Eero 2nd generation is the new and improved version of the successful original mesh system. Eero, as a startup company invented the so called “mesh wifi” network technology, that’s why it became so popular in a short amount of time.
In this article we will try to answer some popular questions that people ask about Eero 2, so let’s get started.
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How Does Eero WiFi Work?
The Eero WiFi system provides an alternative option to traditional wireless routers, gateways, and WiFi extenders.
Using one or more Eero routers and beacons, you can create a mesh network in your home or office to blanket the area with a strong WiFi signal. The initial setup only takes minutes, and adding more units is super easy.
The Eero router device connects directly to the modem or modem/router supplied by your internet service provider (ISP). One Eero device acts as the main gateway, while additional Eero devices or beacons can be placed to extend the coverage area.
The above setup creates a single SSID so all of your home devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops etc) will connect to a single WiFi network.
Can Eero Work with Other ISP Routers?
The Eero system will work with most ISP routers, including routers from major providers such as Verizon Fios, Xfinity, Comcast, and ATT Uverse. However, there are a couple of steps needed to use Eero with these devices.
These providers often supply a modem/router combo device. Setting this ISP device to bridge mode will turn off its WiFi features. The Eero is then connected to an ethernet port on the ISP router.
The ISP router still provides a connection to the Internet, while the Eero handles the WiFi capabilities in your home or office. The Eero acts as the gateway device for connecting other devices to the Internet.
What Is Eero Beacon?
The Eero beacon is used to extend the WiFi coverage in your home or office. The beacons are about half the size of the base Eero unit and do not require any cords or special settings. You simply plug the beacon into any electrical outlet to instantly add further WiFi coverage.
Other mesh WiFi vendors have similar functionality. For example, the Netgear Orbi system calls these extender units “Satellites”.
How Many Beacons Do I Need?
The Eero is available bundled together with two or more beacons. The number of beacons you purchase depends on the WiFi coverage you require.
The Eero main gateway can provide coverage of up to 1500 square feet by itself, which is further extended with the Beacons. However, walls, floors, ceilings, and electronics can all interfere with the signal. Depending on the layout of your home or office, you may need one beacon for each floor.
The typical recommendation is to start with one base Eero unit and one or two beacons. The Eero main unit should be placed in a central location, while the beacons can be plugged into any outlet in rooms that are further away from the Eero gateway. If you continue to experience a weak signal, you can easily add more beacons.
What Is Eero Plus and How Much Does It Cost?
Eero Plus is a subscription-based service that launched with the release of the second-generation Eero device. The service offers additional parental controls, along with a security service to help reduce the risk of threats from viruses and malware. Besides these features, more options will be added to the service without an increase in monthly fees.
The Eero Plus service costs $9.99 per month. However, customers can save $20.97 per year by paying $99 upfront for one year of service.
Can Eero Be Hardwired?
The Eero has two ethernet ports. One port is used for the connection to your modem or ISP modem/router combo. The remaining LAN port can be used to hardwire a network-connected device, such as a printer or scanner. Another option is to connect a second Eero gateway device to the first one thus having two main wireless devices in the home.
The beacons do not have any ports. They are simple plug-and-play devices that plug into an electrical outlet and connect wirelessly to the main Eero device.
How Much Does Eero WiFi Cost Per Month?
The Eero WiFi is free to use, with no monthly fees, unless you subscribe to Eero Plus. The Eero system simply connects to your home or office internet network and provides an alternative to traditional Wi-Fi routers. There is no service associated with this, unless you choose to upgrade to the Eero Plus.
How Secure Is the Eero WiFi System?
The Eero WiFi system is only as secure as your private network. You still need to use your traditional internet security solutions, such as firewalls and anti-virus software.
However, the Eero system is less vulnerable to certain attacks. For example, many malware attacks are carried out through the web-based interface of the router. The Eero system does not have an interface, which eliminates this threat.
For additional security, customers can upgrade to the Eero Plus service. This includes several features to help monitor network activity and protect against various malicious attacks.