Eero Pro 6E Review: Smart Home and Family Friendly
No model has executed greater than Eero to popularize mesh programs. The Amazon-owned firm is on a mission to make Wi-Fi so simple as attainable for people who don’t care to screw round with settings. Simplicity is vital, so Eero programs are straightforward to arrange, simple to make use of, and backward-compatible with earlier generations.
For the typical household in search of a safe, hands-off mesh system that serves dependable Wi-Fi, it’s unattainable 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 Pro 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 (no less than till Wi-Fi 7 lands).
Setup is intentionally swift and simple. Each 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 could appear to be excellent news in case you are fortunate sufficient to have a multi-gig web connection, however the Eero Pro 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, but it surely’s restricted to 1 Gbps. In different phrases, people with multi-gig web coming into the home ought to look elsewhere. The energy cable is USB-C, and that’s it for ports.
Each Eero Pro 6E router can join no less than 100 units and ought to cowl round 2,000 sq. ft. These tri-band routers assist 2.4-GHz, 5-GHz, and 6-GHz connections. Eero’s wi-fi backhaul picks the suitable band for 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 Pro 6E a 12 months after its launch is that Eero has labored out the kinks, and efficiency has been silky easy. 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 Pro 6E shocked me in a few of my velocity assessments. 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 special node, sending a 2.2-GB file in a single minute and 14 seconds. Testing the 6-GHz band with my Pixel 6 Pro, the Eero Pro 6E simply bested the Wyze Mesh Router Pro and the Nest Wifi Pro (7/10, WIRED Recommends) in any respect distances (although each are considerably cheaper). And it turned in a strong efficiency on the 5-GHz band, pushing increased than many rivals at shut vary on my iPhone 14 Pro, however dropping down at mid and lengthy vary.
Coverage is strong, with a 2-pack simply blanketing my 1,600-square-foot two-story residence and extending to the entrance driveway and yard. But the vary of the 6-GHz band is restricted. Testing with my Pixel 6 Pro, I recorded among the prime speeds I’ve seen at shut vary (inside 10 ft of the router). But, like each different Wi-Fi 6E system I’ve examined, it drops off quickly when there’s a wall or ground between you and the router.