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How to add additional eero Beacons

Eero Beacon
Eero Beacon (Image credit: Eero)

Amazon's Eero is pretty phenomenal, so much that it topped our roundup of the best mesh networking hardware. It's easy to install, easy to use, and offers great speed, reliability, and flexibility. Perhaps more importantly, it's also incredibly easy to expand via eero's network extenders, known as Beacons. We'll walk you through the process involved in adding and removing these devices, including initial setup of your Eero network.

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What is an Eero beacon, exactly?

Eero Beacon Nightlight

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At the time of writing, Eero has three products in its portfolio.

The Eero Pro (opens in new tab) is eero's top-tier hardware. It's designed to act as both a wireless router and as a hub for the entire Wi-Fi system. It's pricier than the other two units, but also more than twice as powerful as the standard Eero router. On its own, it provides roughly 1,750 square feet of coverage and costs roughly twice as much as a standard Eero router.

The Eero Router (opens in new tab), meanwhile, is eero's standard hardware. It's not as fast as the Eero Pro, but it still provides decent speed and up to 1,500 square feet of coverage. Like the Eero Pro, the Eero Router has two Ethernet ports, allowing it to be used as a gateway for the Eero system or to connect a device to the web via ethernet.

Finally, there's the Eero Beacon (opens in new tab), which is a small unit that plugs into your wall outlet and doubles as a nightlight. Notably, it can't really function by itself; in order to use an Eero Beacon, you must already have an existing Eero network in place. You can add as many beacons as you want to a single Eero network.

How to add Eero beacons to your network

Eero Beacon Setup

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Initial setup

In order to have a network that's capable of supporting Eero Beacons, you'll need at least one eero (opens in new tab) or Eero Pro (opens in new tab) device. Once you've gotten home and unboxed your eero, setup is relatively straightforward.

  1. First, download and install the Eero app on your smartphone.
  2. The first time you start up the app, you'll be prompted to create an account. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Locate your modem, and unplug it. If you're not sure where your modem is, check the cable outlets in your home.
  4. Use the provided Ethernet cable to connect your Eero router to the modem.
  5. Plug in the modem and the Eero device.
  6. Follow the prompts within the Eero app to set up your Eero network, including both the name (SSID) and password.
  7. If you have an existing Wi-Fi router, make sure your eero's SSID is different, run the Eero in bridge mode, or uninstall the router entirely.

Adding new Beacons

  1. Plug your Beacon into a wall socket.
  2. Open the Eero app.
  3. Tap on Add an eero.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to add the Beacon to your network.

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Removing beacons

Android

  1. Open your Eero app.
  2. If you have six or fewer eeros, they should all be visible on the app's home screen. If you have more than six eeros, tap on eeros Online to see a full list.
  3. Tap on the Beacon you want to remove.
  4. Then tap Remove eero at the bottom of the screen.

iOS

  1. Open your Eero app.
  2. Tap the Online tab.
  3. Tap on the beacon you want to remove.
  4. Then tap Remove eero.

Where to purchase more Eero devices

One of the biggest draws of Eero is its ease of use. Whether you're extending your network via Beacons, routers, or additional Eero Pros, everything is designed to be as seamless and as painless as possible. With that in mind, we're going to wrap up with a few of our top recommendations for those of you looking to expand.