eero WiFi Booster Review
The eero is a mesh WiFi system that uses a tri-band network to broadcast your router signal to beacons spread throughout your home. This allows the system to use the full breadth of its 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Highlights include:
- Tri-band system
- Cover about 4,000 square feet
- Continual updates to the system via ongoing software upgrades.
eero WiFi Booster Review
The “Eero replaces your router and blankets your whole home in fast, reliable WiFi.” This is how Eero describes its WiFi system, and we couldn’t think of a better way to put it. If you find yourself constantly rebooting your router due to dead spots, endless buffering, and other WiFi annoyances, the Eero could be your solution.
The Eero can be thought of as a luxury WiFi booster that creates multiple access points for internet access. It is our vote for the Best Luxury Overall WiFi Extender. Similar to the Netgear Orbi, it is a wireless mesh system. This means it is more complex than a simple WiFi extender and is actually comprised of several units including a router and extenders. Three small, easy to use Eeros devices typically cover a home (one base and two beacons). Alternatively, you could do one Eero for every 1,000 sq. ft. Have a larger home? No problem. Just get more beacons. The number of beacons you can sync to your main Eero are endless.
How does Eero work?
Eero uses a tri-band network to broadcast the router signal to beacons spread throughout your home. This allows the system to use the full breadth of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. For you, this means better throughput for all of your connected devices.
- Aesthetically pleasing: Some WiFi extenders are bulky, unattractive, and stereotypically “electronic” looking. The Eero is not. Its units are white and sleek, not unlike Apple products. They also blend well with their surroundings.
- Performs well: Eero helps enable strong, uninterrupted WiFi throughout large areas of space. This is in part due to its tri-band system.
- Simple to set up and use: Eero has an in-app control network which makes setting up the units as simple as possible.
- Perfect for large spaces: A 3-piece Eero system can cover up to 4,000 square feet of living space. If you live in a home larger than 4,000 square feet, you can simply purchase more Eero beacons and extend the coverage.
- Automatic software updates: Eero has automatic software updates; this means you’ll never have to keep track of updating your WiFi extender and will always have the latest coverage and security updates.
- Limitless beacons: Eeros recommends purchasing three beacons to cover your home; however, if you wish to cover a larger area such as a guest home or pool house, you can purchase more beacons and easily extend your coverage.
- Voice controlled: Currently, Eero is the only WiFi system that allows voice control. If you enjoy being able to talk to your WiFi extender, this is the best unit for you.
- Cost: Eero units are more expensive than other WiFi extenders on the market. Looking for a cheap, basic WiFi extender? This isn’t it.
- Speed: Eero doesn’t provide the fastest internet amongst the WiFi extenders we reviewed. It cannot maintain a 200 Mbps or faster download speed, so if you have large files you need to download and upload, this may not be the best WiFi extender for you.
- No ethernet ports: Eero’s units lack ethernet ports., which is okay for most people. However, if you want to hook up a printer, smart TV or gaming device directly to your WiFi unit, Eero will not be the most ideal WiFi extender for your home.
- SmartPhone Required: Most people these days have a smartphone. If you don’t, unfortunately, you won’t be able to install your Eero beacons.
- In the box: Eero WiFi System (3 Eeros – 1 base and 2 beacons) power adapters (3), Ethernet cable, quick start guide. Each Eero unit is approximately 4.75” wide, 4.75” deep, and 1.3” high.
- Unit makeup: Eero says its units were “engineered from the ground up to achieve the best performance with the smallest footprint possible.” If you open up the Eero beacons, you’ll find a dual-core 1 GHz CPU, two 802.11ac Wi-Fi radios and 7 antennas.
- Processor, memory, and storage: 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB flash storage
- Security and networking services: WPA2 personal wireless encryption, DHCP, NAT, VPN passthrough, UPnP
- Wireless connectivity: Dual-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless, 2×2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready
- Wired connectivity: Dual auto-sensing Gigabit ports for WAN (cable or DSL modem) and/or LAN (networked device) connectivity, USB 2.0 port
- Electrical and environmental requirements: 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz
Eero recommends starting with its three-unit package and adding on from there if need be. Eero has gigabit WiFi speed capability and enables you to configure DHCP, NAT, VPN passthrough, DNS, UPnP, Port Forwarding, Static IP, and parental controls.
How To Set It Up Your Eero System
Setting up your Eero is simple and should take less than 20 minutes. You will, however, need a smartphone. If you don’t have one, this is not the best WiFi mesh system or WiFi extender for you.
In order to set up your Eero you’ll need:
- Internet service
- Any brand modem
- A smartphone: Apple iOS 8.0 device (or later) or Android smartphone or tablet running 4.3 (or later) with a data connection.
You will not need a router, as Eero includes a router.
Your first step is to connect one of your Eero devices to your modem. Then, place the other two units around your home, but within wireless range of one another. When you have the devices ready, download Eero’s app. If you don’t have a smartphone, you’re out of luck. You cannot set up the system simply using a desktop or laptop computer and web browser.
Once you have downloaded the app, follow the in-app instructions to register an account with Eero. Next, sign in, and follows the steps. You will need to pick a name and password for your new WiFi network, as well as name each Eero unit. We recommend naming them based on the room they are in such as Kitchen, Basement, Bedroom 1, etc. The entire process shouldn’t take more than twenty minutes.
- Step one: Download the Eero app (either from Apple’s App Store or Google Play).
- Step two: Find the Eero beacon that is labeled “Start” and connect it to your modem/router using the Ethernet cable found inside the box. Keep in mind it may be necessary to disable the routing function depending on which model modem/router you have.
- Step three: Power on the beacon.
- Step four: Your newly installed app will automatically detect the Eero beacon and guide you in setting up your Wi-Fi network. It will require you to name each beacon so you know which is which (examples include Office, Kitchen, Living Room, etc.). You will also need to create a password, and some ISPs may require extra steps.
- Step five: In the app, tap “Add Another Eero.” You will then be guided through ideal placement options. Once you have found the best spots, plug the beacons in and the app will continue helping you to install and set up the units.
- Step six: Repeat process for any additional beacons.
At present, Eero is the only WiFi system that allows voice control. If you have an Amazon Alexa, good news: you can pair it with your Eero system and use voice commands to ask your Eero to perform various tasks. For example, you can ask “Alexa, ask Eero to find my iPhone.” When set up properly, she will reply along the lines of, “iPhone was closest to Bedroom 1 Eero 15 minutes ago.” You can also ask Alexa to have Eero pause the internet, turn off its LED lights, and more. Note, however, that Alexa/Eero integration only works in one direction: while it can pause the internet and turn off the LED lights, it cannot turn the internet or LED lights back on. In order to do this, you will need to login to your Eero app.
Most WiFi boosters we looked at had a one-year hardware warranty, and Eero is no different. Eero provides a 1-year limited warranty that covers Eero directly from Eero.com and official retail partners. This means that if something breaks within one year of purchase, Eero will exchange or refund your refective Eero at no cost to you.
If you have a large home or area needing improved WiFi, Eero is one of the most complete WiFi extenders on the market. This is because it’s not just an extender, but a router and extender in one, otherwise known as a mesh system. It also features a sleek design and is unobtrusive. If you are looking for reliable, strong, consistent WiFi in every corner of your home and don’t mind paying a premium price for it, the Eero is your best WiFi extender option. If, however, you have a modest home or an apartment, you may not need an Eero.
Additionally, keep in mind that if your home internet connection has a 200 Mbps or faster download speed, the Eero may not be the best WiFi extender for you, as it will not be able to maintain that speed at that range. While this isn’t common for most people, if it is for you, you’re better off with the Netgear Orbi. Also, keep in mind that Eero is more expensive than comparable units.
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My walls at my home are plaster not drywall and wifi signal could not get through the wals to all the rooms. I was recommended the Eero. It worked perfectly. I was considering spending $2000 plus to hot wire my house. The Eero did it all at a fraction.