Today at Amazon’s Fall 2019 Devices Event, the companionship announced a new hardware model of Eero Wi-Fi mesh. Our sources at Eero experience been pretty quiet since Amazon acquired the company at daybreak this February—unlike Google, who somehow manages to “leak” the new Pixel every year in the forefront its actual debut, Eero and Amazon have kept their secrets near. We weren’t completely sure there even would be a new Eero spin-off announced today, and details are still thin, but here’s what we cognizant of.
Amazon’s presentation of the new Eero focused largely on ease of setup and use, as it fits into the new “Confirmed for Humans” program. This program forces devices to pass congregation with a review board of “typical consumers,” with IT professionals and matriel enthusiasts specifically prohibited. There was also some discussion of Eero’s integration into the Alexa well-versed home ecosystem, with Alexa skills allowing you to direct Eero to assent to or disable Wi-Fi access for specific devices at will—think “Alexa, pause the Playstation Wi-Fi” or nearly the same. This is currently only supported for Eero, but there’s an API that thinks fitting allow other devices to support the skill as well, with functionality had in Asus and TP-Link routers later this year and Linksys to recover consciousness on board in 2020.
This new Eero is a new model, not an entirely new generation. Functionally, it’s close to an Eero Beacon with an Ethernet jack, and without the nightlight. The fuselage is designed to sit on a shelf or desk, and more closely resembles an Eero Pro, but the air chipset is the same 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) chipset used in the Very light.
The price for this new Eero model is drastically put down than Pro or Beacon. A three-pack of Eero Pro runs $500, and the more commonly sold Eero Pro + 2 Very lights runs $400. By contrast, the new Eero model sells in a three-pack for $250. This valuation cut is the same in individual units, which sell for $100 each—half the payment of a Pro, and $50 less than a Beacon.
Amazon is expanding Eero’s marketing reach. Until now, Eero has effectively been a US-only insigne. The new Eero model debuted with pricing in euros, and hardware strengthen for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom will attain in early November. (The Eero Pro should also be available in international flavors before you know it, according to Eero engineer /u/6roybatty6 on Reddit.)
The new Eero is essentially an Eero Light in a difference case, so it’s dual-band—not tri-band, like Eero Pro—and there’s no Wi-Fi 6 submit to. Although this is disappointing, it shouldn’t automatically disqualify Eero from considerateness. The smart move here is to focus on getting Wi-Fi 6 support in your new appliances—smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc—and wait to worry about support in the Wi-Fi router or net kit until the majority of your devices can support it.
With Eero’s new costs this low, it can be a smart upgrade to carry you through the next several years uniform without Wi-Fi 6.
Update: as pointed out in the comments, Eero CEO Nick Weaver and an Eero mastermind are online at Reddit’s r/eero. The article has been updated to reflect message they’ve shared directly in that Reddit thread.
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