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.
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.
|Full Name||Amazon eero 6 Dual-band AX1800 Mesh System||Nighthawk AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System|
|Model||eero 6 / eero 6 Extender||MR60 (router) / MS60 (satellite)|
|Mesh Availability||3-pack (three routers), |
2-pack (router + eero 6 Extender)
|MK63 (3-pack: router + 02 satellites), |
MK62 (2-pack: router + satllite)
|Dimensions (Each Hardware Unit)||3.91 x 3.82 x 2.42 inch |
(99.4 x 97.0 x 61.5 mm)
|4.8 x 4.8 x 2.5 in |
(12.19 x 12.19 x 6.35 cm)
|Weight (Each Hardware Unit)||0.64 lb (292 g)||0.63 lb (286 grams)|
|5GHz-1 Wi-Fi Specs||2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 1201 Mbps||2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 1201 Mbps|
|2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs||2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 574 Mbs||2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 574 Mbs|
|Wired Backhaul Support||Router: Yes |
|Channel Width Supported||20Mhz, 40MHz, 80MHz||20Mhz, 40MHz, 80MHz|
|Wi-Fi Security||WPA2 / WPA3||WPA3 / WPA2 / WPA|
|Mobile App||Eero||Netgear Nighthawk|
|Vendor Login Required||Yes||Optional|
|Web User Interface||None||Yes|
|AP (Bridge) Mode||Yes||Yes|
|Gigabit Network Ports||Router: 2x Auto-Sensing|
|Router: 1x LAN/WAN, 1x WAN |
Satellite: 1x LAN
|Built-in Zigbee (Home Automation)||Yes |
(Amazon linking required)
|Processing power||1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, |
512MB RAM, 4GB flash
|Quad-Code 1.5GHz CPU,|
256MB RAM, 128MB Flash
|Suggest Retail Price||$129 (Router)|
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, the Netgear hardware is pre-synced out of the box. 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 significant 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 standard network settings, including QoS, Dynamic DNS, and an integrated VPN server. The eero has one and a simple set of network settings.
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 the router’s.
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 nearby Wi-Fi 5 client.
Amazon eero 6 vs Netgear MK62: Ratings
Amazon eero 6's RatingRouter
Compact, esthetically pleasing design
Easy to use
Slow speed, the 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 MK63 Nighthawk's Rating
Reliable performance, excellent coverage
First EasyMesh system
Wired backhaul support
Modest Wi-Fi specs, no dedicated backhaul band
and 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 a mobile app and is not free
Which is a better choice?
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.
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