Amazon Eero Pro 6E review, a fitness update with 6E wifi and 2.5G port

The modules in the Eero Pro 6E are very discreet.

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Amazon Eero Pro 6E is an updated version of Eero Pro 6 that we tested a few months ago. The shape is therefore strictly identical, but the bottom benefits from a welcome update with a 2.5G Ethernet port per. module, and above all the arrival of wifi 6E with the 6 GHz frequency band.

The Eero Pro 6E is therefore a tri-band kit with a cumulative speed of 5400 Mb / s or 1200 Mb / s more than the non-E version. In detail, the 24 GHz band offers a speed of 600 Mb / s, while the 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands each have 2400 Mb / s. Again, Amazon does not specify how the modules communicate with each other.

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Still two Ethernet ports, but a 2.5G is emerging.

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The modules that make up the Eero Pro 6E are strictly identical and invariably act as a router or satellites. The connection therefore consists of two Ethernet connectors, one on the Gigabit standard, the other on the 2.5 Gigabit standard. A USB-C port for power takes place between our two RJ45 connectors.

The modules are able to automatically detect for each of the Ethernet connectors whether it is connected to your box or to a device. However, we recommend that you use the 2.5G connector to connect your box, especially if it is also equipped with a 2.5G connector.

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The settings for the ZigBee function can be found in the connected home pane.

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Like its predecessor, the Eero Pro 6E has the special feature of being compatible with the ZigBee protocol intended for connected objects and home automation. Alexa then takes over to control the objects once they are paired.

The three modules are strictly identical.

The three modules are strictly identical.

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The modules in the Eero Pro 6E are particularly compact with 13.9 cm side and 5 cm high. The weight is also included, with 639 g on our weight.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Ergonomics

Installation and setup of Eero Pro 6E requires installation of the Eero app, whether it is on Android or iOS. Once the latter is in place and your Amazon account is connected, it is possible to begin the installation itself.

The installation is performed step by step.

The installation is performed step by step.

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The procedure has not changed since the previous model: the first module is connected to its box, then the network is configured (SSID name, password). The application will then ask you to connect the “satellite” modules one by one for their configuration.

Simply designate a room and assign identifiers.

Simply designate a room and assign identifiers.

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The control of the Eero Pro 6E system via the application is very well done. The interface is clear, the network settings are present, even if the wifi settings are missing, which for example would make it possible to deactivate bands.

Since our last test, Amazon has added the ability to appoint an administrator. This feature allows an external person to configure the network; however, it will not be able to delete access points or change connection parameters.

Parental control is complete but paid.

Parental control is complete but paid.

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The Eero Pro 6E also includes excellent parental controls, which we detailed in the Eero Pro 6 test. The latter, which is particularly complete and can be customized, is however rechargeable. Amazon will offer you a € 39 per year subscription to Eero Secure, while the Eero Secure + version, for € 109 per year, also includes a password manager, antivirus and VPN.

Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

Charges

To evaluate the performance of the Amazon Eero Pro 6E mesh system, we connected a module to our operator box, to which we connected a laptop via an adapter for the 2.5 Gb / s connector. We transfer a 4.73 GB file (disk image) from the first laptop to another equipped with an Intel AX210 wifi 6-chip, but also to a fixed desktop PC located on top and connected to a PCIe card Gigabyte GC-WBAX200 with outdoor antennas and updated with Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 chip, wifi 6E compatible.

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Closest to the Eero Pro 6E, the latter can exceed gigabit in wifi.

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Connected to the 6 GHz band, our laptop can reach a little over 1.1 Gb / s on average, or 145 MB / s, which is only valid for download. When uploading, the speeds are much lower at 865 Mb / s. The passage on the satellite module (point 2) shows that the Eero Pro 6E does not benefit from a band dedicated to communication between the modules like the Netgear Orbi RBKE953, the flow rates are almost halved. At point 3, our fixed PC tends to connect to the nearest module, but not necessarily to the fastest. After several connections, the latter is finally connected to the module (router) to reach 865 Mb / s on average for download and 531 Mb / s for upload. The third module, located upstairs, allows point 5 to achieve good speeds and to utilize our smart TV for VOD services with speeds above 300 Mb / s.

Note that we had to juggle multiple laptops before we could connect to the 6 GHz band via Eero Pro 6E. Unlike the Orbi Netgear RBKE963 set, it is not possible to separate frequency bands with an SSID (network name) for each band.

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On the 5 GHz band, the Eero Pro 6E also performs very well.

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The 5 GHz band has the same bandwidth as 6 GHz (2400 Mb / s), we find more or less the same speeds. The only striking point is that we did not exceed gigabit, even as close as possible to the router module.

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The three modules of the Eero Pro 6E provide excellent coverage on the 2.4 GHz band.

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The Eero Pro 6E offers average speeds on its 2.4 GHz band, below 200 Mb / s (25 MB / s). Flow in absolute numbers quite low. However, the range is wide, as with the three modules we achieve almost the same flow rates at point 1 or at point 5.

In use, our 6E wifi compatible devices are most of the time connected to the 5 GHz band, or even to 2.4 GHz, for no apparent reason. This affects performance as the Eero Pro 6E does not allow you to create one SSID per second. frequency bands. In addition, the absence of a frequency band dedicated to the communication of the modules inhibits the performance as soon as one is connected to the “satellite” modules. In the end, we end up with the same performance as the previous generation, while we have a higher cumulative speed on this Eero Pro 6E: 5400 Mb / s against 4200 Mb / s for the Eero Pro 6.

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