Not exactly. Wifi repeaters rebroadcast the wifi signals they receive from the router. Properly placed they can be helpful but even with optimal placement, devices using them will suffer wifi speed degradation. This is because the repeater can only talk or listen [half duplex] to the router at any given time. It cannot do both simultaneously [full duplex]. In practical terms, as long as your Internet speed is slower than your wifi speed [which is usually the case] you may not notice unless you have a lot of wifi devices competing for bandwidth at the same time. Those with super fast Internet connections will definitely notice.At this point I discovered I had the same names and passwords throughout the house - basically a mesh system. This capability was not promised in the RE200 documentation.
This is true in higher priced solutions such as the Orbi [and probably Nest] line but some lower priced mesh solutions don't have dedicated radios for backhaul traffic. Some can provide the same functionality through wired Ethernet if available.I think the other main mesh advantage is dedicated backhaul channel(s).
I agree. If it meets your needs then why spend more money for faster performance on paper that will likely not translate into any tangible benefits. That said, my inner geek is never satisfied and tries non-stop to get me to upgrade both my network and my theater.Of course the advantage of my system is I only paid $46 for both the router and the range extender.
I don’t know how the other companies are doing it but Eero Pro models have three radios so you should be at full duplex all the time. You can always put them all on Ethernet for true stability but they’re no slouch just using WiFi.Not exactly. Wifi repeaters rebroadcast the wifi signals they receive from the router. Properly placed they can be helpful but even with optimal placement, devices using them will suffer wifi speed degradation. This is because the repeater can only talk or listen [half duplex] to the router at any given time. It cannot do both simultaneously [full duplex]. In practical terms, as long as your Internet speed is slower than your wifi speed [which is usually the case] you may not notice unless you have a lot of wifi devices competing for bandwidth at the same time. Those with super fast Internet connections will definitely notice.
The better way to address the issue is to use a wired access point instead of a repeater. This eliminates wifi between the AP and the router which should provide better overall performance and reliability. Nowadays you can probably find a cheap wifi router that supports AP mode for not much more than the cost of a repeater. The catch is it requires wired Ethernet at the AP location.
My recent excursion into mesh technology [Netgear MR60 system] left me unimpressed to say the least. I ended up returning to my wired AP solution. I have been very tempted to buy a Nest or Orbi system just to satiate my curiosity as to just how effective mesh can be. In my case, I don't really need it as I have gone to great lengths to eliminate wifi throughout my home where possible.
To my understanding, you shouldn't need five units unless you're in a 10,000 sq mini-mansion or your home has interior walls that severely block wifi signals (not modern 2x4 and drywall construction). Eero recommends one unit for 1500 sq ft and three units for 5000 sqft.Just discovered this thread existed.
A few thoughts...
For the most part, I do love my eeros. I still have GEN2 which is supposed to be the best of the current offerings as it has multiple radios.
However, I can't say that everything has been perfect.
First, with a 1GB speed through Verizon Fios, I still can't get close to that in wireless speed in my home despite having 5 units spread throughout it. The best, at last check, was in the 300mbps range. That's a great WiFi speed, but I would have hoped to get better.
Next, I have occasional signal drops with the eero. The Wifi in the house goes completely down for about 10 minutes at a time. The Verizon WiFi router indicates a signal but the main eero that is hooked up to it shows a red outtage signal. This doesn't happen too often, though enough to become a nuisance.
Velop was mentioned in this thread. I would stay away from that. Before I bought the GEN2 eero I did try Velop. Bought a 4-pack from Costco. It didn't work well at all. Customer support was pretty bad. They stopped calling me back once they realized they could not fix the numerous issues I was having with their mesh system. I ended up returning it.
Really, the next thing I am waiting for is WiFi 6 or 5G
Verizon has a WiFi 6 router I could buy, but there currently isn't a mid-priced mesh system that supports it. I don't know if the WiFi 6 signal would be capable of reaching all the corners and floors of my large home with just the single router.
Next, I don't even have a WiFi 6 capable computer. Apple hasn't put one out yet. Even if I bought the Verizon WiFi 6 router, I wouldn't have any devices capable of using it.
So, right now I am in limbo. I am using a current mesh system that really can't provide the wireless speed I want while the next big format is still unreachable.
The next year or two will bring significant changes to wireless speeds.
This guide covers standalone Wi-Fi routers. Any of our picks will easily outperform any router you got from your Internet service provider, or any router more than a few years old. These routers are a good fit for apartments or small to medium-size houses with three or four people on the network. If you have more people or a large house—more than 2,300 square feet or more than one floor—you should probably look at our mesh-networking guide instead. A good rule of thumb is that if you’ve considered adding a wireless extender or an extra access point in your house, get a mesh system instead.
I've been wanting to upgrade to a mesh system. But simply adding a wired bridge to my main router about four years ago, and then last summer upgrading to FIOS gigabit, it's been quite good enough for my needs.
I'm now thinking of waiting for affordable WiFi 6 mesh systems to come out in a year or two...or until my current hardware dies.