For over two months, our internet has been spotty, but this was only one part of a bigger headache. We could not get a signal from one end of the house to the other end. Except for my studio which is hardwired to the router/modem, signal strength drops off dramatically in the rest of the house. This means it could not accommodate cell phones, ipads, computers, gaming, security cameras, and streaming.
Signal extenders didn’t work. Our router was changed out three times. Finally, our provider offered to network our other devices but at a hefty additional charge.
We also considered getting one of those fancy routers with all the little antennas with an equally fancy price tag. Our IT guy told us it wasn’t worth it. A $40 router works the same as a $200 router–at least where we live.
Frustrated, we stopped by Best Buy to check out their routers with the hopes of talking to someone who could explain what we were getting with a high end router.
Our home is very long. It’s a 4000 square foot house all on one story. That means the signal diminishes the further away you are from where it comes in.
The Best Buy employee didn’t know much about routers, but he knew a wifi system that could help our problem with a diminishing signal.
It’s called Eero. The company’s rep was actually in the store when the clerk showed us the system. He took over and answered all our questions.
He kept assuring us it was plug and play, but we were dubious. Nothing is that simple.
Apparently, some things are.
Right out of the box, Eero was simple, sleek, and elegant. It had design features very reminiscent of Apple products. We bought the system with one base unit and two beacons. Unlike a signal extender, you can add beacons without any loss of signal.
We downloaded the app, registered the product, and it guided us every step of the way. It asks you what kind of house you live in, whether it’s one or more stories, and the best spot to place each additional beacon.
The rep told us one guy bought a beacon so he could get a signal out by his shop. I thought that was a great idea.
All I can say we were pleasantly surprised to find a product that lived up to its claims. It’s pricey, but my goodness, what a difference it’s made in getting a signal. The main thing that sets it apart from signal extenders is that its signal does not diminish as it goes from beacon to beacon. Extenders lose signal strength as it pushes it along.
If you have a large house, or need a signal outside your house, say in a shop or large back yard, this works magnificently. I’m not one to spend money frivolously, but this was money well spent. We still have dropped signals from the provider, but when it’s working, for the first time since we’ve lived here, we can finally stream movies or get on a computer without dropping out.
As for the signal from the provider…it looks like they’ll have to put in an even taller pole on the house for the dish. Either that or we’ll have to cut down trees. I am not all right with that. As much as I hate having a giant rig up on my roof, I don’t want to lose my woods.