Eero mesh router, notice: HomeKit compatibility, good coverage and cost-effective design

If there is one type of aircraft that has taken off strongly in recent years, it is routers mesh or mesh. Over the past few weeks, I have been able to try the Amazon eero router. And the result is quite good from the point of view of an Apple user.

## Amazon eero router: technical specifications * Product: Amazon eero mesh router. * Dimensions: 98 x 98 x 60 mm. * Connection: dual band IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac. * Bluetooth: bluetooth 5.0 LE. * Processor: 4 cores of 700 MHz, 512 of RAM and 4 GB of flash memory. * Encryption: WPA2. * Ports: 2 Gigabit ports and 1 USB-C port. * Compatible with HomeKit. * Price: pack of 1 eero, [109 euros](ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=eero&qid=1593432807&s==8-1) ; pack of 3 eero, [279 euros](ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=eero&qid=1593432807&s==8-1) . ## Initial configuration of eero with an iPhone
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Amazon acquired eero [a principios de 2019](, a very popular brand in mesh routers. After arriving in Spain some time ago, I was curious to know how it was going on in ** a house where Apple products predominate **. The first thing that surprises the team is its weight and dimensions: the eero router is extremely compact. Other routers of this type are quite large. In fact, with us, we have the Netgear Orbi, which is much larger. Going back to the eero, if there is something for which they stand out, it is their ease of connection and configuration of the equipment **. Of course, in my experience, I had a setback which we will detail later.

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The configuration consists in placing the eero in strategic places of your house, with access to an electrical outlet. The router that will act as the principal must also be connected to the modem (or to the corporate router). The eero app guides you through the process ** to make sure you put them in place ** with good coverage.

Once this problem is overcome, we will have already configured the network. The truth is that this app is far superior to anyone I have ever seen to configure the routers. It is actually better than the one I have encountered with non-Apple accessories to date. And that was a few: 360-degree cameras, scales, sphygmomanometers, routers, etc.

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Eero coverage: full but below expectations

The eero kit we tested consisted of three routers to place total theoretical coverage of up to 460 square meters. As this is an 80 square meter house, we have only installed two. One in the kitchen, one in the living room, both being the ends of the house.

Before having a mesh system, the coverage at the other three ends of the house was highly upgradeable. The kitchen was the worst stop, with a HomePod and a Thermomix that barely managed to connect to the network. Something crucial in these devices.

Img 2541b78b3050 1 The eero application performs a speed test every week, recording it in a history. In my case, the main router responds perfectly to the contracted speed.

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Now with the eero, the blanket reaches the essential corners of the house. The living room and the kitchen are perfectly connected and with download speeds close to the maximum (100 MB symmetrical). In my case, the speed was already more than enough for the uses we have and my intention with a mesh router is to go further and steadily.

eero is fairly simple to use and with intuitive controls. While this simplicity may be an obstacle for those looking for something more sophisticated

The two HomePods clearly benefited, one in the kitchen and the other in the living room. The one in the kitchen was slow to react and sometimes lost coverage, just like the food processor. Which could be maddening when you asked Siri something. Eero has solved these connection problems, dramatically reducing wait times.

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What is noted is that the transition from one satellite to another is not as fast as expected. Go into the kitchen with the iPhone in hand, check out something and come back to the lounge while waiting This can lengthen the charging time more than normal. Of course, I rarely had to manually turn off the iPhone’s Wi-Fi antenna.

eero and its integration with HomeKit as a flag

Integration with HomeKit is a quality that is increasingly taken into account. It’s like a seal that gives confidence that the product will work well in an “Apple” home. The eero has been integrated into HomeKit since last February.

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Thanks to this integration, the routers offer greater security to the rest of the HomeKit accessories in the house, preventing them from connecting to other devices on the network or Internet services. That said, the eero is not added as a HomeKit accessory but it looks like a “bridge” or one center and saved in the Home Settings section. For this, it is necessary to have an Apple TV, HomePod or iPad which acts as center and that it has version 13.2 or higher of the operating system.

With more and more connected or smart devices, speakers and accessories, it is necessary to manage them all with one touch

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In general, the feeling with the eero is quite good. These are mesh routers designed for home users who seek simplicity and wide, decent coverage throughout the home. The only complication I have encountered is the configuration of all systems requiring Wi-Fi in a house.

Not just the iMac, the MacBook, several iPads and iPhones, the Apple TV, two HomePods and a professional PC. You should also add and configure Philips lamps, Neato vacuum cleaner and Thermomix. These are precisely the ones that cost a lot more to configure and that if you forget one, you cannot use it at the right time because it is not configured. Here, undoubtedly, Apple has a lot to do (although that is another matter).

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In summary, we can say that eero are mesh routers more compact and compatible with HomeKit that you will find on the market. If you are looking for discretion, reliability and integration with your home, price should not be an issue.

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