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

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

If you’ve read my reviews on these new Amazon Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers, you’d know that I don’t recommend either. So this eero Pro 6 vs. eero 6 matchup is more like a guide on how to get the most out of them, in case you just can’t resist their shininess. They are not completely all bad anyway.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs. eero 6: Similarities and differences

These two are almost exactly 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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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 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 the way 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 the amount of system memory. And those are the only things different between these two.

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 the routers units are used, you can link them up using network cables — you can daisy-chance them.

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

Apart from a router, the dual-band eero 6 has an extender version that doesn’t have any network port, only working as a wireless satellite. The tri-band eero Pro has no extender unit. That’s a bit of iron since tri-band is more helpful when you can use network cable as a backhaul.

As is, the differences do bring in some big difference in performance between the eero Pro 6 and eero 6.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs. eero 6: Rating and perfomance

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

Clearly, the eero Pro 6 is faster than the eero 6 in all counts. However, neither can deliver Gigabit wireless performance.

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

Also, note that the eero 6 Extender has terrible performance due to signal loss. In a wired backhaul setup, though, you can expect the router units’ performance 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

First of all, if you just 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, you can actually use eero Pro 6 and eero 6 hardware together. Following is the best usage

For a home without network cables

Go with the eero Pro. A 2-pack or 3-pack, and deliver 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

Go with the eero 6 routers. 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

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

In this case, you can mix the eero Pro 6 and eero 6 together, just don’t use the eero 6 Extender — through a mix of wired and wireless backhaul is possible. However, 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.

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The back of the eero Pro 6 (left) and eero 6.

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.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs. eero 6: The take away

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

  1. 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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