Mesh networking has come into style in the last couple of years, and it’s especially popular with those who have a large area to cover. These systems generally employ multiple nodes that all communicate with each other, sending out a unified signal for your devices. This is different from most classic network extenders, which move you between SSIDs as you come in and out of range. Most mesh systems cost more than a classic router, especially if you have a setup with multiple nodes, and Cyber Monday is a great time to make up that price difference with some great deals.
There are many mesh Wi-Fi systems on the market, some with Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and some with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ac), but some of the best deals have so far been on Amazon’s own eero mesh networking. The new eero 6, which combines mesh networking with the advantages of Wi-Fi 6, is on sale. You can get the router (which starts off your network), router and extenders, or just extenders depending on your needs.
Each eero 6 node (including the main router) has enough range for about 1,500 square feet, which will change based on layout and levels. It’s easy to set up with the dedicated app, and its AX1800 performance is good for internet plans up to about 900Mbps. The eero 6 router includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired devices, though the extenders do not include the same Ethernet ports.
There is also the eero Pro 6, an advanced version of the eero 6 that still offers Wi-Fi 6. The differences between the two systems primarily comes down to top speed, number of LAN ports on each node, and two bands versus three bands. Whereas the standard eero 6 has a main router that can be complemented by extenders, each eero Pro 6 is equal with the same number of ports and abilities. It’s a tri-band system with AX4200 performance, better cut out for Gigabit internet plans and larger spaces to cover (up to 2,000 square feet per node).
If you’d rather stick with Wi-Fi 5 and pay a bit less money, you can get eero and eero Pro models also on sale for Cyber Monday. They’re not quite as powerful as the 6 versions and they don’t come with the added benefits of Wi-Fi 6, but they are still strong mesh systems for anyone with a lot of space to cover.
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