eero was one of the first companies that helped usher in the current wave of mesh WiFi systems that we’re seeing come to market. Their goal was to introduce easy to set up and incredibly powerful WiFi through homes that suffer from WiFi connectivity. Their router three-pack wasn’t exactly cheap, but they work really well which makes the price very much worth it.

After having provided regular software updates to their devices for more than a year, eero has just announced hardware updates! According to the company, the second-generation unit provides double the speed and range of its predecessor, and the footprint and form factor didn’t change! It is also the first product on the market with fully functioning Thread support, so it will be able to connect to a variety of smart home devices expected to arrive in the near future. It offers tri-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz, and 5.8GHz wireless, and dual auto-sensing Gigabit ports for WAN and/or LAN connectivity

In addition to the second-gen hub, eero is also releasing the smaller eero Beacon. The Beacon is designed to extend the range and coverage of your Wi-Fi network just like the hub, but it has an even smaller size and plugs directly into a wall outlet. The eero Beacon provides dual-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless; however, as one might expect, it lacks any ports for wired connectivity.

The eero Beacon in action.

You can currently order an eero kit with one eero hub and one Beacon for $299 from the eero website. $100 more gets you the hub and two Beacons. A “Pro” system is also available for $499, which includes three eero hubs.

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