Mossberg: Eero makes Wi-Fi simpler and stronger

“Eero, a small San Francisco startup, is hoping will get people interested in its slick-looking, simplified, app-controlled Wi-Fi boxes, which it refuses to even call routers,” Walt Mossberg writes for Re/code. “Eero’s basic product is a dead-simple wireless mesh network of devices that it recommends people buy in packs of three to spread around a home for optimal coverage.”

“I’ve had just such a three-unit Eero system working in my typical-sized, two-story suburban house for about 10 days now. Holding my breath, I installed it in place of a carefully configured group of traditional routers I’d been using,” Mossberg writes. “And, so far, the Eeros have worked perfectly, which is no small thing, because my home has a couple of quirks that make Wi-Fi tough.”

Mossberg writes, “In my tests of Eero, the setup required almost no configuration and, so far, no restarts. In fact, Eero claims its system is ‘self-fixing,’ because it regularly diagnoses itself and fixes problems… Wi-Fi is like air for living a digital life. You want as much of it as you can get, everywhere. It’s possible to achieve that with high-quality, well-configured traditional routers. But I found that it’s much easier, if a bit pricey, with Eero.”

Much more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: We are currently using a system of AirPort Extreme units (big surprise) and haven’t had any issues since Apple finally killed discoveryd with OS X 10.10.4.

if you’re still having Wi-Fi issues you might want to consider Eero’s Wi-Fi solution.

12 Comments

  1. In one of my homes, I have five Airport Extremes. I’m not even sure how many AEs I have spread across all of my properties. They retail for $199 each, so this Eero system is actually cost-effective when you’re trying to cover real square footage, including outdoor space down to the beaches, etc.

    1. I have two $49 Linksys wireless routers on opposite corners of the house. Because they have antenna jacks, I was able to set up one with coax to the antennas placed outdoors. This gives me total coverage throughout my house and in the yard. Total investment: $120.

  2. Funny, I was having serious troubles with securityd just this morning. Actually for months, but this morning finally realized my Mac was seizing because securityd was eating up tons of CPU. Followed advice through “Apple Support Communities” to trash a specific cache and thus far things are humming along.

  3. I’ve had a variety or devices over the years, including various Apple Airports (which have died all of a sudden). They’ve worked ok when in the prime range of one device, but roaming from one to another has never worked 100%.

  4. I have two Airpot Extremes which I use one as a base station and the other to extend. I also have an express connected to my Stereo which I stream music to. Works like a charm.

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