Wi-Fi mesh-networking enabler Eero recently introduced two products and a new subscription service called Eero Plus.
Eero claimed its second-generation router is twice as powerful compared with the previous generation. It uses a tri-band radio and can broadcast on three wireless bands at the same time while the first model only uses a dual-band radio.
The company has also integrated some new technologies into the new model. It has Thread radio built-in targeting future IoT devices at home. Thread has been around for a few years and is said to be simpler to deploy than ZigBee and Z-Wave. However, there are no devices on the market that can make use of it.
By integrating the Thread protocol, the new Eero router can therefore serve as a home hub and interact with other home devices via the Thread network. The idea is similar to Samsung’s Connect Home, which serves both as a mesh Wi-Fi system and a smart home hub.
Eero Beacon, the second hardware product launched by the company, can be plugged into wall sockets directly to extend Wi-Fi signals. It looks a bit like air purifiers used in the restroom. Although not as powerful as the new Eero router, the Beacon is said to perform 20% to 30% better than the first model with only half of the size.
Both the new Eero hub and Beacon are compatible with existing Eero systems. Current Eero owners can simply add the new devices where they see fit.
Furthermore, to differentiate itself from other competitors in the market, Eero has revealed a new subscription service called Eero Plus.
Similar to the concept of Amazon Prime, the subscription service provides advanced features including security protection that blocks botnets and malware from accessing the network, besides network management on who can access the Internet and enhanced parental controls. And if Eero adds more features into the service, users won’t need to pay extra fees. The monthly subscription costs US$9.99 and yearly plan costs US$99.
Eero has inspired companies like Netgear, Linksys, TP-Link, Google and Samsung to enter the mesh Wi-Fi market. Although the market has changed compared to two years ago when the first Eero was launched, the company will keep focusing on providing good Wi-Fi connectivity experience to its clients.
Three sets of devices will be available in the coming weeks. One Eero hub plus an Eero Beacon cost US$299; one hub and two Beacons cost US$399; and three Eero hubs cost US$499.