If the last few years have taught us anything, it is that connectivity is key to staying productive both at home and in the workplace. Unfortunately, the ability to stay connected is often hindered by poor Wi-Fi signals. Industry pioneers Eero, want to change all that with their Pro 6 Wi-Fi system that brings tri-band multiple device connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, and gigabit speeds on their upgraded mesh system.
Here is the problem, Wi-Fi can be a tricky beast sometimes, most conventional routers do a decent job but throw any larger obstructions their way like – walls, doors, appliances, neighbors’ networks, metal, water heaters, and fish tanks alike, dogs… or anything solid really, then its reach and reliability quickly degrade.
The Eero Pro 6 mesh system works by creating multiple access points around your home and each is powered by a robust 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU providing up to 2,000 square feet of wireless coverage per node. A single Eero access point is connected to your existing modem and will broadcast on three wireless networks simultaneously – 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz, and 5.8GHz – to deliver maximum data transmission speeds of up to 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz (2X2) band, up to 1,201Mbps on the 5GHz (2X2) band, and up to 2,402Mbps on the secondary 5GHz (4X4) band. Like most mesh systems, each additional Eero receiver added is part of the same network and provides seamless connectivity from one point to another and does not require you to log into it as a repeater would. There are also convenient Dual auto-sensing Gigabit ports for WAN and/or LAN connectivity for those that also want to hardwire their devices.
The real magic of this mesh system lies in what Eero calls their TrueMesh technology, which knows the signal strength between each Eero in your home and calculates the best path from your device to the internet. Developed using machine learning and data collected from hundreds of thousands of real homes, TrueMesh dynamically reroutes traffic to keep the network perfectly balanced. The Eero Pro 6 system also features some powerful next-generation mesh technology based on the Wi-Fi 6 (ax) standard including support for WPA3 encryption, Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) data transmissions, MU-MIMO simultaneous data streaming, and direct-to-client signal beamforming. For some bizarre reason though, QoS (which stands for Quality of Service) and prioritizes certain devices or certain activities such as gaming, streaming, and video calls is disabled by default and is only found in the additional settings – we recommend turning this on.
Performance-wise, there is nothing to complain about here with the Pro 6. If reliability and coverage not speed is the name of the game, it does not get much better than this. It may not be as fast as other offerings on the market from Linksys, TP-Link, and more but for the average household of multiple connected smart devices, this will more than suffice. It is worth mentioning at this junction that a highlight for us of this mesh system is that it will routinely audit the network to ensure it is functioning optimally and Eero’s automatic and frequent software updates provide users with bug fixes, performance improvements and even introduces exciting new features. Their very intuitive app also enables users to have greater control and management of their network. You can see how many devices are connected, see upload, and download speeds, enact parental controls by device, set up family profiles and you can even share your network with guests – very easily. In addition to content filtering, the new Eero Secure+ service (fees apply) offers protection against malware, phishing, and viruses, as well as top-tier technical support and even some welcome ad-blocking across the network. Peace of mind for a small fee.
To sum up, while there is a lot to like about the Pro 6 system from Eero, on a price to value ratio, it does fall short when compared to similar offerings on the market. It is quite expensive at $599 for a three-pack when most Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems these days offer a lot of the same features. Having to pay for extra privacy features is also a bitter pill to swallow and most, we think, simply won’t, especially when their competitors have it included by default. At the end of the day, you can make the call on what is right for you and your connectivity needs.
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