing scams, and more. Unlike built-in protections included  in a web browser or email client, the database of millions of websites eero Plus protects against is updated every second to keep people protected. With enhanced parental controls, parents can now filter out adult, illegal, and/or violent content, or enable SafeSearch for specific eero profiles. eero Plus also offers priority access to eero’s customer support team, with limited or no wait time before talking with a WiFi expert. Priced at $9.99/mo. or $99/year - first month of eero Plus is free of charge.
       
      Thread: the 2nd generation eero and Beacon are now  Thread enabled. Thread allows eero to connect to  low-power devices such as locks, doorbells, and other sensors. . Using IPv6, Thread is reliable for mesh systems, and uses secure protocols and encryption by default.
       
      The eero product has never been the cheapest system to purchase and Gen 2 is doesn't come in fighting to be the lowest price offering.  In fact, it's pretty darned expensive.
       
      Pricing
      ● Home WiFi System (1 eero + 1 eero Beacon): $299
      ● Home WiFi System (1 eero + 2 eero Beacons): $399
      ● Pro WiFi System (3 eeros): $499
      ● eero Plus: $9.99/month (or $99/year) available soon
       

       
      Single eero's will be $199 and the beacon will sell for $149.  They will ship at the end of this month. June 2017 and are available at Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, and eero.com.
       
      If you want to compare, the Netgear Orbi system is usually $399 for the pair. (it's on amazon.com for $349) . That is a router and one satellite. The new RBW30 add on is usually $149.  
      Eero Plus
      This is a feature we all want but don't want to pay for! Eero is going to test us with this because it is pay based.  $9.99 a month or $99 for the year.
      Advanced Security: Blocks you from accidentally accessing millions of sites associated with harmful content, like malware, ransomware, and phishing attacks. Unlike the built-in protections included in your browser or email client, the database of threats eero Plus protects against is automatically updated every single second. Expanded Parental Controls: Lets you filter adult, illegal, and violent content, or enable SafeSearch™ for specific profiles on your network. eero Plus ensures that as new content is posted, it’s filtered in real time. VIP Support: Gives you priority access to our support team so you don’t have to wait to speak with a WiFi expert.  
      The eero app has set the bar high for wifi mesh products.  Many competitors have tried to step up and many have failed.  The new eero, new app, and Pro should push eero ahead but there are still ways competitor products can, well; compete.  This is and inexpensive proposal and then add on an extra "Benjamin" a year? There is a ton of value in online safety but it comes at a cost.
       
      Tri-Band
      The eero product is finally stepping up with Tri-Band radios and eero has always been popular with its Ethernet backhaul option.  That is something the Orbi fans have been wanting for their satellites.
       
      The eero Beacon is half the size of the main unit yet delivers a 30% gain over the Gen 1 eero access point.  The Beacon doesn't have Ethernet backhaul as it is meant to fill in the gaps of coverage where you should need them.  It even has a handy "night light" feature with an ambient light sensor for hallways and dark areas.  
       
      Eero has Thread
      Yes, a low power connectivity protocol that you might not know of but several big companies like Google will make sure you do in the coming years.  We need to dive into this deeper in the coming months.
      Do they work together?
      I'm reading all the press release and other material and cannot find any mention of NOT playing nicely. 
       
      There is a lot to digest here.  There will be even more to test and try in the coming months.  




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