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Featured eero Lays Off Staff

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by thiggins, Jan 4, 2018.

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  1. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    TechCrunch reported early today that mesh Wi-Fi company eero has laid off 30 employees.

    TC described the layoff as "20 percent of [eero's] workforce". eero confirmed the number of laid-off employees, but did not comment on its total workforce size.

    This is not unexpected and perhaps overdue. eero was one of the first companies to spearhead what has become a mainstream movement to multi-node Wi-Fi systems. But once consumer networking heavyweights like NETGEAR and Linksys jumped on the mesh train, smaller players were bound to be pushed to the bottom of market share charts.

    It also didn't help that Google also launched a mesh Wi-Fi system that was aggressively priced below all other competing systems. eero generally has resisted competing on price, with its Pro system priced around $450.

    eero's RIF is unlikely to be the last. Early mesh Wi-Fi company Luma never achieved as much attention as eero and searching for "Luma WiFi" doesn't even bring the company's website up in the first few pages of results.

    It's also only a matter of time before Plume exits the consumer market and is either bought outright by major investor Comcast or switches to focusing on OEMing its mesh technology.

    ASUS's official rollout of its free AiMesh upgrade for many of its 802.11ac class routers is also sure to make the going tougher for smaller Wi-Fi system makers in 2018. AiMesh enables forming multinode networks using a mix of many types of its AC class routers. So where most Wi-Fi mesh systems use two-stream radios to serve attached devices, AiMesh networks can use up to four streams for both backhaul and client connection.

    Full TechCrunch story.
     
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    Sad to see that happening, and this makes me worry about what may happen if they also decide to leave the consumer space, will the current units in use by customers, continue to work with all functions in tact?

    One thing I wonder about also is is the mesh solutions from companies like asus will truly be able to compete in that specific market place, especially if the roaming behaves like many extenders where even if the SSID is the same, it can take a while for client devices to switch to a stronger AP since they rely on the client device to decide to roam, and they often have no methods in place to speed up the process of connecting and authenticating with the stronger AP.
     
  3. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    eero heavily depends on a cloud service to manage its network. At least it now keeps working if the cloud connection goes away.

    NO company has roaming figured out. The problem is not APs and routers, but devices. Devices are in control.
     
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    Given, for me, as someone with more than 90 devices, Eero is the only solution that is stable, I sure hope it was just related to their smart home integration project. They had about 200 employees and this reduces them to about 150.
     
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    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    It's not near as "bad" as it sounds - TechCrunch didn't publish the whole story, nor did they know the whole story about the RIF...

    eero is in good shape
     
  7. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    So share your version.
     
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    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Short/NDA version - they staffed up for a project that got cancelled. Happens all the time with startups.

    Since they're a fairly low headcount/overhead company, the RIF from a staffing perspective looked larger than it was - and most have landed in other places as Eero hired very good people that are highly in demand across the sector.
     
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    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Thanks
     

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