How is eero different than a range extender?

Unlike the familiar router-to-range extender network configuration, eero is a WiFi system that uses multiple access points to provide your home with fast, reliable coverage all on a single network.

Range extenders can expand the reach of your existing wireless network. This enables you to access the Internet when you’re not close enough to your router to receive a good signal. While range extenders can be effective in increasing wireless range, they reduce throughput and create performance issues. Range extenders can cut bandwidth in half because they rely on a single wireless radio to both listen for and broadcast data. This results in a slower connection when you’re receiving a WiFi signal from your range extender and can also impact your connection speeds to your router.

Some range extenders may also need to broadcast an entirely separate network from the one supplied by your router. If your original home network has the SSID "Home2848" for example, and your range extender has a different SSID, "Home2848_RPT," you'll have to switch between the two networks as you move throughout your home. eero eliminates these hassles by creating a seamless mesh and linking all of your eeros under a single SSID. This lets you move freely around your home without being booted offline or stopping to switch between networks.

eeros function together as a self-sufficient WiFi system. Rather than connecting various wireless networking products to your existing router, eeros can replace all of your existing networking hardware except for your modem.

Getting started with eero is as simple as following the guided instructions from the eero mobile app. Our app walks you through the process step-by-step and your eeros will automatically configure themselves behind the scenes. You can connect as many eeros as you need to eliminate dead zones, no matter how large your house may be.

Once your new system is up and running, your eeros dynamically determine how to pass traffic between your connected devices as efficiently as possible. This enables you to access a strong WiFi signal no matter where you are in your home. And since eeros have two radios for simultaneously sending and receiving information, they support multiple hops with minimal signal loss. Additionally, your eeros can communicate with the cloud to receive instructions and updates. This means your eeros are self-updating, self-fixing, and self-improving all the time.

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