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Eero vs Google Wifi

Eero vs Google Wifi – Comparing Wireless 2022

A lot has changed lately and the homes we live in today are packed with various internet devices. Ideally, you would want to connect multiple devices to the internet especially when there are several people in the house.

We are talking about gaming consoles, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and so on. All these devices can connect to your home wifi but the issue would be maintaining a strong connection on all of them.

You have to ensure the devices are in close range with your wifi router or else the connection becomes slow and unsteady. Thankfully, mesh networks were introduced to the world and instantly solved this problem. But the question is, how do you choose the best mesh wifi network for your home? What are some of the things that you should be looking for in a mesh wifi system?

Eero and Google wifi is among the best competitors in the mesh networking industry. At a glance, they seem to have almost the same qualities but we need to take an in-depth look to determine how they really compare against each other.

Eero and Google wifi similarities

The one thing we like about these two mesh networks is that they are both decently priced and hence affordable to most people. If it’s about installation, you won’t break a sweat installing both the Google wifi and Eero because the steps are pretty clear and straightforward. The two networks extend coverage in your home by the use of nodes which you are supposed to position in particular locations in your home.

If you don’t want a complete replacement of your router and instead you’re comfortable with only extending the wifi range, both mesh networks actually support the bridge mode. Google wifi will support the bridge mode only if you have a single Google wifi point.

If you have a smart home, this is your lucky day because both of these mesh routers do support the smart home technology. There are Ethernet ports on the routers that you can use to connect a smart hub and control your smart devices.

Price

The eero three-piece mesh unit will set you back with $249 which is not that bad at all. The third device will come in handy and help spread a steady internet connection through your entire home (eero says it covers as much as 5,000 square feet area). Google wifi, on the other hand, will cost you about $242.90 for a three-pack or you opt for a single pack that costs $129. As you can see, the prices are quite decent and affordable for both mesh systems.

Features

First and foremost, the Google wifi mesh system is compatible with Google Home. What this means is that you can easily connect your smart home hub to the wifi router and then proceed to enjoy taking control of your smart home devices using voice commands on the Google Home assistant. This is definitely impressive and something many people look forward to for their smart homes. Furthermore, the wifi comes with advanced software that manages everything in the background while you cool your feet. The Network Assist technology makes things much better because it promptly selects the fastest and clearest channels for you.

Aside from aiding in the installation process, the app has other benefits like it allows you to monitor what is connected, prioritize the devices on your network and also offers some parental controls for you to keep an eye on the kids. Also, don’t worry about switching providers because Google wifi is compatible with various internet providers.

When it comes to useful features, Eero takes into account the importance of security in internet usage. To prevent your data from being at risk of theft and spying from cyber criminals, eero has provided plenty of security features. Though, they are offered on subscription basis. For instance, you can subscribe to the Eero Secure or Eero secure+ and receive notable services such as ad blocking, content warning, threat scans and so much more. In addition to all that, the automatic software updates enhance the safety of your data and security.

Just like the Google wifi app, the eero app allows you to do other things like check whatever is going on with your network, check device usage and even pause the internet whenever necessary. Furthermore, it will work with your existing internet provider to increase coverage in your home and get rid of wifi dead zones.

Design

Thankfully, Amazon went through the trouble of engineering a smaller mesh networking unit that will be good enough for most homes. The Eero mesh unit is pretty small, white in color and with rounded corners. At 3.9 inches square and 2.4 inches tall, this mesh unit is smaller than many others in the market. You can easily fit it anywhere without obstructing the look of the room and that’s what we like to hear.

The eero mesh is basically not an Alexa endpoint which is disappointing for an Amazon device but there is more advanced versions with this particular feature. Each of the devices has a pair of Ethernet ports which is good because we all need wired connections for various reasons. Each of the units can connect wirelessly or you can use an Ethernet cable. At the bottom, there is a reset button that you can use to wipe out settings.

Each of the eero units can cover at least 1,500 square feet. The three-pack is good enough for a 5,000 square foot home. Most typical homes are not this large and that’s why the eero mesh unit is a great way to blanket your home with reliable wifi signals. This mesh system is dual-band but it’s still up for the task.

In terms of design, Google wifi has a set of three identical devices which are small enough to be placed just about anywhere in your house. The wifi points are small and white in color with a cylindrical shape. We like the white matte finish. An LED indicator cuts the points into half creating a narrow canal. Each of the Google wifi points is properly built and actually feels sturdy. It’s the kind of device that will easily blend in with your home décor. Underneath there is a pair of Ethernet ports and a USB-C port for powering the unit.

When comparing the design practicality, we noticed that the eero mesh has autosensing and interchangeable Ethernet ports. On the other hand, Google wifi has a port that’s dedicated only to the modem. With the Google wifi unit, there is a built-in nightlight feature that you can schedule to control the brightness. This ensures the LED light does not overwhelm people who are sensitive to bright lights.

Performance

Neither of these mesh systems has the capacity to set performance records but they do offer enough power for most people. At a glance, the eero is more stable and its speeds are more consistent. Just like Google wifi, the eero mesh is a dual-band router. For that reason, there is little room for communication between the nodes and your internet devices. Mesh wifi systems with a tri-band design like the eero pro usually have an additional band dedicated to this particular purpose. Since eero mesh has one fewer band, the speeds tend to be slower.

With eero, there is the band steering feature to direct all the devices that support the 5GHz to that channel in a bid to boost performance. That said, it helps improve the stability of the network so that there are no cutouts. Unfortunately, you can’t really prioritize the devices that get the most bandwidth out of the mesh network but there is a feature that can make your life a little easier. Eero has this feature referred to as optimize for conferencing and gaming. It works by automatically prioritizing specific devices without restricting access to the other devices. From our observation, the eero mesh network has a fair share of stability. However, the speeds may not be as fast as you had expected but they are enough for most households.

Google wifi also has a dual-band system. When you gauge the performance of the two mesh systems, it’s almost identical. The difference is observed in consistency and variance. Not only does the eero mesh almost hit the maximum speeds but also there is more consistency and less variance. Google wifi, on the other hand, experiences greater variance in its speeds.

While eero mesh will automatically prioritize devices that are currently streaming or conferencing, Google wifi requires you to do so manually. You’re allowed to prioritize a device for a certain period of time like one or two hours. All in all, despite Google wifi being an old mesh router version from the manufacturer, it still works fine and delivers as required.

Software

Nowadays, there is an app for literally everything and we need them to get various things done like install a mesh network. We like the eero app because its user friendly and has some useful advanced features. You can use the app to prioritize family profiles so that there is a scheduled access for your children. The router throws in some high-end tech features and configuration for the tech savvy people like the MU-MIMO support, DNS settings, port forwarding and thread support.

Let’s delve a little deeper into creating family profiles. For the people in your house, you can create profiles which you then proceed to name and group their devices. In each profile you create, you can set schedules for when access to the internet is allowed or pause the internet right on demand. This is a very useful feature for the parents who want control over their kid’s access to the internet without necessarily restricting access for the adults in the household. Aside from that, you can actually create a guest wifi network complete with its own name and password if you don’t want to share the login credentials of your own private network.

Eero is among the few systems that support Homekit. When you add it to your Apple home app, its goes ahead and build a firewall between your mesh network and smart devices. In case one of your smart devices experiences problems or it’s compromised, it won’t take down your entire network. There is also an interface that displays all of your devices in order of their real-time bandwidth, which is quite useful especially for troubleshooting. However, if you want more security for your home network, it comes at a subscription basis. You will have to pay $3 per month for extra features like ad blocking and content filtering.

If you’re concerned about your kids accessing inappropriate content online, Google wifi offers some free features. For instance, its family wifi includes Safe Search filtering which is absolutely free. This feature blocks thousands of adult sites from the profiles it’s enabled on. You also have access to an excellent interface where you see the cumulative bandwidth usage. Google wifi has an upper hand because it provides many features for free. That said, it has pretty much the same features as eero.

Conclusion

If you had to choose between these two mesh wifi routers, any of them would get the job done really well. However, eero mesh wifi seems to be slightly advanced. It performs better than the Google wifi. Furthermore, the Google wifi doesn’t seem to implement some of the newest technologies like MU-MIMO. The good thing about this technology is that the mesh system can serve multiple clients all at the same time rather than let them compete for bandwidth.

However, Google wifi does have its upsides like automatic band steering. This means that your devices will automatically be assigned the best nearest node. You have to look at several things before making your final choice. But between the two, eero mesh will work perfectly well.

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