Fixing most home Wi-Fi problems doesn’t have to cost a lot. if you do have the privilege of access to faster home internet, such as what gigabit fiber can offer, you might want something more. That’s where high-end Wi-Fi 6-enabled mesh systems like the Eero Pro 6 come in.
Millions of people transitioning to working from home this year has led to more than a few problems. Products like webcams and laptops have been in short supply, and home Wi-Fi networks are pushed to their breaking point with dozens of connected devices, Zoom calls, Netflix sessions, and email threads. In most cases, a mesh router is the best way to build a home network that deals with these new demands.
Amazon just released its latest mesh Wi-Fi routers: the dual-band Eero 6, and the tri-band Eero Pro 6.
The Amazon Eero Pro 6 ($229 for one or $599 for a pack of three) is the company’s first mesh Wi-Fi system to utilize the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology, and this time around it adds home automation hub capabilities via a Zigbee radio.
What is Wi-Fi 6?
Wi-Fi 6 is the latest wifi technology delivering faster speeds, higher performance, and better support for simultaneous device usage throughout the home.
What mesh technology does eero use?
Eero uses TrueMesh technology. TrueMesh ensures every eero connects wirelessly to every other eero in range, on both the 2.4 GHz and the 5GHz wifi bands. This creates a dense network of connections and many possible paths for traffic to flow. So when wireless interference from the neighbor’s baby monitor, heavy gaming traffic in the family room, or someone closing a metal door in the kitchen, your network is less likely to come to a crawl.
Eero Pro 6 Design and Features
Like all mesh routers, Eero systems use multiple devices to spread a stronger Wi-Fi signal throughout your home. You’ll connect the main router to your modem just like a normal router, then you’ll plug in the identical-looking satellite devices in other parts of your home where you want to boost the connection.
How many nodes you require depends on the size and layout of your home. Eero claims each unit covers up to 2,000 square feet, but that’s in a perfect scenario, which your home most certainly is not.
Amazon says that the regular Eero 6 system is designed for homes with internet speeds of up to 500 megabits per second, while the faster Eero Pro 6 system is built to take advantage of gigabit speeds, complete with a tri-band design that features an extra 5GHz band to keep network transmissions between Eero devices separate from your regular internet traffic.
How to connect?
The setup process guides you through setup with a checklist of components needed. Once you have these, eero will search out your initial node and continue setup, after which you can add additional nodes to your network.
To set it up, you’ll need the Eero app (on your Android or iOS phone), which will walk you through the whole process. If this is your first time setting up an Eero, you’ll start by making an account and then select to create a network. And here’s the important part: If you’re opting for an Eero 6, you’ll need to use the main node, which features two Ethernet ports on the back.
And this is a bit of a letdown, as not all Eero 6s are made the same — the additional two nodes that come in the three-pack don’t feature any Ethernet ports. They have only a single USB-C port for power. In comparison, all of the Eero Pro 6s feature three ports: two Ethernets and a USB-C for power. We’re pretty bummed that the core 6s don’t feature Ethernet ports.