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Amazon eero 6 vs Netgear MK62: A Clash of Budget Wi-Fi Broadcasters

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.)

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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.

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.

Full NameAmazon eero 6 Dual-band AX1800 Mesh SystemNighthawk AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System 
Modeleero 6 / eero 6 ExtenderMR60 (router) / MS60 (satellite)
Wi-Fi DesignationAX1800
Mesh Availability3-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 Specs2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 1201 Mbps2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 1201 Mbps
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 574 Mbs2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 574 Mbs
Wired Backhaul SupportRouter: Yes 
Extender: No 
Yes
Channel Width Supported20Mhz, 40MHz, 80MHz20Mhz, 40MHz, 80MHz
Backward Compatibility 802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b
Wi-Fi SecurityWPA2 / WPA3WPA3 / WPA2 / WPA 
Mobile AppEeroNetgear Nighthawk
Vendor Login RequiredYesOptional
Web User InterfaceNoneYes
AP (Bridge) ModeYes Yes
USB PortNoneNone
Gigabit Network PortsRouter: 2x Auto-Sensing
Extender: None
Router: 1x LAN/WAN, 1x WAN 
Satellite: 1x LAN
Link AggregationNoNo
Multi-Gig PortNoneNone
Dual-WANNoNo
Built-in Zigbee (Home Automation)Yes 
(Amazon linking required)
No
Processing power1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 
512MB RAM, 4GB flash
Quad-Code 1.5GHz CPU,
 256MB RAM, 128MB Flash
Suggest Retail Price$129 (Router)
$199 (2-pack)
$279 (3-pack)
$89 (Satellite)
$130 (Satellite)
$165 (2-pack)
$292.99 (3-pack)
Hardware Specs: Amazon eero 6 vs Netgear Nighthawk MK62

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.

eero 6 vs Netgear MK62
The Nighthawk satellite unit comes with a network port, allowing the 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 the router’s.

eero 6 vs Netgear Nighthawk MK62
(★) 4×4 client (router) 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 nearby Wi-Fi 5 client.

Amazon eero 6 vs Netgear MK62: Ratings

Amazon eero 6's RatingRouter

6.5 out of 10
Amazon eero 6 2
Performance
6.5/10
Features
6/10
Ease of Use
8.5/10
Value
5/10

Pros

Compact, esthetically pleasing design

Easy to use

Relatively affordable

Cons

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

8 out of 10
Netgear MK63 AX1800 Mesh Wi Fi 6 System 3
Performance
8/10
Features
7.5/10
Design and Setup
8/10
Value
8.5/10

Pros

Reliable performance, excellent coverage

Affordable

First EasyMesh system

Wired backhaul support

Compact design

Cons

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

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.

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8 thoughts on “Amazon eero 6 vs Netgear MK62: A Clash of Budget Wi-Fi Broadcasters”

  1. I am looking for an easy and affordable mesh network. I have modest 400mbps connection. Which one would you recommend between ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini Mesh WiFi 6 or the Night hawk MK63? or any other one within the similar budget

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  2. I have an Asus router running merlin and just want something to use in AP mode. Will the Netgear MK62 be good for this?

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  3. Is the Google Nest a worthwhile solution to spotty wifi at my home, even with a plugin extender downstairs from the ATT router?

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  4. 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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