Standalone wireless routers are really powerful but they lack longer coverage and support limited connections. While ISP-rented gateways are straightaway bad equipment, especially if you have a large modern house with many devices to connect.
Eero Pro 6 is a tri-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh that supports Gigabit internet. It tries to solve most issues such as weaker throughput, lesser coverage and slower speeds. Priced at $399 for the two-pack and $599 for the three-pack variant, is it a worthy investment to make? Let’s find that out through this detailed review of the Amazon Eero Pro 6.
- Amazon Eero Pro 6 Specs
- Amazon Eero Pro 6 Review: After 3 Weeks of Use
- My Likes & Dislikes
- Frequently Asked Questions
Amazon Eero Pro 6 Specs
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|Wireless Standard||Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)|
|2.4GHz Speed||574 Mbps|
|5GHz Speed||1201 Mbps + 2402 Mbps|
|Wi-Fi Range||Up to 3500 Sq Ft|
|Device Support||Up to 75 devices|
|Ports||2 x Gig-E & 1 x USB-C|
|Security Standard||WPA3, WPA2|
|Dimensions||5.6 x 5.4 x 1.9 inches|
|Release Date||November 2, 2020|
Amazon Eero Pro 6 Review: After 3 Weeks of Use
How Did I Test the Eero Pro 6?
Amazon Eero Pro 6 Speeds & Suitability
Amazon says its feature-packed Eero Pro 6 mesh WiFi system is designed for traditional and commercial setups with Gigabit speeds. The major difference between this and its predecessor is it features an additional 5GHz band that keeps Eero network transmissions separate from your regular internet traffic and, therefore, faster speeds.
To test how the real-time speeds pan out, I paired the mesh system with the Motorola MB8611, one of the top-rated DOCSIS 3.1 modems, on Cox’s Gigablast plan. And the results were not far off from what’s claimed by the manufacturer.
In 5GHz mode, the mesh system pulled 940 Mbps in download at 5 feet away. And the upload speed reached 37 Mbps. While at around 75 feet, the download speed clocked at 700 Mbps and upload speed marked 30 Mbps.
Similarly, the speed values for the 2.4GHz band stayed in the range of 150-300 Mbps at various distances. It is a massive upgrade over any ISP gateway or conventional dual-band WiFi router at home. With such speeds, carrying out heavy-duty tasks like online gaming, 4K streaming, and others felt like a breeze.
To test the Eero Pro 6 range, I kept the satellite halfway between two floors to get faster speeds across my 2-story house.
My place is mansions-style with large bedrooms, hallways and dining rooms, with an area of around 3,700 Sq Ft, and the internet connection still sits around 300 Mbps on the outskirts. It’s only possible due to its high-performing satellites.
Connections Capacity & Performance
Eero Pro 6 mesh WiFi system claims to handle bandwidth-intensive tasks over 75 devices, which sounds a bit of an exaggeration. I connected over 52 devices which include two smart TVs, two laptops, a couple of smartphones, security cameras, PlayStation 4, and all of the smart home gadgets.
Despite connecting 52 devices simultaneously, the speeds it delivers were up to the mark, and I didn’t experience any visible lags or latencies, thanks to MU-MIMO support. Apart from that, the productivity of my workspace skyrocketed with faster internet connections.
Hence, my tests reveal that activities like gaming, 4K streaming, video conferencing, attending online classes and others went like a breeze.
Design & Connectivity
The Eero Pro 6 system I tested comes with two stylish minimalistic-design nodes with dimensions of 5.6 x 5.4 x 1.9 inches, making them considerably bigger than previous Eero models. However, compared to other popular mesh systems, they’re smaller in size.
These nodes weigh around 1.49 lbs, so it’s not the heaviest ones around here. Besides, many heat dissipation vents at the bottom help it stay cool even after using it for long hours.
You will find two Gigabit ports on its rear side, one staying occupied with the modem, while you can plug in any other device to experience faster internet speeds. If your work/setup demands more wired connections, you’d need an Ethernet switch or you may also consider getting a mesh system with multiple ethernet ports.
As with most Eero systems, Eero Pro 6 doesn’t come with any free anti-malware tools or parental controls that you see in mesh systems like TP-Link Deco X90.
With subscription prices ranging from $2.99 per month to $29.99 per year, Eero Secure Plan lets you apply specific content, create individual profiles, and block entry of any unwanted personnel or viruses. And upgrading to a $9.99 monthly plan, you will get everything, including malware protection, Encrypt.me VPN protection, and others.
Similar is the case with Eero parental controls. Subscribing to the plans as mentioned above, you are provided with an advanced level of control over what your kids do over the internet. You can manually block any potentially age-inappropriate websites, pause the Wi-Fi anytime and create a schedule for them to be online.
The only missing links here are QoS settings which let you allocate bandwidth to client devices for things like online gaming, video streaming, and large file downloads.
Hardware & Performance
Hardware is the forte of the Eero Pro 6 mesh WiFi system. Its 1.6GHz quad-core processor can handle high-speed transmissions. Plus, 1GB RAM and 4GB flash memory add a cherry on top.
With such advanced hardware specifications, it easily can transmit faster data from one point to another by eliminating network congestion in a large house, thereby qualifying as a good mesh system to use in a large house.
Amazon Eero Pro 6 Setup
Most mesh systems are designed for easy and quick installation, and setting up Eero Pro 6 is nothing different. I started by downloading the Eero app, available on Android and iOS devices, and created an account. Next, I tapped into the setup section and followed the step-by-step instructions provided on the app after connecting the router and node with the modem.
After a few seconds, an LED light on the front starts blinking, and the app instructs you to set up a location for your node and allocate a username and password to the network. You will find the necessary details on the rear side of your mesh system. Within seconds, the device is up and running, and you can go on to browse the web and perform other activities without any issues.
If this seems a tad complicated to you, Eero also includes voice controls powered by Alexa. Just tap on the microphone icon on the app, and instruct Alexa to complete the setup. You will require to input the user credentials manually, and viola! You are good to go.
My Likes & Dislikes
- Strong wireless coverage
- Super easy to set up
- Faster speeds
- Works with Alexa
- Constant throughput
- Excellent coverage
- Limited Ethernet ports
- QoS is missing
- Paid advanced security
Frequently Asked Questions
Eero Pro 6 is a solid mesh system with decent speeds, greater coverage and consistent throughput. Its tri-band setup is great for consistent performance and delivers speeds up to 1 Gbps. Plus, it boasts a compact and minimalistic design that conceals a room.
Compared with its predecessor, Eero Pro 6 mesh router offers better and wider coverage. In general, the 3,500 Sq Ft coverage of the mesh system is greater than any options out there.
Like other electronic devices, Eeros can get warm when they’re operating and running despite having heat-dissipating vents at the bottom.
Yes, Eero Pro 6 mesh WiFi system is totally worth it. Priced at $399 for a two-pack model, it delivers a seamless mesh performance, delivers plenty of speeds, and reduces network congestion. However, it should have offered better security features and QoS functionality.
Here’s how to get your Eero network online:
– Download the Eero app for Android or iOS
– Create an Eero account or log in with your Amazon account
– Set up the gateway
– Create your Eero network and add Eeros to your network
– Connect devices to your network
Eero Pro 6E is the better choice among the two by boasting more robust and powerful radios, double the RAM, and a superior range. Besides that, the former has an added 2.5 Gbps Ethernet jacks that support a fast Ethernet backhaul.
Amazon Eero Pro 6 is an expensive yet reliable mesh router on the market. I can definitely recommend it for speeds, coverage, ease of installation, and use. The only thing I think could have been better is the security suite it comes with.
If you’re looking for an alternative, you can choose its less expensive counterpart, Amazon Eero 6+. It also supports gigabit speeds and TrueMesh technology that intelligently routes traffic to eliminate dead spots and drop-offs.
Amazon Eero Pro 6 Review $399
Amazon Eero Pro 6 Summary
Excellent WiFi 6 router that, in many cases, eliminates the need for additional range extenders while actually enhancing WiFi reception across your home. Although it’s fairly simple to set up and use, some of the more sophisticated parental and protection features — which are frequently free on routers with comparable prices—require a monthly subscription here.
Here are my overall ratings for Amazon Eero Pro 6:
- Speeds & Throughput: 4.5 / 5
- Ports & Connectivity: 4.2 / 5
- Ease of Setup: 4.5 / 5
- Security Features: 4.3 / 5
- Hardware & Performance: 4.5 / 5
- Affordability & Value: 4.5 / 5