Anyone that has home wi-fi from any Internet service provider knows about dead spots, slow areas, and the need for unnecessary reboots. Well, Eero’s wireless system seeks to remove those issues by canvassing your home’s wireless Internet access. No more dead spots. No more problems.
I have Wifi issues in my back office, so I was anxious (albeit skeptical) to try out the product when Eero contacted me. But I have to say, after using the system myself, it has lived up to the hype of all those Eero reviews I read. So if you have trouble with uneven internet speed in your home, I suggest you read this detailed Eero review where you’ll see my personal experience, as well as an overview of the pricing, special features, and everything else you need to know to determine if Eero is the best wifi router for you.
Want to skip to my personal Eero case study, along with data on how it fixed my back office Wifi issues? Click here to see how Eero worked for me.
The Eero Wifi System
Out of the box, the Eero wifi system includes three identical Eero units. These units are small and sleek, so you won’t have to worry about the addition of some clunky equipment. Each unit has the ability to work as a router, an extender, or to serve as an access point. How it works just depends on how you connect it.
When you set up the router, Eero offers two Gigabit network ports, a USB port, and Bluetooth functionality. The connectivity ports are able to detect LAN or WAN, which makes it easier on the user, so you don’t have to determine which device should be plugged in to what port. This first router is plugged into your Internet source with the appropriate network cable. The other two boxes should be plugged in within wi-fi range of the router to further extend the service that you receive. If you have dead spots you can add additional Eero units, as needed, up to seven total.
The additional units can be placed within 40 feet of the main unit. You’ll place them closer if you are dealing with walls or have something blocking the unit. Otherwise, you can place them far enough apart that it will extend the signal in any direction you need.
Eero Review: Setting Things Up
The setup process happens through the Eero mobile app, which is available for both Apple and Android. This is the only way to setup your Eero, so you will need to have access to a smartphone or a tablet. Luckily, most people do, but if you don’t you won’t really be able to setup the Eero system.
When you begin your setup, you will register your account with a valid email and phone number. From there, the app walks you through setup in order to help you connect to your Eero modem or your current network. Once this has been achieved, you’ll connect to Eero with Bluetooth. Once you connect to Bluetooth your modem is all set. You’ll have a chance to name your Eero from either a location-based lineup or a custom name you can pick yourself, to pick a second name to represent the wifi network and password, and then it’s officially ready to use.
Adding a Eero to the network is as easy as putting the second unit near the first one and tapping the Add Eero button found on your mobile app. This will further setup your network as it immediately adds the additional Eero and extends your coverage area. Setting up the Eero and each of the additional units only takes minutes of your time. Most people spend more time deciding where to place each Eero than they do actually setting them up.
Eero even recommends how many units you might need based on your home. While a loft can get by with two and a ranch-style home can get by with three, a brownstone or a two-story home may need four or more depending on the size of the home.
Eero Review: Special Features
Easy Setup: We already talked about how simple it is to setup Eero. What we didn’t mention was how the app that sets Eero up also allows you to configure more advanced settings. From your app you can configure DHCP, DNS, NAT, UPnP, as well as port forwarding.
First Class Security: Eero uses top of the line, WPA2 encryption, which controls both hardware and software. This means that your entire network is always secure, so you don’t have to worry your personal information getting into the wrong hands. Best of all Eero updates automatically, so your security is always the strongest and you’ll always have the latest available features.
No More Router Reboots: Usually when your wifi goes down you’re stuck rebooting it in hopes that it will come on with a stronger connection. Eero removes the need for that by constantly running checks to ensure your network is running in top form at all times. If for some reason there was a problem, Eero can reboot itself to fix any network trouble you might be having.
Easy Guest Access: Nothing is a bigger pain than having to dig out that long wifi password that you have stashed away in a drawer every time someone comes to visit. Well, with Eero you won’t have to. You can use the Eero app to invite guests to your network. It’s as easy as sending a text message, and it will create a guest network in just one button click.
Parental Controls: Forget about blanketed parental controls. With Eero you can create family profiles that will allow you to tailor the controls to specific people in your home. This allows you to let one child have more time based on their age or to set a schedule where online usage is allowed. It also allows you to manage various connected devices.
Eero Review: Pricing
Eero is a bit expensive, but it’s worth every penny. The individual Eero is available for $199. If you pick up the two-pack it’s $349. The 3-pack (ideal for larger homes) is available for $499. If you were using your Internet for Facebook and nothing more, this would definitely be too expensive. However, the reality is that most people have multiple devices using Internet at the same time for everything from work and home to streaming and gameplay. You need a strong and reliable signal and Eero can provide that and more!
My Eero Experience
Thinking about getting your own Eero wireless system? Here’s the most important thing for you to read. One thing most Eero reviews lack is personal experience with the products. My case is perfect for a review because my back office traditionally gets terrible Wifi reception. To get to my office from the family room where our modem/router combo is located, you have to walk out the door of the original home, through an added laundry room and then sun room. From here, you enter my office which is then combined with a guest room. So it feels pretty separated from the home.
I pay for 50 Mbps, which should be more than enough for all my family’s streaming and web surfing needs. Overall, it works pretty well… until you get back to my office. Here, if I’m lucky, I’ve been getting 25 Mbps down. But that comes with me rebooting multiple times a day, and speeds often dragging down to the 5-10 Mbps range. It’s been a constant headache and has really affected my productivity since I work from home running HowtoWatch and other sites.
So when the company contacted me to send me a Wifi system and conduct an Eero review, I was intrigued. Could it fix my issue? Let’s get to the facts. Here’s a look at a few speed test I ran on my network without Eero, and then after I installed a 3-pack of Eero devices.
Internet Speed Before Eero
As you can see, my speed was all over the place. The .45 Mbps was pretty common, and then the speed would shoot back up when I reset. But no matter what, I didn’t get anywhere near the 50 Mbps I pay for.
Speedtest with Eero (Spoiler Alert…Way Better)
As they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” Eero essentially doubled the internet speed in my office. I still can’t believe it, but it’s holding up consistently. No resetting routers. No dropping out. Just solid, even speed.
Suffice to say, I’m in love with my new Eero Wifi system Plain and simple. And I suggest you check it out if you have any trouble with dead spots in your home network.
Faster and more reliable Internet means that you can flawlessly enjoy the entertainment that you crave. Your home ends up being more like a smart home with constant access to a stream of devices. For cord cutters, this means less buffering and a better ability to watch live and on-demand events with ease. You really can’t go wrong with Eero because it takes something good (the Internet) and makes it better!