The latest iteration of Eero’s easy-to-use Wi-Fi mesh system, the Eero 6 Plus ($139 for one node, $239 for two nodes, or $299 for a three pack) uses Wi-Fi 6 technology and 160MHz channel width to deliver speedy wireless networking throughout your home. We tested the three-piece system, which provides coverage for homes of up to 4,500 square feet. It was a snap to install and delivered excellent performance in our tests, and it pulls double-duty as a home automation hub. All of this earns it an Editors’ Choice award for Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems.
A Mesh Network With the Latest Wi-Fi 6 Tech
The Eero 6 Plus three-pack uses three identical, low-profile nodes to provide 4,500 square feet of coverage (1,500 square feet per node). At 2.6 by 3.9 by 3.8 inches (HWD), these nodes are noticeably smaller than the nodes that come with the Eero Pro 6 (2.1 by 5.3 by 5.3 inches), though about the same size as the Eero 6 nodes (2.4 by 3.9 by 3.8 inches). The nodes of all three Eero systems have the same basic curvy design and white finish.
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This system doesn’t offer the USB and multi-gig connectivity that you get with the Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8 system. Instead, each node is equipped with two auto-sensing gigabit LAN ports and a power port, all of which are located on the back panel. A small LED indicator on the top of the node glows white when everything is connected and working properly, glows blue during setup, and glows red when the node has lost its internet connection.
The Eero 6 Plus is a dual-band AX3000 system, which means it can hit a combined (theoretical) maximum data rate of 3,000Mbps. It supports all of the latest Wi-Fi 6 technologies, including WPA3 encryption, Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) data transmissions, MU-MIMO simultaneous data streaming, and direct-to-client signal beamforming. New to this system is support for 160MHz channel transmissions; the older Eero Pro 6 and Eero 6 lack it.
The Eero 6 Plus is not a Wi-Fi 6E mesh system. The first Eero to use the new Wi-Fi 6E standard (which adds 6GHz data transmissions) is the new and yet-to-be-reviewed Eero Pro 6E, an upgrade to the Eero Pro 6.
Each Eero 6 Plus node is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of flash memory. As with the Eero Pro 6, the Eero 6 Plus uses a Zigbee radio to connect to a variety of smart home devices such as cameras, lights, smart plugs, and thermostats, all of which can be controlled using the Eero mobile app. It also contains a Bluetooth radio and can control certain Thread-compatible devices, as well as supporting Amazon Alexa voice commands and routines.
The Eero 6 Plus doesn’t come with the free parental control and anti-malware software that you get with the Asus ZenWiFi XT8 and TP-Link Deco W7200 systems. Instead, you’ll have to subscribe to a monthly or yearly plan. The Eero Secure plan is reasonably priced at $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year, and offers parental controls that let you create user profiles and apply content filters to block access to adult-oriented sites. It also gives you an ad blocker and offers security scans that prevent you from accessing malicious sites.
For $9.99 per month or $99 per year, the Secure Plus plan offers everything in the Secure plan as well as Malwarebytes antivirus software, DDNS remote network access software, 1Password password management software, and Encrypt……..