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eero Pro 6E Preview (vs eero Pro 6): Why You Should Only Get It for Free, If at All!

On March 23, 2022, eero, a networking vendor owned by Amazon, released its first Wi-Fi 6E solution, the eero Pro 6E, available as a single router for some $300 or a 3-pack for $700.

(There’s also a new inconsequential eero 6+ that’s basically the same as the eero 6 but now with built-in Zigbee.)

Those are crazy prices, but not for reasons you might think! And many of you have asked me when I’d publish my review on it. Well, the quick answer is probably never.

Despite having reviewed the eero Pro 6 and eero 6 (plus most of the rest of the older variants in my past life), I’ll likely take a pass on this one.

This post will explain briefly why and offer my quick, no-nonsense take on the new device.

Dong’s note: I have updated this post since its published date above to clarify the wording on Wi-Fi intricacies without changing my original assessment.

Eero Pro 6E
A screenshot of eero’s website on the Pro 6E.
The router might be the vendor’s “most advanced ever,” but it’s unclear who will get the most out of your Wi-Fi. Hint: It’s probably not you.
There are many other networking vendors. Compared to their home Wi-Fi 6E routers, the eero Pro 6E’s hardware is pathetically mediocre, considering how much it costs and what it has to offer.

eero Pro 6E: Another data mining Wi-Fi machine of low-end hardware

I had a lot of hesitation testing the previous eero variants, to tell the truth.

Generally, it’s never fun to work with devices designed to collect user data. And among those, the eero is by far the worst, in my opinion.

(Here’s eero’s privacy policy. Make sure you take some time and really read it!)

My testing always includes real-world experience where I use the product extensively in my own home with my family. Consequently, I don’t feel comfortable plugging something in that doesn’t give me control — at least to some extent — over what it does.

And the eero gives users no control at all — you can’t even set it up or make any changes without first going through the vendor. The device won’t even initiate without having a live connection to eero.

Privacy is a matter of degree. While many networking vendors use a similar approach to router management, which is all bad, they do so to a certain level. Most importantly, these are relatively small networking companies.

On the other hand, Amazon is a giant data-hungry company that touches many aspects of modern life. And that makes the eero scary. If you don’t feel that way, that’s because ignorance is bliss.

That expected hype

If not already, you’ll soon run into “reviews” on the eero Pro 6E (and eero 6+). Many will sing their praises by practically repeating eero’s marketing.

In my experience, eero tends to overwhelm journalists with false but cool-sounding information. Those with limited networking know-how will easily cave in.

On top of that Amazon has lots of influence, and there are generally more incentives for folks to hype it up than otherwise.

(In any case, I’m nobody to judge. I’m myself an Amazon associate, meaning if you buy the eeros over the links above, I might get a small commission. I’d hope so anyway.)

To be fair, there are impressive things about the eero Pro 6E. The cute, compact design, the integration of home automation wireless standards, and the ease of use alone have their allure.

So, if you’ve been waiting for an upgrade, you understandably get excited. The new mesh router is far from completely useless.

But if you think the new eero Pro 6E is decidedly better than the previous Pro 6, you’re fooling yourself, or you just (want to) believe in the marketing nonsense.

(Wi-Fi is invisible and, therefore, an area where vendors can easily sprinkle in nonsensical snazzy tech terms that are about as true as voodoo and magic. Nobody can prove them one way or another, and real-world performance is always different from things on paper.)

After thoroughly testing virtually all other Wi-Fi 6E broadcasters available on the US market, I can say the eero Pro 6E is no good, at least in terms of performance, by looking at its hardware specs.

So let’s check them out.

eero Pro 6E vs eero Pro 6: Hardware specifications

eero didn’t reveal the details of the eero Pro 6E’s specs on its website.

But from what I could glean (and extrapolate from the information provided), it’s clear that the Pro 6E is a “weaker” Wi-Fi machine than the previous model, which is already entry-level hardware. In fact, it’s the lowest compared to all other Wi-Fi 6E hardware I’ve tested.

In any case, the eero Pro 6 and Pro 6E share almost identical designs.

Full Nameeero Pro 6 
Tri-band 
Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router
eero Pro 6E 
Tri-band
Wi-Fi 6E Mesh Router
Modeleero Pro 6eero 6 Pro 6E
Wi-Fi DesignationDual-band AX4200Tri-band AXE5400 (?)
Dimensions5.3 x 5.3 x 2.1 in 
(13.5 x 13.5 x 5.3 cm)
5.5 x 5.5 x 2.2 in
(13.9 x 13.9 x 5.5 cm)
Weight1.49 lbs (676 g)1.55 lbs (703 g)
1st Band2.4GHz AX: Up to 600Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2.4GHz AX: Up to 600Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2st Band5GHz 4×4 AX: Up to 2400Mbps 
(20/40/80MHz)
5GHz 2×2 AX: Up to 2400Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
3rd Band5GHz 2×2 AX: Up to 1201 Mbps
(20/40/80MHz)
6GHz 2×2 AXE: Up to 2400Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
Wireless BackhaulDynamicDynamic
Possible Dedicated Backhaul Band5GHz None
Wired Backhaul SupportYesYes
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 PortUSB-C (power)USB-C (power)
Gigabit Port2x Auto-Sensing (LAN/WAN)1x Auto-Sensing
Multi-Gig PortNone1x 2.5Gbps Auto-Sensing
Link AggregationNoNo
Dual-WANNoNo
Processing Power1.4 GHz quad-core CPU, 
1GB RAM, 4GB flash
1 GHz dual-core CPU,
1 GB RAM, 4 GB flash storage
Amazon Mesh Systems’ hardware specs: eero Pro 6 vs eero Pro 6E

eero Pro 6E vs eero Pro 6: Another misleading case of the old tri-band vs new tri-band

The new eero Pro 6E has consistent mid-tier 2×2 Wi-Fi specs. Its ceiling Wi-Fi speed will likely cap at 1.2Gbps on the 5GHz band, making the real-world speed significantly below Gigabit.

While the router’s 5GHz is supposedly capable of 2400Mbps, you can’t expect it to use the 160MHz bandwidth at all times. And the vendor itself says that the router delivers up to 1.3Gbps of Wi-Fi bandwidth.

eero Pro 6E: (Maybe) better as a single router

So, the eero Pro 6E is only better than the eero Pro 6 when working as a single router, and in only one small area: its support for Wi-Fi 6E devices via the new 6GHz band — the Pro 6 doesn’t have this band.

The Pro 6E does have a 2.5Gbps port, but in most, if not all, cases, that’d make no difference since there’s no way for any device to connect at that speed on the front end — even when using the 6GHz band you’ll only get Gig+ sustained speed at best.

The only time this port is meaningful is if you have 2.5Gbps Internet but in that case, you shouldn’t get this router, or any entry-level hardware if you want to enjoy ultra-fast broadband.

Nonetheless, eero uses this port to prop up the Pro 6E with the “fastest eero to date” marketing nonsense. The 2.5Gpbs port is nothing new. There are some two dozen Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 6/E home routers that have this port or faster, all with better specs than the eero Pro 6E. And I’ve thoroughly tested all of them.

Read this  Best Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 6/6E Routers of 2022: Get Ahead-of-the-Curve Speed Today!

In a mesh setup, things will get complicated.

Extra: The case of multiple Wi-Fi broadcasters

This portion of extra content is part of the explainer post on mesh systems.

Backhaul vs fronthaul

A Wi-Fi connection between two direct devices takes place in a single band, using a fixed channel, at any given time. (That’s always been the case before Wi-Fi 7, which might work differently.)

Generally, when you use multiple Wi-Fi broadcasters like in the case of a mesh network, there are two types of connections: fronthaul and backhaul.

Fronthaul is the Wi-Fi signal a mesh hub broadcasts outward for clients or its network ports for wired devices. That’s what we generally expect from a Wi-Fi broadcaster.

On the other hand, backhaul, a.k.a backbone, is the link between one broadcasting hub and another, be it the main router or another satellite hub. This link works behind the scene to keep the hardware units together as a system. It also determines the ceiling speed of all devices connected to a satellite hub.

When a Wi-Fi band handles backhaul and fronthaul simultaneously, only half of its bandwidth is available to either end. From the perspective of a connected client, that phenomenon is called signal loss.

When a band functions solely for backhauling, it’s called a dedicated backhaul band. In a mesh system, only traditional Tri-band hardware with an additional 5GHz band can have a dedicated backhaul band.

Generally, it’s best to use a network cable for backhauling — that’s wired backhaul. In this case, a hub can use all of its Wi-Fi bandwidth for front-hauling.

In networking, using network cables is always much better than wireless in speed and reliability.

eero Pro 6E: Decidedly worse as a wireless mesh

The old eero Pro 6 is a traditional Tri-band device — it can dedicate one of its two 5GHz bands as the backhaul in a fully wireless setup. Specifically, in most cases, it’ll dynamically use one of its two 5GHz bands solely for the backhaul link and the other 5GHz for the fronthaul.

Read this  Dual-band vs Tri-band vs Quad-band Wi-Fi: 2022's All-New Bandwidth Question

On the other hand, the eero Pro 6E is a new Tri-band router — it needs all three bands to serve clients.

(This is the case of all Wi-Fi 6E mesh systems by the way, except those of Quad-band configuration, like the Orbi RBKE960.)

Now we have two scenarios: using a mesh in a place with mixed clients of all standards or in a place with only 5GHz (or 6GHz) clients.

eero Pro 6E mesh in a mixed environment (common)

In a mixed environment where you have clients of all three bands (6GHz, 5GHz, and 2.4GHz), whichever band the eero Pro 6E uses for backhauling will suffer signal loss.

This reduced backhaul speed will then be that of the entire mesh system — all devices connected to the satellite unit will share the backhaul’s bandwidth.

eero Pro 6E mesh in a 5GHz-only or 6GHz-only environment (rare)

The second is where you have only 6GHz or 5GHz clients — the 2.4GHz is too slow to matter — and therefore, the system can use either the 5GHz or the 6GHz band solely as the backhaul, with the other functioning solely as the fronthaul.

In this case, the system’s clients’ speed will cap at that of the backhaul band or the fronthaul band, whichever is slower. Per the specs, that’d be 1.2Gbps of theoretical speeds (2×2 Wi-Fi 6 at 80MHz).

It’s important to note that the 6GHz band has a shorter range than the 5GHz (or the 2.4GHz). Consequently, we can’t count on it to work as a reliable backhaul — that’s consistently been the case in my experience. It’s the nature of this band.

In reality, depending on the environment, the eero Pro 6E will automatically pick the band with the strongest signal as the backhaul in real-time — that’s how dynamic backhaul works. And when it uses the 2.4GHz band for this job, the mesh will be super slow.

Again, keep in mind that a Wi-Fi connection between two direct devices takes place in a single band, using a fixed channel, at any given time. In other words, there’s no way to combine two bands in a connection.

The use of empty buzz words like “TrueMesh,” “Dynamic,” or “parallel network,” etc., doesn’t change that fact.

(Wi-Fi 7 might make things different on this front, but that remains to be seen.)

Wired backhaul is a must

In short, in a fully wireless setup, the eero Pro 6E will likely be slower than the eero Pro 6. And generally, there’s no scenario where it will be fast compared to all other existing Wi-Fi 6E solutions, considering its hardware specs.

While both the Pro 6 and Pro 6E can work via a wired backhaul, the latter needs this type of backhaul to work well. That’s the common case with any Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E mesh systems, including the higher-end ZenWiFi ET8 or Linksys AXE8400.

By the way, since there’s just one 2.5Gbps port per router, you can’t have Multi-Gig wired backhaul out of the eero Pro 6E mesh, like the case of the ZenWiFi Pro ET12. But that’s not a huge deal considering the router’s expected slow Wi-Fi speeds.

In the best-case scenario, an eero Pro 6E mesh will cap at Gigabit, which is its wired backhaul speed. In reality, expect significantly lower real-world wireless rates, most of the time and in large part of the mesh network.

The takeaway

Like the eero Pro 6, the new eero Pro 6E is not what it’s cracked up to be by the vendor’s exceedingly misleading marketing ploys. And to make matter worse, it’s a Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E device that’s generally not ideal for a wireless mesh setup.

To those who just opened that fancy box, I don’t mean to rain on your parade. If you love the eero Pro 6E, go ahead and love it. I’m happy for you. And for a modest sub-Gigabit home network, chances are it’ll work out.

However, if you expect me to agree with the superlatives you’ve been fed about it, I can’t. How a router works is physics, not hype or wishful thinking.

At the core, the new eero Pro 6E is a low-end, entry-level Wi-Fi 6E device. It will likely be the slowest among its peers in real-world usage. So it’s outrageously over-priced, and the “Pro” notion is laughable.

Read this  TP-Link Deco XE75 AXE5400 Review: A Solid Budget Wi-Fi 6E Mesh with Caveats

Like all eero variants, the Pro 6E is designed primarily to further enrich the vendor via data collection or subscription add-ons. As such, eero should give it to you for free. In any case, you don’t own it — literally, you can’t use it on your own.

The bottom line is I wouldn’t bother with the eero Pro 6E even if you paid me to use it. And the growing number of better Wi-Fi 6E options makes that decision a no-brainer.

But if I had to choose between the eero Pro 6 and Pro 6E for a wireless home, I’d go with the former. In a heartbeat.

In case you’re wondering how eero stacks up against other canned mesh systems, this post on popular mesh brands will give you an overview. Or check out the quick ratings below.

Amazon eero's Overall Rating

5.6 out of 10
Amazon eero PRO 6 7
Performance
6.5/10
Features
6/10
Ease of Use
9/10
Privacy
1/10

Pros

Easy to set up and use

Reliable and scalable Wi-Fi coverage

Compact design

Comparatively affordable

Cons

Middling hardware designed to collect user data, slow Wi-Fi speeds

Login account, live Internet connection to vendor required for setup and ongoing management,

Minimum ports, limited port-related features (no Dual-WAN, Link Aggregation, etc.)

Online Protection and Parental Control require a monthly subscription

Home automation feature requires Amazon integration

No web interface, spartan Wi-Fi, and network settings

Read this  Best Home Mesh Brands in Brief: AiMesh, Deco, eero, Orbi, Velop, and More

Not sure which to pick between two other similar Wi-Fi solutions? Check them all out here!

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34 thoughts on “eero Pro 6E Preview (vs eero Pro 6): Why You Should Only Get It for Free, If at All!”

  1. Hi Dong. I completely agree with your review. Trash products must be called out and shamed publicly. We also have to crush their fake marketing/PR as I can see few people making redundant points defending this product. We have to choose lesser of the 2 evils and hence I choose Asus because I trust Merlin and can even install his aftermarket firmware on my RT-AX88U

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    • Thanks for the sentiment. I don’t want to shame anything but I do intend to keep this site nonsense-free.

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  2. Why is Eero more of a privacy or security issue than Asus? Asus has Trend Micro anti-malware software which may also be watching me just like eero could be doing. Amazon has more information about me, but will Trend Micro sell my data?

    Eero has automatic firmware updates. Asus doesn’t. I’m much more comfortable with automatic updates as I don’t want to be continually having to check for new releases. Russia’s “Cyclops Blink” malware is currently taking over Asus routers with changes to flash memory. Factory reset does nothing. Russia in control of my router and compromising my devices because I didn’t update my router in time?

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    • If you read this post and the review of Pro 6, you’ll learn more, Nikki. It’s a matter of degree.

      1. Asus does have auto-update — you have to turn it on — as shown in a screenshot here. You can do that via the web UI or the Asus mobile app.
      2. The feature that requires TrenMicro is turned off by default and you can use the router completely without it. You can’t use eero without first connecting the hardware to eero.
      3. The malware has been there for years and the new variant affects only certain Wi-Fi 5 models running older firmware versions. But, yes, there’s a chance a remote part can partially control your device. On the other hand, eero *already* fully controls your router at *all* times.

      I’m not saying which is better or worse, but Asus gives you more options, including the ability to use your router without it being controlled by a third party.

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  3. Thanks for the frank assessment, Dong — clearly eero didn’t pay you for this post! J/K.

    We had the eero 6 before and it was indeed really slow.

    One time we lost Wi-Fi and tried to troubleshoot it using the app, but the app needed the Internet to connect and we had no cell reception on the phone… What a horrible experience!

    {…}

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  4. The Eero 6E has 2.5Gbps ports. What if you’re connecting them as access points only to a 2.5Gbps unmanaged switch? I think the 2.5Gbps ports are VERY useful in this situation. Am I not wrong?

    I have 2Gig Internet and my AT&T gateway has a 5Gig Ethernet port. If I connect the AT&T gateway to the 2.5Gbps switch, and then all the Eero’s to the 2.5Gbps switch, they would all operate at backhaul speed and take full advantage of that 2.5Gbps port.

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  5. Hey Dong,

    Are there any router companies that have a stricter privacy policy? Or at least one thatโ€™s acceptable that you are aware of?

    Any chance the best 6E router is the one that also has the best policy? Or, which is the best one with the best privacy policy?

    Anyone know if any articles that walk you through blocking the sending of data, but still keeping the data I want flowing?

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    • It’s not the policies, it’s the way hardware is implemented. It’s generally case by case.

      However, if you want privacy, avoid stuff from eero (Amazon) or Nest (that’s Google), Dan. TP-Link Deco is bad, too, though it’s a smaller company. Netgear Orbi and Ubiquiti (Alien) have a tier for users to use the hardware without connection to the vendor (with reduced functionalities.)

      More in this post.

      And no, you can’t really block anything if pinging home is part of the function of the firmware.

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  6. {…}
    May I ask what you mean by โ€œitโ€™s clear that the Pro 6E is a โ€œweakerโ€ Wi-Fi machine than the previous model, which is already entry-level hardwareโ€? Does that mean the eero radioโ€™s should be beefier than 2×2? Or are they entry level compared to Asus radios? Or? Please note that eero believes the new generation of radios in the 6E are much better than prior generations.

    On the 6E you state โ€œIt will likely be the slowest among its peers in real-world usage.โ€ My opinion is that it is a little early for you to be deciding this, so I hope you revisit your decision if other respectable reviewers come to a different conclusion. In any case, I expect the 6E to continue the eero tradition of having good extended coverage in homes, reliability and SQM which seems like a good alternative to Asus Zen for many (I hope you are targeting a wide audience). And who knows, maybe it will have very fast WiFi radios, approaching or beating Asus, something their eero 6 product doesnโ€™t do.

    As far as worrying about Amazon โ€œcollect user dataโ€, Amazon has stated they arenโ€™t, at least currently. But everyone has to make their own decision.

    Keep it up! I enjoy your depth and down to earth analysis. I just happen to disagree with your preliminary Eero 6E conclusions.

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    • Hi Mark,

      I had to redact the top portion of your comment where you literally repeated what eero, the company, says about its product and seemed to take it as truth. It might be so, but it sure is called “marketing.”

      To put things in perspective. Here’s what that’s NOT marketing: you own me $10000 – that’s ten thousand US dollars –, please pay as soon as you can. Yes, I said that. On this website. How do you feel about it? Would you go and share the link to this page? There you go! ๐Ÿ™‚

      To answer your questions:

      1. I’ve tested all Wi-Fi 6E routers (except for the eero). They all share certain chips from certain chip makers. Eero doesn’t make its own Wi-Fi 6E chip. That said, in terms of performance, it can’t make the hardware outperform itself. It’s like if you get an Intel Core i3 CPU, you can’t make it run faster than a Core i7 CPU of the same gen. So hardware-wise, the new eero has the low-end, if not the lowest end. That’s just a fact.
      2. Sure, eero has its own firmware, which might be better than others. That doesn’t make the hardware deliver faster performance. More reliable, maybe, faster, no.
      3. If you read my entire post or my review of the eero 6 Pro, you’d note that data collection is the biggest concern — spend some time and read the privacy policy I linked in the post. It’s why I don’t even want to test this product. And yes, that’s my personal decision, and this post is my personal opinion based on my own experience.

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      • My contention, {nonsense removed}

        Why do we have Waze, Google and other vehicle navigation aids? It is because they can dynamically figure out a route to optimize for city travel based on current traffic conditions using freeways, major thoroughfares, and side streets. The bands in a WiFi router are the same as roads. It is optimal to dynamically decide sending a packet through the 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz or 6Ghz band based on current conditions. This optimizes for throughput and latency.

        Please feel free to agree or disagree with this on a theoretic basis. I would like to now move on to backhaul implementations by a few different router manufacturers to see how closely they conform to what is possible on a theoretic basis.

        Eero {spam removed} as examples, perform dynamic or adaptive (respectively) optimization across all bands, with each hop possibly using a different band. Eero documents this is done on a packet basis. The details of Plumeโ€™s adaptive optimization doesnโ€™t seem to be documented as well. In contrast, Asus for example in their documentation, requires you to configure a band (5GHz or 6GHz) and then specify whether it is dedicated or not. So if a device is communicating on the non dedicated backhaul band, it suffers from having to do fronthaul and backhaul, something you rightly point out causes slowdowns. And devices canโ€™t even talk to a dedicated backhaul band.

        So when looking at the radio specs on the eero Pro 6 vs the Pro 6E, they have the same amount of total bandwidth and therefore throughput on the combination of bands once you adjust the Pro 6E down for its 5GHz only being able to use 80MHz in the real world, not 160Mhz, something you correctly point out. So if you are in the market for an eero Pro 6 or 6E, the choice based on specs comes down to other factors, such as how many 5GHz devices you need to support and how much bandwidth they need, what local channel contention is on 5GHz, cost, etc.

        I respect your technical analysis and eagerly await your response.

        As a small additional point, I would like to point out that your tabular chart above currently specifies the eero Pro 6 uses a 5GHz Dedicated Mesh Backhaul Band. Eero backhaul is across any band, dynamically chosen (either of the 5GHz bands or the 2.4GHz band), so I don’t believe it should be classified as dedicated.

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        • I don’t care enough to agree or disagree, Mark. I say things as they are. Using Waze, Google as examples, in this case, makes no sense, but I’m not getting into this. And it seems you’ve read a lot of eero’s misleading marketing materials, please don’t regurgitate that here. I didn’t just learn about Wi-Fi yesterday.

          It’s “dedicated” in the way I tested it. The table is just to show how the two are different. If you read the review of the Pro 6, you’d note that I said its backhaul was Dynamic. Since we use the 5GHz band a lot, the Pro 6E can’t have a very strong backhaul since it’ll likely use the 5GHz (guaranteed signal loss) or 2.4GHz band as backhaul — the 6GHz band’s range is just too short and also will have signal loss if we have a 6GHz client. By the way, using the 2.4GHz band as backhaul will create terribly slow system.

          But you got a point there. For some reason, when I use the word “dedicated,” folks immediately add “permanently” as a prefix. I’ll keep that in mind and use better wording going forward. Only the Netgear Orbi has a permanently dedicated backhaul of all mesh systems.

          I’d recommend you read this post on Wi-Fi 6E, you’ll know why the eero Pro 6E — as a mesh system — is terrible compared to the Pro 6. Its 2.5Gbps port won’t help.

          Generally, if you can filter out all the nonsense that eero has put in your mind, you’ll understand it better. That’s how I approach any hardware, by the way.

          All vendors use nonsensical ideas or concepts to prop up their products — and that’s fine, they want to make sales. It’s when we use what they say as proof of how good they are that we’re drinking the cool-aid. But that’s also each person’s prerogative.

          My advice is don’t look for things to validate what you already believe (or want to believe) — in doing so, you will pick and choose and therefore will not understand what you’re reading. There are contexts, not just semantics.

          Have an open mind! Be free! Or not. It’s not really my business or interest how a random person conducts their life.

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          • Hi Dong,
            According to your own review the Arris Surfboard Max mesh system also has a permanent dedicated backhaul band. Also the latest firmware update allows for a wired backhaul also.

  7. “Yes, but how do you really feel?” J/K

    I appreciate your honest (negative) impression of the Eero line.

    Do you have a recommendation for which mesh-wifi system provides detailed monitoring of your upstream-Internet quality?

    About a year ago I upgraded to the Eero 5 (since it supported wired-backhaul) but then I found that its upstream monitoring is limited to a manual ‘speed test’. Whereas, what I would really like is something with automatic notification, e.g. of dropped packets. Is there such a system?

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    • I only have honest impressions/opinions, Tony. Never intend to be positive or negative on this front. To quote Homer Simpson, “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” ๐Ÿ™‚

      Most home routers with a web user interface give you the system log, some also have a real-time traffic monitor. But I’m not aware of any that would give you detailed and trivial stuff like dropped packets. For that, you can do a manual ping test.

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  8. The eero developer that posts in the eero reddit subreddit has insisted from day 1 that the eero pro 6 has no dedicated backhaul band. Even though there’s enough radios that it could do that, they say that their “true mesh” doesn’t use that.

    Wondering which one is correct, your spec, or all the postings of the eero developer in the eero subreddit and other articles that I’ve read? How did you conclude that there was a dedicated backhaul radio on the eero pro 6?

    Makes me curious.

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    • eero insists a lot of things. That’s the point. As for the backhaul, it’s the wording, the nuance, Roger. The point here is it “can”. All tri-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems can have a dedicated backhaul band by itself, circumstantially, or via user-accessible customization,except the Netgear Orbi, which is the only mesh that has a permanent dedicated backhaul band.

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  9. its crazy that the new eero pro 6e got weaker processor compare to the old one

    why they didnt put minimum 2.0ghz quad core processor

    I’ve noticed with all these new wifi 6e routers they get minimum 2.0ghz quad core processor

    this looks very bard to offer an old hardware on new wifi 6e tech

    where I live in australia they approved wifi 6e last week and for sure if i wanna upgrade to wifi 6e

    I will buy the quad band router from asus the ax16000

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    • It has a slower CPU, because they also added an additional “massively parallel network offload engine (12-thread tile processor)” dedicated to networking, reducing the need for a beefy main CPU with software doing the routing. This info seems to be omitted from most reviews of this product. They should really advertise it more clearly…

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      • Because that’s another load of bullshit eero has been spreading on social media. Clearly, you don’t know what it is, Chris. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • I mean… It’s there? I’ll agree it’s vague, but it has been working great for me and at least should merit mentioning. {..} I’m getting 947/947mbps over ethernet from 1gbps PPOE fiber and ~500mbps over 6ghz wifi, so I don’t think the processors are saturated.

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          • Those numbers are normal, Chris. You basically get Gigabit — as I mentioned in the post. By the way, 500Mbps over Wi-Fi 6E is SLOW. It should saturate the Gigabit pipe. Also please respect the rules.

          • To add my experience into the mix, I get over 500Mbps on wifi-6 with my 500/500Mbps AT&T fiber internet…it’s provisioned at about 620/620Mbps. With the ZenWiFi AX, I get 550 – 600Mbps (on internet speed tests) at the remote node using wifi-6 and wireless backhaul. Can’t ask for much more than that *smile*.

            Didn’t do as well as that at my place with the eero pro 6’s on gigabit internet. Note that the eero router and remote node were in the same locations as the ZenWiFi nodes are.

          • I will amend my previous statement by clarifying that I am getting ~500mbps from my 1gbps ISP via WIFI in normal usage, with other devices active on the network. If I actually check local network performance to a local 2.5gbe iperf3 server I get ~900 mbps over WiFi using a Pixel 6 Pro.

          • So basically the eero Pro 6E slows your Internet down by almost half via Wi-Fi. Thanks for sharing your experience, Chris. Like I said in the post, you basically got Gigabit at best out of this router, on a good day.

  10. Jesus reading the privacy policy gave me serious fear. Had to stop reading it after like the first paragraph.

    Simply unbelievable how ignorant one must be to be ok to be tracked with everything you do and get sold. Glad you value privacy and I simply would never want to plugin this garbage anywhere near me either.

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    • Yeap. Most people don’t have time to read it though. And if you track what it sends home, it’s really scary. Privacy should be a matter of respect, and not about getting away with something, or having something to hide.

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