Amazon eero 6 vs. Netgear Nighthawk MK62: The Clash of Budget Wi-Fi

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Both the eero Pro 6 and Linksys Velop MX4200 are available in 1- and 3-pack options. But most homes likely need only a 2-pack.

I wrote about how the eero Pro 6 and the Linksys MX4200 a little while ago, and since then, folks have been asking me to do the same with the eero 6. So here’s the eero 6 vs. Netgear MK62 matchup.

And similarly, I’d take the latter in a heartbeat if I had to pick one out of the two. (Hint: I don’t.)

Amazon eero 6 vs. Netgear MK62: Similarities

There are a few things in common between these two. First of all, they share the same Wi-Fi grade which is AX1800. It’s almost the lowest grade for Wi-Fi 6.

Both are also available in two types of hardware, a router, and a mesh satellite. As dual-band systems, their real-world Wi-Fi speeds are modest. But both support wired backhaul when applicable. More below.

Neither feature the 160MHz channel width. As a result, at best, you’ll get a 1.2Gbps of negotiated speed out of them. The real-world sustained rate will be much lower than that.

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Both the eero 6 and Netgear are pretty poor in hardware features. They don’t have multi-gig ports, Dual-WAN, or Link Aggregation. They also have close to zero Wi-Fi configuration.

You can pay to get extra out of both options. The Netgear has Armor protection that costs some $70/year. The eero has a similar feature that can cost up to $120/year.

Finally, neither has a USB port to host a storage device. So, you can’t expect them to work as a mini NAS server.

Amazon eero 6 vs. Netgear MK62: Hardware specifications

While both systems support wired backhaul, the eero 6 Extender doesn’t have a network port. As a result, to use wired backhaul, you’ll have to get extra eero 6 routers and use them as satellites.

The Netgear counterpart has a LAN port in both hardware units to allow for wired backhaul no matter what combo you get. The Netgear also features the universal EasyMesh standard, while the eero is a proprietary product.

I like the naming of the eero. It’s clear. On the other hand, Netgear can be confusing. Netgear calls a 2-pack “MK62” and a 3-pack, well, “MK63″. On top of that, there’s also a different model name for the router (MR60) and satellite (MS60).

Note on setup: As a mesh system, out of the box, the Netgear hardware is pre-synced. As a result, all you have to do is set up the router unit like you do any single router. In the case of the eero, you have to add each unit individually.

Amazon eero 6 vs. Netgear MK62: Differences

Other than the number of network ports, there are a few major differences between these two.

First of all, the Netgear uses both a full web interface and an optional mobile app. The eero is strictly app-operated — it has no web interface at all. As a result, to use it, you must have an account with eero, and all that implies.

The Netgear comes with a standard set of network settings, including QoS, Dynamic DNS, and an integrated VPN server. The eero has one and a spartan set of network settings.

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The Nighthawk satellite unit comes with a network port, allowing he MK62 system the wired backhaul option.

In return, the eero has built-in support for Zigbee. To use it, though, you’ll need to link your network with an Amazon account. And that might cause even more privacy concerns.

Amazon eero 6 vs. Netgear MK62: Performance

I tested the two both as a single router and as a mesh system. In the latter, I used a wireless setup. If you choose to use wired backhaul, which is already recommended, you can expect the satellite’s performance to be the same as that of the router.

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(★) 4×4 client (router) and and 3×3 client (satellite)

As you can see on the chart, the Netgear almost consistently edged out the eero by a lot. The only time the eero did slightly better was in the satellite test with a Wi-Fi 5 client close by.

Amazon eero 6 vs. Netgear MK62: Ratings

Amazon eero 6 Dual-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router

$199.00
6.5

Performance

6.5/10

Features

6.0/10

Ease of Use

8.5/10

Value

5.0/10

Pros

  • Compact, esthetically pleasing design
  • Easy to use
  • Relatively affordable

Cons

  • Slow speed, range could be better
  • Minimum ports, no Dual-WAN, Link Aggregation, or Multi-Gig
  • No wired backhaul option on the Extender
  • Online Protection and Parental Control require a monthly subscription
  • Home automation feature requires Amazon integration
  • No web interface, spartan Wi-Fi and network settings

Netgear Nighthawk Mesh Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 System (MK63)

8

Performance

8.5/10

Features

7.0/10

Design and Setup

8.0/10

Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • Reliable performance, excellent coverage
  • Affordable
  • First EasyMesh system
  • Wired backhaul support
  • Compact design, easy to use

Cons

  • Modest Wi-Fi specs, no dedicated backhaul
  • Limited number of ports, switch required for wired backhaul configuration
  • Lacks basic Wi-Fi settings, no 160 MHz channel width
  • No multi-gig port, Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation
  • Finicky QoS, online protection require mobile app and not free
  • Not wall-mountable

If you’ve read all the way down here, you’ll realize that there’s no reason to pick the eero 6 over the Netgear counterpart. (By the way, there are other options, too.)

In fact, the eero 6 has nothing new to offer, compared to the original that came out some four years ago. And, the vendor-connect requirement alone is a deal-breaker. Again, as I said in the review, I wouldn’t use it if it were free.

Looking to compare other Wi-Fi solutions? Check them all out here.

2 thoughts on “Amazon eero 6 vs. Netgear Nighthawk MK62: The Clash of Budget Wi-Fi”

  1. Eero is owned and authorized by amazon to collect personal data. Netgear is haunted by flawed equipment and firmware. I’d say walk away from both, and find a real wifi solution. I’m not mentioning my favorite, since it costs too much!

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