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Amazon Eero 6 Mesh Wi-Fi review: Fast and friendly

At a Glance

Expert’s Rating

Pros

Fast speedsCompact designVery user friendly

Cons

Ethernet only on gatewayHandover times

Our Verdict

The Eero 6 offers fast Wi-Fi speeds and robust whole-home connectivity for a very attractive price. Incredibly easy to set up and use with lots of handy features via the well-made app.

Price When Reviewed

From $129

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The Eero 6 is a whole-home mesh Wi-Fi system from the Amazon-owned home networking company.

The original Eero made waves when it arrived, as it offered customers struggling with wireless not-spots in their home a simple and effective solution — multiple hubs providing blanket coverage while using the same network name. 

While lots of other networking devices have offered this exact same service in recent years, Eero’s proprietary TrueMesh technology, which aims to redirect connections to devices as and when required, and the clean and user-friendly interfaces, not to mention attractive prices, made the first generation of Eero stand out.

One thing that was missing was support for Wi-Fi 6, which is faster and offers more reliable Wi-Fi connections than the Eero’s Wi-Fi 5. As its name suggests, the Eero 6 addresses this. 

Another nice addition is an integrated Zigbee hub, which makes it easier to use Alexa to connect with compatible smart home devices — previously, if you wanted to do this with an Eero, you’d need to buy a separate hub. 

Is the Eero 6 still worth buying?

With a lot of other Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems available to buy now, the Eero 6 has some stiff competition. However, nothing changes the fact that any Eero mesh system is still amazingly easy to install and manage using the Eero app.

The fact that some features are locked away behind a subscription is a frustration that will almost certainly never go away, and it’s one reason to look elsewhere as plenty of rivals don’t have any kind of subscription: You buy your mesh kit and it’s yours to keep and use.

That doesn’t really answer the question here, of course. So, to keep it simple, yes, Eero 6 is still a great buy. In fact, at the time of writing this, it was ranked third in our UK sister site TechAdvisor’s best mesh Wi-Fi systems.

The other potential reason you’re here reading this is because you’ve spotted the Eero 6 in one of Amazon’s regular sales and are wondering whether it’s a better buy at a lower-than-usual price. Again, the answer is easy: Yes, and especially yes if you’re buying the three-pack because you’re saving on all three units.

The only wrench in the works is that you might consider opting for the Eero 6 Pro instead if it is similarly discounted in a Prime Day or Black Friday sale. After all, if you were considering buying the Eero 6 at full price, the tri-band Eero 6 Pro is a better all-round system that may well be on sale for around the same sort of price you were going to pay anyway.

Any Eero mesh system is still amazingly easy to install and manage using the Eero app.

Eero 6 design and build

The Eero 6 units don’t look like your typical home networking gear. Instead of blocky, angular shapes with big antennae poking everywhere, these devices are stout little cuboids with gentle curves and shiny white plastic jackets. 

Measuring a mere 3.9 x 3.8 x 2.4 inches (99.4 x 97 x 61.4mm) each, they’re dinky little things that hardly take up space on your desk. They look more like smart plugs without the pins.

Like all mesh Wi-Fi solutions, the Eero 6 hardware consists of a main unit — the Eero 6 router device — and several satellites, or extenders. The only physical difference between the router and the extenders is that the router has two Ethernet ports, while the extenders have none. 

As the name implies, the router is the device you’ll connect to your existing modem with an Ethernet cable, and for all intents and purposes, can act as a standalone router. The extenders are the ones you’ll dot around your home after you’ve finished setting up the router, allowing you to extend coverage to those parts of your home where better Wi-Fi coverage is needed.  

The review unit I was sent was a three-pack, consisting of one router, and two extenders. 

Eero promises us that this setup is powerful enough to provide solid Wi-Fi coverage across approximately 4950 square feet (or 460 square meters) of home space, while a single unit will cover around 1500 square feet (140 square meters). Interestingly, this is the same level of coverage that the original Eero system gives you as well. 

The system is set up so that you can add more routers to your home network in lieu of extenders, should you need more Ethernet connections, meaning they act like wireless powerline adapters.

If you want to use a wired connection for your TV set-top boxes, games consoles, desktop PCs, NAS drives, and the like, you’ll need to consider getting an Ethernet bridge too — or pick up a mesh Wi-Fi system that gives you more ports.

Check out TechAdvisor’s roundups of the best mesh Wi-Fi kits and the best routers to see how the Eero 6 compares.

Eero 6 setup and features

The Eero 6 uses the same simple setup process that the original Eero does. This is good news, especially if you’ve never installed any home networking equipment before. 

You’ll need to download the Eero app (iOS, Android) to get started. This guides you through every step of the process, with clear instructions and helpful animations. 

Setting up a home network isn’t exactly what I’d call “fun” but Eero has done a good job of making it kind of enjoyable — a cartoon dog will help you “sniff out” good spots for Wi-Fi coverage, and the app will cheerily tell you if you’ve picked good locations for everything.

You’ll be asked to pair each Eero device with your phone via Bluetooth during setup, but if that doesn’t work for whatever reason, you can manually input the serial number of each unit. 

Once the Eero router is up and running, you’ll be able to give the network a name, as well as create a password for the network (so people can connect to it) and the admin password (so you can log in from a desktop device to configure settings in the future). 

You’ll also need to tell the software which room in your house you’re setting up the Eero router in, i.e. your living room. When it’s time to set up the satellites, you’ll do the same thing — kitchen, study, bedroom, etc. 

This helps you see at a glance, which devices are connected to the internet throughout your house when you’re using the app. 

From here, you can tap on a specific device, like “Tom’s MacBook,” see which access point and radio frequency it’s using, and if needed, assign each device to a personal profile. This lets you apply content filters to specific devices, and schedule pauses, if you want to do things like enforce homework hours (assuming no internet is required). 

Setting up a guest network for when you have visitors is also a breeze, as is doing basic things like changing the network name and password. 

Features include a usage dashboard that lets you see which devices on your network are the most data-hungry — handy if you’re keen to know which of your roommates has been caning your connection with Steam downloads. 

The old Eero Secure and Secure Plus subscriptions have been dumped in favor of a single one called Eero Plus. This provides features you’d see in parental control software or other apps, such as content filters and ad blockers.

The more expensive Plus option used to throw in extras like an account for password manager service 1Password, the Encrypt.me VPN, and Malwarebytes anti-spyware software. But this is all now included in the single Eero Plus subscription. 

If you’ve got any Alexa-compatible devices, you can also manage them through the Eero app too, thanks to the Eero 6’s built-in Zigbee hub. I wasn’t able to test out this particular feature in my review, as I don’t have any voice-activated hardware, Alexa or otherwise, at home. 

Finally, you can play about with extra features in the Eero Labs section of the app.

How does the Eero 6 perform? 

Here’s where you’ll see the main difference between the Eero 6 and the Wi-Fi 5-only Eero hardware. 

I performed multiple speed tests throughout my home with two devices, a Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and a RealMe X50 Pro — phones with Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 antennas, respectively. The results below are mean averages, rounded up. I’m using a Virgin Media Super Hub 3 (which I’ve set to modem mode when using the Eero 6) for comparison.

While it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison — the Super Hub 3 is just one dual-band router versus a mesh Wi-Fi product — the numbers demonstrate the benefits of using a multi-hub system instead of a standalone device:

Wi-Fi 5 testVirgin Media Super Hub 3Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi1m704Mbps778Mbps5m with a wall212Mbps566MbpsUpstairs, near the rear of the house38Mbps341MbpsGarden8Mbps141Mbps

As more and more devices hitting shelves now feature Wi-Fi 6 radios, your best bet is to look at the Wi-Fi 6 set of scores – anything new you buy this year phone or laptop-wise will likely be Wi-Fi 6-compliant. All your older devices with Wi-Fi 5 radios will still be able to connect to the Internet via the Eero 6, they’ll just do so at slower speeds, so refer to the Wi-Fi 5 table. 

Wi-Fi 6 testVirgin Media Super Hub 3Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi1m702Mbps1180Mbps5m with a wall490Mbps560MbpsUpstairs, near the rear of the house62Mbps742MbpsGarden8Mbps238Mbps

It’s worth noting that the first two speed tests here were taken while I was connected to the main Eero 6 router, which I’d set up in the living room. The drop in speeds can be attributed to the fact that there’s a brick wall between the router and the test devices, and the fact that I was, in both cases, switched to the 2.4GHz radio band.

The third test result was recorded while connected to the Eero set up in the office, towards the back of the house connected to the 5GHz band, while the garden test, taken while standing 10 feet away from the nearest access point in the kitchen, saw me default to the 2.4GHz band again. 

I really like that the Eero 6 very quickly moves you to whichever radio frequency is the most appropriate, depending on where you are in relation to an access point — the 5GHz radio frequency is notoriously not great at reaching through walls, whereas the lower 2.4GHz frequency is. 

It’s slower, however, at handing over between the individual points themselves. For example, when walking into the kitchen from the living room — in other words, walking from one room with an Eero into another — I’d find that wireless speeds would drop and I’d still be stuck on the living room access point, despite standing literally inches away from the kitchen access point.

The switchover would happen naturally after a minute or so, but if you’re a little impatient like I am, you’ll find it’s faster to simply disengage Wi-Fi on your phone, and turn it back on — your device will then connect to the nearest access point.

Eero 6 price and availability

Buyers in the U.S. can get a single router directly from Eero for $89.99, or $199.99 for one router and two extenders. Alternatively, if you want more Ethernet ports, you can get three routers for $249.99. You can also get it from Amazon US and Best Buy. 

You can buy single Eero 6 routers from Amazon in the UK, for £109.99, as well as single extenders for £64.99.  

The Eero 6 three-pack costs £299.99 from Amazon (originally £279.99 at launch).

On Amazon’s Australian site, a single Eero 6 router costs $199.99, while individual Eero 6 extenders are $179.99 apiece. A pack with one router and two extenders costs $499 — again, much cheaper than buying everything individually.

Should you buy the Eero 6?

The Eero 6 offers fast Wi-Fi speeds, provides excellent whole-home coverage, works right out of the box, and is competitively priced. 

It’s a simple and effective solution, aimed at people who don’t want to spend forever tinkering with Wi-Fi extenders and network names. Extra features, like Eero Secure security software, are there and ready should you want to use them, adding value to buyers who want to be able to secure their home network with minimal fuss. 

You can get cheaper standalone Wi-Fi 6 routers but that’s not likely to give you whole-home coverage in anything but a small flat or apartment. The lack of Ethernet ports on the extenders means this isn’t suitable for everyone, and if you do need those, have a look at the Linksys Atlas 6 system. 

This review originally appeared on techadvisor.com.

Best Prices Today: Amazon Eero 6

RetailerPriceDell Home$139.99View DealBest Buy$149.99View DealWalmart$209View DealPrice comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwideProductPriceEero B085VM9ZDD Router$121View DealPrice comparison from Backmarket

Thomas has tested, benchmarked, and messed around with several phones, laptops, soundbars, speakers, printers, and smart watches over the last decade and a half, and during a visit to a Wi-Fi testing facility, locked himself inside an anechoic chamber “to see what it felt like.” These days, Thomas mainly, but not exclusively, tests home networking devices and security software for Tech Advisor.

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