Eero Pro 6E Review: Smart Home and Family Friendly

No model has achieved greater than Eero to popularize mesh methods. The Amazon-owned firm is on a mission to make Wi-Fi so simple as attainable for folk who don’t care to screw round with settings. Simplicity is vital, so Eero methods are simple to arrange, easy to make use of, and backward-compatible with earlier generations.

For the typical household looking for a safe, hands-off mesh system that serves dependable Wi-Fi, it’s unimaginable to miss Eero. Having examined each different providing in Eero’s vary, I used to be curious to attempt the top-of-the-line Eero Professional 6E. This tri-band system is its first to assist Wi-Fi 6E, enabling entry to the 6-GHz band for the speediest attainable connections (at the least till Wi-Fi 7 lands).

Tremendous Easy

Setup is intentionally swift and simple. Every Eero unit is a similar shiny white rounded sq. that blends in simply on a shelf or cupboard. Sadly, they’re restricted to 2 Ethernet ports rated at 2.5 Gbps and 1 Gbps. That will appear to be excellent news if you’re fortunate sufficient to have a multi-gig web connection, however the Eero Professional 6E has a most output of two.3 Gbps, and that’s combining 1.3-Gbps wi-fi and 1-Gbps wired connections. It does assist wi-fi backhaul, however it’s restricted to 1 Gbps. In different phrases, people with multi-gig web coming into the home ought to look elsewhere. The facility cable is USB-C, and that’s it for ports.

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Every Eero Professional 6E router can join at the least 100 units and may cowl round 2,000 sq. toes. These tri-band routers assist 2.4-GHz, 5-GHz, and 6-GHz connections. Eero’s wi-fi backhaul picks the suitable band for site visitors between the principle router and any nodes. If you wish to encourage it to make use of the 6-GHz band, place them shut collectively, ideally with a transparent line of sight.

One benefit of testing the Eero Professional 6E a yr after its launch is that Eero has labored out the kinks, and efficiency has been silky clean. Closing in on a month with this mesh system, I’ve but to come across any points. No drops, no pixelated video calls, no buffering, simply dependable, speedy Wi-Fi.

The Eero Professional 6E shocked me in a few of my velocity exams. It proved the quickest mesh I’ve examined at copying a file from a PC linked to 1 node onto one other PC linked to a distinct node, sending a 2.2-GB file in a single minute and 14 seconds. Testing the 6-GHz band with my Pixel 6 Professional, the Eero Professional 6E simply bested the Wyze Mesh Router Pro and the Nest Wifi Professional (7/10, WIRED Recommends) in any respect distances (although each are considerably cheaper). And it turned in a stable efficiency on the 5-GHz band, pushing increased than many opponents at shut vary on my iPhone 14 Professional, however dropping down at mid and lengthy vary.

Protection is stable, with a 2-pack simply blanketing my 1,600-square-foot two-story dwelling and increasing to the entrance driveway and yard. However the vary of the 6-GHz band is proscribed. Testing with my Pixel 6 Professional, I recorded a few of the prime speeds I’ve seen at shut vary (inside 10 toes of the router). However, like each different Wi-Fi 6E system I’ve examined, it drops off quickly when there’s a wall or flooring between you and the router.

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