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Amazon eero Pro 6 vs Linksys Velop MX4200: An Easy Choice

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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.

The matchup between the eero Pro 6 vs Linksys Velop MX4200 is an interesting one. That’s because it’s not really a fight, despite the fact these two share the same Wi-Fi specs. I’d pick the latter right away.

There are just too many things in the new eero that can be a deal-breaker, for me at least. Let’s take a closer look at these two.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs Linksys Velop MX4200: Similarities

One word: AX4200.

That’s right. The Wi-Fi grade is about the one thing these two really have in common. Both are tri-band mesh routers with two different 5GHz band (4×4 + 2×2) and one low-end 2.4GHz band (2×2).

You’ll find the specifics in the hardware specs below but the AX4200 designation means that neither supports the venerable 160MHz channel width.

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As a result, at best, you’ll get the 1.2Gbps negotiated speed out of them with Wi-Fi 6 clients. In fact, chances are high-end Wi-Fi 5 clients might enjoy faster speeds. Both support wired backhaul, which I always recommend if you want the best performing mesh system out of them.

One final thing is both routers have a mobile app that requires a login account with the vendor. But they are of two different app approaches entirely.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs Linksys Velop MX4200: Hardware specifications

Full NameAmazon eero Pro 6
Tri-band AX4200 
Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router
Linksys Tri-Band AX4200
Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router
Modeleero Pro 6MX4200
Wi-Fi DesignationAX4200AX4200
Mesh Availability3-pack (identical units)3-pack (identical units)
Dimensions5.3 x 5.3 x 2.1 inch 
(134.49 x 134.63 x 52.6 mm)
4.5 x 4.5 x 9.6 inches 
(11.43 x 11.43 x 24.38 cm)
Weight1.49 lbs (676 g)2.5 lbs (1.33 kg)
5GHz-1 Wi-Fi Specs4×4 Wi-Fi 6: up to 2404 Mbps 4×4 Wi-Fi 6: up to 2404 Mbps 
5GHz-2 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
Mesh Backhaul BandDynamicDynamic
Wired Backhaul SupportYesYes
Channel Width Supported20Mhz, 40MHz, 80MHz20Mhz, 40MHz, 80MHz
Processor1.4 GHz quad-core CPU1.4 GHz quad-core CPU
Memory1GB RAM, 4GB Flash512MB RAM, 512MB Flash
Backward Compatibility 802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b
Wi-Fi SecurityWPA2, WPA2/WPA3WPA2, WPA2/WPA3
Mobile AppEeroLinksys
Web User InterfaceNoneYes
AP (Bridge) ModeYes Yes
USB PortNone1x USB 3.0
Gigabit Port2x Auto-Sensing1x WAN, 3x LAN
Link AggregationNoNo
Multi-Gig PortNoneNone
Dual-WANNoNo
Suggest Retail Price$229 (1-pack)
$599.99 (3-pack)
$250 (1-pack), $499.99 (3-pack)
Hardware specifications: Amazon eero Pro 6 vs. Linksys Velop MX4200

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs Linksys Velop MX4200: Differences

There are a lot of differences between these two.

First off, the design. The Linksys comes in a cylindrical shape looking like a smart speaker. The eero Pro 6, on the other hand, is somewhat a square with rounded corners.

The Linksys is much larger, though with a slightly smaller footprint, and comes with four network ports and a USB port for its NAS features. The eero has just two network ports — the minimum to qualify itself as a router.

On the inside, Linksys has a full web interface and a somewhat optional mobile app — you can use just the web interface if you follow these tricks. The eero has no web interface. Its mobile app is the only tool for setup and ongoing management.

The Linksys comes with a standard set of network settings that includes the support for Dynamic DNS. The eero lacks a lot of common network options.

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Among other things, the Velop MX4200 definitely beats the eero Pro 6 in port count.

Both routers have spartan Wi-Fi customization for my taste. However, at least Linksys allows you to separate its bands into different networks and a few other things. The eero has zero Wi-Fi configuration.

Linksys has no support for home automation or online protection, but it comes with QoS and Parental Control built-in.

The eero’s protection and Parental Control features, which are part of eero Secure, require a monthly subscription. Its support for Zigbee requires a connection with an Amazon account, which sure increases users’ privacy risks.

Note, though, that the Velop MX4200 also coerces users into linking their home network to a Linksys account, so it’s not exactly rosy in terms of privacy. But, again, at least, you have the option not to do so. It’s a matter of degrees here.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs Linksys Velop MX4200: Performance

These two performed quite differently in my testing.

As standalone routers, the Linksys clearly outdid the eero. However, in a mesh system, the eero Pro 6 satellite unit did slightly better. This was likely because of the way Linksys’s dynamic backhaul band technology works, which, at times, can be similar to having no dedicated backhaul at all.

In all, though, both of these tri-band systems delivered speeds fast enough for a sub-Gigabit network. They are not really for a multi-gig era.

eero Pro 6 vs Linksys Velop MX4200
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.

In terms of Wi-Fi coverage, the Linksys edged out the eero in my experience. It’s hard to quantify this, but if your home is large, it’s a safer choice to go with the Velop MX4200.

By the way, the Velop MX4200 can work as a mini NAS server with quite excellent performance — it can host one external drive per hardware unit in a mesh system. The eero Pro 6, on the other hand, can’t host an external storage device at all.

Amazon eero Pro 6 vs Linksys Velop MX4200: Ratings

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

Linksys Velop Tri-Band AX4200 Whole Home Mesh Router WiFi 6 System (MX12600)

8.3

Performance

8.0/10

Features

8.0/10

Ease of Use

8.5/10

Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • Reliable Wi-Fi with excellent coverage
  • Helpful mobile app, full web interface
  • Fast NAS speeds when hosting external drives
  • Comparatively affordable

Cons

  • No support for 160MHz channel bandwidth
  • Mobile app (and login account) required for initial mesh setup
  • Spartan Wi-Fi settings, modest feature set
  • No multi-gig network ports, Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation
  • No setting backup/restore

Again, I’d take the Linksys in a heartbeat (that is, if I had no other options.)

While both require a mobile app (and a login account), Linksys kind of gives you the option of not using the app at all. You can’t even set up or make changes to your eero Pro 6 without going through eero’s server!

Furthermore, Linksys has a lot more network settings and features to offer right out of the box. And if you get a 3-pack, it’s also significantly more affordable.

On the other hand, the eero Pro 6 is a pure pain in terms of features and settings. It’s a bare minimum tri-band mesh router. And if you want any extra, you’ll have to pay a monthly fee or open up your network to Amazon.

So in all, the eero seems more like a scheme to harvest user information, and its Wi-Fi aspect, no matter how viable or convenient, is just the means to achieve that goal. Yet, you have to pay for that.

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17 thoughts on “Amazon eero Pro 6 vs Linksys Velop MX4200: An Easy Choice”

  1. Hello Dong.
    I intend to buy Linksys AX4200. I need six nodes in total for my complete network solution. Can i buy two 3pack units and use these six nodes as a complete setup or do I have to buy one 3pack unit and then buy three nodes separately to work as satellite units which will become more expensive.
    Sorry if i sound too naive about networks, I am still learning.
    Thanks,
    BJ

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  2. Hi Dong,

    I have Apple Time Capsue I’m trying to replace. 2 floors, 2400 sf. Main, 1200 lower (finished daylight basement with media room). Less than 25 devices. I’ve browsed and read around your website, but due to my limitations, I’m finding it hard to come to a conclusion. What’s a good mesh system that is secure in terms of the manufacturer having access to my data (eero, TP-links, etc.)? Also would having a VPN solve the exposed data problem? Thanks.

    Al

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  3. Thanks Dong, for a great write up! One thing thats been for me to chalk up is whats the best mesh option for wired backhaul. Would be great if you can write an article listing the top options for wired backhaul (I know you have one but the list is small – would be nice to include all of the other routers and rank them)

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  4. Thank you! I just ordered the Linksys after some research and a reasonable price at Costco. Always great to know I made a solid, if not quite cutting edge, choice.

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