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eero Mesh WiFi Router Review

If you are trying to set up a mesh network on a budget, then we think this is one of your best options
eero Mesh WiFi Router
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Price:   $100 List | $69.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to set up, expandable
Cons:  So-so range between points, can’t turn off frequencies for troubleshooting
Manufacturer:   eero
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Mar 25, 2022
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  • Features - 25% 5.0
  • Ease of Use - 20% 6.0
  • 2.4 GHz Throughput - 20% 5.0
  • 5 GHz Throughput - 20% 4.0
  • Range - 15% 4.0

Our Verdict

The eero Mesh WiFi Router is a solid, all-around WiFi router with mesh network capabilities. It's got a decent set of features and isn't too much work to set up. It also did well compared to the rest of the field in our data throughput tests, performing slightly better in the 2.4 GHz. frequency band than the 5 GHz. band. If you are searching for a budget-friendly way to set up a wireless mesh network for your home internet, then we highly recommend the eero Mesh WiFi Router.

Editor's Note: We updated this review for the eero Mesh WiFi Router on March 25, 2022, with a closer look at our in-depth testing process, a review of value, and suggestions for directly comparable products.

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Pros Easy to set up, expandableVery easy to use, more affordable, solid set of featuresRelatively inexpensive, exceptional rangeInexpensive, Easy to useEasy to use, solid throughput
Cons So-so range between points, can't turn off frequencies for troubleshootingUnimpressive throughput and rangeSparse on features, average throughputLackluster throughput, minimal featuresAbysmal performance in our range test, light on features
Bottom Line If you are trying to set up a mesh network on a budget, then we think this is one of your best optionsGreat for budget-conscious shoppers that are willing to spend a little bit more to upgrade performanceGood for those with a larger home who are shopping for an upgrade pick on a budgetThe Archer C7 isn't the fastest router around, but it's great if you are on a tight budgetThis would be a decent router if it didn't do so poorly in our range tests
Rating Categories eero Mesh WiFi Router NetGear Nighthawk A... NetGear AC1750 (R6400) TP-Link Archer C7 (... NetGear AC1200 (R6230)
Features (25%)
5.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
Ease of Use (20%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
2.4 GHz Throughput (20%)
5.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
5 GHz Throughput (20%)
4.0
5.0
5.0
4.0
6.0
Range (15%)
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5.0
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Specs eero Mesh WiFi Router NetGear Nighthawk A... NetGear AC1750 (R6400) TP-Link Archer C7 (... NetGear AC1200 (R6230)
MU-MIMO Yes Yes No No No
Wireless Specification IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11ac 2.4 GHz: 802.11n
5 GHz: 802.11ac
LAN Ports Available 5 (total) 4 4 4 4
Security WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA-PSK + WPA2-PSK [AES], WPA/WPA2 Enterprise WPA/WPA2 Personal, WPA/ WPA2 Enterprise, WEP, TKIP and AES Encryptions WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Wall Mountable? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Beamforming Yes Yes Yes No No
Frequency 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz 2.4GHz and 5GHz
USB Ports None 1: 3.0 2: 3.0 and 2.0 2: 2.0 1: 2.0
Dimensions 3.86" x 3.86" x 2.36" 7.26" x 11.22" x 1.97" 7.2" x 11.22" x 2.4" 9.6" x 6.4" x 1.3" 9.27" x 5.94" x 2.14"
Antenna 4 internal 3 external 3 external 3 external 2 external
Processor 700 MHz quad-core 1 GHz dual-core 880 MHz dual-core 720 MHz single-core 880 MHz dual-core
Memory 512MB RAM
4GB flash storage
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
8 MB Flash
128 MB RAM
128 MB NAND Flash
128 MB DDR3 RAM
2.4 GHz Short Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 39 Mbits/s 48 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 36 Mbits/s 42 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz Short Distance Throughput - Obstructed 53 Mbits/s 47 Mbits/s 37 Mbits/s 42 Mbits/s 38 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz Medium Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 47 Mbits/s 43 Mbits/s 39 Mbits/s 41 Mbits/s 33 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz Medium Distance Throughput - Obstructed 43 Mbits/s 37 Mbits/s 40 Mbits/s 35 Mbits/s 32 Mbits/s
2.4 GHz Long Distance Throughput 6 Mbits/s 25 Mbits/s 22 Mbits/s 9 Mbits/s 2 Mbits/s
5 GHz Short Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 203 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 220 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 201 Mbits/s
5 GHz Short Distance Throughput - Obstructed 174 Mbits/s 201 Mbits/s 184 Mbits/s 184 Mbits/s 232 Mbits/s
5 GHz Medium Distance Throughput - Line of Sight 176 Mbits/s 211 Mbits/s 196 Mbits/s 192 Mbits/s 214 Mbits/s
5 GHz Medium Distance Throughput - Obstructed 188 Mbits/s 194 Mbits/s 181 Mbits/s 166 Mbits/s 195 Mbits/s
5 GHz Long Distance Throughput 21 Mbits/s 11 Mbits/s 17 Mbits/s 18 Mbits/s 27 Mbits/s
Video Playback Range Test 135 ft. 155 ft. 204 ft. 135 ft. 65 ft.

Our Analysis and Test Results

If you want the extended coverage area of a mesh network but are intimidated by the technical aspects of setting it up, then the eero is a great option. The hardware is simple to set up, and there is a handy companion app that guides you through a hopefully problem-free install.

Performance Comparison


eero Mesh WiFi Router wifi router - the eero is one of the most compact routers we have tested so far.
The eero is one of the most compact routers we have tested so far.
Credit: Laura Casner

Features


One of the first things we looked at when it came to rating and ranking these WiFi routers is looking at all the different features and functions each has. In our minds, the eero did decently well, performing average.


Right off the bat, we liked that this wireless router is a great option if you have lots of devices on your network, as it is 2x2 MU-MIMO-capable. This creates two separate queues for devices to access the router, lessening the time each one has to wait for data transfer. The eero also is capable of beamforming for even better signal strength, allowing it to focus the network on optimizing performance in the locations you need it most, rather than just emitting equal strength omnidirectionally.

eero Mesh WiFi Router wifi router - unfortunately, the eero's small size means it is a little limited...
Unfortunately, the eero's small size means it is a little limited when it comes to LAN connections.
Credit: Laura Casner

However, it doesn't give you the option of turning on and off the indicator LEDs or a button to run on and off the wireless network. You can reset it remotely through the app or delete your entire network.

We also found that the eero is a little limited in physical connections. It doesn't have any USB port, and each node only has 2 LAN ports, with one of those occupied by the WAN connection for the modem on the primary node.

eero Mesh WiFi Router wifi router - nodes can be purchased individually or in 3-packs for a discount.
Nodes can be purchased individually or in 3-packs for a discount.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


Next, we looked at how convenient, and user-friendly each wireless router is for our next metric. We awarded points based on the amount of work it took to get each router set up out of the box, how user-friendly, if there are parental controls that you can enable, and if the router has Quality of Service (QoS). We didn't find the eero to be incredibly easy to use, scoring behind many other routers, but it still did alright.


While the eero might not have done exceptionally well in this metric overall, we were impressed with how easy it is to set up — as long as you have a mobile device that can download the app. This router isn't a plug and play option, like many of the other options but the mobile app does guide you smoothly through the setup process.

The app also makes it easy to add additional nodes to your mesh...
The app also makes it easy to add additional nodes to your mesh network.
The eero's app guides you through the initial setup process...
The eero's app guides you through the initial setup process step-by-step.

It walks you through which wires to plug in and then sets up the SSID and password for the overall network. After you have the primary node configured correctly, you have the option to add additional nodes for the mesh network, with the app showing you the best layout practices and what else you need to do. We also had to update the eero's firmware before starting any of this.

While the app does make it easy to set up the eero, we did find the app is not the easiest to use. It has many different options and features, so we found it to be a little cluttered and easy to miss things until we got used to it.

The app does give you some options for parental controls, though they don't allow for a ton of finesse. It's easy to use, as you can set large blanket filters for content like adult, illegal, criminal, or violent, but we couldn't find a way to block specific sites. The eero also does not have a typical QoS, having a Smart Queue Management (SQM). This system is still in beta mode when we tested the eero but does give you the option to optimize for gaming or conferencing.

eero Mesh WiFi Router wifi router - we like how the eero's nodes are exceptionally discreet and...
We like how the eero's nodes are exceptionally discreet and unobtrusive.
Credit: Laura Casner

2.4 GHz. Throughput


Our next round of tests rated and compared the data transfer capabilities of each product on both the 2.4 GHz. and 5 GHz. bands, with the testing procedure being the same for both metrics. We used the iPerf3 software to get an average throughput transfer rate from 3 different trials at three different distances between the test laptop and the eero.


We did a short distance test with 8-10 feet between, a medium distance test with about 35 feet separating them, and a long-distance test with around 70 feet. Additionally, we did a line-of-sight test and an obstructed test at short and medium distances, with multiple walls between the router and the computer in the obstructed test. The eero delivered a solid set of results, holding its own with some of the top routers of the group.


The eero had an average throughput of 39 Mbit/s in the short distance line of sight test and — somewhat surprisingly — did a bit better with the blocked test, averaging 53 Mbits/s.


For the medium distance test, we got an average throughput of 47 Mbits/s in the unobstructed test.


This throughput speed only dropped to 43 Mbit/s in the test with interference, which doesn't seem like much of a difference but is a substantial drop compared to the rest of the group.


Unfortunately, the throughput for this router plummeted quite dramatically when we got some distance between the router and the laptop. We got a mere average throughput of 5.7 Mbit/s at a distance of 70', with quite a few walls in between.


5 GHz. Throughput


Moving on to the 5 GHz. band for testing, we found the overall performance of the eero dropped slightly, performing relatively below average.


This wireless router averaged a throughput of 203 Mbits/s in the short distance, line of sight test, which is average.


However, this speed did drop to 174 Mbits/s when some interference was in place, which was a bit below average.


This product did fairly poorly in our medium distance test, only getting an average throughput of 176 Mbits/s in the line of sight test.


However, it did better in the medium distance with interference, getting an average data throughput rate of 188 Mbits/s.


This router finished out with an alright showing in the long-distance test, with our test software recording an average of 21 Mbit/s of throughput.


Range


Our last round of tests looked at each of these routers' effective ranges. As the eero is a mesh system, we only scored the range of a single node to make a more comparable comparison to other products. This product didn't do exceptionally well, having a slightly below average range in our test.


We used the same test computer to see how far from the router we could get and have the same video stream without buffering. The eero maxed out at a distance of 135' before the video started buffering, with the best routers making it over 200'.


Should You Buy the eero Mesh WiFi Router?


The eero is a solid mesh network system that can get you going without breaking the bank and offered decent performance in most of our tests, doing particularly well when it came to being easy to set up. If you want to set up a mesh network on a budget, we think the eero is a great option. It's nice that you can build up to a full network by purchasing additional units, and you save some money if you buy three in a bundle pack.

What Other WiFi Routers Should You Consider?


Although the eero Mesh is a budget-friendly option for a mesh network router, the award-winning NetGear Orbi WiFi System (RBK50) is the best option available on the market. The eero router — as a single unit — is severely lacking in terms of range. If you don't need a mesh network and simply are looking to improve your WiFi range, the NetGear AC1750 (R6400) offers top-notch capabilities.

David Wise and Austin Palmer

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