Eero, a startup that boasts "the most advanced WiFi system on the market," announced on Tuesday its second generation of Eero mesh WiFi systems, as well as a smaller model called "Beacon."
Eero boasts that its new primary mesh WiFi routers have twice the power and range as the first generation, and even its smaller Beacon router is 20-30% more powerful, too.
The company also announced a new service called "Eero Plus," which will protect every device connected to your Eero-powered home WiFi network.
I tested Eero's three-pack of first-generation mesh WiFi routers back when the company first launched the devices, and they were, by far, the best solution I had tried for covering my home in strong, fast WiFi. They actually delivered the full internet speeds I was paying for from my internet service provider. Range extenders, by comparison, will often cut your internet speeds in half in the areas where you're extending your WiFi network.
Check out the new Eero and Eero Beacon:
Here's the new Eero and Eero Beacon.
The new Eero and Eero Beacon essentially do what the first generation of Eero routers did: cover your home in strong and fast WiFi with two or more Eero devices. They're like the traditional WiFi router and range extender we've come to know and hate, except the Eero devices are a lot better and easier to love.
The reason why mesh WiFi systems like Eero are so much better than standard WiFi routers and range extenders is because mesh systems combine software and hardware to make sure each extender satellite unit receives as much bandwidth as possible from the main WiFi router. That way, your extender satellite units can transmit internet traffic as if you were right next to the main router unit.
Like many companies that offer mesh WiFi systems, Eero devices automatically update themselves so you don't have to do it yourself. That way, your Eero devices are always up to date for the best performance and security.
The second-generation Eero looks identical to the first.
It's the same compact, sleek design that looks better than most standard WiFi routers.
The new Beacon unit is half the size of the main Eero unit, and is designed to be plugged in directly to a power outlet.
The Beacon is designed to be plugged into parts of your home where you might not necessarily want to rest a device and its power cable, like in a kitchen, hallway, or stairwell.
And the Beacon can also act as a night light if you want it to.
So what's new between the first-generation and second-generation Eero?
The main difference between the first generation and the new models is the "tri-band" technology, which will let the new Eeros transmit your internet traffic between each other – and eventually to your devices throughout your home – even faster than the first generation.
The new Eero devices also have "thread" technology, which is a low-power form of WiFi designed to connect battery-powered smart devices, like smart light bulbs, smart locks, smart thermostats, smart doorbells, and anything else in your home that you can control with an app. Thread technology will help give your battery-powered smart devices longer battery lives, as it doesn't use up as much power as WiFi does.
Eero is also introducing its new Eero Plus service.
Eero's Plus service bundles anti-virus, anti-malware, and anti-spyware into the Eero devices themselves. That means it'll protect all your devices connected to your Eeros from malicious attacks from insecure websites, phishing attacks, or those botnet attacks that take over smart home monitoring cameras.
Eero Plus also contains parental controls and content filtering, and it'll cost either $9.99 per month, or $99 for a year's worth of service.
Eero's new mesh WiFi systems will be available to pre-order on Monday and will be shipping "in a few weeks."