Yakibest eero Pro 6 mesh Wi-Fi 6 system | Fast and reliable gigabit speeds | connect 75+ devices | Coverage up to 6,000 sq. ft. | 3-pack, 2020 release
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- Premium wi-fi 6 performance – eero pro 6 covers up to 6,000 sq. Ft. With support for wifi speeds up to a gigabit.
- Say goodbye to dead spots and buffering – eero’s mesh wifi technology optimizes for your space—so you can confidently stream 4k video, game, and video conference across your home.
- More wifi for more devices – wi-fi 6 supports faster wifi than prior standards and permits 75+ connected devices
- Set up in minutes – the eero app walks you through setup and allows you to manage your network from anywhere. Plus, free customer support is available 7 days a week.
- Connect to alexa – eero pro 6 doubles as a zigbee smart home hub, making it easy to connect and control compatible devices on your network with alexa.
- Gets better over time -automatic updates help keep your network safe and secure.
- Easily expand your system – with cross-compatible hardware, you can easily add eero products as your needs change.
Yakibest eero Pro 6 mesh Wi-Fi 6 system | Fast and reliable gigabit speeds | connect 75+ devices | Coverage up to 6,000 sq. ft. | 3-pack, 2020 release AMAZON
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So i would have to get all 3 units hard wired for the best results? Can additional units be purchased? I have 3 floors i need to cover.
Can someone done this, provide upgrade instructions – going from original eero 3-pk system to eero pro 6 3pk system, keeping ssid & pw same? Thanks
Once i was back on the air, i checked to see if all of my other configuration settings had been migrated to the new eeros. All of my port forwards, ip reservations, etc. Had been migrated over. All of my assigned device names had been preserved as well. In fact, everything was the same except i was running on new eeros.
Does the eero pro 6 support apple homekit? The tech details on the amazon page doesn’t mention it under smart home connectivity, but eero site does.
Does eero pro 6 systm auto recognize devices that can operate at 2.4g band only communicate with those at lower band while using 5g 4 others? Thx!
Will my existing eero pro and eero beacons connect to this will i be able to expand mesh using my beacons?
Will this work with current eero system? I currently have older 3 station and newer 1 that is gateway with 2 plug in outlet mesh systems?
Can i combine this with my existing eero setup?
Can i replace my att router with this?
Bridge mode is not necessary, just strip their router to the bare minimum. If you have tv or phone through them i would call to ask about changing wifi to their cable boxes (technically same ssid and password should do the trick)
Will this mesh setup improve the speed of my spectrum modem?
What is the max transfer rate between the points if to each point there is a cat6 cable connected to a computer?
Will this provide 900+ mbps via wifi if i have a 1gig internet plan?
Does it work with dsl and att
I have a set of three original eeros. When i add this eero pro 6 set, what is the best way to set up the six devices for maximum bandwidth?
Si compro 2 eero 6 pro, cada uno se debe conectar con cable ethernet o uno con ethernet y el 2do via wifi con el que queda conectado al modem?
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How many available lan ports are there to hardwire other devices?
Will this increase speed if you have satellite internet?
How many units can be in the mesh (router & extenders not client devices) 2,3 or more?
Is this going to come in a bundle like the current eero pros?
I would like to replace my comcast modem/router with a comcast compatible modem that works well with eero pro 6. Any recommendations?
This device only comes with one but states it is mesh, would you just buy a second of the same and what’s the suggested layout for spacing?
Each one is advertised as covering 2000 square feet, but depending on your layout, number of walls and other encumbrances, and so forth, you likely want them spaced closer than that.
Yakibest eero Pro 6 mesh Wi-Fi 6 system | Fast and reliable gigabit speeds | connect 75+ devices | Coverage up to 6,000 sq. ft. | 3-pack, 2020 release AMAZON
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I originally purchased my eeros about 5 years ago when the original eeros were released and before the company was acquired by amazon. Over that time, i have added a lot more devices to my network as well as the available bandwidth in my home. Over that time, it was becoming increasingly clear my eeros were not cutting it any more in terms the new standards they supported or the ability to keep up with my growing network. So, it was more a question of what i would replace them with.
I looked at all the usual suspects, but ultimately decided to purchase eeros again knowing it would not be a hassle to return them to amazon if i was dissatisfied. I decided to go all the way and purchase the eero pro 6, although currently most of my home devices do not support wifi 6. Based on the frequency of updates from eero and knowing i would continue to add newer devices to my network, i felt comfortable with paying the extra $$ for the pro 6 model. I purchased the eero pro 6 3 pack.
From the time i opened the box until i replaced the existing 3 original eeros with the 3 new eero pro 6s was about 15 minutes. I replaced the gateway eero first. That required launching the eero app and indicating that i wanted to replace an existing eero (it’s there so keep looking if you don’t see it). You will need to turnoff wifi on your mobile device to complete the installation via cellular as you will lose your internet connectivity for about 5 minutes or so. Power down the modem and the gateway eero, disconnect the old eero from the modem, connect the new eero to the modem, and power them both back up. In about 5 minutes you should be back online. Do the same for the other 2 eeros except you don’t need to power down the modem again. My experience was painless and without issue.
Once i was back on the air, i checked to see if all of my other configuration settings had been migrated to the new eeros. All of my port forwards, ip reservations, etc. Had been migrated over. All of my assigned device names had been preserved as well. In fact, everything was the same except i was running on new eeros.
Once i was back on the air, i needed to reconfigure my gateway to change my network mask. If you don’t know what that is then you probably are good with the automatic configuration which is the default. In my case, the default network mask allowed for way more addresses than i would ever need. I changed it to 255.255.255.0 as it was unlikely i would ever need to support more than 255 devices in my home. I will not go into all of the details here, but it was pretty simple and once the eeros rebooted, all was good.
Now it was the moment of truth. I first tested the gateway eero. I have 1 gb internet service and the gateway eero showed my download speed as 950mb. So far, all was good. I next went to a room where my mobile device connected to the eero in that room. When i reran the speed test i got around 450 mb when seated about 10 feet from the eero. That was about 5x my previous speed with the original eeros. My mobile device supports wifi 6 and wpa3. For my non-wifi 6 devices i still got roughly 2.5 – 3.0 x speed improvement.
Generally, i am finding a stronger wifi connection than previously between the eeros and connected devices. While you get a visual indication of the strength of the wifi signal, there is no way that i know of to get an actual measure of the wifi signal. There are other apps you can use that will provide this information.
If you are a gear head you might look at installing the eero labs beta features for band steering (encourages your capable devices to connect at 5 ghz), local dns caching, and wpa3 support. I have been running them for several months without incident. There also are the connected home features that can be enabled, especially if you have zigbee compatible smart devices and use alexa. They don’t improve performance, but may make it easier when adding new devices to your network. Otherwise, you can safely ignore them.
Although it does not happen in all cases, in most cases my devices connect to the nearest eero. Currently, there is no way i know of to force a device to connect to a specific eero. However, sometimes powering down the device and powering it back up will result in it connecting to the closest eero. However, if you have power outage, each device may connect to the eero that is back on the air first once power is restored.
Within the app, you can see which devices are connected to which eero. Note that some apple and windows devices may show up twice as devices in your network. The complicated reason is these devices use something called mac address randomization that may result in the device appearing to be a different device than the last time it was connected to the network. This is not an eero problem and presently there is no easy workaround. You also can see whether your device is connected to the 2.4 or 5 ghz band, what type of security it is using (wpa2, wpa3, etc.), and some other useful information. You can add a user friendly nicknames for devices as well. If you chose to, you can specify the type of device (tablet, mobile, etc.).
There are a bunch of other features that most owners may never use such as the ability to pause the internet for specific users (e.g., kids), set schedules for internet access, etc. Most owners, probably don’t need to create port forwarding rules or reserve ip addresses, but the capability is there if you need it. You can disable dhcp if you are using another device to provide dhcp services. There is upnp support which you probably should disable if you don’t plan to use it or don’t know what it is. Eero supports ipv6 as well.
Eero provides a separate guest network that can be enabled or not depending on your needs. It can have its own separate ssid (name) and network key separate from your main home network. If you don’t want guests accessing other devices (nas, etc.) on your home network, but want to provide them wifi, then you should have them use the guest network. Finally, you can access your eero network remotely via the eero app, so you can manage your network even when you are not home. There also is built-in zigbee hub support, but i do not use it.
I did not use customer support when i upgraded my eeros, but based on past experience i found them to be helpful and generally knowledgeable. In one case, i was disconnected from the agent and she promptly called me back (from bulgaria) to complete the call. I am a fairly knowledgeable about networking, but found them to be helpful and willing to work through an especially difficult problem until it was fully resolved. Because of the way eero works, they can access your network remotely to help troubleshoot or reconfigure your eero(s) which may be helpful for network newbies.
This is my 2nd eero purchase and i recommend the eero pro 6 if you are looking for a full featured option that is easy to use. It is a major improvement over the original eero in terms of performance, but will be very familiar if you already own an eero device. I have not compared it to the less expensive eero options which may suit your needs if you don’t need/want wifi 6 capabilities. If you are a very advanced network user, eero may frustrate you because a lot of the more technical features/capabilities are not accessible from the app in keeping with streamlining the app and ease of use goals.
I replaced my network of 2019 3 pack of eero pro to a network of 2020 3 pack of eero pro wifi 6. One by one i removed the 2019 eero nodes except the 2019 gateway eero node.
— setup —
to add the new gateway eero node to my network and remove the old gateway eero node from my network, i tapped on the plus icon. Then i tapped on the “add or replace eero device” button. After that, i tapped on the “replace eero” button on that activity.
From there, the eero app showed me how to replace my gateway eero node. The app told me to plug in the new eero pro wifi 6. However, in the next page the app told me to unplug the old gateway eero node (before it could have been factory reset / etc.) when i followed the instruction to unplug the old eero pro, the replace failed. The instruction to unplug did not make sense to me so i tried again with the old eero pro plugged in and the new eero pro wifi 6 plugged in.
After that, the eero cloud was able to migrate my 2019 eero pro network (all settings) to my new 2020 eero pro wifi 6 gateway-designated node.
In the future, i would like to use something similar to the following app flow.
1. Show the user a multi-selectable list of eeros they own, let the user select all the eeros they want to remove from the network in one page, remove them from the network before the replace procedure begins
2. Disable all not-removed older model nodes (if there were any)
3. After that, to keep it simple automatically replace the gateway node first (red light old, solid blue light new)
4. Automatically loop for each remaining eero node the user wanted to replace
5. Enable all nodes attached to the new gateway
overall, the setup experience via the eero app impressed me by its simple and straight-forward pages with visually pleasing animations. The one issue i encountered during the replace procedure was not a problem for me due to my problem-solving mindset.
— first week —
i immediately saw the wifi 6 icon on my s10+ with a 1.2gbps link with wpa2 (wifi is half duplex, so speed test showed half that top speed and fully saturated it with my isp fiber gigabit link down and up)
wpa2/wpa3-personal in transition mode is supported by eero pro and eero wifi 6 pro, so i toggled it on in the app “eero labs” settings.
That is great news to me because i can use better wifi security and this is one of the few routers on the market that currently support wpa3. It is an experimental setting as described by eero on their website.
Although the eero website says some chamberlain models do not work, my chamberlain model b1381 myq garage door opener with amazon key enabled connected and worked well with the wpa3 toggle enabled in the eero app.
I have about 50 wifi devices on my network and all of them were able to connect immediately to the new eero pro wifi 6 nodes.
In my mind, the gateway eero node should be the most processor-powerful node in a mesh network because all down-stream nodes’ packets going to or from the internet flow through a single gigabit port on the gateway-designated node to a modem, or ont in this case.
— thoughts —
in the past, i used eero secure but found that it occasionally over-protectively blocked websites that i did not want blocked. In the future, i would like to see the eero app have allow and deny lists to override the eero secure dns blocker.
I would rather have nextdns over tls instead of eero secure dns, however that is not an option in the app.
Like eero pro, eero pro wifi 6 still does not have an admin configuration website that would be served at the gateway ip. All configuration is done via the eero mobile app. To me, this is a non-issue.
I tested the included cat.6 ethernet cable with my ethernet cable wiring tester. As expected, it passed because it is wired correctly.
Overall, this is an excellent mesh network system for work from home. My ping is 0ms and jitter is 0ms over fiber to the speedtest site hosted by my isp connected directly to my pc via another cat.6 ethernet cable. My pc speedtest shows over 900 mbps down and up when wired through the new eero. The old eero consistently only gave my pc less than 750 mbps down and up using the same cable and configuration. With all of the secondary nodes hardwired to the gateway node, my network gives me over 600 mbps download speed and 600 mbps upload speed on my s10+ phone. This new 3 pack of eero pro wifi 6 gave us great improvements over the old eero pro. My family and i are grateful and we appreciate the experience of the fastest and most secure wifi available on the market today; we will use this to the fullest.
— update: week two —
today tuesday at 3am, my eero network automatically updated while in bridge mode and the gateway eero blinked blue for 3 minutes then solid red on all 3 eero nodes. This may be caused by a difference in firmware, where the eero wifi 6 pro did not figure out my network topology path from the gateway-designated node to the other nodes.
In my case, my network topology for the three eero nodes is the following:
1. Ont ↔ openwrt router ↔ first eero (gateway designated, bridge mode) ↔ non-managed switch ↔ second eero (hardwired)
2. Ont ↔ openwrt router ↔ first eero (gateway designated, bridge mode) ↔ third eero (wifi)
the eero pro had no issues in this same network topology configuration yet the eero wifi 6 pro had an issue and red lights all nodes after 3 minutes and until manual intervention.
Other users have reported the same issue on reddit, so it seems this configuration is not supported well now. When all nodes are wifi not hardwired to the gateway-designated node, it works. Also, if all nodes are hardwired to the gateway-designated node, it works. The problem now might be caused by a mixture of wifi and hardwired eero nodes in the network.
For me, i will find a way to hard wire the third eero node.
— update: week three —
after a week with 6.0.3 firmware installed on all three nodes, the wifi connected node to the gateway node path had a latency issue that became worse over the week. So, i removed the wifi connected node (not hardwired to the gateway node) in my bedroom via the eero app. After that, my devices that were connected to that node (which experienced the bad latency) were fixed. Meanwhile, the latency of devices (wifi and ethernet) connected via hardwired nodes to the gateway node remained minimal (great) since installation.
— update: month one —
i don’t know why albeit, when my eeros updated to 6.1.0-877 the gateway was no longer gigabit (only 100mbps max download and upload speeds)
previously, my gateway was showing 940+ mbps in the eero app speed test for weeks. Wifi connected devices also only speed test at up to 100mbps through speedtest.net and fast.com apps to the same server that was showing >600mbps up and down speeds prior to the 6.1.0 update.
No hardware in my network environment changed between 6.0.3 and 6.1.0. Only the update happened. Rebooting the network via the app did not fix this issue.
i unplugged the gateway ethernet cable and plugged it back in. That fixed my issue and my wifi 6 network is back to 940+ mbps download and upload speeds.
After struggling with conventional wifi, using an arris modem/router combo that was not equipped to handle all of my smartphone devices, i was so excited to see the 3 pack for eero 6 pro in my amazon vine recommendations. I have been needing to upgrade my router for a while now, especially with all of the devices on my home network. I knew about mesh wifi routers and how people swear they are better than normal old school style routers. After a month of using this 3 pack of eero 6 pro, i really am sold on this product. I was very surprised at how easy the setup process is, eero devices are definitely designed to be accessible to average non-techy people. The hardest part is putting your old router into bridged mode, and that’s only because you have to use your old router’s antiquated browser based user interface. All you do is download the mobile app, quickly create an account, and then it will walk you through the setup process. It’s as simple as plugging ethernet into your modem to connect the eero to the internet, and then you will be up and running in no time. The user interface is clearly designed with everyone in mind. It is not at all required for you to have knowledge of technology or networking to setup and use this product.
The eero 6 is designed for internet speeds of up to 500mbps and the 6 pro is designed for speeds of up to 1000mbps. Even though my internet speed is in the 400-500mbps range, i still think there are some good reasons to buy the pro over the regular 6. Such as tri-band support which will make a difference, the additional 5ghz band allows the mesh routers to work more seamlessly together without eating into the bandwidth being used by the client devices. The 6 pro supports the full speed of wifi 6 (2400mbps), whereas the eero 6 is limited to 1200mbps.
This is because the eero 6 has to use it’s 5ghz band to allow the mesh nodes to communicate with each other, while still providing connectivity to all the client devices. The 6 pro has 2 bands for 5ghz, so that is why it can perform at higher speeds, along with having more ram and a slightly faster processor in each router. I want to point out that you need a wifi 6 compatible device to experience the full capabilities of the routers. Only the latest computers and smartphones like the new m1 macbooks and iphones 11 or newer. But even wifi 5 devices, which most of what you own almost certainly is, can see some speed improvements depending on what kind of wifi you are upgrading from.
Even though, it’s not designed for technologically advanced people like myself, we can appreciate all the technology packed into this eero 6 pro. Forgive me for a minute while i nerd out on the specifications. This is a wifi 6 tri band 2.4 ghz 2×2, 5ghz 2×2, and 5ghz 4×4 system, it has bluetooth 5.0 low energy, a built in zigbee hub for smart home devices and it supports thread. Each of the 3 devices are full blown routers with the 6 pro, not just an extender like some mesh systems. Each one has a 1.4 ghz quad core arm processor and 1024mb or 1gb of ram. That is 2x the amount of ram in the normal eero 6! Each unit uses a 27 watt usb c power delivery wall charger and has 2 ethernet ports. I would have liked to have seen more on the main router that connects to your modem, because one of the two is already taken up by that. So, i would recommend buying a small ethernet switch (5-12 ports) if you have any devices that use ethernet, like a game console or pc or whatever. The zigbee hub that is built into the eero, it must be used through the alexa app. I’m not surprised considering amazon acquired eero in 2019, it doesn’t bother me because i already am an avid alexa user, so having zigbee connectivity is a plus. I am more intrigued by the inclusion of thread, which is another wireless protocol for smart home devices. The ecosystem is not very mature, i know of some products by nanoleaf that support it and so does the new homepod mini. The eero also offers something called ‘frustration free setup’ and if you connect your eero account to your amazon account, when you buy something like a new echo, when it gets delivered and you power it on for the first time, it will just automatically connect to your network without you having to manually set it up. This is great for people who don’t want to bother with tedious setup process of smarthome devices but still want the benefits of using them.
Now to the performance of this system, it is so, so much better now! I used to have some many inexplicable problems with the internet at home, i never knew if it was my computer or tablet, but i now know it was that modem/router combo that just wasn’t up to the task of keeping 50+ devices connected all the time. The eero 6 and 6 pro are able to support up to 75 simultaneous devices at once, i am getting very close to that number and the eero 6 pro has not missed a beat, not even once. If i was in need of a router now, after using this mesh system for a month, i would be willing to spend the $600 on it and feel like it was money well spent. I know that is a lot of money for some people (myself included), but with the covid pandemic and all of the remote work that is happening over the internet, our routers are our most essential devices since they are the gateway to the internet. It is so nice not to have to deal with everything just not working sometimes and working poorly other times. I get solid and reliable performance with the eero 6 pro. With a wifi 6 compatible device like my iphone se2, my wifi speeds are almost as fast as my wired connections. Before, it was maybe 40% the speed of the actual wired internet, now it’s right there at 95% of the speed (which is amazing). I am very happy with the eero 6 pro and feel blessed that it showed up in my amazon vine feed.
super easy to setup and manage
wifi 6 support for futureproofing
tri-band allows for better connection between the mesh nodes
nice set of smarthome features like zigbee hub, thread support, and alexa integration
supports wpa3 using the eero labs feature
gets frequent updates that keep the router secure
beautiful app that is simple and easy to use for managing client devices
no way to use the zigbee hub without alexa app
only 2 ethernet ports on each router, so if you link them up over ethernet, you only have 1 port for each router to be used with all other devices
some features are hidden behind an eero secure paywall, no essential features, but it still seems excessive given the $600 price tag
only one ethernet cable is included in the box of the 3 pack
updates require 10-15 minutes of internet downtime
I have been running the eero pro 6 tri band mesh router system for a year now in my 5000 sq foot house. I bought a 3 pack. And am running one router on each floor. What is particularly good about these units is that each unit has an ethernet input which let me use existing cat6 to feed the satellite units directly from the main router. My internet service is 300 mbps and by using ethernet input to each unit i get 300 mbps wirelessly virtually ever where . I had one lower speed spot in my house and bought a eero satellite extender unit which extends the network by wirelessly connecting to the network. I now get approximately 160 mhz in that previously low spot area. Definitely it is better to feed the units with ethernet if you can or you will not get the line speed of your isp at more than 30 ft from from the router due to walls and obstructions. The actual wireless speed you get will depend on how open your house is and how large it is. I found the eero pro main units very easy to set up using the mobile phone app. Which walks you through the setup very nicely.. I can now walk anywhere in my house with my laptop and it stays connected seamlessly, the mesh feature really works another nice feature of the mesh is that since the whole house is one ssid i can print to any printer on the network. Also my over the air amazon dvr can play on any firestick on the network the satellite unit was also very easy to set up. The network has been solid as a rock. If i lose power it just comes right back up very quickly when power is restored. The several times i called eero customer support i got through to them very quickly. I needed to call them as i initially took their firewall service but found that they were blocking too many sites so i dropped back to the lower level of monitoring which gives me malware protection at a low price and that has been fine. What i like also is that using the mobile phone app you can temporarily turn off the 5.0 ghz network and just run on 2.4 ghz. Some people have complained that when they have 2.4 ghz devices they have trouble acquiring on a network with both frequency bands. This is a general problem people have with dual or tri-band routers and is not eero specific. Having the option of easily turning off the 5 ghz is a nice feature. I have not had that problem and have installed a simplisafe wireless security system with
ring cameras which all runs on 2.4 ghz on the network with no set up problems. . One thing i will caution is that if you have an old printer or thinking of buying a new one make sure it supports wpa2 or wpa3 security protocol which is the only ones supported by the eero as these are considered more secure by eero than some of the older protocols. I recently bought an epson printer and could not get it to acquire the network. Until it dawned on me that the problem was it did not run wpa2 or wpa3. I returned that printer and bought a canon printer which did support these protocols and set up was a breeze .
I recently upgraded to eero pro 6. The challenge is that my home is a 3-story all concrete structure, with a home office on the 3rd floor. I have ethernet data ports in virtually every room which home run to a network closet on the first floor. My goal was to have a true mesh network with comparable wifi access in every room on each floor. I obtained a 1-gig data plan from comcast about 3 years ago. After extensive research, i selected the 1st generation eero system to build the network, placing about 18 eero devices throughout the house in an attempt to achieve 100% coverage. I had limited success with the 1st generation eero. I think that an 18 eero device network overtaxed the capacity of the 1st generation eero system. We also had difficulty in achieving the promise of the 1-gig data plan. We struggled through months of constant re-booting and then enjoyed months of reliable, high speed service. We challenged comcast to ensure that we were getting 1-gig data speed. We exchanged modems with comcast about every 6 months. We kept falling short of expectations, but we couldn’t pinpoint the problem. Was it eero or comcast? Maybe it was the network switch? We tried about 3 different high end network switches (ubiquiti, hp, and now netgear). Then, along came the 2nd generation eero system. So, i decided to upgrade all 18 eero devices to the 2nd generation eero system, plus adding some eero beacons to fill in some potential gaps between regular eero devices (e.g., in hallways). The struggle continued, with individual eero devices periodically going offline and requiring manual re-boot, although there was some improvement and we would occasionally enjoy months of strong, reliable internet and wifi service. We had pretty much decided that the reliability problem was attributable to comcast. However, i started to follow the eero system updates more closely, and i started to notice a pattern. I found that, even after adopting a system update, some eero devices would revert back to the previous version. I tried to isolate which eero devices were at fault and then i would retire and replace them. I was never able to resolve this vicious cycle of system updates and reversion. It seemed as though the eero beacons might be a weak link in the performance of the eero network. The periodic replacement of the comcast modem continued. We never really ever got close to achieving 1-gig data speeds. One great feature of the eero app is to enable instantaneous speed testing. We would be getting download speed in the 500mb to 600mb range. Pretty good by most standards, and probably well in excess of the average household in the usa. Nevertheless, given our investment in technology and equipment, still unacceptable. Moreover, network speed and reliability seemed to vary by time of day. This observation is probably a function of the pressure added to home-based internet providers like comcast due to the covid-19 pandemic, with a huge number of additional people working from home. My understanding is that most internet providers powered up their networks to address the additional daytime demand. I noticed a lot of difficulty in sending and downloading emails, especially those with large email attachments, during normal business hours. About a month ago, almost 3 years into this effort, i saw on amazon the announcement about the upcoming rollout of the 3rd generation eero pro 6 system, i was encouraged about the specs, focusing on facilitating the wifi 6 standard and gigabyte speeds. Essentially, greater reliability and faster speed and with better coverage. So, i was intrigued. I thought that maybe eero got it right this time. I pre-ordered enough of the eero pro 6 devices to replace all 18 existing regular 2nd generation devices. So as not to tempt fate, i decided to exchange my existing comcast modem for a new one. I must take a moment to thank comcast for allowing us to do this periodically, with no questions asked. I received my order of 6 boxes of three eero pro 6 devices on 11/3/2020, the exact day of release promised by amazon. I waited until the weekend, but the i started to replace the existing 2nd generation regular eero devices with the new eero pro 6 devices, one by one. I decided to wait to replace the gateway device until last. I may be doing something a bit unusual. I actually have 2 eero devices connected to the modem and that then feed into my netgear network switch, which powers the other eero devices via the ethernet. These two eero would take turns serving as the gateway device. It seems to have worked, but i never understood why they would switch over and whether there was any downside associated with the arrangement. I was also determined to eliminate all of the eero beacons due to the enhanced coverage of the eero pro 6 devices. Of the 18 new eero pro 6 devices, i determined that 3 were lemons. I couldn’t get them to pair. So, i boxed them up and returned them to amazon, got my refund and then ordered another 3 eero pro 6 devices to replace them. Based on past experience, i did not expect my new eero pro 6 network to perform perfectly right at first. Indeed, i did need to re-boot a few times early on until the network more or less broke itself in. I also noticed a series of system updates for the new eero pro 6 system. Of course, i was worried about the previous difficulty in adopting system updates followed by reversion to previous versions. The good news is that did not happen. Now, after about 2 weeks of using my new eero pro 6 network, i have experienced none of the past problems such as eero devices dropping offline and requiring manual re-boots. I also had an opportunity to test the download speed of the comcast internet service at the modem, and it slightly exceeded 1-gig, which proves that comcast is delivering in accordance with the 1-gig data plan that we have been paying for. Now here is the best news — the wifi speed reported within the eero app is consistently coming in at about 950mb, just slightly below 1 gig! That’s truly amazing. The high quality of the wifi is uniform throughout the house, not withstanding all of the concrete and steel. Finally, a true mesh network! Internet uploads and downloads are super fast and the daytime problems associated with email transmissions, including those with large attachments has completely disappeared. When a eero device is online, it emits a solid white light signal in front, and the signal turns to solid red when the device goes offline. Each of the eero pro 6 devices on my new network emits a strong, solid white light signal and no red light signals anywhere, ever, for more than two whole weeks. Other eero users probably appreciate what i am talking about. The system appears absolutely bulletproof. Finally, a super reliable, high speed, true mesh network! The only issue that i experienced was the three lemons out of the 18 devices purchased. That seems high as a percentage, but then you just have to return and replace them. Amazon makes that pretty easy, and they should be highly motivated since they now own eero,
I’ve used the eero wifi system from virtually the start, beginning with a 3 pack of the original eeros. What was initially a very good product has become a great product with robust and frequent software upgrades.
I was, and continue to be amazed, by the best tech support team i have ever dealt with. Years ago, i was having trouble with my tivo setup and eero was able to resolve what tivo could not, and it was a tivo issue. I will never forget explaining to someone at tivo tech support that they did not know what they were talking about and that eero, in resolving the issue, led me to believe that the person who cleans the bathrooms at eero knew more about tivos ethernet issues than the tivo tech support person did. When i have questions, us-based tech support is easily reachable, very responsive, and always helpful.
I chose eero over other systems at the time because (i) it was incredibly well-reviewed and (ii) i like the little guy (they were not owned by amazon at that time). I did not make a mistake and have eero systems running in both my homes, have set up systems for two family members, and recommended eero to a few friends. Everyone is happy, including me as i have not had to provide technical support to any of them.
I wanted a mesh wifi network that would allow seamless use of my computers, tablets, and phones, as well as integrate with the myriad smart devices in my home (light switches, hvac controllers, televisions, security devices, cameras, etc.). I found the original eero to do exactly this in a 4400 sq. Foot home and a much smaller nyc apartment.
I knew that eero tech support was serious about serving the interests of their customers rather than the company when i tried to expand my system and ran into an issue that, frankly, turned out to be unrelated to eero(this was a sonos issue). Eero went through my network setup with me and offered that i had too many eero devices on my network, suggested i remove some, and encouraged me to return them as they were overkill. Who does that? (yes, i probably still have too many eero devices on my network.)
in any event, the initial eero setup was simple and intuitive. The app works great, but i’ve always been bothered that they do not allow computer access to control the eero (unless you run something like bluestack to get android access). That said, configuring things like static ip addresses works fine from the app.
Over the years, i have upgraded bit by bit, adding an eero pro to function as my network router (yes, in addition to handling wifi, the eero system can act as the router for your entire network – something i highly recommend doing. I’ve got fios that comes into the house via an ethernet line, that plugs into an eero, the eero heads out to a switch , that switch feeds other switches and a couple of those have eero’s running through them. Setup was easy and upgrading has always been a breeze.
In this instance, for the upgrade to the eero pro 6, i first replaced the router via the app. That was up and running in just a few minutes. Seriously, it took longer to unpack the box than to get the main eero swapped out. There is an option within the eero app to either replace an eero device, remove an eero device, or add an eero device. I don’t think the swap could be made any easier. I did the same for the two eero devices that got the other eero pro 6 devices. All told, after unboxing, the upgrade took under 10 minutes. I replaced the eeros so the new pro 6 maintained the names (and locations) of the old devices. All network settings remained the same – same wifi network name and password, same guest network name and password, all static ips, etc. Note: the first picture shows the size difference between the new eero pro 6 and the initial eero (which is about the same size as the eero pro). Although it is significantly larger, it is still relatively compact but does run a bit warmer than the original and eero pro.
The eero network has always worked incredibly well for me. I have over 100 devices on the network, and over 20 with static ips. One thing to note is that eero advises against using smart switches that may route different sorts of traffic differently – the eero ecosystem works best if eero controls everything.
The system is constantly improving and new features are frequently added. This week, the app started showing data usage that you can look at monthly, weekly, and daily and by the device. I’ve included a screenshot of that. I’ve also included a screenshot showing the recent upgrades so you can see how serious they are about upgrades.
I’ve also included some speed test screenshots of the before/after upgrade speeds on my iphone. On the old eero, the upload/download was 205/89 (it was generally running around 250/200 but that’s the last pre-upgrade i had) and on the eero pro 6, the speed improved to 339/346. I have not yet installed any hardware running wifi 6 to test that speed.
There is some integration between alexa and eero and the neatest feature of that is that you can have alexa tell you which of your eero devices to which your phone (or another device) is connected (and thus nearby).
Finally, i am happy that they’ve introduced the zigbee ecosystem into the newest version of the product. I’ve got a schlage door lock and it quickly moved over to the eero system when i got rid of the wink hub.
Bottom line: eero makes a great, reliable, and easy to use product. Their technical support is best in class and us-based (at least as of the time of this writing). The only complaint i can make is that i’d rather be able to access control of my network from a computer rather than the app.
This eero pro 6 tri-band is my fourth mesh network, after the first generation orbi, the tp-link deco, and the more recent tri-band linksys velop. The eero is superior to all of those, in part because it’s the latest generation of home mesh networks (for speed) but also because of better stability and range that the others claimed but couldn’t deliver. Of course, you have to pay for that extra performance, but it’s worth every cent if you need it and can afford it.
The biggest difference i’ve noticed is the range between nodes. With the velop, the system this replaced, i had to have six nodes to cover the same area that three eeros do. I have a large house that’s spread over three floors, the lowest of which is partially underground (the house is built on a hill.) i am limited to placing the modem at the far end of the main floor, and i can’t place any nodes in the middle of the house. I also need three nodes, including the one connected to the modem, on the main floor because of devices that need to be plugged in directly to a node and placed on a table. I thought no way could three eero pro 6 units cover everything if they were located on the same floor. I even bought a fourth eero pro in anticipation of dead areas. I was wrong. With this 3-pack, i have strong network signals across all three floors, on a deck, and on a lower patio. Streaming works as well on the top floor as it does on the main floor. The same applies to the lowest floor, with only two spots where my phone doesn’t get full-strength wi-fi. Even then, the signal is strong enough for internet browsing.
The stability is fantastic. With all the others, they would occasionally cease communicating with each other, causing frequent reboots. That’s partly the fault of my cable/internet service that can drop out for a split second. Still, the eero seems to handle that without all the units rebooting themselves and keeping the network down for 5-10 minutes while they reconnect. Nothing is more frustrating that a blink of an interruption causing a long downtime.
Set-up is easy, but then again, all of the ones i’ve used have been easy. You do need a smart phone and the eero app. The key is actually reading the instructions (ha!) to connect everything in the correct order. As with most wireless electronics, you’ll have to do a firmware update after the initial set-up. The eero pro 6 has the ability to set up a guest network, enable parental controls, and check upload/download speeds without having to rely on a outside speed checker such as speedtest. You can’t select a specific band, but at least all my 2.4 ghz devices found their band without my help.
I’m able to get speeds at the top of my isp plan in most places in the house, with near-top speeds in the weaker signal areas. Obviously, your overall speed depends on what you’ve purchased from your isp — it can’t go faster than that. If you have a lower speed plan, there’s no reason to spend the money for such a high-end mesh network; however, if you have the speed in your plan, you should use it to the fullest. The eero pro 6 allows that to happen.
I did a lot of research prior to purchasing the eero pro 6, and almost all of the sites i respect put it at or near the top, with the ones that placed it lower citing its high price as the reason. That meant that well-informed geeks had already tested the models i was considering and that the eero was a first-rate product. Still, i wasn’t prepared for how much i like it. This was an enormous splurge, even on sale, but i’m glad that i closed my eyes, gritted my teeth, and clicked on the purchase button.
— debbie lee wesselmann
Eero pro 6 is pretty darn good. The pros outweigh the cons with some reservations for the tweakers.
I have gb service and i replaced an old airport extreme with this router and increased my wifi speed from 200mbs to 700+mbs in an area that has a lot of interference from neighbors wifi routers. I tried an old linksys ea7500 without improvement even though in another room with less interference, it easily does 400-500mbs with the same router as a wired extender. The eero pro 6 is easy to set up if you follow the directions. I didn’t; this caused me to repeat the setup because the app got stuck if you don’t do it in the precise way that eero recommends.
I have a fairly complicated setup with video cameras, two nvr’s, a home grown dvr (channels app), and about 30 devices, some with ip reservations, some with port forwarding. I also use a ddns for the cameras (no upnp here).
The eero pro would not let me chose my ip range even with the manual setting. It gives you 3 choices 192.168.0.0, 10.0.0.0, or 172.16.0.0. You can’t use variations of these, it just won’t let you. Why? I have no idea. Normally ‘manual’ means just that. Why limit the virtually limitless ipv4 range? This is bizarre for such an ‘advanced’ router. So,…i had to change my assigned ip values to my reserved appliances which was a real hassle. Any other router was fairly plug and play once i set up the router to mimic my old configuration. Second, and i knew this going in, the ssid for 5ghz and 2.4ghz is the same and cannot be changed. This also was a hassle since all of my 2.4ghz appliances had to be changed to the ssid of the now combined network. Why? I have no idea. I heard from other reviews that the band steering was not good and jumped you on to the 2.4ghz without warning. I have not experienced that and as a matter of fact, the range of the eero pro 6 is incredible. I have full coverage from backyard to front yard (albeit with reduced speed) and both stories of my home. For a box so small, the range is truly remarkable.
I have purchased another to replace the linksys and will report back with the new configuration.
One thing to note for the peak readers out there, the eero app speed test was tagging at 900mbs+ even though the ookla speed test was somewhere in the 670mbs-720mbs. Is this marketing or real? I have no idea. (see photos)
update: after installing the new eero pro 6 as a wired repeater, the speed of my overall system improved and is consistently showing 700+ mbs with ookla and 900+ mbs with the eero app. Now have high speed coverage throughout my house. I am very pleased.
(update) from the eero documentation, the eero speed test is the speed to the hub so it is basically a confirmation of your modem speed. This is not the wireless speed. Also, sjj in ce i bought a third eero pro 6, with the third eero being a wireless repeater, i see that the wifi speed from that node is somewhere around 500mbs but it is a good distance away from the hub on another floor. 500mbs goes to 300mbs outside and 200 mbs about 40 feet away at the end of my driveway. Still pretty impressive.
Strong buy folks.
I used this three-pack to replace an older eero pro and two eero beacons in a two-story, 1800-square-foot house. Probably could have been fine with just two of the units, but they were on sale so i went with the three-pack. Cable router is upstairs in a corner of the house, so the downstairs wi-fi signal was not always the greatest with the old setup. Now there’s nowhere in the house where i still get a less than excellent wi-fi signal. The max speed my provider offers at my location is 75mbps, which i did already get on the hardwire ethernet connection to my pc. So the pro 6 may have been overkill but i really wanted a better wi-fi signal, particularly downstairs. My phone now tests at around 40-50mbps on wi-fi, where before it was 25 or 30 on a good day. It’s nice to see my wi-fi signal is finally stronger in my own house than my neighbor’s signal was.
I had one issue with the installation that was due to my own error which i’ll mention here in case it helps anyone else avoid the same mistake: to avoid crawling under my desk, i at first reused the power cord from the old eero pro with the new pro 6. The app would not find the device automatically, so i entered the serial number. It then showed that the device had been found and was connected, but the led color was wrong and in reality it was not connected. After my error and much trial, i finally dropped my stubbornness and used the power plug and cable that came with the new device. Everything synched up fine from that point. So don’t cut corners, and all should be quick and easy.
Although i’ve had decades of experience with web dev, graphic design, etc., i still don’t know that much about networking. My old system in my old house (asus router and a wifi extender in a single-story home) used to drop out constantly and slowly got worse over time; i’d have to unplug/replug the extender so it would establish a new connection, and sometimes also needed to reboot the router itself. Even worse, i rarely got the speeds i was paying for. This eero system — i bought the pro 6 2-pack — has been a wonderful improvement.
The pros: unlike the old asus, the eero interface is apple-like in its simplicity and intuitive ease. I now have a small-ish two-story house and put the gateway unit in my upstairs office and the companion unit in the living room downstairs. Paired with a new modem, i now regularly get my cable plan’s top download and upload speeds throughout the house. I also have never experienced any drag, delay, nor a single drop of service on any connected device. Perhaps best of all, eero automatically runs 2.4ghz devices — lightbulbs, smart plugs, etc. — at that bandwidth, while still running everything else at 5ghz.
The cons: if i could, i would deduct half a star for the lack of ethernet ports on each unit; i realize this was partly a design choice, to keep the units small. But i’ve had to buy network switches for each so that i could connect office equipment and various components of an av system. The units also run worrisomely hot; i don’t think it’s gonna be a real problem, but i do have to keep each one out in the open and not enclosed in a cabinet with other electronics, etc.
All in all, after a solid two months of use, i’d give this eero system an a-.
Finally, a seamless and stable wi-fi experience across all the house!
=== summary ===
it has been approximately four weeks since this pack of 3 ‘eero pro 6 tri-band mesh’ arrived. In summary, i am impressed with this mesh system’s solid performance and stability that i would give it a 5-stars. However, some ‘ehhh’ things drop to 4-stars (since you can’t provide a 4.5 star). Although it comes with a hefty price tag, it has worth the investment. So far, the ‘never worry about wi-fi again’ that eero claims are a reality. Since day one, the whole system has been up and running without any hiccups or manual reset required (which was usual with my previous wi-fi routers).
=== backround and context of my review ===
before getting into the details, just a caveat before continuing. I am not a networking expert; hence, i will share my experience as a regular user that did his research reading or watching others’ reviews. My comparison points and pros/cons comments come from my experience with the two previous wi-fi routers that i replaced with this eero mesh.
=== where i am using this mesh system ===
to establish a comparison point and where i am using this system, let me share some details:
* our home is a two-story construction of approximately 200 square-meter (~2100 square-foot) with all internal and external walls made of concrete blocks. So, many obstacles to the wi-fi signal.
* my home office space is in the corner of the house, with a concrete slab roof making things more challenging to get decent wi-fi coverage.
=== what are the issues and things i wanted to solve with this eero pack ===
based on the previous, i had to set up two wi-fi router systems (yes, two different networks ssid) to deal with the coverage issue for my home office. For some areas of the house, i had a ‘tp-link wi-fi 6 ax3000.’ on the other hand, i had a 3-pack mesh ‘tp-link deco p7’ distributed in a way that they could ‘reach’ my home office. From there, if lucky, i roughly got 10% to 20% of wi-fi bandwidth (based on mbps) than what i can get directly wired to my internet serviced provider modem. However, ‘it was better than nothing’ since repairing/rewiring my office would require a mess that i didn’t want to go through.
On top of all that, as the ‘it/networking support guy’ for my wife and daughter at home; i was dealing with their recurring complaints about: network stability and slowness, their devices getting disconnected, and on top of that, that switching from one network to another depending on the area of the house was not practical to them. So, that is how i rolled my dices on this eero system 🙂
=== the pros, cons, and ‘oks’ ===
all that said, here goes my pros, cons, and ‘oks’ with this.
* finally, a very stable wi-fi coverage from my home office! I am getting up to 90% of the available bandwidth provided by the isp while connected to the satellite routers. I am impressed with that!
* no more blind spots!!! I have been streaming videos on my phone while walking across the house, and it was a breeze; no lags or buffering at all! Even from areas where i had given up like the garage or the backyard deck -remember the walls of concrete blocks barriers :)-
* seamlessly connection of 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz devices. I mention this because i have read other reviews saying something about legacy devices that operate only at 2.4 ghz getting disconnected or not connecting with eero. It has not been my case, and i have wi-fi cameras, phones, and tables on 2.4ghz working without any issues.
* redundancy! When one of the two ‘satellite’ routers goes offline, the other two still active (main and satellite) manage to reconnect the devices to the network immediately. It is fast and seamless. I had to disconnect one of the two satellites to put it in another place. While i did that, my daughter had her laptop connected to that specific eero attending her virtual class (using ms teams with the camera on). The appletv -also connected to that node- was streaming a movie simultaneously. The change went unnoticed; both devices reconnected to another eero node. There was ‘never’ a lag or message indicating a disconnection. I am not sure if it is the 3rd band that eero exclusively uses to keep its routers connected every time, but it is excellent!
* the mobile app is simple and very intuitive. It quickly detects and connects to the routers. It walks you through the setup process while providing visual guidelines on where to place it (e.g., not placing the router just behind a tv to prevent interferences). I was able to set up the three units in less than 30 minutes.
* last but not least, i have roughly 30 wi-fi devices connected to this mesh system (phones, laptops, tablets, iptvs, smarttv, cameras, echos, and some smart lights and plugs). There has not been a time when some devices have not been reachable through its proprietary app or alexa. I think that something that helps here is that eero supports zigbee, making the integration and connection with smart devices and alexa more seamless.
* lack of qos options (a given for other wi-fi routers in the same category or even prior generation of wifi-5 routers). The only thing that you can set up out-of-the-box without paying a subscription is creating a group of devices, which in my case, were my daughter’s devices for a bedtime schedule. And that is it! Therefore, you can not assign priorities to the traffic of some devices (e.g., my work-related devices instead of my daughter’s laptop while streaming netflix) or blocking some sites if you do not pay any of the eero secure plans.
* if you opt for any of the two subscription offerings, please bear in mind that those are available only for networks within the us and canada.
* users whose requirements are using the router internationally and still have a rich set of qos capabilities may want another router option. Another alternative to still going with eero would be a security service to protect your devices at home. However, having to pay another service (something of the likes of bitdefender, mcafee, kaspersky, and others) on top of the usd 600 for this eero might not be a viable or desired option for some.
* i understand that the mobile app is designed to be simple, friendly, and intuitive by design. For achieving that, eero has (intentionally?) removed those qos options that you would find through a browser interface or even within other mobile apps. However, not having the chance to schedule when the router led light turns on and off is sometimes annoying. If you have one of these in your bedroom and the led botters you to get asleep, you need to turn it off manually every time.
* for some reason, and with some mobile devices, the most proximate eero is not selected to establish the connection. I have turned off/on a device that, by proximity, should connect to the eero in the living room. Still, for some reason, it connects to the satellite upstairs. Then, i turned off the eero placed upstairs to ‘force’ the connection of the mobile device to my living room. It worked until i turned on the eero upstairs again (who knows what is happening there).
I hope it helps!
Update 4/10/22 – still loving our eero pro 6 set up at home and i have now added a 3rd router to our upstairs. While we were getting along without it with just the 2 i bought originally, our connectivity upstairs is much faster/better now and i wish i had just bought the 3 pack to begin with. If you have a 3,400 sq ft. + home or more than 2 levels, i highly recommend just going for 3. You’ll be happy you did.
Original review – we recently upgraded to 1 gb speeds through xfinity and i decided it was time to upgrade our router so we could enjoy all the benefits of these higher speeds. After all, your internet is only as good as your router! I had a great router before (netgear night hawk) but with a recent move to a bigger home, it was time to upgrade to a mesh system to spread the signal from the basement where the cable is hard wired to every corner of our 3 story home. We have a lot of devices to support in our family (multiple pcs and laptops, multiple phones and ipads, video door bell, smart garage door openers and door locks, ecobee thermostat, a media server, 4 smart tvs, xbox, harmony elite remotes, smart sprinkler system, printer, several smart outlets and home wide echo dots and echo shows etc.).
Not only was the eero pro 6 system the easiest setup in router history but it services and organizes all of our many devices flawlessly and provides blazing fast speeds to every device and every location that needs it! I just did a speed test and am getting 947 gb download and 42 gb upload speeds (see pic).
I bought the pack of 2 and i love that the routers are interchangeable. Router 1 is plugged in to my arris surfboard cable modem (why rent one from your isp when you can own your own?) in our basement office. Each has two ethernet ports, so one receives the signal from my modem and the other has an ethernet splitter plugged into it expanding it to 4 ethernet ports. This is something i highly recommend buying if you have heavy hard wiring needs like we do. From there we have our main pc, printer, media server and a personal file storage device hard wired into it.
The second router is on the main level of the house. We have our main smart tv and a mini pc hard wired into that one. Honestly, in hindsight i wish i’d have bought the 3 pack. I was on the fence but now would like a 3rd. The signal from the man level does reach and service our devices upstairs, but the signal isn’t quite as strong as i would like it to be, so i plan to buy a third router to complete the system.
I love the simple, low profile and sleek look of these routers as opposed to our night hawk that took up tons of space and had antenna’s pointed everywhere. They leave such a small foot print and i don’t feel the need to hide it away in a cabinet, even in my living room (see pic)!
The app is very intuitive and straight forward. It makes it so easy to manage all your devices and create profiles for different family members or groups of devices. For example, my son’s profile includes his tablet, phone, tv and xbox and i can set parameters and controls for the internet to just his profile if i want to limit what he sees or how much time he spends online. It’s also extremely easy to set up and manage a guest network etc.
I am not a computer programmer or software engineer, but i do know computers (i build my own) and i work from home and know my way around networking, and i can tell you that the eero system provides everything i could need and want and then some. I highly recommend this mesh system if you have a large home and want to enjoy the high internet speeds you’re paying for throughout your entire house! I have not experience a single drop or hiccup in signal since i set it up and i couldn’t be happier with my purchase!!
I sincerely hope this review has been helpful to someone else. And yes, i paid full price for it! Feel free to ask any questions!
The thing that initially impressed me about the eero is the low profile unobtrusive design. It blends into the scenery much more organically than our previous mesh routers which were taller and stuck out like a sore thumb regardless of where we placed them. While researching the eero mesh system, one thing i constantly kept encountering were claims about how easy it is to setup. Setup was easy but not without a few snags. For starters, the placement guide says to place the eero centrally in the home but this isn’t an option for me. I had to place the main unit at the front of the house where the isp gateway is located. I placed the second eero at the opposite end of the house in the sun room and placed the third upstairs in the loft. The two downstairs routers have clear line of sight. The upstairs router isn’t clear line of sight but does not have any sealed obstructions like closed doors blocking the signal. I was initially worried about this placement scheme but it works great. More on that in a bit.
I downloaded the eero app onto my tablet to complete setup. Setting up the eero through the app is simple and straightforward. The process worked as intended for the most part but the app got stuck on the registering eero step. After mulling over the issue for a minute, it appeared the app was trying to register remotely over the internet. I connected my tablet to my smartphone’s hotspot and setup finally resumed past the registering screen. After setup finally finished, i was connected but had no internet. I realized it was my fault for following the instructions to the letter despite questioning the process. The setup instructions said to plug in the eero first and then plug in my gateway router. I did so and unsurprisingly, it was the reason i had no internet access. That’s because the eero had no valid ip due to being the first device powered on. I unplugged both and reversed the order which finally got the system online.
I ran a few speed tests and was very impressed. Speeds had increased dramatically across the board. I was seeing an increase of 150-300mbps over my previous mesh system. I have a gigabit line but with my old mesh system, average wifi throughput speeds were roughly 150-200mbps on average. Now speeds average 300-500mbps. I also noticed much improved coverage. The farthest upstairs bedroom had so many wifi problems with the old mesh system, i had to run a wired ethernet line to the room to provide a useable connection for my daughter. I ran a speed test through the eero over wifi from the farthest corner of the room and still saw speeds of 500+mbps. A netspot scan also revealed significant improvement of both jitter and signal strength in the room over the previous system. I think the open design of our house helps but i was relieved the router placement that i was forced to use works perfectly fine. I then applied a pending firmware update and held my breath but thankfully it didn’t negatively affect performance like updates sometimes did with past routers.
The eero app is very basic and there is no browser management option to use as an alternate. Trying to browse to the eero gateway returns a site unreachable error. The eero app allows basic settings such as dns selection, port forwarding, ip reservations, manual firewall rules and monitoring connected devices and data usage (1 day only. Multi-day data usage monitoring requires a subscription to eero secure). It also allows pausing or blocking specific devices. Eero offers additional security and features but at a cost of $29 or $99 annually for eero secure and eero secure + respectively. The eero secure plans offer some decent additional security features but many overlap hose already found in a good desktop internet security application. These features include ad blocking, content blocking, malicious site blocking, enhanced activity monitoring and web tracker blocking. The plus plan adds the 1password family plan, malwarebytes for 3 devices and a vpn family plan. Most of the basic features found in both plans are more suitable for households with teens and younger children. I may subscribe to the basic eero secure plan solely for the router level content filtering and web track blocking. I don’t really have a need for the other features.
The eero has so far proven to be a very capable and worthy successor to our previous router. There are however a few areas where i found it lacking, such as the zigbee integration. I tried integrating my hue lights with the eero through the alexa app but could not figure out how to easily add them directly to the eero without requiring the hue hub. I’ve read that it can be done but all of the tips that i’ve found online so far did not work. Another issue is that the eero devices all only have two ethernet ports. The master device only has one useable port because the other is used as the wan port. I used the sole remaining port on the master for the hue hub. As a result, i had to move my security camera hub to the sun room eero. That’s one reason why i’m disappointed the zigbee integration doesn’t work better. I previously mentioned the lack of browser management which is especially limiting given the very basic functionality of the app. Another annoying aspect of the app is that it makes it appear as if certain features are available but clicking on them results in an advertisement to purchase an eero secure subscription. I also believe there should be more robust security included without being forced to purchase an additional subscription. Router security is absolutely essential and unquestionably the most important aspect of a router after performance.
With the kids doing remote schooling, the parents working from home, and a fairly recent addition to the house, our old existing engenius access port was not having the coverage and speed we needed. I have a mostly wired home, so i chose the 3-pack of the eero 6 pro. My home network runs to a common point within the basement, where a ups provides back-up power to the switch, fios gateway, ont, etc. The engenius ap is connected via poe. We had three ssids.
Installation of the eero devices was physically simple. I had wanted to run poe+ to all three units, but the new version exceeds poe+ power limits (and astonishingly, the poe adapter kits for the prior generation eero are hard to get, expensive, and require an extra injector, jacking costs up a bit). The new units are spread across the house, two use upss for office computer equipment and the entertainment system. The other unit upstairs does not. Two units have ethernet (one is connected as gateway off the ont), the third chains off the non-gateway back-hauled unit. The fios g-1100 router is no longer used, but i did capture the port-forwarding rules off the gateway before decommissioning it. The euro 6 pro gateway is not running in bridge mode. We have a typical box colonial with a large l-shaped addition. We placed the gateway at one end of the main house on the first floor, the second unit upstairs near the bend in the ‘l’, the third unit on the first floor at the other end of the ‘l’
configuration is pretty straightforward, but there needs to be clarification that these units do not support multiple ssids (technically, there is a second ‘guest’ one). When you add a ‘network’, you might configure another ssid, but it really is a separate network address space. Also, when adding additional pro units to the first, the eero app goes through the same process as the first, but doesn’t make it clear that you aren’t adding to the mesh, but adding a separate unit/network. I initially added the second unit with the same ssid, but had two networks with the same ssid but different address spaces. When adding additional units, go ‘home’, and click on the blue ‘+’ button instead. This adds additional units. Once i got that, i started over and installation was very rapid.
You can custom configure dhcp address ranges. Under ‘settings’, ‘advanced’, ‘dhcp & nat’, you can choose ‘manual ip’ and then set a custom subnet ip and starting/ending addresses. I’m currently running the eero secure 30-day trial, so i’m curious how curtailed the nice stats will become. The stats shouldn’t be a rental item. The eero labs ‘beta’ is active, and i configured band steering, local dns caching, and wpa3. I was surprised how many devices connect on wpa3. Hopefully these ‘eero labs’ settings don’t suddenly become rental items, too.
The mesh does distribute connections across the three units. What i found curious, was that a couple of my hard-wired devices off my ethernet switch show up on the back-hauled unit (which has one ethernet connection, and isn’t the gateway). I don’t understand how or why that happens. But i do like how the app shows what devices are connected (or not) and where. However, my wired devices are persistently listed as not connected, even though traffic stats are real-time.
I’m finding the lack of a web interface frustrating. I know there’s one for authorized installers (who can monitor your network remotely). I’m wishing there were a customer accessible poe set-up even if there were a way to not require the bracket.
Speed tests were impressive (at least to me). We used to get about 50mbs in either direction through our old ap. We have gigabit fios. The eero app indicates speeds that are between the gateway and the internet. Use ookla to actually test your wireless connection speeds. On the hardwired units, we were getting between 500 and 600mbs upload and download with modern wifi devices (ie iphone 11). The third unit not yet hardwired to ethernet was getting a bit less (~350mbs), but more than sufficient for 4k streaming, zooming, etc. Your mileage may vary. And, we don’t have alexa, zigbee devices, etc., so i can’t comment on that. We haven’t tried the guest access yet, but i like what i see in configuration in the app so far (send a qr code, throw-away passcodes for one-time use – ie. Babysitter). We installed with version 6.0.2-11.
i use verizon fios and ditched the provided g1100 router and used an actiontec ecb6200 moca adapter to connect my coax network to the ethernet switch. I next installed the eero as the gateway as described above. Added a couple of ip reservations for each stb. The dvr/stb uses two port forwarding entries. The exterior/interior ports are; tcp 35000/7547, and udp 63145/63145. The other stb uses tcp 35001/7547 and udp 63146/63146. The stbs can stream and do their usual stuff, i have the guide, saved dvr recordings listed, can control the srb via my vz fios tv phone app. The ip addresses of the stb aren’t using the usual address range starting from .100, but just getting the ip address from the eero pool. The port forwarding is mac based, anyway.
Operations have been smooth so far, coverage decent with hand-offs pretty smooth. Time will tell whether the price was worth it.
You know which ‘fanboys’ this device will certainly appeal to because it already mimics the look of every known apple devices in the market.
I chose this router already knowing about its strengths and limitations. I considered netgear, google nest and liksys but their appearance did not quite blend in with my recent room makeover.
The promise of a robust ‘closed’ system appealed to me. I have always been the pc-android tinkerer and self-taught techie my whole grown life so…
Two months since the update:
ease of connection: when someone drops by who wants to borrow a cup of wifi heaven, i show the a qr code that they scan with their phone’s camera — voila — they’re connected to the guest network.
Smart devices connection: most new devices connect easily and gets integrated in my alexa and google home environment without a hitch. Some older devices work only on 2.4ghz band but you can temporarily switch eero’s broadcast band from 5ghz to 2.4ghz to allow them on board.
Much like ios eero does not allow you to tinker too much with it’s settings. Software updates are done automatically and they made it deliberately hard to tweak network settings and permissions. Woukld have been good for the average jill but this j likes to mess things up so there are a few frustrations.
There are only two physical network connections and one will naturally be eaten by your cable modem. So what if you have other network devices that you still prefer to hardwire to your home network? The manual suggests connecting a bridge but it costs a lot of money to buy a reliable bridge. My old netgear had 6 hardwire ports and a usb port. So a 2tb hard drive that used to be my local network storage has to be confined to my main pc now. I have an older canon monochrome laser aio printer whose network scanning no longer works so it has to be tethered via usb once again to the main pc.
Overall i am happy with the speed and reliability. There’s several streaming devices in my household; sometimes for the fun of it i would play simultaneous 4k streams in different platforms and services just to check, if in the near future, if a gaggle of my grandkids come to visit me on a nice father’s day afternoon, all of them will get entertained. Alas… For now it is a pipe dream… That is the granchildren part… Because… Well… I do not know….
I have gigabit service through century link and decided it was time to upgrade my google nest system with something faster and more reliable. The upgrade ended up being incredibly easy through the iphone app so i was up and running in less than 15 minutes.
I purchased the 2 unit kit and wi-fi signal is strong throughout our 2,000 square foot house and backyard. The speed is running 3 to 4 times faster than my old nest system and stability is much improved. Although the system speed is much improved over the nest, it does seem to be falling significantly short of gigabit speeds. The speed test on the eero app is reporting 941 mbps download and 933 mbps upload speeds but i’m observing speeds of 350 to 450 mbps on my base eero and 200 to 250 mbps on the secondary unit. Speed holds good out in the backyard at around 150 mbps which is a huge improvement over the nest which only gave me around 20 mbps at that distance.
I’m not sure why ny speeds are falling so short of gigabit so i need to do some additional research. The speed shortfall is the reason for knocking off 1 star. Aside from the speed gap, everything else about the eero system is meeting and/or exceeding my expectations.
Finally, a product that is truly plug and play, no hassle install. Had all 3 units up and running in about 15-20 min and each worked the first time the hardest part was figuring out how to turn of my xfinity router wireless signal. My internet speeds are faster than ever and coverage is everywhere. App gui could be improved a bit, which i’m sure it will. The integration with alexa and connected devices is a nice touch.
I will straight out state i’m a complete n00b when it comes to computers and/or electronics anymore, so this review will likely be meant for people who have similar issues. Further disclosure: i actually bought a fourth euro pro 6 due to the configuration of my home (split-level 2-story) to ensure i did have complete coverage, but it may have been a bit overkill (still happy with the outcome, however).
Prior to set-up, i tested my wifi speeds in two different locations of the house: right next to the existing router, and at the furthest point from the router in my home (downstairs, in the man-cave catty-corner from the router location upstairs). With nothing but the router (no extenders), my readings were:
router: 78.9 mbps download, 30.6 mbps upload (netgear nighthawk @ 0220 in the morning)
man-cave: 73.4 mbps download, 19.7 mbps upload
set-up then began on the eero pro 6s. I noted right off the bat that all 4 of the routers were designed the same, so there was no confusion as to which router was the actual main and which were the satellites: any one of them could be the main and the rest extenders. The next step was to kill power to the modem and disconnect everything from it. (if you have a combination modem/router, the rest of this may not be helpful since i’m not sure how the set-up differs with that configuration). I had read in an earlier review about naming the network something else before disconnecting, but (n00b that i am) i had lost the admin password to my old network, and besides you can still use the old network name with the new system as long as the new password you choose for the eero system is the same as the old: once configuration is done you can rename your system in the app back to the old name, and you shouldn’t have any issues.
At this point you have to have the eero app to set up your new system, and you have to pay attention to what it says (the disconnecting/re-connecting of cables gets a bit muddled at one point; not enough to hurt anything, but frustrating all the same). Once you get back to re-connecting the ethernet cables, you may discover the biggest flaw with this system: not enough ethernet ports. With my old router, i was able to connect three cables (modem, desktop pc, and internet phone) to it, but there are only the two ports on each of the eeros. I had to go and buy an ethernet switch (not splitter) to be able to configure my network back to how it was. Not a big deal, but again frustrating.
Once the main router was set up, though, the rest of it could not be easier: simply locate the satellites to where you wanted them in the house—making sure they aren’t sitting right on top of other electrical equipment—and it does the rest. It will even let you know how good a job you did finding your location, which does give you a warm fuzzy feeling at the end.
Satisfied i had finished the job i re-tested my speeds, which were surprisingly slow.
Then i remembered to re-connect my phone to the wifi. I did say i am a n00b.
Re-connected, i retested the results and got a lot closer to what i was expecting:
router: 251.4 mbps download, 34.9 mbps upload (an improvement of 219%/14%)
man-cave: 156.1 mbps download, 27.0 mbps upload (no extenders located downstairs)(an improvement of 114%/37%)
i am definitely satisfied with the upgrade, though some people may see this as not enough of an improvement to invest this kind of money on. In my case, i was fortunate in that i didn’t have to pay out-of-pocket for any of this but rather was able to redeem rewards points from my place of employment to get these. In any event, the best thing about this system is it is able to handle 75+ devices handily, whereas my older system could not. Hopefully this rather lengthy review will help some of you with your decision.
easier set-up than most home networks
mesh coverage works better than routers and extenders at preventing dead spots
capable of handling more devices than older systems
definite increase in speed
devices are homogeneous
not quite as powerful as it is made to sound, but closer
somewhat muddled instructions
long power cords that are attractive to cats (cord storage built into the base would be nice)
Hi bought this wifi mesh system for my new home. I bought this because it has large coverage areas. I have to cover the more than 4k sq ft area and this is the perfect solution for covering the home with wifi. The devices are also beautifully built with textured and color. The great thing with this is all of this work with wired router for fast speed. The only thing on my top floor the speed is little less compared to other floors not sure it’s because of the internet or because of the distance between modem and router. But so far no issues with the connectivity.
I decided to try out a new isp in our area (metronet), because they offered better bandwidth (gigabit up and down) than our existing isp (comcast/xfinity). My original plan was to use both for a month or so, in a side-by-side comparison, to verify the benefits before going through the pain of switching over e-mail addresses, etc.
This turned out not to be possible, because of the nature of mesh wifi systems in general, and eero in particular.
My new isp provided me with an eero pro 6 as base unit/router — no choice on my part.
Not fully understanding the ramifications of this, i agreed to the installation, and even explained to the isp’s installer that i planned to continue using my existing wifo lan for a while during transition, and then hook up the eero to eye existing home wifi infrastructure, which included an apple airport extreme to reach the far end of my house, and a linksys wifi repeater to reach my separate garage/workshop building.
The first problem was interference/jamming with the wifi of the arris router provided by my old isp. I had thought that i could configure the two base stations to use non-conflicting channels at both 2.4 and 5 ghz. However, eero has no provision for user management of wifo channels. It seems that in order to implement a mesh network, eero assumes it is free to manage the entire 5ghz band.
So, giving up on running the two isps side-by-side for comparison, i shut town my old arris wifi/router, and tried to hook up the rest of my in-home network to the eero with the new isp.
The hard-wired twisted-pair part worked fine. The eero pro 6 had one available rj45 port that i connected to an existing switch, i and all of my hard-wired ethernet devices were quickly on line.
The wifi part turned out to be impossible. After some trial and error, i found a document on the eero site that said explicitly that their wifi equipment is incompatible with apple’s airport extreme, and for the same reasons is apparently not compatible with any other vendor’s wifi extender/repeater equipment. So i had the choice of reversing course to preserve the value of my old in-home wifi extenders, or throw them out and use only eero. That’s the end of the bad news.
The good news is that i bought a second eero pro 6, from amazon, to replace the apple airport extreme, and it set up and worked fine, straight out of the box.
I will probably buy a third eero in hope that it will allow me to extend the wifi network to my outbuilding.
A remaining concern for others is how well eero will play with the wifi networks of neighbors, if they live in close proximity, such as an apartment houses. I am fortunate that houses in our neighborhood are far enough apart that we have no contention for wireless signals in either the 2.4 or 5 ghz ranges. I simply do not know whether the contention problem i had with my old arris base station would also some up in a crowded environment, or even how eero mesh networksinteract when there are several owners living in close proximity.