New hardware. $250 for a 3 pack sounds like a win. Adaptive backhaul.
frankly, my mind is kinda blown. I’ll be doing some more research. My WiFi is good. I don’t *need* to upgrade (Current Apple gear in bridged mode works better than I expected with faster internet). But I want to sooner than later.After a new round of tests, our pick will be the Eero + 2 Beacons. Our budget pick will be the D-Link Covr-2202, and the Synology RT2600ac + MR2200ac is a great router/extender combo.
Amazon announced a new dual-band Eero base at their hardware event in September. We’re going to test the new kit soon and will fully update this guide later in the fall.
We finally got our hands on Amazon's redesigned second-gen Eero kit, and we won't bury the lede—it's a fantastic performer, especially for the price. Although its performance isn't on par with the Plume Superpods, it was easy to set up and didn't outright fail any of our torture tests. Eero maintained decent browsing latency all around the house, even while simultaneously delivering four emulated 4K video streams.
Don't get us wrong, there's still a lot of daylight between Eero and Plume—but with the Eero kit retailing for $250 normally, and currently on special for $189 with a free Echo Dot and without need for a subscription (for most features), it's a heck of a deal.
I'd generally recommend the kit tested here instead of the Pro, if you're using wired backhaul. If you've got a really dense environment, you may get some benefit out of having two 5GHz radios available at each AP. But most people won't get enough out of that to justify the price hike, IMO.
The tri-band in the Pro is more useful when you're having to backhaul one a Wi-Fi band, so having two 5GHz bands means you can use one for backhaul while STAs are active on the other, instead of having to fall back to 2.4GHz.
Also: the Pros are still 2x2 radios, so even if you've got a MacBook Pro with the 3x3 radio and plan to camp out in the same room as an AP, it's not likely to be any faster than the regular Eeros
This is Mitch from eero Customer Support, thank you for reaching out. I am more than happy to assist with the differences between our regular eeros and Gen. 2's.
The Gen. 2 eeros you have are indeed better than our new eero set we have released. Our new eeros are only Dual Band while the Gen. 2 eeros are Tri Band.
I have included more information below about our new and improved eero lineup -
What's the difference between eero, eero Pro & eero Beacon?
Feel free to reply back to this email with any questions or concerns. Again thank you so much for choosing eero and I hope you have fantastic day!
Where I think I have some weakness is in the handoff between router and bridge as I move around the house. A mesh system might make that better...or maybe not as I’ve read that iOS devices have problems hanging on to weak signals instead of switching to a stronger access point.
Dave, you are right about devices not switching to stronger nodes. iPhones are notorious for holding on to the weaker signal when you might be standing right on top of a node. iPhones will hang on to a -80 signal but not transfer data leaving you with a useless phone until you force it to switch by cycling wifi off and back on.
A system like Luxul will track devices on the network and will switch the device to the stronger access point. Luxul makes a mesh network but unfortunately it is a price based system and does not include the software to force the switch.