Adaptable and affordable

Eero Mesh

Speed and power

Eero Pro

This new Eero sets its target on the sub-$100 mesh router category. It stays focused on simplicity, beauty, and ease of use with great software and support for Amazon's Alexa assistant. This is a great start or expansion to an Eero mesh network.

$99 at Amazon

Pros

  • Two Ethernet ports
  • Alexa support
  • 2x2 MU-MIMO
  • Beamforming
  • More affordable

Cons

  • Dual-band
  • Less coverage

The Eero Pro is more of the Eero. An extra 5.8Ghz Wi-Fi band helps achieve higher top speeds than the Eero in a slightly more compact housing. A simple flatter design will work better for many when it comes to blending in.

$199 at Amazon

Pros

  • Tri-band
  • Two Ethernet ports
  • Alexa support
  • 2x2 MU-MIMO
  • Beamforming

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Slower than competition

Technically speaking, the Eero Pro is the better product, but at double the price of the base Eero, it's not worth it for most people. With tri-band support and greater overall Wi-Fi capacity, the Pro is a good choice for people that need more than 1Gbps on their devices. Most people won't need that much internet speed. For most people, the base Eero with be fast enough and the lower price leaves room for more units which could result in more flexible and extensive coverage.

An extra band

Comparing the specifications of these two routers shows how much they have in common. The main thing that stands out on the Pro is the tri-band Wi-Fi. This will mainly help the router keep speeds high, which helps it be consistent across multiple devices connected and active. Both routers use 2.4 and 5.2Ghz, with the Eero Pro adding in another channel at 5.8Ghz.

Eero Pro on tableSource: Eero

The standard Eero is no slouch, though. Both routers support 2x2 MU-MIMO, which can quickly manage traffic with multiple connections, as well as the same CPU and RAM figures. You can safely expect the software experience on the two devices to be very similar. This is nice since the software is one of the strongest parts of the Eero experience.

Eero Eero Pro
Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Bands Dual-band Tri-band
LAN ports 2 per unit
1 used for WAN
2 per unit
1 used for WAN
Frequencies (Ghz) 2.4 and 5.2 2.4, 2x 5Ghz
MU-MIMO 2x2 2x2
Dimensions 98mm x 98mm x 60mm 121mm x 121mm x 32mm
CPU 700Mhz quad-core 700Mhz quad-core
RAM 512MB 512MB

The software

The software experience is going to be largely the same no matter which Eero device you have. You absolutely need access to an Android or iOS device to set up and configure your Eero network. Make sure to grab the app on the Google Play Store or iOS App Store before you disconnect your old equipment.

Internally, the Eero routers will update themselves when new software is available, so you shouldn't need to worry about that aspect. As you would expect from an Amazon product, both of the Eero routers are Alexa compatible. Even the older Eeros can use Alexa.

But what about the speed?

Eero isn't terribly thrilled to disclose the raw speed capabilities of its routers. While this isn't ideal for making a comparison, from Eero's perspective, it does make some sense. Eero recommends the base Eero for internet speeds up to 550Mbps. This is faster than a lot of people's internet and is fast enough that most users won't notice much difference in a faster connection. The Eero Pro is recommended for internet connections of 1Gbps. This near doubling of speed comes down mainly to the extra 5Ghz band available on the Pro.

If you want to make sure your connection will stay fast, it'll be more important to make sure that the Eeros are placed within good range of each other so the mesh connection stays strong. That's the connection between the Eero routers not connected directly to the router. It can be tempting to try to stretch your mesh as thin as possible but for best results, the mesh routers will need to be able to consistently talk to each other.

Expansion

Eero Beacon lightSource: Eero

One nice thing about being part of the Eero ecosystem is that all of the Eero devices will be compatible with each other. If you want, you could buy both of these products and use them together. If you're looking at these devices for expansion, it's a good idea to put the most powerful device at the center connected to your modem. Your entire network will only ever be as good as the main router.

If you intend to upgrade an older model Eero or the current Eero to the Pro, keep in mind that the benefits will only be apparent when you are closest to the main router. If you want to simply add range, the Eero will be the best way to do so since it provides the same specifications as the Eero Beacon at a lower price.

Both the Eero and the Eero Pro have two gigabit RJ45 Ethernet ports as well. Keeping your wired devices connected will be easier than ever since you can just plug into the nearest router.

The housing

Eero with phoneSource: Eero

Lastly, the new Eero has a slightly smaller physical footprint than the Eero Pro, though the increased depth makes the total volume larger. Both Eero products are small enough to conceal nearly anywhere but with decreased length and width of the base Eero, hiding it should be even easier.

What should you get?

For the needs of most consumers, the standard Eero with be the better fit. While the Eero Pro will be able to handle more devices, unless you have a full house with data hungry users, the standard Eero should be plenty.

If you are building a mesh to solve a speed and capacity problem, the Eero Pro is the better move but if you want Wi-Fi that's good enough for pretty much any standard usage, from streaming to gaming, the standard Eero is a better value. Plus you can get more units to further improve coverage for the same budget.

Adaptable and affordable

Eero

Good enough for most people

Eero is a great expansion option to your existing Eero mesh network or a good base for a new mesh. Dual-band Wi-Fi and Mu-MIMO keeps the mesh network fast.

Speed and power

Eero Pro

You have a lot of devices that need more speed

The Eero Pro keeps things fast even with a lot of devices thanks to a tri-band connection and great software. It's also compatible with other Eero routers.

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