Eero's Newest Mesh Router Draws Its Power Over Ethernet, No Outlet Necessary
Coming in October via professional installers, and to Amazon early next year, the newest Eero mesh routers eliminate the power cord altogether.
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Called the Eero PoE 6, the power-over-Ethernet system is expected to launch in the US and Canada through authorized professional installers this October. It'll open up to everyone at the start of next year, with an asking price of $300 for a three-piece setup.
A dual-band Wi-Fi 6 device offering top wireless speeds of up to 1.5Gbps and support for 160MHz channel width, the Eero PoE 6 looks just like existing Eero devices save for the fact that it ditches the traditional power cord. That eliminates the need to position it near a wired outlet, and makes it a lot easier to place each device wherever you want, provided you've got an Ethernet cable handy to power it.
It's an especially appealing pitch for anyone who's already keeping their Eero devices connected over Ethernet for a faster, wired backhaul, and it could also open the door to mounting your Eero devices in new places where they'll perform better, like on the ceiling or wall. To that end, Eero also plans to release a custom mount for devices that'll help make that a little easier, similar to other third-party mounts that are already available for Eero devices right now.
In addition to the new mesh router, Eero is also readying the release of the Eero PoE Gateway, a high-powered hub for devices that draw power over Ethernet. With two 10Gbps Ethernet jacks and eight PoE-ready 2.5Gbps Ethernet jacks, the device supports incoming internet speeds of up to 10Gbps and supports a PoE energy output of up to 100 watts. It's set to arrive early in 2023 at an asking price of $650.