Before this, I’ve published the comparisons between eero Pro 6 and the Linksys Velop MX4200, and then between the latter and the Netgear Orbi AX4200 (model RBK752). Putting two and two together, you can easily find out the outcome of this eero Pro 6 vs Orbi AX4200 matchup.
But deductive reasoning and math can be a headache. So here goes. To cut to the chase, for my money, the eero can’t hold a candle to the Orbi, despite the fact the Orbi itself isn’t perfect.
eero Pro 6 vs Orbi AX4200: Similarities
The only thing in common between these two is the fact they share similar Wi-Fi specs. Both are tri-band solutions, including two 5GHz bands (4×4 2.4Gbps + 2×2 1.2Gbps) and one 2.4GHz band (576Mbps).
Neither feature the venerable 160MHz channel width or has a multi-gig port. As a result, chances are Wi-Fi 6 end-clients can only connect at the negotiated speed of 1.2Gbps. There’s no USB port, either, so don’t expect any network storage feature out of these two.
As tri-band, both are designed as full wireless mesh systems, but they support wired backhaul, too, where you can link the hardware using network cables.
Amazon eero Pro 6 vs Orbi AX4200: Hardware specifications
|Full Name||Amazon eero Pro 6 |
Tri-band AX4200 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router
|Orbi RBK752 |
Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6
|Model||eero Pro 6||RBK752|
|Mesh Availability||3-pack |
(identical hardware units)
|2 or 3 -pack |
Router (RBR750) + Satellite(s) (RBS750)
|Dimensions||5.3 x 5.3 x 2.1 inch |
(13.5 x 13.5 x 5.3 cm)
|9.1 x 7.2 x 2.8 in |
(23.11 x 18.28 x 7.11 cm)
|Weight||1.49 lbs (676 g)||1.9 lbs (862 g)|
|5GHz-1 Wi-Fi Specs||4×4 Wi-Fi 6: up to 2404 Mbps |
|2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 1201 Mbps|
|5GHz-2 Wi-Fi Specs||2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 1201Mbps|
|4×4 Wi-Fi 6: up to 2404Mbps|
|2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs||2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 574Mbps|
|2×2 Wi-Fi 6: 574Mbps|
|Mesh Backhaul Band||Dynamic||5GHz-2|
|Wired Backhaul Support||Yes||Yes|
|Processor||1.4 GHz quad-core CPU||Router or Satellite|
Quad-core 1.4 GHz CPU
|Memory||1GB RAM, 4GB Flash||Router: 512 MB flash,1 GB RAM|
|Wi-Fi Security||WPA2, WPA2/WPA3 Mixed Mode||WPA2, WPA2/WPA3 Mixed Mode|
|Web User Interface||None||Yes|
|AP (Bridge) Mode||Yes||Yes|
|USB Port||1x USB-C |
|Gigabit Port||2x Auto-Sensing||Router: 1x WAN, 3x LAN|
Satellite: 2x LAN
|Link Aggregation||No||WAN only |
|Suggest Retail Price||$229 (1-pack), |
Amazon eero Pro 6 vs Orbi AX4200: Differences
It’s a long list of differences between these two.
First of all, it’s the design. The Orbi is larger and comes with multiple LAN ports (in addition to the WAN). The eero Pro 6 is relatively small, with only two network ports.
The Orbi rigidly includes a router and one (2-pack) or two (3-pack) satellites in a mesh setup. The eero, like the case of the Linksys Velop MX4200, comes in 2- or 3-packs of identical routers. It’s more flexible.
On the inside, the Netgear includes a full web interface with a standard set of network settings and features (QoS, Dynamic DNS, VPN server, and so on.) It also has an optional mobile app.
The Orbi requires a login account with the network but offers additional features, including vendor-assisted remote management and a paid Armor protection feature.
The eero, on the other hand, has no web interface. Instead, it’s a fully app-operated vendor-dependant Wi-Fi solution. As a result, you can’t set it up without an Internet connection, nor can you manage your network without first connecting to eero’s server. It’s a potential privacy nightmare.
On top of that, the eero has a spartan set of features and settings. But similarly, it does have options to add more features via a paid subscription or linking your network to an Amazon account.
As tri-band solutions, both are designed for a fully wireless setup. The Orbi dedicates its 5GHz-2 (4×4) band as the permanent backhaul band, while the eero uses dynamic backhaul. Generally, this means the Orbi is faster.
In a wired setup, though, chances are the eero will work better since all of its 3 bands will be available for clients to connect to. In this case, the Orbi’s 5GHz-2 band is still being used as a (backup) backhaul.
Amazon eero Pro 6 vs Orbi AX4200: Performance and ratings
As standalone routers, eero Pro 6 and an Orbi RBR750 are pretty similar in throughput speeds. However, the Orbi RBS750 did much better than the eero Pro 6 counterpart as wireless mesh systems, likely thanks to the strongly dedicated backhaul.
You can see their numbers on the chart below. What you don’t see, though, is the coverage which the Orbi, as a single route or a mesh system, was much better in my testing. It was consistently delivering some 25 percent better range.
Amazon eero Pro 6's Rating
Easy to set up and use, especially for iPhone users
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
Netgear Orbi AX4200 (RBK752)'s Rating
Fast, reliable Wi-Fi with extensive coverage
Practical, well designed mobile app
Support WAN 2Gbps Link Aggregation
Full web interface with all standard settings and features
No 160MHz channel support, limited Wi-Fi customization
Not compatible with Wi-Fi 5 Orbi hardware
Few LAN ports; No Multi-Gig, Dual-WAN, or LAN Link Aggregation, or USB port
The fast 5GHz band only works as backhaul, even in a wired setup
Which is a better choice?
For my money, the Orbi has everything the eero Pro 6 has and then some. The two cost almost the same, by the way.
That said, if you’re looking for a fully wireless mesh system for a large home with a sub-Gigabit Internet connection, the Orbi AX4200 is clearly a much better choice.
If you have wired your home, though, strictly in terms of performance, the eero Pro 6 might be a better idea. But in this case, you should consider the Linksys Velop MX4000, or any dual-band mesh on this list, instead.
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