What's the difference between eero & eero Beacon?

eero is the world’s most flexible WiFi system, using eeros and eero Beacons to blanket your home in fast, reliable WiFi. Both play an important role in ensuring you have the best in-home WiFi experience.


The 2nd generation eero (middle) builds off everything we accomplished with our first generation product and now includes a third radio. With tri-band, your eero has an additional 5 Ghz radio, meaning more of your devices can connect and get the fastest possible speeds. With eero Beacon (left & right), we’ve packaged all of the features of first generation eeros into a smaller form factor, while offering improved performance and stability. eero Beacon’s small size and built-in plug make it easier than ever to place eeros throughout your home by simply plugging them into any outlet.

eero (2nd generation)

eero (2nd-generation) has the same elegant design and footprint as eero (1st-generation), but is more than twice as powerful. It is the first and only WiFi access point of its size that can broadcast on three wireless bands simultaneously (tri-band WiFi), doubling the speed of its predecessor. As the gateway of an eero WiFi system, eero has two auto-detecting Ethernet ports. One connects directly to the modem and the other port provides the option to hardwire devices like an Ethernet switch, printer, or video game console.

eero Beacon

eero Beacon is half the size, but even more powerful than eero (1st generation). After a year and a half of collecting customer insights and feedback, eero found that more than half of customers place eeros in stairwells, kitchens, and hallways, where cords are disruptive. With eero Beacon, simply plug each unit into a wall outlet to easily expand coverage in the home. Add as many eero Beacons as needed to provide each room with WiFi coverage.

Getting started

To start a new eero network, you’ll need to use an eero (1st or 2nd-generation) as your network’s gateway. This is the eero that connects directly to your modem to create your network. From there, you can add as many additional eeros or eero Beacons as you’d like!

How they stack up

There are a few key differences between eero and eero Beacon:

  eero eero Beacon
Use Case Gateway, wired homes Add-on unit
Placement On a flat surface

Any open outlet

Size 4.75x4.75x1.24in 4.76x2.91x1.18in



2.4/5.2/5.8 Ghz

Two Ethernet Ports

Thread support



2.4/5.2 Ghz

Wireless only

Thread support


100-240V AC, 50-60hz

Power adapter

100-240V AC, 50-60hz

Built-in Plug


Proper placement is critical for optimal network performance. Get started by connecting your gateway eero directly to your modem. We recommend placing it out in the open on a hard, flat surface rather than hiding it in a cabinet, drawer, or closet. 

From there you can place additional gen 1 or gen 2 eeros on any hard, flat surface throughout your home. Desks, tables, shelves, or counters are great options for eero placement!  

eero Beacons offer even greater placement flexibility. This compact device is roughly as wide as a standard power outlet. And since it plugs directly into a wall outlet, there is no need to worry about finding a surface for your eero to sit on. As an added bonus, eero Beacons have built-in nightlights, making them a great fit for hallways, bedrooms, and kitchens. Really, it can go just about anywhere!


When you look at an eero and eero Beacon, you will notice that both share a similar body. That is because an eero Beacon is essentially an eero sliced in half. This smaller form factor makes eero Beacon ideal for any location in your home, and can simply be plugged into any outlet.


A clear difference between eero and eero Beacon is that the latter has no ports. As we mentioned, you will need to start your network with an eero as it has two available Ethernet ports. While this is necessary for starting your network, it isn’t a requirement for adding additional eeros. If your home is completely wireless, meaning you don’t wish to connect any of your devices to your home network via Ethernet, eero Beacons are probably a great fit for you. 

However, if you do wish to connect any devices back to your network over Ethernet or your home has Ethernet wiring that allows you to hardwire your network, you might prefer to use just eeros or a combination of eeros and eero Beacons.

Another key difference between eero and eero Beacon relates to their radios. eero Beacon is a dual-band device, meaning it has one 2.4 Ghz and one 5.2 Ghz radio. eero (2nd generation) has three radios, including a 2.4, 5.2, and 5.8 Ghz radio. This means the 2nd-generation eero offers even greater performance and stability.


eero Beacons are designed for ultimate convenience. Thanks to their built-in plug, they can easily be placed anywhere in the home. That also means they are cordless, so one less wire to worry about running throughout the home.


eeros (2nd-generation) use a USB-C input, with a cord-to-adapter that plugs into an outlet. First generation eeros use a barrel-style jack.



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