Eero is relatively late to WiFi 6E, but it shows up in style – and makes WiFi 6 more convenient in the process. The Amazon brand launched two new mesh routers led by the Eero Pro 6E (pictured below). The hardware takes advantage of the 6 GHz band to deliver up to 1.3 Gbps of wireless connection for up to 100 devices. Each unit has both 2.5 Gbps and 1 Gbps Ethernet outlets and should cover up to 2,000 square feet each. Don’t worry if you don’t have the super-fast internet service to do it justice, because we had some hands-on time with a more affordable option.
The equally new Eero 6+ (above) is “just” a dual-band WiFi 6 model with two 1Gbps Ethernet ports, 1,500 square foot coverage per router, and a 75-device cap, but it now has access to a 160 MHz radio channel which promises faster wireless data. Eero touts it as the best choice for anyone with a reasonably fast internet connection up to one gigabit.
We briefly tried the 6+, and it works like everything you’d expect if you’re familiar with Eero. It has no trouble getting the most out of a 500 Mbps cable internet plan despite the modem and devices living on different floors of a modestly sized house. Amazon Links simplify both setup (including reconnecting if you change the network name or password) and controlling the router with Alexa. You can ask the voice assistant to interrupt Internet access for specific users, for example. Just be aware that this lacks the tri-band wireless that some rivals use to lighten the load on a busy network, so you might want to pass if you have multiple heavy users who can’t afford slowdowns.
The price is related to performance. You can buy the Eero Pro 6E now in a two-pack for $499 or a three-pack for $699. A single unit is available for pre-order for $299. The Eero 6+ is decidedly easier to justify for most people, in our experience. It’s now selling for $239 for a two-pack and $299 for a three-pack, with pre-orders open for a $139 single-device kit. And if you don’t mind using 2020-era hardware, the previous Eero 6 is down to $89 for one router, $139 for two, and $199 for three.