My Experience With The Eero Router

Dig deeper and you’ll see talk about WiFi speeds increasing by three times after setting up a Eero system.

Watch Eero’s marketing video. It speaks to the struggles people have with WiFi: issues setting up, updating software, manual resets, and the ugly, pre-existing routers on the market.

For a year, I’ve been using the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station. I’ve had no issues and it was just $179.

I love it.

The three piece Eero system is $500 (or a $200 for an individual Eero).

I was happy with my setup; I had no dead spots and received the internet speed I paid for.

I still caved.

I bought a three-piece system for $500 to see if it lived up to the hype.

I tested my Apple router from eight different spots in my house. (I pay for 20Mbps through my internet provider.)

Surprisingly, during tests, I got between 22-23Mbps in all eight spots.

I didn’t think my Eero setup would be able to beat those speed scores, but others claimed to get faster speeds.

Let’s start with the setup.

The entire setup is done through the phone. You download the app and it tells you where and when to plug in the wires.

It took 15 minutes to have the whole system up and running. It would’ve been faster, but I was trying to be strategic about where I placed each router.

I put the main router in my bedroom, which pumped the signal to the living room router, and the third one in the kitchen.

This just about covered the whole downstairs floor.

The setup was unbelievably simple. There’s no need to plug in your router to your computer with an ethernet cord during the setup. Also, you can skip the part of running outdated software off of an old CD.

The results?

I checked my speed in the same spots, and got the exact same results. I was happy with my previous setup, so it was a bit disappointing since I had irrational and unrealistic expectations about the new setup.

After the initial setup, I got a message saying Eero will optimize my system over a 24-hour period.

I got an email the next day saying my system had been successfully optimized:
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I ran a test, having both roommates stream content at the same time to see if I’d be able to stream too. Then this happened:

We still can’t stream with three devices running concurrently. This makes sense. I wasn’t expecting the ability, but I wanted to experiment.

Three possible reasons my experience hasn’t been the same as others:

  • I live in a house and the houses on my street are spaced out. There aren’t many WiFi signals in the air, causing less interference of signals. When I check the available WiFi signals there are only six that show up. If you’re in a big apartment complex in the city, there’s a chance there are over 50 different signals simultaneously in the air.
  • My house is only 1,200 square feet.
  • I already had a premium WiFi router.