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Eero Aims to Ensure All of Your Devices Have Enough WiFi
With newer cable installations, most places in the U.S. are capable of getting high-speed Internet and WiFi, but that rarely happens in a big house with a lot of devices. Whether you just have a lot of family members who all have their own WiFi enabled devices, or you’re using a lot of gadgets that all need access, Wifi is spread thing, and never really holds up to the promise of high speed. Eero is a small startup company that aims to change that with their Wifi router.
How does the Eero Work?
The Eero aims to solve wifi distribution problems by combining three simple technologies into one. By offering the same technologies as a WiFi router, repeater, and a range extender into one device, the Eero allows you to create an instant mesh network of routers (up to 10) that broadcast and redistribute WiFi over your entire house. A network of 10 Eero’s supports hundreds of devices, making it incredibly simple for users who have a lot of devices in their home. Because it rebroadcasts wifi, the signal is stronger everywhere, and you can install an Eero anywhere there’s a wall, upstairs, or other obstacle in the way. It also switches frequencies on its own to avoid interference from neighbors WiFi or devices,
Does It Work?
While the Eero might seem a little far fetched at first, it’s actually well put together, and by some highly credible names. Some of the brains behind the Eero include John Rubinstein (Apple, Palm), and Fred Bould (Nest thermostat, GoPro Hero3, Roku Box), as well as an initial design team from Stanford, and employees who primarily come from Google. Essentially, the team behind it is very, very strong, and the technology is solid.
Is It Worth It?
If you buy one Eero then it works like a normal router, but for $450, you can have three. With three, you can repeat your Wifi and get a very strong signal across your entire house. Of course, that sounds expensive to most of us, especially considering that you can usually get a WiFi router for free with your subscription. However, you really only need one for a small house, or one without a great deal of devices.
The device itself features two Ethernet ports, Bluetooth 4.0, 512mb of RAM, 1GB of flash storage, and a cloud function that allows it to auto download it’s own updates and security patches. It also features an app, that you can use to invite guests to the WiFi network, without them having to type in complicated security keys.
Speeds will depend on your ISP, but with build in repeating, and rebroadcasting of your WiFi network, you will be getting the highest speeds possible with your network.
Is it worth it in terms of technology? If you know how to set up your own rebroadcasting network, then you might be able to set it up yourself for less money. For example, a good WiFi repeater should only cost $40 or less, while a range extender costs about the same. So technically, you could install each of these gadgets on their own for about $40 or less each, and then simply install them around your house to ensure better coverage. For a large system like you get with the Eero, you would need three of each to replicate the functions offered by the Eero, so you would essentially be spending $180-$220 instead of $450. However, the concept of having everything in one device is extremely cool, and the Eero has a few nifty functions that a WiFi repeater just doesn’t have.