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Eero is bringing its mesh-networking technology to the Wi-Fi 6 era with two new products: the dual-band Eero 6 ($129 to $279) and the tri-band Eero Pro 6 ($229 to $599). Prices are based on the number of nodes in each kit, which in turn determines the square footage the mesh network can cover.
The nodes in the Eero Pro 6 kit have dual ethernet ports, but only the router in the Eero 6 is outfitted with them. The only wired connection on Eero 6 extenders is a USB port for power; they therefore cannot be used for wired backhaul. Both the Eero Pro 6 and the Eero 6 have integrated Zigbee radios for smart home integration, and they both have Bluetooth LE radios as well.
It’s worth noting, however, that neither product line supports the 160MHz channels that mark the most elite routers on the market today. Those models sport theoretical maximum speeds up to 1,733Mbps using just two spatial streams, although the number of client devices that also support 160MHz channels is very limited. You can’t tap that bandwidth if you don’t have a similarly equipped client.
The Eero Pro 6, pictured above, is the more sophisticated of the two products. It’s an AX4200-class router, meaning it supports two spatial streams down and two spatial streams up (commonly notated as 2x2) to deliver maximum theoretical throughput of 574Mbps on its 2.4GHz network, while its 2x2 5GHz network offers maximum throughput of 1,201Mbps.
The Eero 6 Wi-Fi mesh router with two range extenders should be sufficient to cover up to a 5,000 square-foot home.
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