Amazon eero Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Comparison – eero 6 vs 6+ vs Pro 6 vs Pro 6E

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Amazon eero is a range of mesh Wi-Fi systems I have not really covered a lot. They are a popular option which I suspect is partly due to Amazon's ability to aggressively market products but also because they just work.

The product range has expanded over the years, and you have options going from the £69 single pack Amazon eero mesh Wi-Fi router/extender up to the brand new flagship eero Pro 6E which costs £799 for a three pack.

It can get confusing which option might be the best for your needs. Do you really need that £700 eero Pro 6E, or will one of the cheaper options be OK?

For this comparison, I have focussed on the Wi-Fi 6 models starting from the eero 6 up to the Pro 6E

Privacy Concerns

It is worth pointing out that they do draw a lot of criticism from more advanced users. The biggest concern is that these are the perfect tool for data mining.

According to the privacy policy for eero Devices, they collect a LOT of personally identifiable information.

Some of the things they then use the information for include:

  • Tailor our Products to your interests;
  • Perform research and analysis about your use of, or interest in, our products and services;
  • Manage our business;

Of course, if you use Google, shop on Amazon, or have an Alexa-equipped device, you have already relinquished a lot of your privacy in the first place. The argument here is that there are plenty of other mesh systems that don’t require this much personal data.

Whether that is an issue for you or not is another question. I think the majority of people are willing to sacrifice their privacy (or just not think about it) for the benefit of convenience.

Amazon eero Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Key Differences

I have posted a table of specifications below, which shows the specification differences between each model. However, to try and simplify things I will highlight the main differences you should consider (apart from just the price).

Dual Band vs Tri Band

The none pro systems are both dual band . This means that the extender you connect will have to share its bandwidth with both the client device (your phone or laptop) and the wireless backhaul going to the router. This will cause roughly 50% signal loss meaning the 1200Mbps theoretical speed of the eero 6 will be cut in half when you connect to the extender.

80MHz vs 160MHz

The eero 6+ and the eero Pro 6E are both capable of 160Mhz, which will raise the theoretical speed to 2400Mbps.

On 5Ghz, this can be difficult to maintain due to issues with congestion and radar. Due to this issue, my personal recommendation would be either not to pay the premium for the eero 6+, or pay more for the eero Pro 6.

For the eero Pro 6E with its 6Ghz Wi-Fi band, it should be able to provide 160MHz without an issue.

Tri-band eero Pro 6E 

The eero Pro 6E suffers a similar problem to the dual-band eero 6  and 6+. Because Wi-Fi 6E now has three Wi-Fi bands that a client can use, one of these must get shared when communicating with the router. There is only one quad-band Wi-Fi 6E system on the market which is from Netgear.

The eero will dynamically select the best band, and this is likely to be the 5Ghz, due to its improved range. Most of your devices will still be using 5Ghz.

The consequence of this is that the eero Pro 6E will quite likely offer a lower throughput than the eero Pro 6 when you are connecting to one of the extenders. Which would be quite annoying if you have spent 40% more on this system vs the eero Pro 6, thinking it would be significantly better.

eero Pro 6E Router with 2.5GbE

However, one saving grace for the eero Pro 6E is that the router itself has the potential to provide superior performance than the normal eero Pro 6. You would be able to connect 160Mhz on both 5Ghz and 6Ghz for a theoretical throughput of 2400Mbps. The router also has a 2.5GbE port, so this could then be connected to a cheap 2.5GbE switch, and you should be able to get multi-gig Wi-Fi.

Overall Recommendation

If I were to buy one of these systems, it would be the eero Pro 6. This should provide the best overall performance without getting overly expensive. In particular, this will likely provide the most consistent performance across a large home.

Depending on how big your home is and how it is laid out, the affordable eero 6, or perhaps even the eero Pro 6E are worth considering.

Both these systems will provide superb performance from the router, and if this is located in the busiest part of your house, then you will get the best results. The extenders will still provide good speeds, it's just that the performance drops off significantly.

Amazon eero Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System Specification Comparison

Full Nameeero 6 eero 6+eero Pro 6 eero Pro 6E 
BandsDual-BandDual-BandTri-band Tri-band
Wi-Fi ClassAX1800AX4200AX4200AXE5400
Dimensions 99 x 97 x 61 mm99 x 97 x 61 mm135 x 135 x 53 mm139 x 139 x 55 mm
1st Band2.4GHz AX: Up to 600Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2.4GHz AX: Up to 600Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2.4GHz AX: Up to 600Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2.4GHz AX: Up to 600Mbps
2st Band5GHz 2×2 AX: Up to 1200Mbps 
(20/40/80MHz)
5GHz 2×2 AX: Up to 2400Mbps 
(20/40/80/160MHz)
5GHz 4×4 AX: Up to 2400Mbps 
(20/40/80MHz)
5GHz 2×2 AX: Up to 2400Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
3rd BandN/AN/A5GHz 2×2 AX: Up to 1201 Mbps
(20/40/80MHz)
6GHz 2×2 AXE: Up to 2400Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
Wireless
Backhaul
5Ghz5GhzDynamicDynamic
Wired Backhaul 
Support
Not for the extenders Not for the extenders YesYes
Backward 
Compatibility 
802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b
Wi-Fi SecurityWPA2, WPA2/WPA3 WPA2, WPA2/WPA3 WPA2, WPA2/WPA3 WPA2, WPA2/WPA3 
Web InterfaceNoneNoneNoneNone
Bluetooth5555
ThreadYesYesYesYes
Zigbee Smart HubYesYesYesYes
AP (Bridge) ModeYesYesYes Yes
USB PortUSB-C (power)USB-C (power)USB-C (power)USB-C (power)
Gigabit PortRouter: 2x Auto-Sensing
Extender: None
Router: 2x Auto-Sensing
Extender: None
2x Auto-Sensing (LAN/WAN)1x Auto-Sensing
Multi-Gig PortNoneNoneNone1x 2.5Gbps Auto-Sensing
Processing Power1.2Ghz Quad Core Coretex A53
512MB RAM, 4GB Flash
1.2Ghz quad-core Coretex A53
512MB RAM, 4GB Flash
1.4 GHz quad-core CPU, 
1GB RAM, 4GB flash
1 GHz dual-core CPU,
1 GB RAM, 4 GB flash storage
1 Pack Price £109£139£209£349
2 Pack Price£189N/AN/AN/A
3 Pack Price£249£319£559£799

Alternative Options

There are plenty of amazing mesh systems from other brands, and most of these will have fewer privacy concerns than eero. However, they may not always be quite as user friendly when setting them up.

ASUS ZenWiFi XT8

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Whole-Home Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System(XT8),...
  • Banish WiFi Dead Zone—Tri-band mesh WiFi system...
  • Next-Gen Wi-Fi 6 Technology— With OFDMA and...
  • Hassle Free Control – 3 steps setup and easy...
  • App Always Up-to-date Protection— The lifetime...

This system should provide better overall performance than the eero Pro 6. It also has 2 x 5Ghz channels, but this beats the error with 160Mhz on the 4×4 band, and you also have the benefit of 2.5GbE on each device.

Netgear RBKE963

NETGEAR Orbi Quad-band WiFi 6E Mesh System (RBKE963) –...
  • Lightning fast 10.8Gbps total WiFi speed,...
  • Exclusive Quad-Band technology features a...
  • Covers your whole home up to 7,500 sq. ft. and up...
  • Compatible with internet service plans up to...

I am only listing this to highlight why Amazon likely chose a tri-band Wi-Fi 6E system rather than a quad-band which the Netgear uses. Having 2x5Ghz channels and the 6Ghz channel adds a significant cost. However, this is the best mesh system on the market if you can afford it. Read my review here.

Netgear RBK753

Sale
NETGEAR Orbi Mesh WiFi System (RBK753) | WiFi 6 Mesh Router...
  • NO MORE DEAD ZONES: Whole home mesh WiFi coverage...
  • BLAZING FAST GIGABIT SPEED: AX4200 WiFi 6 powers...
  • WORKS WITH ALL INTERNET PROVIDERS: Replace your...
  • TRI-BAND BACKHAUL: A dedicated band between your...

This system is basically the same specification as the eero Pro 6 but quite a bit cheaper.

Last update on 2022-06-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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