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Total TECH: Enter at your own risk - Rebuilding my home network

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I've been talking about this for a year or so, but after two months of working from home, I finally did it.

Back story:
I do not trust IOT, so I have not implemented any home automation.

Well using EERO, I have now segregated my network into private and a utility sub networks. These sub-networks are mesh networks throughout the house. All the entertainment, security and home automation are relegated to the utility network. All PC's, tablets, smartphones and chromebooks are going through the private network.

At some point, I will be looking at securing the private network with a VPN, but I'm still playing around with that. I've not been real happy with NordVPN. I figure at some point my router is going to get compromised, so this give me the option of encrypting the upstream traffic from ether network through it. I'm NAT'd behind my provider's router and EERO takes care of keeping the EERO router firmware up to date.

I really like the security of EERO. I have it set up so that I get notification when a device joins the network and I can blacklist it from an app on my phone.

I know, total geek out.
 

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That's it.
I'm using two EERO Pro's to maintain two meshes.
 

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Wow! That's impressive! My geek head is spinning. :D

Will be interesting to see how things end up. This could be a process you could market. I'm sure others are of a similar mind, with regards home automation.

Now, if you can only tell me how to make Google and Facebook not listen to my thoughts, so things we talk about don't immediately show up on my Facebook feed... :D

Dave
 

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I'm using these to turn the whole house into a virtual switch over the power line:

Unless you put a whole house filter at the fuse box, I would not consider it secure. I'm using it for the TiVo MINI VOX Streaming Media Player which need a hard network connection. The ethernet over power line adapter has the ability to reset and create a shared key between the devices, but IDK the size of the key.

TOTAL PARANOID MODE: a determined hacker can brute force if the key is too small and if the key is discovered, a device outside the house could join the network (But it is protected by EERO and I would see devices joining the network).
 

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I just bought a three EERO Pro system, but have not set it up yet. Looking forward to getting this up and running.

Kurt
 

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I just bought a three EERO Pro system, but have not set it up yet. Looking forward to getting this up and running.

Kurt
What didja buy, if you don't mind telling? No beacons?

I have 3 EERO Pro + 4 Beacons

I am currently using 2 Pros and 2 Beacons
 

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What didja buy, if you don't mind telling? No beacons?

I have 3 EERO Pro + 4 Beacons

I am currently using 2 Pros and 2 Beacons
I just bought the EERO Pro 3-pack. My house is fully wired so I can hardwire all three units across the house (2300 sq. ft ranch, will full finished basement / garden level for a total of ~4500 sq. ft. of living space). My plan is to place those three units to maximize coverage throughout the house, and then if I have a weak spot, or need better coverage for the garage or the deck, I could add a Beacon as needed.

Right now, I have a tri-band router that is quite good, but there is just no way to place it so we get good coverage throughout all of the living spaces. We tried configuring an old router as an extended access point, but it seemed like that caused more issues than it solved, since with a mesh system it will hand off between access points to get the best signal and the single router/AP does not.

Kurt
 

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I have a Netgear Orbi mesh network at home. Its been a great improvement over my old router with a single location. I think the EERO is pretty similar.
 
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