EERO is one of the popular Wi-Fi systems in mesh networking. There are several reasons why people buy this Wi-Fi system instead of the Google Wi-Fi system. The Amazon EERO PRO Mesh System is both simple and powerful. You can configure it easily and above all, it offers an incredible high-speed wireless connectivity with excellent range coverage.
The simplicity of the EERO Wi-Fi system makes it an ideal product for beginners. This does not mean that advanced, tech-savvy users can’t use it. Of course, it provides advanced options for experienced users as well. Overall, we think that the system is awesome, especially in terms of its plug and play feature.
It comes with an incredible app, which is easy to use for managing your networks. For both smaller and larger homes, this is an excellent device, especially when you add beacons. We performed multiple tests on the device, analyzed its design features deeply, and inspect the hardware specs. Here is what we found. Read on!
Size: 4.75 x 4.75 x 1.24 inches
Antennas: 4 hidden
Wi-Fi Spec: 5 GHz 802.11a/g/n/ac dual-band
Ports: No USB Port
Peak Performance: 600 Mbps (542 on 5 GHz)
Range: 1,500 sqft.
EERO is a true mesh Wi-Fi system, which supports the 802.11r BSS transition. It is a feature that ensures the compatibility and connectivity of the nodes in the Wi-Fi system. It also supports the latest, cutting-edge MU-MIMO technology, which allows the router to connect multiple devices simultaneously. Thus, it improves the overall wireless speed and distribution of Wi-Fi.
We tested the device on the client to server and server to a client. At close range, which is about 5 feet, we managed to calculate a maximum speed of 542 Mbps. When we increased the distance to 15 feet, the speed scored by the router was 490 Mbps. Also, at 30 feet, we found that the speed had gone down to 258 Mbps. This means that the device works well at close and mid-range distances. Overall, these are good results for the client to the server.
Moreover, from the server to the client, at 5 feet distance, we measured 299 Mbps speed, which we think is quite good. At 15 feet distance, the speed went down slightly to 273 Mbps. Besides, at 30 feet, we measured the speed of 228 Mbps. These results show that on the server to the client, the EERO performed brilliantly
The EERO Pro Mesh Wi-Fi system is a second-generation product, which shows a close resemblance to the first generation EERO Wi-Fi system. It is a rectangular case made of plastic material. It has softer curves than 1st generation EERO system.
The corners are rounded and covered by the glossy white finish. This, however, retains fingerprints. The device has a smaller footprint with 4.75 x 4.75 x 1.24 inches dimensions. Considering the dimensions of the EERO, you can see that it is slightly larger than the Google Wi-Fi SYSTEM.
However, it is smaller than Netgear Orbi and Linksys Velop. This makes it easier for you to place it anywhere in the room. It has followed a minimalistic and simpler design approach that attracts the attention of everyone in the room.
You will see a few changes on the rear panel of the EERO 2nd generation router. The 1st generation router has a small Reset Button, which is now a larger button in the 2nd generation design. Previously, EERO has a 12V power adapter.
Now, it is a 12V Type-C USB power adapter. There is no USB port in the 2nd generation Wi-Fi router compared to the 1st generation EERO router. We think this is a good decision by Amazon because we haven’t seen a single Wi-Fi system that has taken benefit from this port.
Moreover, there are 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, which are placed in the same position as in the 1st generation router. Of the two Ethernet ports, one is WAN and the other one is LAN. Likewise, on the bottom side of the main EERO Wi-Fi unit, you see info about the Wi-Fi system including the model number and the serial number. You will also see 4 feet and a carved logo that provides good stability. The weight of the Wi-Fi system is 8.5 ounces.
The EERO Pro Wi-Fi System has a powerful Qualcomm CPU with two Wi-Fi radio bands such as 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The device is powered by a quad-core IPQ4019 chipset by Qualcomm. The chipset speed is 717 MHz. The CPU of the Wi-Fi system is supported by 4 GB of flash storage memory and 512 MB of Ram.
For the Wi-Fi connectivity, the device uses Qualcomm IPQ4019 for the 2.4 GHz radio band with 2x2:2 b/g/n chipset, which has an integrated Skyworks front-end module. Likewise, the router has Qualcomm IPQ4019 chip for the 5 GHz radio network that is 2x2:2 a/b/g/n/ac with front-end module “Qorvo QPF4518.”
The router also has the third 5 GHz radio frequency band, which uses the Qualcomm QCA9886 SoC. The EERO home 2nd generation Wi-Fi system has Bluetooth 4.2 and Thread 1.1 technology. Also, the maximum theoretical speed at 5 GHz is 600 Mbps and at 2.4 GHz is 240 Mbps.
Like the Linksys Velop, TP-Link Deco M5, and Google Wi-Fi system, you need to use a smartphone app to install, setup, configure, and monitor the EERO Wi-Fi system. Both 1st and 2nd generation EERO systems follow the same installation procedure.
So, first, you need to download the EERO app for your android or iOS platform. Then, you need to create a new account. Make sure you provide your phone number because, without it, you can’t create your account.
Next, the app guides you through step by step to configure the router. Once the Wi-Fi system is connected, you need to choose the SSID and password to secure the network. You can use the app to further configure the router as per your needs.
What We Liked
- Awesome wireless performance
- Socket-mounted Beacons
- Great app interface
- Easy and simple setup
What We didn’t Like
- No Wi-Fi 6 support