As part of the eero 6 series of mesh Wi-Fi systems, the Amazon company has launched the eero 6+, the latest dual band wireless mesh unit packed with features designed to connect the household.
At $249, the eero 6+ is slightly more expensive than its predecessor we covered last year, although it does support up to gigabit speeds if you have a speedy internet plan. Users can access 160 MHz radio channels intended for fast connectivity for streaming to AR, VR, and 8K compatible devices. Additionally, it supports more than 75 connected devices at any given time.
Each eero 6+ includes two 1.0 Gb Ethernet ports for wired connections and covers up to 140 square metres. For larger areas, you can connect multiple eero 6+ units wirelessly to create a mesh network capable of covering greater distances. TrueMesh technology helps to direct network traffic to where you need it, which should reduce buffering and keep a stable connection in high internet use homes.
Like many modern mesh networking products, setting up an eero 6+ takes place via an app that walks you through the instructions. Within the eero app, you can also manage your network, pause the internet if needed, and share network access with whoever you want. If you’re heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem, logging into the eero 6+ with an Amazon account also automatically connected enabled devices to the network, even if you change the password.
Smart home enabled
As is the case with other eero 6 series devices, the 6+ has in-built Zigbee smart home functionality, allowing you to connect compatible smart home gadgets via Alexa. This smart home functionality also extends to the smart home Thread wireless protocol, meaning Matter-certified devices can talk with one another.
An optional extra for security-conscious users is eero Secure or eero Secure+, two subscription tiers that provide additional features such as expanded parental controls and access to security apps 1Password, Encrypt.me, and Malwarebytes. eero Secure costs $4.99 a month or $49.99 annually, while eero Secure+ is $15.99 per month or $159.99 a year.
Meanwhile, the eero 6+ is available starting now from Amazon, JB Hi-Fi, Bunnings, Officeworks, and Bing Lee. A single unit retails at $249, while a three-pack costs $599.
Australians have plenty of options when it comes to mesh Wi-Fi systems, and competition is always welcome. The eero 6+ seems to be competitively priced among the Netgear and TP-Link offerings available, provided the performance stacks up.