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How many eeros do I need?

Since its inception, eero has been one of the leaders in networking. Initially created for military and academic settings, eero has shifted focus to improving WiFi coverage and performance within residential homes, especially as the number of internet-connected devices has increased.

So, how many eeros do you need?

Depending on your home’s size and layout, you may find you need to combine eero devices in order to create an optimized mesh network.
 
We recommend the following:

    • Small homes and apartments: Typically, one to two eeros will be sufficient to provide adequate signal throughout the living space.
    • Most Homes: Homes with two floors will benefit from two eeros to ensure comprehensive WiFi coverage throughout the home.
    • Larger Homes: For larger homes, or homes with more than two floors, three eero devices are recommended to achieve the best WiFi connectivity and coverage.

With every iteration of eero devices and software updates, eero adapts to the needs of the consumer, increasing speed, coverage and security. In this article, we’ll examine how many eeros you really need to integrate a mesh network into your home or apartment.

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Mesh WiFi with eero Secure

Enhanced Whole Home WiFi enables multiple WiFi routers (or eeros®) to work as a team, resulting in improved range, speed and stability of your WiFi network. Plus, with eero Secure now included at no additional cost, it keeps your family safe with parental controls, ad blocking and internet backup so you’re always connected.
 

What is an eero mesh network?

Simply put, eero differs from traditional routers primarily through its eero mesh WiFi, which provides many advantages over a conventional single-router setup. Regular routers often struggle to deliver consistent coverage throughout a home, particularly in larger or multi-story buildings, leading to areas with weak or no signal.

Developed by eero, TrueMesh technology allows multiple eero devices to work together seamlessly to cover every corner of your home with a strong and reliable WiFi signal​​​​​​.

With an eero mesh network, you’ll benefit from:

    • Extended Coverage: eero uses multiple devices or nodes to create a mesh network that extends WiFi coverage throughout your home. This setup ensures that areas far from the main router still enjoy strong WiFi connectivity. You can easily expand the coverage by adding more eero devices as needed​​​​.
    • Self-Configuring and Healing: eero networks are self-configuring and can automatically repair themselves. If a node fails, the network reroutes data through other nodes to maintain stable connectivity without user intervention. This is a significant step up from traditional routers, which can require manual reconfiguration if the network setup changes​​.
    • Simplified Management: Setting up eero WiFi is straightforward, thanks to its companion app. The app guides users through setup and allows for easy management of network settings, such as guest access and family profiles, directly from a smartphone. This contrasts with the often complex web interfaces used by traditional routers​​​​.
    • Continuous Improvement: eero systems are designed to improve over time. They receive automatic software updates that not only enhance security but also introduce new features and optimize performance without any need for user intervention​​.

 
These features make eero particularly suitable for users seeking an easy-to-manage, robust and extendable WiFi solution that adapts to the varied layouts and sizes of modern homes.

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What to consider when determining the number of eeros

There are many variables to consider when choosing the right equipment for your home or apartment. Make sure to factor in the size and layout of your home, your internet usage or internet habits, as well as the eero models and specifications you’re considering.

1. Size and layout of your home

Without a mesh network, like eero, your WiFi’s performance depends on the size and layout of your home. For example, your WiFi network in a long single-story home may have issues reaching the other side of the house. Or, in a townhouse with multiple stories, your WiFi may have issues reaching the top of the home.
 
Using mesh networks, your eero coverage area is no longer limited to the size or layout of your home.
 
However, you may need to design your mesh network with your home in mind. When doing so, make sure to note any dead zones or areas where you’ll want WiFi, and keep reading to learn the best practices for bringing an eero into the home.

 
Learn more: Not sure how to set up WiFi in your home or new apartment? Tips and techniques in these articles will get you started.

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2. Internet usage

Additionally, you will want to consider the users within your home and what their internet habits are.
 
Here’s how you can effectively assess and plan for your household’s internet needs:

    • Streaming: Video streaming is one of the most bandwidth-intensive activities. Consider how many people in your household stream video content simultaneously and the quality of the content they prefer.
    • Gaming: Online gaming generally requires a stable connection with low latency rather than high bandwidth. If multiple household members play online games, especially competitive multiplayer games, prioritize a stable connection with low latency.
    • Smart devices: Smart home devices such as smart speakers, security cameras, thermostats, washing machines and others typically don’t require a lot of bandwidth individually. However, the cumulative effect of many devices can be significant.
    • Number of users and devices: The more devices connected to the network, the greater the total bandwidth needed. Count all devices that connect to the internet, including mobile phones, tablets, laptops, smart TVs and any IoT devices.
    • Usage patterns: Consider the peak usage times in your household. For example, evening hours might see the highest usage if all family members are home and using the internet. Bandwidth needs to be sufficient to handle peak load without slowing down.
    • Download and Upload Speeds: Most activities are heavy on downloads, but if anyone in your household uploads large files, does live streaming, or uses cloud services extensively, consider an internet plan with higher upload speeds.

Mesh network systems like eero can enhance coverage and performance across larger homes or homes with layout challenges. Before investing in eero, consider upgrading your modem in order to make sure the mesh network can distribute the signal most effectively.

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3. All eero model and specifications

Each eero model is designed with specific security features and capabilities to enhance your online experience, whether you’re streaming high-definition content, engaging in competitive gaming, or managing a smart home ecosystem.
 
Let’s review the latest* eero products on the market.

    • eero Max 7: The latest model offering WiFi 7 technology, capable of speeds up to 10 Gbps, designed for homes with numerous devices and multi-gigabit internet plans. It features 320 MHz channel bandwidths to reduce latency.
    • eero Pro 6E: This model supports WiFi 6E, providing up to 2.3 Gbps across a 2,000 sq. ft. area per device, without dedicating the 6 GHz band solely to backhaul, allowing direct use of this bandwidth by devices.
    • eero 6+: An economical choice that supports up to a gigabit speed and 1,500 sq. ft. coverage per device. It doubles as a smart home hub compatible with Zigbee and Alexa.
    • eero Pro 6: Utilizes WiFi 6 to support fast speeds and connectivity for over 75 devices with a coverage of up to 2,000 sq. ft. per device.
    • eero 6: A WiFi 6 router offering speeds up to 900 Mbps and 1,500 sq. ft. of coverage per device, featuring a built-in smart home hub.
    • eero: A compact and economical router providing up to 1,500 sq. ft. of coverage, suitable for expanding an existing network with additional Ethernet connectivity.
    • eero 6 Extender: An add-on device that extends coverage by 1,500 sq. ft. per unit within an eero WiFi 6 network.
    • eero Beacon: A plug-in unit to extend the coverage of an existing mesh WiFi network easily without the need for Ethernet ports.

*Information was accessed from eero.com in 04/2024

eero placement for maximum coverage

Ensuring optimal WiFi coverage in your home requires strategic eero placement. Correct placement of these devices can dramatically improve the consistency and reliability of your internet connection, eliminating dead spots or weak signals.

 
Let’s review best practices for setting up your eero devices, including central placement, height and the importance of avoiding obstructions to ensure you get the best possible internet experience.
 

Before diving into setting up your eero, make sure to maximize your router and modem with these tips:

Consider primary eero placement

Position your gateway eero (the one connected to your modem) in a central location within your home if possible. This helps distribute the WiFi signal more evenly throughout your space.

Avoid obstructing your eeros

Place eeros away from large metal objects and appliances like refrigerators and microwaves that can cause interference. Also, avoid thick barriers such as brick walls as they can weaken the WiFi signal.

Keep your eeros at a consistent height

Mounting your eeros at a height halfway between the floor and ceiling can help improve the signal distribution, as eero devices tend to radiate their signal more effectively at this height.

Reduce distance between your eeros

Ideally, eero devices should be no more than 50 feet apart to maintain a strong wireless connection between them. This distance might need adjustment based on the specific layout and construction materials of your home.

Keep your eeros visible

Keep eeros out in the open rather than hidden in cabinets or behind other objects to allow for better signal transmission.

Experiment with your eeros

As every home is unique, you may need to experiment with different placements to find the optimal spots for your eeros. The eero app can guide you through this process to help ensure you’re getting the best coverage possible.

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Calculating the number of eeros needed

To calculate the number of eero devices needed for your home, you should consider several factors including the size of your home, its layout and specific coverage needs. Follow our process below to make sure you start with the right amount of eeros for your home.

    • Determine your square footage: Start by measuring the square footage of your home. This measurement will guide the number of mesh nodes required, as each node covers a certain area. For example, different eero devices cover anywhere from 1,500 to 2,200 square feet, but this can vary depending on the specific device and environmental factors like wall materials and floor layouts.
    • Consider layout and floors: If your home has multiple floors or a complex layout, you may need additional eeros to ensure there are no dead zones. Mesh systems are particularly beneficial for multi-story homes because they can maintain strong signal strength across different levels and rooms.

From here, you’ll have a good idea of how many devices you’ll need to start with. Once your eero network is up and running, perform tests and adjustments to make sure that your eero network is optimized for your home. You can add eeros to your home network and follow the steps below to get an accurate number.

    • Adjust to your needs: Place your eeros strategically in areas where WiFi usage is heaviest or where your current setup shows weak signal. Placement of eeros can impact the effectiveness of your mesh network.
    • Test and optimize: After setting up the nodes, test the network with a WiFi signal strength tool through eero’s app. This will help you identify any areas where additional nodes may be necessary.

After you’re done adjusting and testing your mesh WiFi network, you’ll know whether or not you need to add additional nodes from how the signal performs. Remember, the flexibility of mesh networking allows for adjustments, so you can add more nodes later if your initial setup doesn’t fully blanket your home.

Conclusion

eero’s mesh WiFi systems offer a versatile and robust solution for enhancing internet connectivity across various home sizes and layouts. From small apartments to multi-story homes, the right combination of eero devices can be tailored to meet specific coverage needs, ensuring reliable WiFi throughout your living space.

 
With features like TrueMesh technology, self-configuring capabilities, and continuous software and security updates, eero simplifies network management and adapts to the needs of your household’s WiFi network.
 
Astound offers eero as part of our Whole Home WiFi solution. A Whole Home WiFi subscription includes one eero base and one eero beacon/device. Each additional eero device is an additional charge per month, per device. eero Secure is included as part of the basic subscription and eero Plus is available for an additional monthly charge.

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Frequently asked questions

However many eeros you may need depends on your house’s layout and your pre-existing eero configuration. We recommend starting with two to three eeros in order to benefit from mesh networking, and then adding new eeros if you find you still have dead zones.

Products like eero cannot increase the speeds that your ISP is sending. However, if your speed is slowed due to old equipment or outdated WiFi standards, eero can possibly help with speeds.

Yes, eero replaces your router. It doesn’t replace your modem, however. Simply plug eero into your existing fiber, cable or DSL modem. Have a combination modem/router? No worries. Just use it as a modem, and disable the routing function by putting it in bridge mode.

It depends on the model. An eero Max 7 can handle over 200 devices. An eero 6+ can support over 75 devices. Finally, an eero pro 6E can support over 100 devices. For best performance, particularly when the devices are engaged in bandwidth-intensive activities such as streaming, it is recommended to limit the number of connected devices to 30 per eero.

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