Amazon Eero 6 review

Another great mesh router from Amazon

two minute review

The Eero isn’t a familiar name compared to the likes of Netgear and Linksys, although the company’s mesh Wi-Fi systems have been available for a few years now. However, it’s now owned by Amazon, so if you’re searching for a new trap system online, you’ll probably see the Eero name popping up at the top of the list.

Mesh Wi-Fi systems can be both expensive and complicated to set up, so the new Eero 6 aims to eliminate capital letters first – it insists on calling devices ‘eero’ – and create an affordable and easy-to-use Use Upgrade for those who want to improve their home Wi-Fi. And, as the name suggests, instead of being ‘Version 6’, the Eero 6 is the first model to feature the new Wi-Fi 6 technology (aka 802.11ax).

The most notable feature of the Eero 6 is that it’s much less expensive than most of its Wi-Fi 6 rivals, costing only $279 / £279 / AU$499 for a three-piece kit that includes a primary router and two There are ‘extenders’. ’, which provide simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi 6, capable of covering homes up to 5,000 square feet in size.

Alternatively, for smaller homes up to 1500 sq.ft, you can buy a router for just £139/US$129/AU $229. It’s only rated as ‘AX1800’, though – which means 802.11ax Wi-Fi with a top speed of 1800Mbps.

There are much faster mesh systems available — including the tri-band Eero 6 Pro — but the Eero 6 is still one of the cheapest mesh systems Wi-Fi 6 has to offer, and the 1800 Mbps speed should still be fast enough. For basic web browsing and streaming video on most home broadband connections.

Design and Features

The new Eero 6 has a compact, pod-like design that’s only 90mm wide and deep and 57mm high, so it’s easy to set them all up without taking up a lot of space.

The main router – known as the ‘Gateway’ in the Eero app – has a USB-C port on the back for its power supply, as well as two Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired network connections.

Just remember that one of the Ethernet ports will need to be connected to your existing modem or router in order to use your Internet connection, so you only have one Ethernet port available for a wired connection on a laptop or game console.

The two ‘expander’ units don’t have Ethernet at all, which is a bit disappointing, but an understandable compromise to keep the price down (US customers have the option of buying a kit with three routers, giving you two Ethernet ports each). , although this brings the price up to $349.00).

Amazon clearly has its eye on the smart-home market, as the Eero supports both Alexa and the Zigbee networking system, so if you have existing smart devices that use the Amazon Home app — such as the popular Echo speaker. – It’s easy to move just move them to your new Eero network.

It’s a shame, however, that the Eero 6 doesn’t support Apple’s HomeKit as did the previous generation (still available) Eero devices.

The Eero app is straightforward and easy to use. There is a built-in speed test that allows you to check the performance of your new network and even monitor the data usage of each device on the network. You can also create a guest network for visitors, and set up schedules to control Internet access for different family members.

However, ease of use comes at a price, and other aspects of the app can prove frustratingly limited. The app simply creates a network that connects the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequency bands, and while this helps to keep initial set-up nice and simple, it can also deter more experienced users who want to separate on those two bands. I like to network. . t

There’s no ‘QoS’ option here – quality of service – which can prioritize devices like game consoles that require maximum performance, and while the app can be up your nose for parental controls, ad-blocking and security below the additional features, it turns out that these features require an additional subscription, which costs $2.99 ​​per month ($29.99 per year) or $9.99 per month ($99.00 per year), Which depends on what features you need.

display and launch

It doesn’t take long to get started with the Eero 6, as the Eero app for iOS and Android can use the Bluetooth on your mobile devices to connect to each Eero unit and guide you through the set-up process. (only minor oversight that the app assumes you already have bluetooth turned on).

And, as the app automatically creates a single network that combines the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands, you only need to enter a single name and password to quickly set up a new network.

The Eero’s relatively low price means it’s not the fastest mesh system – in fact, the information provided by Eero only says “Best for Internet speeds up to 500Mbps” – which is a bit confusing, because It really refers to your speed. Broadband connection instead of Eero’s speed.

But, as mentioned, the Eero 6 actually supports a maximum speed of 1800 Mbps, which is more than enough for my 100 Mbps broadband service. It’s also important to remember that Wi-Fi 6 is all about capacity as well as speed, and the Eero 6 is designed to efficiently stream data to up to 75 different devices at once, which is most gadget-friendly. Crazy houses should also be kept happy. years to come.

The Eero 6 proved perfectly capable of handling our 100 Mbps broadband connection, even in the dead-spots in our back office where I would usually rely on a powerline adapter to provide a wired network connection for my office iMac I trust It recorded download and upload speeds of 100 Mbps and 11 Mbps, the maximum supported by our service, and those speeds were consistent for devices in the same room as the primary Eero router and in the back office with one of the secondary extenders .

Steam downloads were also solid, maintaining a steady 12MB/s speed in both rooms. Of course, you’ll still be paying some premium for Wi-Fi 6’s advanced features, but if you’re looking for an affordable Wi-Fi upgrade that’s suitable for larger homes with lots of connected smart devices, then The Eero 6 fits the bill for no cost to you.

Buy it if…

You need ‘whole house’ Wi-Fi

The Eero 6 can provide Wi-Fi coverage for large homes, up to 5,000 square feet in size. Or you can buy a stand-alone eero router for smaller homes.

you have too many gadgets

Amazon wants to sell you smart speakers, lights, and smart devices of all kinds — so the Eero 6’s Wi-Fi 6 features are designed to support up to 75 connected devices at once.

your budget is low

There are cheaper mesh systems that use the older 802.11ac version of Wi-Fi (also known as Wi-Fi 5), but the Eero 6 is one of the most affordable options for getting the advanced features of Wi-Fi 6. is one of.

Don’t buy it if…

you are a speed freak

The Eero 6’s 1800 Mbps speed is actually quite modest, so those who need high-speed broadband for gaming or other demanding tasks should look for a faster option.

You know a little about networking

The Eero app is easy to use for beginners, but it only creates a single network that merges the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands. More experienced users who want more control over network settings should look elsewhere.

You want stronger parental controls

The Eero app lets you create a weekly schedule for your kids’ Internet access, but content filters and other security features require an additional monthly subscription.

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