Recently, I had to get a new cable modem. Which means I got the “new and improved” version. Formerly, I had a modem with a separate Wi-Fi router, and everything was awesome. There wasn’t anywhere in my house, and few places in my yard, where I couldn’t connect. And then I got the new modem, which has a built in router. With a range of 20-25 feet. And now half the time I can’t even connect in my living room. I am not a fan.

Eero is a new router system that looks like it would work beautifully for people like me, or those of you who have umpteen connected devices at any given time, or those who are trying to run a smart home. What Eero does is create a mesh network of up to 10 units (the basic package comes with three) that will keep strong Wi-Fi signal flowing to all of your devices no matter how many or where they are. It even works on multi-level homes!

To accomplish this, Eero switches frequencies when it encounters interference as well as boosting the signal at every node. It’s the same idea as a regular signal strength booster, but much smarter. All you need to do is plug the first Eero into your existing modem. The app then recognizes you’ve placed an Eero, and will help you place additional ones in optimum places. Only the first one needs to be plugged into your modem; the rest of them simply require power from a standard outlet. Each Eero unit is also equipped with Bluetooth to keep you completely connected.

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In addition, Eero constantly runs its own diagnostics and self-adjusts to ensure you’re getting the best speed and signal possible. In the case of a power outage, Eero will reboot itself when the power comes back on. No more resetting the modem, no more calling customer support and sitting on hold forever, no more trying to decipher what the customer service rep is trying to say… Eero basically runs itself.

Eero has something for the security-minded as well! It can alert you when a new device joins your network, and you can set it to send you a weekly report of all devices that have used your network. Its software automatically downloads, so you don’t have to worry about missing a security patch.

What Eero isn’t is cheap, although it’s really not that unreasonable. Currently available for pre-order with intent to ship this summer, Eero costs $499.00 US. At that price, you get three Eero units and a special code you can give your friends that will get you a $20.00 refund if they also order.


Source: Popular Science

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