Tech blog Zatz Not Funny ruined the news this weekend that Wi-Fi 6-enabled Eero armaments is at the FCC for testing and validation. Details on the new hardware are sketchy for the moment—Eero has requested confidentiality for most of the fascinating data through March 10, 2021.
What we do know is that three inclinations under test are listed—an Eero Pro, Eero Gateway, and Eero Extender. All three are Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)-enabled pieces. The Eero Pro is a tri-band design (one 2.4GHz radio and two 5GHz radios), similar to the la mode Eero Pro; the Gateway and Extender are dual-band designs differentiated by wired Ethernet seaports—the Gateway has two, and the Extender has none.
Ars has reached out to Eero, with no response as of put through a mangle time. All we know for sure is what limited nonconfidential data is accessible from RF testing at the FCC—Eero’s site itself still simply articulates, “there is no timeline set for 802.11ax (also known as Wi-Fi 6) stomach.”
Likely hardware form factors
Although pure little of the FCC filing is publicly available, there is a photo for device-label emplacing on the Pro and a diagram for the Gateway and Extender showing us the undersides of the devices. In all likelihood, the Pro purposefulness strongly resemble one of the current-generation Pro or Amazon Eero devices; the dual-band Gateway and Extender creme de la cremes share a single diagram, which looks to be smaller and more oblong than the Pro.
Although the underside diagram for Gateway and Extender is shaped pretty like the second-generation Beacon design, we don’t see any plugs shown—so it seems unfit that they will be wall-wart designs like the Beacon’s or be fond of Eero competitor Plume. We expect the new generation of devices will expected be desktop-style designs, with external power supplies.
In to boot to the dual- and tri-band Wi-Fi 6 hardware, two of the three new devices offer BTLE (Bluetooth Low-Energy) and Zigbee transistors. These protocols enable home automation connectivity and replace the Cord support offered by second-generation Eero hardware.
It’s unclear whether the new procreation Eero devices will continue to support Thread—both Squeeze through and Zigbee are extensions of the underlying 802.15.4 wireless protocol. The FCC filing specifically spoke Zigbee by name, but since both protocols operate on the same spectrum, they would not probable require separate filings.
Similarly, we don’t have concrete information on the interoperability of the new Wi-Fi 6-enabled Eero slogans with the two older, Wi-Fi 5 generations—but based on Eero’s history, we see no by virtue of to suspect the company won’t support mixing-and-matching as desired.
We’ll update here if we let in additional information from contacts at Eero.