It's been a busy couple of years for Eero since Eero Pro 6E.. That year saw the release of , followed in 2020 by the introduction of and mesh routers with support for . Now, the company has another new set of mesh systems for the lineup: the and
As the name suggests, the Eero Pro 6E adds in support for, which means that it can transmit data through . Along with the tri-band build -- a "Pro" upgrade point that gives the system an extra band to use as a dedicated wireless backhaul between the main router and its satellites -- the Eero Pro 6E system also includes an Ethernet WAN port that can support incoming wired speeds as fast as 2.5 gigabits per second (2,500Mbps). That positions the system well for from names like , , , , and others. Amazon is pricing it at , or .
As for the less expensive Eero 6 Plus system, it doesn't offer support for Wi-Fi 6E and it doesn't include that multi-gig WAN port, but it does open up support for full-width, 160MHz transmissions in the 5GHz band. Eero is billing it as the company's most affordable mesh system built with gigabit connections in mind, and pricing it ator .
"If you're looking at the 6 Plus versus the Pro 6E, the difference is really gigabit-capable versus gigabit-plus-capable," said Nick Weaver, Eero's founder and CEO. In addition to the Eero Pro 6E's embrace of Wi-Fi 6E and the 6GHz band, Weaver points to the addition of 160MHz channel support in the Eero 6 Plus -- up from 80MHz in-- as a particularly significant step forward.
"It's basically 2x the performance from the same radios, because you've got much, much wider channels to push data across," Weaver said. "Even if you don't have a 160MHz-capable client, you're going to be able to see that improved performance on the 6 Plus just from having faster mesh links."
Weaver also pointed out that each of the new Eero systems is fully backward-compatible with previous Eero generations, and made note of new pricing for. Originally priced at $279 for a three-pack, Weaver tells CNET that Eero is cutting the cost , or .
With multiple devices wirelessly relaying traffic through your home, a mesh router is more like a team of routers designed to ensure strong, consistent speeds across larger environments than traditional routers are capable of covering. CNET tests show that upgrading to a mesh router isto improve Wi-Fi performance at range, and the market is .
That means that the mesh category is a particularly competitive one these days. Top-tested mesh routers from names like Netgear Orbi, Google Nest and TP-Link Deco currently sit atop, and brands like Asus, D-Link, Arris, Linksys and others are making a regular habit of releasing new systems, too. Still, there are only a handful of name-brand three-piece systems with support for Wi-Fi 6 that cost less than the Eero 6 Plus. And despite the higher asking price, the Eero Pro 6E is arguably even more of a value play, as competing three-piece Wi-Fi 6E systems from and cost well over $1,000.
Eero also points to the smart home as a potential differentiator. All of the latest Eero routers support Alexa voice commands for pausing the Wi-Fi and for other basic network controls, as well asthat lets new gadgets automatically sync with your Wi-Fi and with Alexa, provided you've linked your Eero account with your Amazon account. Like the last generation of devices, the Eero 6 Plus and Eero Pro 6E also include built-in Zigbee radios that let them pair directly with lights, locks, and other compatible gadgets.
There's also, an incoming Wi-Fi-based protocol set to launch as a universal language for smart home devices. Amazon is one of a number of major names to already , and Eero has long included support for , a separate Wi-Fi protocol that Matter will use to help relay signals between devices.
"I think we're finally hitting the tipping point," Weaver said. "You've got Apple, you've got Google, you've got dozens of other companies all kind of converging on this Matter standard. And, you know, we'll support that fully."
Both of the new mesh routers are available now on Amazon. For our first impressions and speed test results, click to read through the CNET reviews of the Eero Pro 6E systems.and