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Review: Eero 6


Eero, a company now owned by Amazon, is well-known for offering budget-friendly mesh networking systems. The Eero 6 is a newer addition to the company’s line of mesh systems, and it utilizes the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard to provide faster speeds and more advanced features at a relatively low cost.

It is a budget-friendly Wi-Fi 6 mesh system that stands out from the competition with its Alexa integration and optional subscription plans that offer additional features. Its good performance is a plus, but the limited number of Ethernet ports may be a drawback for some users.

The Eero 6 is similar to previous models, with the main difference being its support for the newer Wi-Fi 6 standard. This is a significant advantage, as Wi-Fi 6 can provide twice the speed of an 802.11ac connection and is supported by most modern devices.

Having said that, the Eero 6 is still compatible with Wi-Fi 5 devices if needed. The Eero platform is known for its user-friendly app that allows for easy network monitoring and management. This is also the app required to set up the device on your network.

The Eero 6 is a dual-band mesh system that utilizes the 802.11ax wireless standard. Each unit includes a 2.4GHz radio that can reach speeds of up to 600Mbps and a 5GHz radio that can reach speeds of up to 1,200Mbps. Both radios support multi-user MIMO (2×2), which helps to increase throughput when multiple clients are accessing data simultaneously.

The Eero 6 system is available in single units, as well as packs of two or three units. The one we received for this review was a single-unit variant. According to Amazon, one router unit is capable of covering an area of up to 140m2, and adding one or two extender units can increase the coverage area to 280m2 or 460m2, respectively.

Remember, however, that these coverage estimates are based on ideal conditions, and the actual coverage area may vary depending on factors such as the presence of walls, ceilings, and so on.

The Eero 6 nodes have a sleek, wedge-shaped design made of shiny white plastic, and are quite compact with dimensions of 99 x 97mm. They are powered by a USB Type-C port at the rear, eliminating the need for large power bricks or cables.

The router node includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports at the back, one for connecting to a modem and the other for connecting a single wired device or switch. However, the extender nodes do not have Ethernet ports, so the Eero 6 system is not capable of directly supporting wired devices in other rooms.

Configuration of the Eero 6 system is straightforward using the Eero app, which can be accessed using your Amazon account. This also links the mesh system to your Alexa settings. The app guides you through a quick setup process, including setting up a secure wireless network. Once connected, you can access advanced settings to fine-tune it to your requirements.

The overall quality of connectivity was pretty good. We observed no latency whatsoever during our review period. For a price of AED 374, the Eero 6 may sound a bit expensive considering there are more capable routers available in the market at lower price points. However, if you are in the market for an easy-to-set-up and maintain mesh network, you could start with the Eero 6.

Price: AED 374

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