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Tue Jan 26, 2021, 06:07 PM

Replacing existing WiFi with Amazon eero Pro mesh WiFi system Update: Joy!

The new gateway router is up and running fine. What I want to do is put a Zyxel 8-Port Desktop Gigabit Ethernet Switch ahead of the gateway router so that I can run ethernet from there to my desktop, and also to my second router. This is because I can only get one ethernet output from the eero. But when I insert the switch, the gateway router does not like that. Any ideas?

ETA: The gateway router doesn't want anything connected between it and the cable modem. I've got hardwired router #2 working from an output port of the ethernet switch. My TV was stumbling along on weak WiFi, now it's connected to ethernet.

WiFi is strong all over my house now. I don't know if I will even fire up the third eero that came in the package. I guess now I will play with the app that is supplied to manage the network. I think it will tell me if there are any coverage gaps. Thanks for helping, DU geeks!

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Reply Replacing existing WiFi with Amazon eero Pro mesh WiFi system Update: Joy! (Original post)
Lasher Jan 2021 OP
mr_lebowski Jan 2021 #1
Lasher Jan 2021 #3
Lasher Jan 2021 #5
DonaldsRump Jan 2021 #2
Lasher Jan 2021 #4
LuvLoogie Jan 2021 #6
Lasher Jan 2021 #7
angstlessk Jan 2021 #8
mr_lebowski Jan 2021 #9
angstlessk Jan 2021 #10
mr_lebowski Jan 2021 #11
Lasher Jan 2021 #12
Lasher Feb 2021 #13

Response to Lasher (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2021, 06:13 PM

1. Hang the switch off the one port of the gateway router instead of putting it in front?

Is the 'gateway router' just the main node of the mesh, and you also have a separate internet modem, or is it also your modem?

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 26, 2021, 06:27 PM

3. I tried to put the switch between my separate cable modem and my gareway router.

I will try putting the switch downstrem.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 26, 2021, 06:43 PM

5. OK that worked. Now to try the second router with the ethernet connection from the switch.

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Response to Lasher (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2021, 06:14 PM

2. I did this with Google's mesh and it worked fine.

It should work right away. I hope this might help?:

https://www.amazon.com/ask/questions/TxPMLQL4Y17BMM#:~:text=direc%E2%80%A6%20see%20more-,%22Yes.,not%20directly%20into%20your%20modem.

Amazon's customer service is usually excellent. Try contacting them too, since Eero is, I think, an Amazon product now.

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Response to DonaldsRump (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 26, 2021, 06:28 PM

4. Yes, eero is Amazon

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Response to Lasher (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2021, 06:50 PM

6. One of the three nodes that came with my Eero system is configured as the

Gateway to my Local Area Network. All three Eero nodes have two ethernet ports. The node configured as the gateway has the Wide Area Network (WAN) port connected to the modem port. Often that modem is provided by your ISP.

The LAN side port would connect to your switch. And that switch would provide connectivity to your PC, a printer, Network Attached Storage, e.g.

And an ISP will often refer to your modem as your gateway router, because it does serve that function when no other router intervenes on your LAN.

But the main node of your Eero is now your LAN gateway, while the modem remains the gateway for the small network that exists between the Eero and the modem.

A gateway is essentially any LAN's exit to a wide area network or internet.

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Response to LuvLoogie (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 26, 2021, 07:36 PM

7. Exactly right

Sorry I am just now replying. I have been snaking cables and cleaning up dust bunnies.

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Response to Lasher (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2021, 11:48 PM

8. Can I replace my at&t wifi with Amazon wifi?

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 27, 2021, 12:39 AM

9. Sure!

I'm assuming you mean you have AT&T as your ISP, and you're using an AT&T provided modem (the part that talks to the internet) and router (part that provides wired and wi-fi connectivity) combination device, yeah?

You absolutely can switch to using only the modem piece of the provided hardware (or even buy your own modem to do the same thing), and connect a separate router to provide the networking functionality, essentially turning off the router portion on the AT&T device.

The provided routers from the ISP's are typically fairly shit, but I would ask ... what is the problem you're trying to solve by doing something like this?

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 27, 2021, 01:29 AM

10. at&t charges me over 200 per month for usage

i have two computers, but only one on at any time and ruku.

ruku and one computer is on most of the time.

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 27, 2021, 01:36 AM

11. What we're talking about here is different ...

We're talking about upgrading your in-home wi-fi to support more devices in your home, get rid of dead-spots in wi-fi coverage, and improve networking performance between devices inside your home.

You are talking about needing a different ISP. Amazon is not an ISP, they make the upgraded wi-fi network that would connect, for example, your TV to the modem provided by AT&T.

$200 is outrageous ... do you live totally out in the boonies? Are you sure there's no cheaper plan available thru AT&T? Have you called to inquire?

Or is there maybe another service provider in your area?

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 27, 2021, 08:27 AM

12. Is your internet service DSL, cable modem, or fiber to the home?

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Response to Lasher (Original post)

Sun Feb 7, 2021, 05:30 PM

13. Any thoughts about Eeuro secure?

It's the 30 day free trial security software that came with my Eero mesh WiFi system. If I keep it I will have to start paying a monthly fee. Do I need it?

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