Eero 6 mesh routers announced: Amazon’s Wi-Fi 6 upgrade for the work-from-home era

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The new Eero Pro 6 is the company’s most capable mesh router.

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Last year, Amazon buys net networking startup Eero, Then released immediately Newer, more affordable version of Eero Mesh router. Now, a year later, the company is back with two new mesh routers: the Ero 6 and the Ero Pro 6. As the names indicate, both new systems add support. Wi-Fi 6 – The latest and fastest version of Wi-Fi.

“Customers now need more reliable home Wi-Fi than ever before,” said Ero co-founder and CEO Nick Weaver. “Many of us are working from home, Helping children learn online, keep contact with friends and family, and streaming and gaming in 4K – often at the same time. The Eero 6 Series is the fastest Eero series yet, providing our customers with the speed and reliability of Wi-Fi 6 at an affordable price. ”

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The new Aero 6 mesh router is available for preorder.

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The price in question – $ 279 for a three-piece, dual-band system – is only $ 30 more than the previous version of zero cost When it launched in 2019. a Two-Piece Eero 6 System Also available for $ 199, while the A Single zero 6 router On your own it will cost you $ 129.

That two-piece, $ 199 system is possibly the best starting point – and you can always add Additional extender to expand its net for $ 89 each.

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The Eero Pro 6 devices are slightly wider than the regular Eero 6, but are almost identical in design.

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Those willing to spend more for a faster, tribal Eero system with an additional 5GHz band for better performance can pay for the EE6 Pro. The three-pack will cost $ 599, A two-pack sale for $ 399 and with a Single router costs $ 229.

With many devices designed for relay Stronger, more reliable Wi-Fi signal Throughout your home, Eero’s Mesh Routers has a good track record for reliability and ease of use in our tests. In addition to Wi-Fi 6 support allows them to take advantage New features like OFDMA and 1024QAM Wi-Fi makes it faster and better suited for situations where lots of devices are trying to connect together.

In terms of speed, Eero says that the Eero 6 system is designed for households with internet connections of up to 500Mbps – half the speed of a standard gigabit connection. It’s faster than last year’s Ero, but slightly slower than the blown Wi-Fi 6 standards, making big promises of regular multigig top speeds. Claims like those Often grossly exaggerated, However, and Amazon and Ero are more interested in positioning this system as assuming Wi-Fi 6. Straight talk on speed is honestly very refreshing.

Nevertheless, 500Mbps is a third top speed, which we’ve seen The fastest Wi-Fi 6 speed test on our lab record. Other, more high-powered mesh routers that support Wi-Fi 6, including Asus ZenWiFi AX And this Netgear Orbi AX6000, Our tests also have a notched top speed above 500Mbps. The two-pack costs $ 450 and $ 700 respectively.

This is where Eero Pro 6 comes. Eero says it is designed for gigabit connections, and the two-pack costs $ 399. If it can keep up with competitors like them, this would be an easy upgrade pick for me to recommend.

Ero does a good job of keeping the home network secure with regular, automated security updates for all Ero devices. This approach will continue with the new router, and the company will also continue to offer enhanced privacy and parental control features for $ 2.99 per month with an Eero Secure subscription. A new Eero Secure Plus subscription adds 1Password Password Management, Malwarebytes Malware Protection and Encrypt.me VPN Access to the package for a total cost of $ 9.99 per month.

The router includes built-in ZigBee radios that allow them to connect to smart locks and the like Philips Hue Smart Lights, And they will also continue to work with Alexa, which will let you pair them with an Echo speaker, then tell Amazon’s assistant to cut off children’s Wi-Fi when they are abused (among other tricks). But Eero devices do not include built-in microphones or speakers of their own, such as Google’s Nest Wifi, And they will not double as bridges Amazon sidewalk, Either, at least not yet. My hunch is that Amazon wants to keep Eero deployed as a more privacy-minded alternative to Nest.

Also missing is support for Wi-Fi 6e, Which designates routers and devices that are equipped to tap A huge swath of newly built 6GHz bandwidth. The arrival of the first such router should begin Later this year, But Eero will not be among them.

In a brief chat with Tips Clear after the event, Eero founder and CEO Nick Weaver mentioned that the Wi-Fi 6E really only makes sense for triband routers, where the 6GHz spectrum works as a third, additional band. Can, which can replace the current 5 million yuan or 2.4GHz. Band. Potentially, it would be a good choice for the Eero Pro, but Weaver would not comment on the company’s plans for future hardware.

Each new Eero system is available for preorder on Amazon starting today, and will be available at major retailers later this year. Ero also plans to offer routers through participating internet service providers, homebuilders and custom installers. We’ll test them both as soon as we can lay our hands on them, so be prepared for those reviews.


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