Eero Pro 6, Tested and Reviewed

Even with its easy setup, the eero Pro 6 falls behind newer mesh Wi-Fi systems.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2024
An eero Pro 6 device sitting next to a succulent plant on a TV stand.
We love the easy setup of the eero Pro 6, but the lack of significant internet speed leaves something to be desired.

Originally released in 2020, the Amazon eero Pro 6 was a groundbreaking mesh Wi-Fi system for families. However, with newer systems available at cheaper price points, does it still live up to all the hype? We got hands-on with the latest eero Pro 6 setup to see where it stands against current routers in terms of specs, setup, price, performance, and value.

Updated May 2024: We updated the pricing, added another hands-on photo from our tech tester, and inserted a section on how we assess routers.

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


Walking Through Our Eero Pro 6 Experience

  1. Eero Pro 6 Specs
  2. Eero Pro 6 at First Glance: Powerful and Affordable
  3. Eero Pro 6 Installation: Quick, Easy, and Effortless
  4. Eero Pro 6 Performance: Not a High Achiever
  5. Our Verdict: More Amateur Than Pro

Eero Pro 6 Specs

Details Eero Pro 6
Price (2-pack) $299.99 at Amazon
Coverage (2-pack) 3,500 square feet
Wi-Fi type 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Number of radios 3; tri-band
Speed rating AX4200
Wireless speeds (up to) 1 Gbps
Parental controls Yes
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 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB flash storage
Dimensions 5.6” x 5.4” x 1.9”

Eero Pro 6 at First Glance: Powerful and Affordable

Let’s start with what everyone wants to know: the price. At just $299.99 for a 2-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, 3,500 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 X20 comes in a 3-pack and has a more affordable price tag with a similar minimalist design. That said, the eero Pro 6 is cheaper than the Asus ROG Rapture GT6 and the Netgear Orbi AX4200 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

An open box beside an eero device and two accompanying wires
Setting up an eero Pro 6 device is easy enough for the average homeowner to complete.

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).

Unboxing and the Initial Setup

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.

Screenshot images of the step-by-step process for setting up an eero Pro 6 device.
All it took was 10 minutes from start to finish to get my first eero Pro 6 device up and running.

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).

Placing the Routers

Screenshot images of the step-by-step process for setting up an eero Pro 6 device
Each step of the eero Pro 6 setup was guided by the eero app.

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.

An eero Pro 6 router sits on a table with a succulent plant and a portrait.
Since the eero Pro 6 doesn’t take up much space, you can place it just about anywhere.

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.

Navigating the Mobile App

Screenshot images of eero recommending where to place multiple devices throughout a home.
Eero helps ensure you efficiently place your devices for maximum coverage.

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.

Advert with a woman on a tablet discussing the value of eero Plus for premium services
While eero Plus was necessary for its added features, paying extra each month was a major letdown.

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

Two side-by-side screenshots showing internet speeds before installing an eero device and after installing one.
The internet signal in the dining room showed the most significant change after installing both eero devices.

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.

Testing the System

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.

Two side-by-side screenshots showing internet speeds before installing an eero device and after installing one.
The increase in speed on the outdoor first-floor deck was only slightly higher with the eero device.

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.

Comparing the Competitors

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.)

Our Verdict: More Amateur Than Pro

Reviewer Kate Fann holding the eero Pro 6 device
Overall, we enjoyed reviewing the eero Pro 6 system. (Photo: Kate Fann)

The biggest takeaway for the eero Pro 6 is its simple setup and installation. 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.

So, who do we recommend the eero Pro 6 for? If it 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 (or bigger, if the 3-pack is available) household with numerous devices (including Zigbee-enabled smart devices). We don’t recommend it if the price point is above your budget and you want a newer model. Check out the eero 6+ or the eero Pro 6E, as it’s from Amazon, more advanced, and comes with a similar straightforward setup process.

How We Assess Routers

Our team of tech testers considers the following factors when reviewing routers:

  • Specs: From wireless standards (ex. 802.11ac, 802.11ax) to CPU and RAM specifications, we scan these features of every router we test to determine if they’re up to today’s standards. We also use these specs to compare with other routers in the market.
  • Setup: A router that’s easy to install means it’s beginner-friendly and reduces the time it takes to configure the settings. We prefer routers that minimize time and effort.
  • Price: As one of the most important factors, pricing is determined by upfront costs, monthly subscriptions, and premium add-ons. We compare these prices across different brands and models while also keeping an eye on price cuts from limited-time deals.
  • Performance: When it comes to performance, we consider the type of user, size of the household, and online activities that the router needs to meet before we recommend it. We also set benchmarks for our real-time testing, such as speeds, to determine whether the router underperforms or meets expectations.
  • Value: We take the above points to come to a conclusion on the router’s overall value, along with the necessity to upgrade or expand in the future and whether or not it remains reliable the longer we use it.