Most people aren’t IT professionals, and not everyone has the patience to troubleshoot WiFi dead zones in their homes. Amazon’s eero Mesh WiFi System solves both of these problems in an easy-to-use and reliable package. Priced at $249 for a 3-pack, it doesn’t come cheap. Although considering the frustration and stress it saves you from having to deal with complex, unreliable and clunky alternatives, it’s well worth the cost.
At first sight, some people may not recognize that the eero is a WiFi router. It’s rather small, measuring just 2.36″ tall and 3.86″ wide. It also doesn’t have external antennas, which are common with other brands. Combined with a sleek, minimalistic design, the eero can blend into almost any area of your home without attracting attention.
Setting up the eero is simple and enjoyable thanks to the well-designed app and easy-to-follow setup wizard. Amazon advertises set up takes in less than 10 minutes, which is true if you don’t consider the time it takes to connect all of your devices to the network.
The setup wizard walks you through the entire process from start to finish. The app also tests the placement of each eero device to help you optimize performance and signal coverage throughout your home.
Once you’ve completed the initial setup, you can start connecting your devices to your new eero network. The eero app allows you to easily name, and assign icons to each of your connected devices. You can also temporarily pause the internet or block specific devices entirely.
eero offers additional security features through their eero Secure and Secure+ subscription services. The eero Secure plan is $2.99/month ($29.99/year) and is likely the best option for most people.
The “Advanced Security” and “Safe Filtering” features provide the most value, and are included in both plans. Advanced Security prevents you from visiting malicious websites, which protects you from things like ransomware and computer viruses. Safe Filtering helps you filter out violent, illegal, or adult content from being viewed on any device connected to your network, which is especially useful to protect your children when they’re online.
eero Secure+ offers additional features like a VPN service, password management software, and malware scanning. VPNs aren’t necessary in most cases, and things like malware scanning and password management are features you can get elsewhere for free. With that said, the Secure+ plan may be a bit too much for your average consumer.
We love the eero Mesh WiFi System. Its elegant design and ease of use differentiate it from the traditional clunky and complex WiFi routers you’re used to. Most importantly, it solves two of the most frustrating aspects of home WiFi—complexity and WiFi dead zones. At $249 for a 3-pack, the price may seem steep, but you get what you paid for.
David is a smart home enthusiast who's always looking for new ways to use technology to make life easier. Currently working as a Customer Success Manager in the tech industry, David researches and writes about smart home tech in his spare time.
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