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eero WiFi Booster Review

Summary

Eero is another mesh WiFi system

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. Similar to the Netgear Orbi, it is a wireless mesh system, meaning it is comprised of several units, including a router and extenders. Three Eeros 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? Get more beacons. The number of beacons you can synch 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.

Pros

Eero is sleek and unobtrusive in design

  • Sleek, unobtrusive product design
  • Tri-band system
  • Solid performance
  • Lots of in-app network control
  • Cover about 4,000 square feet
  • Continual updates to the system via ongoing software updates
  • Can use an unlimited amount of beacons

Cons

  • More expensive than competitors
  • Satellite units aren’t versatile
  • Cannot maintain a speed of 200 Mbps or faster download speed
  • Beacons have no Ethernet ports
  • Requires a smartphone to set up

Product Stats

A 3-piece Eero should cover most homes

  • In the box: Eero WiFi System (3 Eeros – 1 base and 2 beacons) power adapters (3), Ethernet cable, quick start guide
  • 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

Product Features 

Eeros cna typically cover up to 4,000 square feet

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.

The Eero system consists of three identical hardware units that work in unison to deliver fast, stable WiFi to every corner of your home, regardless of how far you are from the router. At the core of the products is TrueMesh, the software and mesh routing algorithm.

How To Set It Up

You'll need a smart phone to set up your Eero

Setting up your Eero is simple. 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. 

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 ten minutes.

Alexa-Enabled

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.

Warranties

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.

Conclusion 

Overall, 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. 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. However, keep in mind that if your home internet connection is 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.

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by Ron on Top5

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.