Eero Pro 6 Review
Easy installation doesn't make up for a lack of performance.
Navigating the landscape of home networking can be a daunting task when it seems like you have endless mesh Wi-Fi network options at your fingertips. Operating through the powerhouse of Amazon’s marketing machine, the eero brand of mesh Wi-Fi routers stands out to many people as a strong contender. So, we got our hands on the eero Pro 6 to see if one of eero’s faster devices lives up to all the hype.
Originally released in 2020, we purchased the most recent version of the eero Pro 6. Will it stand up to the newer eero 6+ and eero Pro 6E models? Is the eero Pro 6 still a viable and suitable option for households in 2023? There’s only one way to find out. Let’s dive into the eero Pro 6 and explore its specs, setup, and stats to see how they stack up.
What We Like
- High square footage coverage
- Signal customization options
- Wi-Fi 6 compatibility
What We Don't Like
- Somewhat pricey
- Only 1 LAN port
BroadbandNow Bottom Line
The eero Pro 6 is incredibly easy to set up, even for the non-tech-savvy homeowner. However, the increase in internet speeds is less than significant compared to the cost of the device.
Eero Pro 6 at First Glance: Powerful and Affordable
Eero Pro 6 specs and features
|Price (3-pack)||$239.99 on Amazon|
|Coverage (3-pack)||6,000 square feet|
|Wi-Fi type||802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)|
|Number of radios||3; tri-band|
|Wireless speeds (up to)||1 Gbps|
|Smart home connectivity||Zigbee Smart Home Hub, Thread, Bluetooth LE 5.0, and Alexa|
|Radio frequencies||2.4 GHz: 2×2
5 GHz: 2×2
5 GHz: 4×4
|Security||WPA2-AES, WPA3-Personal transition mode|
|Ethernet ports||2 per device|
|Processor, memory, and storage||1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 1024MB RAM, 4GB flash storage|
|Dimensions||5.5” x 5.5” x 2.1”|
First, let’s start with the price (what everyone wants to know). At just $239.99 for a 3-pack, the eero Pro 6, on the surface, carries a reasonable price for a whole-home mesh Wi-Fi system with tri-band radio frequencies, 6,000 square feet of coverage, and AX4200 speeds. However, since this iteration didn’t truly have any additional upgrades from the 2020 version (outside of software changes), the price isn’t necessarily as good as it may seem for a three-year-old device.
Compared to its competitors in the space, the eero Pro 6 is middle of the road in terms of value. While the eero Pro 6 might have the advantage of faster speeds, the TP-Link Deco X55 is only $199.99 for a 3-pack, and it comes with 160 MHz capabilities, more device connections, additional Ethernet ports, and slightly more coverage area. That said, the eero Pro 6 is much cheaper than the Asus ZenWifi AX XT8 and the Google Nest Wifi Pro systems, which will cost you north of $300 for two or three devices, respectively.
Outside of its fair pricing, substantial coverage, and quick gigabit speeds, we applaud the eero Pro 6 for its smart home features, including Zigbee and Alexa integrations (even though we didn’t find talking to the router immensely helpful through Alexa). We also loved the sleek shape of the device and its clean appearance. Since you’ll be placing it in the open for the best performance, it’s nice not having to compromise your network quality for an unsightly and unwieldy device that clashes with your home design (we’re looking at you, Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8). In comparison, the newest eero 6+ model features an even smaller size, which could allow you more freedom in terms of placement without losing that aesthetic appeal.
Overall, the specs and features of the eero Pro 6 were relatively impressive compared to other devices in its price range. The only major drawbacks of the eero Pro 6 were its lack of QoS settings, a 160 MHz bandwidth, and a proper USB port. Otherwise, the eero Pro 6 had almost everything we look for in a mesh Wi-Fi router.
Eero Pro 6 Installation: Quick, Easy, and Effortless
One thing that sets eero apart from other mesh Wi-Fi routers is its straightforward setup. Installing and setting up the eero Pro 6 could not have been easier. I effectively set up the system in less than 30 minutes with two young children intently watching (and asking a plethora of questions).
Setting up technology can often feel intimidating, especially with the amount of wires, devices, and information provided. With the eero, simplicity was the name of the game the second I opened the box. Tucked neatly inside, the eero Pro 6 itself sat inside a cardboard insert. Underneath were three simple instruction sheets, and beneath those were two cords: one power cord and one Ethernet cord. Despite being an advanced type of product, I didn’t feel overwhelmed about unboxing or installing it.
The inner pamphlet outlined a quick four-step process for installing the eero device, starting with downloading the eero app. The app features a straightforward, step-by-step process from start to finish. Once I installed the app, it took exactly 10 minutes to get the device plugged in and operating. There wasn’t a single step in the process that confused me or gave me pause (except for maybe picking the best place for me to put it).
Living in a single-family home with two floors, I purchased the two-pack of eero Pro 6 devices, one for the first floor and one for the second. Depending on the size of your home, you might need more than one per floor, but this coverage was plenty for my household.
I set up the first eero Pro 6 device in my living room, which is the center of my home and the location of my current modem. Of course, I could relocate my modem, as you might wish to do, but I didn’t find it necessary. The initial eero device you set up will need to stay connected to the modem, but you don’t have to keep them side by side, and eero typically advises against this practice. Eero devices work best when they are in the open and not close to other electronics.
My current internet setup resides in my TV stand behind a closed door (I know it’s not the best setup, but I like it that way). I chose to keep my modem in this location, but I placed the eero Pro 6 on top of the TV stand beside my TV, careful not to put it underneath it. The wire connecting the eero to the modem and outlet was relatively easy to hide behind the furniture.
Setting up my second eero Pro 6 satellite device took about two minutes less than the first and was just as easy to install. I positioned this router in my upstairs hallway, next to our bedrooms. One of my favorite features from the setup process was how eero provided tips on choosing the perfect spot. It even confirmed that my hallway placement was sufficient.
After I installed the main eero Pro 6 and the satellite router, the eero app prompted me to update the devices to access the latest software. This process took less than 15 minutes to complete, but you never want to skip it because the initial updates usually contain patches for security and reliability purposes. From there, I was ready to start surfing the internet.
While the device updated, the app prompted me to take advantage of eero Plus (also called eero Secure) for a discounted yearly rate of $99.99. There’s also the option to choose a monthly rate of $9.99. Since I received two months of eero Plus with my eero Pro 6 purchase, I signed up. However, I wasn’t thrilled to find out that you needed this add-on service for parental controls, ad blocking, Malwarebytes, password services, and internet backup.
First of all, most modern mesh Wi-Fi routers come equipped with many of these features out of the box. Second, I need parental controls and additional security for my household with two children. In all reality, I have to subscribe to eero Plus to make the eero Pro 6 a viable product, which lessens its value compared to other mesh Wi-Fi routers.
Once I installed and updated the devices, logging into the network was a breeze. The process is the same as it would be for logging in with your current internet service provider. During installation, you can create a Wi-Fi network name and password inside the app. You’ll use this information to gain internet access on all your devices and then be good to go. It could not have been more straightforward.
Eero Pro 6 Performance: Not a High Achiever
While setting up the eero Pro 6 was a breeze, installation is just one part of getting a mesh Wi-Fi router. Next, I moved to testing the eero Pro 6 to see if its straightforward setup transferred into the real world of internet usage.
Before installing the eero Pro 6 system, I tested my current internet speeds as a baseline. My internet service provider is Spectrum, and my plan advertises download speeds up to 500 Mbps and upload speeds up to 25 Mbps. As a cable internet provider, speeds from Spectrum can vary based on the time of day and number of users on the network. Consequently, I made sure to do each series of tests during the same time periods. Overall, even though I ran these tests at different points in the day, the speeds didn’t differ from one another significantly, as I found my connection to be slightly above or below the 500 Mbps advertised speed.
After installing the eero devices, I reran the speed tests and found disappointing results. I tested speeds in eight different areas around my home at differing ranges, and the eero Pro 6 routers only outperformed the router provided by Spectrum in three locations — which was not ideal.
The two areas with the most significant decrease in internet speed were (understandably) at the farthest corners of my house on the first and second floors. The internet speeds in the most distant first-floor room decreased by 12 percent, while the speeds in the farthest second-floor room showed an 8 percent decrease. The only places I saw an improvement were the locations I tested that were extremely close to the eero Pro 6 devices. This included my dining room and the first-floor deck — both of which are right near the living room where I positioned the first device.
In performing these tests, I upgraded my Spectrum internet plan from 300 Mbps to a 500 Mbps connection to get the best possible results. While I did see some increases in internet speed with the faster plan and the eero Pro 6 routers, the gain (or lack thereof) in speed was not enough to warrant a must-have device. If you have gigabit internet, you might see some more significant benefits, but for average users with sub-gigabit speeds, the eero Pro 6 just doesn’t have the throughput to make it a top contender.
Compared with similar devices from Asus, TP-Link, and even Google, the eero Pro 6 doesn’t perform nearly as well as it should. For example, the Asus ZenWifi AX XT8 features similar specs, such as Wi-Fi 6 and tri-band speed, and countless tests have shown its ability to deliver consistently higher internet speeds based on users’ bandwidth. (Also, it comes with those parental controls security features we bemoaned earlier that were missing with eero Plus.)
BroadbandNow Bottom Line: More Amateur Than Pro
I can’t boast enough about how simple installing and setting up the eero Pro 6 device was. It was truly refreshing to work with such ease on internet equipment, which certainly hasn’t been my experience in the past when it comes to even basic internet services. While this feature is a massive benefit to the device, setting up the equipment is a one-time deal and not the device’s primary function as a whole.
When the eero Pro 6 hit store shelves in 2020, it was probably a great, groundbreaking device. However, with the continued advancements of new eero devices and competing brands, the eero Pro 6 just isn’t what it used to be, especially considering the lack of speed and the relatively high price.
That said, if the eero Pro 6 goes on sale, and you’re a beginner to mesh Wi-Fi routers, the eero Pro 6 could be the right fit for your smaller household with numerous devices (including Zigbee-enabled smart devices). If you’re looking for a more advanced product from Amazon with a similar straightforward setup process, we recommend checking out the eero 6+ or the eero Pro 6E instead.