QUESTION: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EERO BEACONS AND NORMAL EERO UNIT? WHY IS IT THAT NOT ONE EERO REVIEW TALKS ABOUT THIS?
Every network needs to start with an eero, and from there you can add either additional eeros or eero Beacons. The biggest difference between the two is form factor. eero Beacons are half the size of an eero and are designed to be plugged directly into any outlet. They also are completely wireless, so they cannot have any devices hardwired to them. If you wish to connect devices throughout your network via Ethernet, or the eeros themselves, you would need to use just eeros. Here is a breakdown on each: eero (2nd generation): eero (2nd-generation) has the same elegant design and footprint as eero (1st-generation), but is more than twice as powerful. It is the first and only WiFi access point of its size that can broadcast on three wireless bands simultaneously (tri-band WiFi), doubling the speed of its predecessor. As the gateway of an eero WiFi system, eero has two auto-detecting Ethernet ports. One connects directly to the modem, and the other port provides the option to hardwire devices like an Ethernet switch, printer, or video game console. eero Beacon: eero Beacon is half the size, but even more powerful than eero (1st generation). Eero has found that more than half of customers place eeros in stairwells, kitchens, and hallways, where cords are disruptive. With eero Beacon, simply plug each unit into a wall outlet to easily expand coverage in the home.
QUESTION: CAN I ADD A 2ND GEN TO MY EXISTING 1ST GEN SYSTEM OF 3 WIRED UNITS. OR DOES THE WHOLE SYSTEM NEED TO BE 2ND GEN
Eero’s 2nd generation hardware is backward compatible. You can mix-and-match them all you like.
QUESTION: I HAVE A NUMBER OF DEVICES THAT ARE WIRED TO MY CURRENT NETWORK SETUP. WILL I BE ABLE TO KEEP MY WIRED CONNECTIONS IN PLACE WITH THIS SETUP?
Yes, you can absolutely keep any devices wired to your network with eero. It should be noted that eero Beacons don’t have Ethernet ports, so if you wish to wire your devices, you will need to use only eeros. Each eero has two Ethernet ports. On the eero connected to your modem, one of those ports will be dedicated to maintaining that connection. However, you can use the additional port on that eero, as well as all the ports on your other eeros, for any wired devices including switches.
QUESTION: WHAT IS THE MAX SUPPORTED WIFI SPEED? FOR EXAMPLE, I CAN GET ALMOST 500MB DOWN AND UP WIFI SPEED WITH VERIZON GIGABYTE. WHAT CAN THIS SUPPORT?
Eero’s max rated transmit speeds are about 240Mbps at 2.4 GHz and about 600Mpbs at 5 GHz. Over a wired connection, the max throughput locally is 1Gbps.
QUESTION: CAN I USE OPENDNS TO BLOCK BAD STUFF FOR THE KIDS AND DISABLE OTHER DNS SERVICES TO PREVENT THEM FROM BYPASSING OPENDNS?
With eero, you would be able to use OpenDNS. However, in the coming weeks, eero will be launching their own network security and content filtering tool eero Plus. When eero Plus is added to your network, you can turn on specific filters for the devices on your network, as well as apply an advanced layer of network security that helps block traffic to malware, phishing attempts, and other malicious online activity.
QUESTION: DOES THIS REPLACE THE NEED FOR A ROUTER?
Eero is designed to replace your existing router and any other networking equipment like range extenders. With eero, the first one will connect to your modem via Ethernet. From there, you can add as many eeros as you need to blanket your home in fast, reliable WiFi.
QUESTION: FOR THE EERO BEACON IS THERE ANY DROP IN SPEED FROM THE MAIN EERO? IF SO BY HOW MUCH?
With eero, you should see minimal drops in speed from eero-to-eero. However, it is difficult for us to give an exact answer as performance really depends on your home, the number of devices on your network, and any potential interference from objects and/or building materials. With eero’s 2nd generation hardware, users can experience up to 2x better hop performance from the 2nd gen eero, as well as up to 30% better performance with eero Beacon from our 1st generation hardware.
QUESTION: DOES THIS SUPPORT A GUEST NETWORK?
Yes, with eero you can create a guest network. You can also turn it on/off from within the app.
QUESTION: WOULD THIS PRODUCT WORK IN AN OLD HOME WITH PLASTER AND LATH WALLS?
While eero will definitely work in your home, overall performance really varies based on the environment. Our 2nd-generation eero is 2x more powerful, giving it great hop performance and stability through potential interference. You may get better performance if some or all of the eeros are connected by Ethernet, thus eliminating the interference between the eeros. However, this may not be possible in your home setting.
QUESTION: IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE SOME EEROS CONNECTED WIRELESSLY AND OTHER EEROS HARDWIRED IN THE SAME HOME?
Yes, eeros work both wired and wirelessly, and you can definitely mix the connection types.
QUESTION:: I HAVE A 1ST GEN 3 UNIT SETUP. IN A 2ND, 1 EERO AND 1 BEACON, WOULD I USE THE EERO AS MY BASE (1ST IN LINE)? CAN YOU TURN OFF THE BEACON LITE?
Yes, with the 2nd generation eero, you will need to use an eero as your gateway (the one connected to your upstream modem/device). eero Beacons don’t have any Ethernet ports, so they can only join your network wirelessly. As for the nightlight, you can definitely turn it off. It has a few options, including off, ambient (it will automatically dim based on the brightness in a room), and scheduled.
QUESTION: CAN I CONNECT THE EERO UNITS TOGETHER VIA ETHERNET IF THE WIRING IS AVAILABLE IN MY HOUSE?
With eero, you can definitely use Ethernet to connect each eero. This will eliminate any potential interference, and let you get the most of your speeds from each eero throughout your home. eeros also work in a mixed wired/wireless network, so you can even mix-and-match your eero connection types. It should be noted that eero Beacons do not have Ethernet ports, so for a completely wired set up, you will only be able to use eeros.
QUESTION: MY HOME IS APPROX.1800SF. WOULD THE 2ND GEN ROUTER + (1) BEACON PROVIDE SUFFICIENT COVERAGE?
For an 1800 square foot home, the eero and eero Beacon would be a good start. You can always add more as well to fit your home’s needs. The number of eeros needed can vary by home. Many factors that go into the right amount of eeros includes the number of floors, building materials, how many devices are on your network, and any potential interference like metal doors.
QUESTION: I HAVE A 2700 SQ FOOT SPLIT LEVEL – WILL I BE ABLE TO GET BY WITH AN EERO AND A SINGLE BEACON?
In a 2700 square foot home, you would likely be just fine with an eero and eero Beacon. With that said, it really depends on your home, the materials used, and the overall layout. Getting started with an eero and eero Beacon is a good start, and you can of course always add additional eeros where needed.
QUESTION: WHAT SPEEDS CAN BE EXPECTED FOR INTERNET? REGULAR NETWORK?
When using eero, you will only be able to get the speeds that you pay for from your Internet provider. However, with an eero WiFi system, you will be able to blanket your home in fast, reliable WiFi. When eeros are strategically placed throughout your home, they are able to ensure you see the high speeds you pay for throughout your entire home.
QUESTION: IS THE TRI-BAND USABLE IF IT IS 3 GENERATION 1 AND ONE GENERATION 2 ON YOUR NETWORK? OR DO ALL 4 NEED TO BE GENERATION 2 TO USE THE THIRD BAND?
The tri-band will work for any 2nd generation eero on your network. If you wish to add a 2nd-gen eero to your existing network, it will still get all the benefits of tri-band, meaning it can both better communicate with your other eeros and your connected devices.
QUESTION: DOES THIS WORK WITH GIGABIT INTERNET? IF YES, WILL IT PROVIDE SPEEDS IN LINE WITH GIGABIT SPEEDS?
Eero does work with gigabit internet. When eeros are wired together, they can support up to 1 Gbps to each eero and any devices that are connected to them by Ethernet. For wireless devices, eero’s max rated transmit speeds are about 240Mbps at 2.4 GHz and about 600Mpbs at 5 GHz.
QUESTION: WHO HAS THE LOWEST PRICE?
Amazon. The ASIN number is B071HHK2PN
- For the past year eero, has sold a mesh Wi-Fi system that is easy to set up and just plain works.
- Today the company is announcing two new pieces of hardware and a new network security service.
- I sat down with CEO Nick Weaver to talk about what’s new.
- We looked at the data how people are using the product and it’s in places like hallways and stairwells and kitchens where you really want to have a much smaller form factor that doesn’t have any quote.
- So we went back to the drawing board and said how can we make a device but this performant is possible.
- The smallest form factor and when you look at beacon it’s small enough to just plug right into any outlet.
- It’s half the size in terms of footprint from an arrow and it’s even more performant.
- And our first generation product we’ve done that a combination of you know new antennas new RF design just new system architecture to really make this absolutely great device.
- So if when you look at our systems that’s what the vast majority of our customers buy is our original 3-pack and we now have a new system lineup so our first new system.
- It’s a neat one eero and one beacon that starts a tune of $199, they’ll give you similar coverage as our original 3-pack our new kind of standard eero system as an eero to begin to touch $399, and we have a pro Wi-Fi system which is 3 eeros that’s $499.
- And those are for homes with say lots of wired Ethernet or where you want to have the absolute best performance and have you know tri-band coverage everybody.
- On top of all that we continue to lay a lot of the groundwork for your operating systems so we have one operating system it runs across all of our products.
- So gen 1 and both these gents.
- On top of that OS we’ve built the new suite of services called eero plus and what your plus is basically whole-home digital security protects all the devices that connect your network.
- They’re not just your lap laptops and PCs, but you know a camera speaker thermostat.
- It’s $9.99 a month or $100 a year.
- It’s all about really keeping you know your entire digital home safe so the products are available but we’re starting today and they will start shipping by the end of the month.
- You can order them at eero.com or you can start finding them in retail towards the end of the month that Best Buy Walmart and Target stores in one.