At its annual hardware event this autumn, Amazon unveiled the latest products in its recently-acquired Wi-Fi mesh router division, Eero.
Now featuring Wi-Fi 6 for the first time, the aptly-named Eero 6 and Eero 6 Pro routers are capable of much faster and more reliable Wi-Fi connectivity than its predecessors, due to the huge leap in efficiency Wi-Fi 6 provides for compatible devices.
In a time when millions of people need to rely on trustworthy, speedy internet while working from home, the new Eero range could be the answer for people who are struggling to connect but aren’t able to switch to a new broadband provider until their contract ends.
Mesh Wi-Fi, also known as ‘Whole Home Wi-Fi’, is a family of routers placed around your home to ensure every room in your property is guaranteed a strong internet connection. It’s made up of one main router and a number of smaller ‘boosters’ that extend the coverage to every corner of the property.
What sets the new Eero range apart from other mesh routers is its seamless integration with smart home technology. Firstly, through its Zigbee support, it’ll let you control any smart lighting, smart security and smart plugs you have in the home in one central app — something that can be super handy if you have a number of smart home devices to manage in your property.
It also comes with its own Eero app, where you can control, change or limit Wi-Fi access all from your phone. But if you don’t have your phone handy, Amazon Eero quite understandably has an Alexa skill that’ll let you make all those changes just by asking the famed smart home assistant.
Two main things differentiate the Eero and its Pro counterpart — internet speed and frequency band. While it still supports Wi-Fi 6, the lower-priced Eero 6 can only handle internet connections up to 500Mbps; much faster than most broadband connections but not the future-proofed gigabit speed many ISPs are looking to service in the next few years.
Like most modern Wi-Fi routers it’s also dual-band, meaning you can split your connected devices across the 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels to free-up bandwidth and use more internet at any given time (up to your broadband package's speed limit). The Wi-Fi signal coverage is also slightly lower than the Eero Pro.
See how each pack differs in price and signal range below.
Making full use of Wi-Fi 6, the Eero 6 Pro is the ideal choice for handling gigabit internet speeds (1000Mbps / 1Gbps), which is the level of broadband achieved through full fibre or fibre-to-the-premises connections.
It also boasts a tri-band system, with an extra 5Ghz channel available for compatible devices to even further reduce internet traffic in the home. Plus, the range it offers slightly eclipses its little sibling.
Single Eero router pack: $229 — 2,000 sq feet Double pack: $399 — 3,500 sq feet Triple pack: $599 — 6,000 sq feet
The new Amazon Eero 6 Mesh range will be available from 2 November. UK prices are yet to be confirmed.