“Can You Connect to Me Now?”
The success of IoT is based on total connectivity: the more things that can be connected to a network…the more successful IoT systems become. As such, IoT relies on accessibility, allowing every “thing” to be connected to the internet. If your ability to connect to the internet is hampered, the power of IoT is diminished.
We’ve all found ourselves starring at the slow moving “searching for your network” dial next to our wifi icon…waiting for an adequate connection. One failure of wifi is that the connection is often spotty, relying on your proximity to a singular router.
eero has found a way to put the power of connectivity back in your hands. eero is a home internet system that turns your home into a mesh network, allowing your smart, internet enabled “things” to connect to a set of three (or more) eero devices. These eero modules are spread throughout your home, bridging with your smart devices based on your proximity to each module to ensure you do not have issues with buffering or deadzones. Essentially, anywhere you go in your house (to use a traditional wifi analogy) you are right next to your router.
eero provides a custom dashboard that interfaces with mobile devices, allowing you to run diagnostic tests, monitor network health and track network usage from anywhere at any time. The eero network is secure and will automatically download the latest security updates, applying them to your system so you don’t have to worry about manually updating or replacing your router. Additionally, eero provides a totally walled off guest network that generates custom invitations and passwords that you can send to guests, granting controlled access to your wifi.
Now, connectivity is great, as is ease of access to the power of the internet…but this presents parents with a unique challenge. There can be too much of a good thing, and screen time definitely plays by that rule, especially for youngsters. How can you control, monitor and ultimately enable/disable internet access? In other words: how can you enforce bedtime in an IoT enabled world?
eero has come up with an answer for that as well. Each smart device in your home is individually connected to the eero network, allowing you remotely control their individual access to the internet, turning it on and off at will per device. Through the creation of “Family Profiles”, you can manage scheduled periods of internet access for certain users. You can also view each device’s duration of internet access, as well as their broadband consumption. When its time to close up shop, simply pause the internet connection for the evening.
With eero, you can finally benefit from total connectivity no matter where you go in your home. The mobile interface ensures that even outside the home, you can control and monitor your network’s health and who has access. eero has helped solve the accessibility and connectivity issues home networks have been plagued with since the inception of at home wifi. What problem will IoT help solve next?
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Clare Maher is the Product Marketing Manager at ClearObject. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College (#gobelles), Clare can usually be found yelling at the screen during a Notre Dame game, quoting any film ever made or touring the Indy restaurant scene.