My boyfriend and I moved into a new apartment in early February, and one of the important decisions we had to make was how to deal with the situation on the Internet.
You see, in our old apartment, we had a 300 Mbps connection and used a rented router from our internet provider (which rhymes with Horizon), but we were not satisfied with the performance. My boyfriend plays a lot of online games with his friends, and the internet often can't keep up, making him stay out. Likewise, I was often disappointed with the speed of the Internet when trying to work in my home office.
After the move, we decided to upgrade our Internet speed to a Gigabit connection (high speed here!) And, after much debate and research on the Internet, we also decided to buy one eero home WiFi system.
Although it was certainly not a small investment, I think I speak for both when I say it was totally worth the money, especially considering the current state of the world. With both of us at home and incredibly bored due to our state's stay-at-home mandate, our strong WiFi setup played a key role in maintaining marital harmony (or whatever is equivalent when you're not really married).
What is eero?
Eero is a mesh Wi-Fi system that you can use to replace a traditional router.
If you've never heard of it, eero is a mesh WiFi system. Instead of having a router responsible for transmitting the Internet signal throughout your home, mesh systems use multiple units placed in your home. Basically, all eero units are connected to a single wireless network and capture the Internet signal from the main unit and relay it, providing a stronger and more consistent connection throughout your home.
Why is this beneficial? It eliminates the common problem of dead zones in rooms that may be a long way from the main router and is also a useful solution for people living in brick or concrete buildings, where Internet signals often have trouble going through walls. Eero also features dynamic routing algorithms, which discover the fastest route from the router to your device, helping to deliver consistently fast Internet speeds.
This is also not all. Eero also has an easy-to-use application that allows you to monitor all devices on your network and automatically install software updates. Your devices come with world-class encryption and security protocols, and you can even use it to configure parental controls, create profiles for your children's devices, monitor their use and schedule interruptions on the Internet. (Did I threaten to do this to my boyfriend? I don't feel like saying.)
Even with all these features, eero is still incredibly easy to use, but this cutting edge technology comes at a price. AN single eero unit costs $ 79, and a pack of three like what we buy costs $ 199. (In fact, those prices have recently dropped – we paid $ 250 for the three-pack in February.)
Why we chose the eero WiFi system
Credit: Revisto / Camryn Rabideau
One of our eero units lives in the living room with Alexa.
When we went to the store to buy a new router, we weren't actually thinking about buying the eero system.
After all my research, I decided to Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi System it was the way to go, mainly because I was concerned about compatibility with our ISP. As you might expect, ISPs want you to rent their routers, so there is limited information available on third-party router compatibility.
When we got there, a really helpful salesman started helping us and, after hearing what we needed, recommended eero. He said the Orbi was good, but since we have a 1,800 square foot apartment with several brick walls, he thought we would benefit from a system with more knots. Eero not only comes with three units, but is infinitely extensible, allowing you to add as many units as you need (other systems limit the number of units per network). In addition, eero is easy to use, has many useful features and is only slightly more expensive than Orbi.
With the guarantee that the system would work with our internet provider, we went with the eero router and, oh, man, I'm so happy that it is!
All the reasons why we love our WiFi eero system