Amazon's new Eero mesh WiFi system is all about ease of use
You'd be forgiven for not knowing Amazon acquired the mesh-networking outfit Eero earlier this year; routers are less than thrilling by nature, and the deal's potential was less exciting than the problems it caused for existing employees. Amazon has keen to move on, though, so it announced a new version of those Eero routers at a press conference in Seattle today. Not familiar with Wi-Fi mesh networks? Long story short, rather than use one router that might struggle to reach every corner, mesh networks rely on multiple nodes peppered around your home to ensure stronger, more consistent WiFi coverage.
Eero is launching the biggest update to its mobile app since its debut in 2016, with a simplified design , quicker access to information, and dark mode The new Eero app , which is available for iOS devices starting today and will be arriving for Android early next year, offers a simplified design and
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Mesh router system Eero has announced the biggest update to its mobile app since its launch in 2016. The new Eero app, which is available for iOS devices starting today and will be arriving for Android early next year, offers a simplified design and cleaner visuals than the prior version. It’s available as a free upgrade for the existing app.
The biggest change is the move to a tabbed layout with four distinct pages, as opposed to the slide-out menu navigation of the old app. The four tabs are labeled Home, Activity, Discover, and Settings. The Home tab provides a quick overview of the network, including which devices are currently connected. Conveniently, it separates the devices by category, such as Computers & Personal, Entertainment, and so on. This page also includes a prominent button in the upper-right corner to quickly add a device to the network, either through a QR code or Amazon Wi-Fi simple setup.
All-new Eero: Here's what to know about the latest mesh Wi-Fi
Eero, the mesh Wi-Fi company that Amazon owns, is unveiling the all-new Eero. It's a mesh Wi-Fi puck like we've seen, but this one puts the emphasis on simplicity. It's available at $99 for one or $249 for a three pack. © Jacob Krol/CNNOne of these all-new Eeros should cover around 1,500 square feet, but mileage may vary depending on the environment or materials of your home. Each additional Eero will expand the coverage, and when used in conjunction, it will intelligently connect devices to each access point.© Jacob Krol/CNNIn addition to software enhancements, the all-new Eero has dual-band radios inside.
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The second tab shows the various network activity info and recent security scans from Eero’s Secure subscription service. If you don’t subscribe to the service, this page will look fairly barren, as it will only show recent speed test results.
The Discover tab will be a showcase for new features and services available, such as the Eero Secure service or Amazon’s Wi-Fi simple setup. Hopefully, it doesn’t turn into a wasteland of pushy ads to get you to sign up for services, but we’ll see. In a statement about the new design, Eero CEO Nick Weaver said, “We are eager to roll out more integrations so customers can use all of their favorite smart home devices to connect, secure, and manage their connected home.”
Google announces Nest Wifi, a mesh router system with smart speakers inside
Extending your Wi-Fi and your voice at the same timeNow, Google is about to offer a way to extend both your internet and the range of your voice at once — with the just-announced Nest Wifi mesh router system.
The new Messenger app promises a more simplified experience focusing on the most important features that consumers often use. Only three of the nine tabs that formed the core of Messenger remain in the new version of the app : Chats, People and Discover.
The eero app allows you to easily set up and manage your eero WiFi system (sold separately). The world’s first home WiFi system, eero blankets your home in fast, reliable WiFi. eero stays new and gets better with frequent software updates, improving performance, while also bringing new features and
Finally, the fourth tab is where you can access the app’s settings, including the new dark mode support for iOS 13 and newer. One thing that this update doesn’t bring is HomeKit support, which was. An Eero representative said the company had “nothing to share on HomeKit” when asked about it.
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Netgear's new Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6 mesh router costs less than Eero or Nest .
The new, two-piece Wi-Fi 6 mesh router goes on sale later this month for $230.Dubbed the Netgear Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6 System and due in stores later in January, the two-piece setup is a dual-band router with a design that's nearly identical to the dual-band Netgear Orbi mesh system that we reviewed just last month. For about $100 more, the Nighthawk system paints the hardware black, adds an Ethernet port to the back of each satellite and, most importantly, adds in support for Wi-Fi 6.