Wondering how to force device to connect to specific Eero? Well, continue reading further!
Mastering the networking art of managing your Eeronodes will only provide more connection benefits, allow you to improve the coverage, and remain 100% error-free.
“Forcing” one of the devices to connect with a particular Eero device can be achieved, and we will teach you how.
To connect your device to a specific Eero, move the device closer to your Eero unit and re-activate the Wi-Fi feature. If that doesn’t work, unplug other Eero’s in close range and switch the positions of the routers or the child nodes.
Let’s investigate the procedure further!
Why is the Device Connecting to Wrong Eero?
The Eero mesh system typically calculates the strongest and best connection available for the position of your device.
Unfortunately, assigning your computer, mobile, or laptop to a specific Eero device consistently via setting is impossible, but it can be achieved with a workaround.
Can I Force Connect with a Specific Eero?
Technically, connecting with a specific Eero is possible, but there isn’t a setting or a feature that allows you to do just that.
So, to achieve a private connection with a specific node from the mesh network, you must use a workaround to re-route your device’s connection manually.
The Eero mesh compares your device’s proximity with the closest Eero units and automatically reconnects your device.
So, if you move out of the range of a particular Eero node, your device will automatically lose connection to the previous node.
How to Move Device to Different Eero?
As established, choosing the specific Eero you wish to connect with your device is currently impossible.
However, you will be forced to oblige with the circumstances and use the Eero connection closest to your mobile device, computer, or laptop, pairing with the Wi-Fi network.
If two Eero units are identical in IP and DNS, you can achieve a specific connection by switching them around.
Otherwise, the Eero mesh network does not allow your connected devices to pair with specific Eero units.
How to Force Device to Connect to Specific Eero?
Tip: Attempt the methods in the order they are listed in!
1. Toggle the Wi-Fi Feature ON/OFF (Mobile)
The easiest method to switch your device’s connection to an alternative Eero is to toggle the Wi-Fi feature on and off.
This is particularly useful for mobile devices, such as smartphones and laptops, since you can bring them closer to the Eero you wish to pair with.
So, deactivate the “Wi-Fi” feature in your device’s settings, bring the laptop or mobile device closer to the preferable Eero unit, and re-activate the Wi-Fi setting again.
How to Verify the Device is Connected to Eero?
To test the nodes within Eero’s mesh network, your mobile device must have successfully established a connection with the network.
So, here’s how to check the Wi-Fi on mobile:
- To check the Wi-Fi on an iOS device, open the “Settings” app, go to “Wi-Fi,” and verify that there’s a “Connected” status next to Eero’s SSID (hostname).
- To check the Wi-Fi on an Android device, open the “Settings” app, navigate to the “Wi-Fi” section, and double-tap Eero’s network to check the connection status.
If your device keeps losing connection from the Eero network or won’t pair easily, verify that the connection password is reconnected before rebooting your mobile device.
If the connection issues last, consider resetting your device’s network settings or updating the device’s firmware.
Tip: If the connection on other devices is also degraded, contact Eero for support!
2. Unplug Other Nearby Eero’s (Computers)
If you wish to remain connected with a single Eero unit of your choice, perhaps a possible method is to unplug other Eero’s nearby to your device.
This is specifically useful for computers, printers, or other larger devices that are not mobile and cannot be moved easily unless uninstalled.
So, unplug the Eero router that is the closest to your computer and with which the computer remains connected.
This will “force” the computer to switch connections with the Eero router that is physically farther from the computer, after which you can reconnect the closer Eero.
Will Unplugging Other Eero’s Work On Mobile?
This is not a reliable method for mobiles compared to computers, as constantly moving your device will cause it to pair with different Eero’s.
This solution is particularly helpful for stationary devices, whose locations are hardly altered unless uninstalled and entirely relocated.
Alert: Unplugging other Eero units will significantly decrease the coverage of your Eero mesh!
3. Relocate Your Eero Devices
If you prefer your device to connect with a particular Eero regardless of location, relocating the router and the child nodes is an excellent solution.
So, the positions of each of your Eero nodes must remain the same to maintain the signal quality and coverage.
Info: This technique is also suitable for stationary devices that cannot be moved!
Follow these instructions to install the Eero device in a different spot:
- Unplug the power cable of the paired Eero node.
- Remove the current node from the new location.
- Optional: Disconnect the Ethernet of the device.
- Pick a different location for the Eero node unit.
- Position the Eero unit and connect it to the A/C.
- Wait for 30 seconds until the Eero node turns on.
Once the preferred Eero node is relocated and installed, connect the node you have installed within the previous location.
Your stationary computer device will automatically connect with the closest Eero router, the preferred node you’ve relocated during the instructions above.
Bonus Tip: Manage the Bandwidth Traffic
If you wish the preferred Eero device’s bandwidth to remain intact without other devices consuming it, pick a position further away from other connected devices.
Note: This tip is handy for connecting a computer for gaming or other demanding activities!
Forcing Eero Connection: FAQs
Since there have been many inquiries about the procedure of selecting an individual Eero to pair with your device, it’s time to clear up some of the misunderstandings.
Below are the most frequently asked questions about the Eero setup procedure and how to achieve flawless coverage:
Can I View What Eero I’m Paired With?
This is a feature that the Eero mesh system does not support.
The network is programmed to promote the closest Eero unit to your device’s location and efficiently establish the wireless connection.
Hence, you will not be prompted to specify which Eero device you wish to pair to.
How to Properly Position Eero Nodes?
It is of enormous necessity to properly position the Eero nodes to adequately distribute the coverage of the Wi-Fi throughout your home or office.
Poor node positioning will prevent the disappearance of Wi-Fi dead zones or keep the signal weak in particular rooms or corners.
Here are some tips to properly position the nodes:
- Place the Eero nodes in a central position within the room.
- Keep the nodes at least 30-foot distance from each other.
- Dislocate other cellular transmitters close to the Eero node.
Note: If other cellular transmitters are in the range of the Eero, there could be interference!
How to Prevent Eero Connection Drops?
There are multiple ways to prevent the Eero Wi-Fi from dropping, as in most cases, the issue is related to the wrong settings configuration.
So, here’s how to improve the Eero node’s Wi-Fi:
- Check the cable connections of each Eero device.
- Power cycle the Eero router and each of the nodes.
- Remove and re-add the bad Eero units from the app.
Tip: If the connection is still degraded, install Ethernet to create a wired setup!
To force a device to connect to a specific Eero, deactivate the “Wi-Fi” and move closer to the preferred node before reactivating.
Also, unplug other nearby Eero routers and switch the positioning of the Eero nodes.
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Finn Wheatley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UCL, London. He helped small data science consultancy firms, helping large corporations to grow their data capabilities, deploy advanced machine learning-based analytics and troubleshoot tech-related issues. Check out more about him here.