Since their introduction in the mid-2010s, mesh router systems have become one of the most popular ways to get Wi-Fi in your home. Instead of receiving a wireless connection via a single primary router, mesh router systems use multiple router nodes placed strategically throughout your home to provide comprehensive, reliable Wi-Fi coverage.
Recently, more companies have introduced their own versions of mesh router systems. Google unveiled their Google Wi-Fi mesh system in late 2016, while Amazon acquired Wi-Fi router startup Eero in 2019. Both companies’ mesh systems have been well-reviewed and provide enough coverage for most homes. So which should you buy?
Releasing their mesh router in 2016, Eero was one of the very first companies to introduce the mesh Wi-Fi system to consumers. Boasting a minimalist design with soft corners and an elegant, glossy finish, Eero nodes blend seamlessly with existing decor while delivering excellent coverage.
Easily set up in minutes using the Eero app, an Eero 3-pack can provide up to 5,000 square feet of coverage. Consumers can use the same Eero app for troubleshooting after setup is complete. Eero also uses its patented TrueMesh technology to adapt to the unique layout of your home, routing traffic to avoid congestion and buffering.
Another option is to purchase the newest generation of Eero mesh routers, the Eero Pro 6, which utilizes Wi-Fi 6 and tri-band Wi-Fi technology to deliver up to 6,000 square feet of powerful coverage.
With nodes (or points) that resemble small white hockey pucks, Google Wifi quickly became the bestselling mesh router system in the U.S. after hitting shelves in the fall of 2016. Often used as a starting point for people who want to move away from traditional router systems, the Google Wifi router is a great choice for simplicity and reliable performance.
Alongside features like ad-blocking and usage reports, the Google Wifi app lets you prioritize usage and even pause the connection on certain devices. A Google Wifi 3-pack gives you 4,500 square feet of powerful wireless coverage. Google Wifi is also scalable and compatible with other Google Home appliances.
Google Wifi is a solid mesh router system and is worth considering, particularly if you already use Google Home devices. Ultimately, however, Eero Wi-Fi is the best choice if you’re looking to upgrade to a mesh router system. Internally, Eero and Google Wi-Fi have almost identical hardware, but the stability and intuitive setup provided by Eero make it a slightly better choice. Eero’s patented TrueMesh technology also puts it ahead of Google.
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