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eero Pro 6 vs eero 6: How to Get the Most out of Your Amazon Wi-Fi

This eero Pro 6 vs eero 6 matchup is more like a guide on getting the most out of these new Amazon Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers if you can’t resist their shininess or the hype.

That’s because if you’ve read my reviews on them — and you should — you’d know that I don’t recommend either. But, at the same time, they are not completely all bad.

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The eero Pro 6 (foreground) and eero 6 mesh routers from Amazon.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs eero 6: Similarities and differences

These two are almost the same.

The only difference is the Pro 6 is a higher-end, more expensive device. It has an extra 5GHz band and more storage space. It might also have more features, as shown in the current eero Labs (beta) section.

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eero Pro 6 vs eero 6: The eero Labs (beta) section of the eero 6 (left) and eero Pro 6. Note the extra feature of the latter.

So, either one you pick, you’ll get the same easy app-based setup process, spartan Wi-Fi and network settings, and an almost-zero feature set. And your network will be attached to an eero account.

In return, you’ll get a likely reliable, simple, and low-maintenance Wi-Fi solution.

However, which to get, how many, and how you link the hardware units together will make a big difference in your Wi-Fi experience. First, let’s see how the two differ in terms of hardware specifications.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs eero 6: Hardware specifications

Apart from having an extra 5GHz band, the eero Pro also has double system memory. And those are the only things different between these two.

Full NameAmazon eero Pro 6 
Tri-band AX4200 
Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router
Amazon eero 6 
Dual-band AX1800 
Wi-fi 6 Mesh Router
Modeleero Pro 6eero 6 / eero 6 Extender
Wi-Fi DesignationAX4200AX1800
Mesh Availability3-pack (three routers)3-pack (three routers)
2-pack (router + Extender)
Dimensions5.3 x 5.3 x 2.1 inch 
(134.49 x 134.63 x 52.6 mm)
3.91 x 3.82 x 2.42 inch 
(99.4 x 97.0 x 61.5 mm)
Weight1.49 lbs (676 g)0.64 lb (292 g)
5GHz-1 Wi-Fi Specs4×4 Wi-Fi 6: up to 2404 Mbps 2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 1201 Mbps
5GHz-2 Wi-Fi Specs2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 1201 MbpsNone
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 574 Mbs2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 574 Mbs
Mesh Backhaul Band5Ghz5Ghz
Wired Backhaul SupportYesRouter: Yes
Extender: No
Channel Width Supported20Mhz, 40MHz, 80MHz20Mhz, 40MHz, 80MHz
Backward Compatibility 802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b
Wi-Fi SecurityWPA2, WPA2/WPA3 WPA2, WPA2/WPA3 
Mobile AppEeroEero
Web User InterfaceNoneNone
AP (Bridge) ModeYes Yes
USB PortNoneNone
Gigabit Port2x Auto-Sensing Router: 2x Auto-Sensing
Extender: None
Link AggregationNoNo
Multi-Gig PortNoneNone
Dual-WANNoNo
Processing Power1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 
1024MB RAM, 4GB flash
1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 
512MB RAM, 4GB flash
Suggest Retail Price$229 (1-pack)
$599.99 (3-pack)
$129 (1-pack)
$199 (2-pack)
$279 (3-pack)
Amazon Mesh Systems’ hardware specs: eero Pro 6 vs eero 6

It’s important to note that you can mix these two in a single mesh system. In this case, eero is known to be flexible. You can use either of the two as the main router, and then the rest will work as satellites.

When using only the router units, you can link them up using network cables — you can daisy-chain them. Apart from a router, the dual-band eero 6 has an Extender version with no network port, so it can only work as a wireless satellite.

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eero Pro 6 vs eero 6: The back of the eero 6 and its Extender version. These two constitute the low-cost $199 dual-band mesh offering.

The tri-band eero Pro has no extender unit. That’s a bit of irony since tri-band is more helpful when you can not use network cable as a backhaul.

As you can imagine, the dual-band (eero 6) and tri-band (eero Pro 6) have enough differences to deliver distinctive performances.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs eero 6: Rating and performance

Amazon eero Pro 6 Tri-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router

$229.00
6.9

Performance

7.0/10

Features

6.0/10

Ease of Use

8.5/10

Value

6.0/10

Pros

  • Easy to set up and use, especially for iPhone users
  • Good Wi-Fi speeds
  • Compact design
  • Comparatively affordable

Cons

  • Wi-Fi range could be better
  • Internet and login account required for setup and ongoing management
  • Minimum ports, no Dual-WAN, Link Aggregation, or Multi-Gig
  • Online Protection and Parental Control require a monthly subscription
  • Home automation feature requires Amazon integration
  • No web interface, spartan Wi-Fi and network settings
  • The eero app for Android is a bit buggy

As expected, the eero Pro 6 is faster than the eero 6 in all counts. However, neither can deliver Gigabit-class Wi-Fi rates.

eero Pro 6 vs eero 6 Performance
Note: The dual 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 test was done only on the router unit, where data was copied from one wireless device to another.

Also, note that the eero 6 Extender has terrible performance due to signal loss.

In a wired backhaul setup, though, you can expect the satellite unit to deliver the same performance as the router. In other words, you’ll get the same performance (as fast as that of the router) throughout the mesh system.

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

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs eero 6: How to get the most out of them

The eero Pro 6 and eero 6 works interchangeably. You can use them seamlessly with one another. Basically, pick one as the main router, and the rest will work as satellites.

Purchasing options for Amazon Wi-Fi 6 eero

Note: This might change due to availability.

Again, note that the extender unit can only work as a wireless satellite — it has no routing function or a network port. But when you use a router unit as a satellite, you can use it via a wired backhaul.

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Eero Pro 6 vs eero 6: A single Amazon eero Pro 6 (front) and a set of eero 6 mesh. They will work together in a single system, though not ideal.

That said, if you need a single router, the eero Pro is the way to go. It has more power, faster performance, and a better range. As a mesh system, the following is the best usage.

For a home without network cables (wireless setup)

Go with the eero Pro 6. A 2-pack or 3-pack and delivers quite good coverage for a large home. And the tri-band means you expect sustained speeds of up to around 500Mbps.

The dual-band eero 6 works, too, but you likely won’t get more than 250Mbps, possibly worse if you use three units or more.

For a wired home (wired backhaul setup)

Go with the eero 6 routers. It’ll give you the same performance as the Pro units while you pay a lot less. Link a couple together, and you’ll get a network of about the same speed as the router unit, as shown in the chart above, around 500Mbps.

eero wired backhaul bridge mode
You can mix wired and wireless backhaul in an eero 6 mesh setup.

But in this case, you can also mix the eero Pro 6 and eero 6. Just don’t use the eero 6 Extender — a mix of wired and wireless backhaul is possible but not ideal for performance. However, again, the use of the Pro is unnecessary.

One thing to note about wired backhaul: You can switch from wireless to wired easily. Just plug the cable into the hardware units, and the system will automatically switch to wired backhaul. The other way around, though, you’ll need to restart the hardware unit.

How to mitigate the privacy risks

One of my biggest concerns about the eero is the privacy risks it might cause. To avoid that, follow the following:

  • Create a new, random email address for your eero account. One that you don’t use for anything else.
  • Refrain from linking your eero with an Amazon account. If you really want to use Zigbee, get a separate hub. (Sure, you’ll lose some convenience, but, well, you can’t have everything.)
  • Use the eero in the Bridge mode. In this case, the eero (as a single router or a mesh system) will work in the access point mode. It just provides Wi-Fi coverage and not much else. In this mode, it also has less access to your online activities. Come to think about it. This is a great mesh system to use on top of an existing router or gateway.
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The back of the eero Pro 6 (left) and eero 6.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs eero 6: The takeaway

Again, no, I don’t recommend either of these two. They are just slow, limited in features, and without anything new or even noteworthy. Most importantly, they seem to work like data miners for their vendors.

But on the other hand, they can be a low-maintenance Wi-Fi solution for a sub-Gigabit home. That said, keep the suggestions in this post in mind if you end up having one.

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

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8 thoughts on “eero Pro 6 vs eero 6: How to Get the Most out of Your Amazon Wi-Fi”

  1. I’ve had mixed experiences in my eero pro 6 setup. I originally started with one figuring it could cover my small 1500 square foot wood and drywall house. I had to add another to get 2nd floor coverage. They have poor signal through multiple vertical stories. I couldn’t even load a web page reliably directly above the eero. If I wanted signal in the basement, I would need to add another there too. To get full speed, you want to make sure they are horizontal at a table level close to the level of other devices. The antennas seem to be pretty directional with only strong signal narrowly in the horizontal direction. Signal drops to about half through walls, so best to put them in rooms with other high bandwidth devices.

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  2. STAY WAY FROM THE 6’s!!!! I have a mixed pro 5 and erro 2019 version set up in our main house. Set up for a year now. No issues…rock solid. I just installed 2 pro 6’s in my townhome-thinking the new wifi 6 would perform better as I have a lot of wifi signals in the neighborhood. The new pro 6’s have been nothing but trouble in the 30 day they have been running. Devices that are AX capable seem to have the most issues. I have to reboot both EERO’s multiple times a week. I am now running the system in legacy mode and awaiting a reply back from EERO tech support. By the way–both of my EERO’s systems are all hardwired. At this point I am going to push to return the Pro 6’s and get either some pro 5’s or even the 2019 Erro’s.

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  3. How long have you used each system before testing?

    Also, the Eero’s are truly dynamic in their backhaul methodology as all three bands can be used both for clients and backhaul whenever possible. Linksys (and virtually every other mesh system) has the third high-speed band dedicated to only backhaul (even if wired backhaul is present, meaning that band is completely useless).

    I am a huge lover of Eero, and I’ve tried Netgear Orbi, the old Linksys Velop, and have experience with other mesh systems as well from other friends/family. In my opinion, Eero is the best system on the market but I do also believe they’ve fallen a little flat on the Eero 6 launch as they released with brand new software and hardware simultaneously.

    What I truly believe is that Eero should sell the Pro 6’s in 2-pack configurations as well as 3-pack systems. This is because I think the Eero Pro 6’s are actually really strong (double the CPU speed, double the RAM amount and frequency compared to the older Pro units) and putting all three in the same house (for most people) can create too much overlapping coverage and actually be detrimental to performance.

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      • Doug, if anyone would know, you should, is that there is little or NO privacy on the internet anymore, especially with consumer grade networking equipment.
        I’ve tested at least 10 different mesh/wifi 6 setups in the last few months, and, surprisingly, the eero pro 6 3 pack has been the most stable, solid setup of them all, including asus/netgear/orbi/linksys

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        • Privacy is a matter of degrees, Mike. Check out my full review of the eero 6 Pro for more. Also, I doubt that you tested all of them. But if you did, there was not enough time for you to meaningfully find out which was actually more stable (and not just luck), considering the number of devices and the amount of time. By the way, the name is Dong. 🙂

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          • Sorry “Dong”, auto correct is a miserable thing!
            As far as testing duration, that may be a good point, however, when you get drops almost daily, and disconnects frequently, its hard to give some of these systems a “long term” test.
            I got the fastest speeds from Orbi wifi 6, and it worked flawlessly for a couple of weeks, but then the issues started. Asus Zen AX was the same way, great for a week or 2, then the problems started Velop MX10 was a problem from the starts with disconnects, and their AX4200 system was better, but the 2.4ghz/IOT devices were constantly dropping and reconnecting.
            yes, I understand the issue with a single SSID combo 2.4ghz-5ghz network but these companies advertise this as a “feature” so I never wanted to bother separating them, especially with 60+ devices on my home network.
            For some reason, 3 weeks into the eero pro 6 setup, not a single drop, no disconnects, and on a gig fiber connection, i get 940/940 wired, and 350-850 everywhere on wifi, using a mix of wifi5 /wifi 6 devices. I hope this continues to be the case with eero, as its nice to see the internet function seamlessly, which is all that most people really care about, isnt it?

          • No worries, Mike. That happens a lot.

            It’s a combination of things. I didn’t have very good XP with the eero performance-wise. It wasn’t bad, but it was slow, and the range wasn’t good — the device plays safe and doesn’t support anything that’d give you fast speeds. But if you’re looking to validate the fact that you love it, you’ll see many reasons, just like everything else. (Nothing is wrong with that either). I’d take any of the other ones you mentioned over it, though. In fact, I’ve been collectively “using” them all at various locations for myself, family, and friends.

            Thanks for the input.

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