Eero 6 vs Eero Pro 6: What's the difference?

Eero Pro 6 Lifestyle
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The Eero 6 and the Eero Pro 6 mesh networking systems are very similar products. We've already seen what Wi-Fi 6 can do for your network in other routers, like the TP-Link Archer AX6000, so it's an excellent upgrade. While both utilize the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard (802.11ax), the $100 difference will largely determine the size of your Wi-Fi coverage, the speed of that coverage, and how you'll want to extend your mesh network going forward.

For most people, the Eero 6's dual-band Wi-Fi performance will be enough. However, those with internet speeds of 1Gbps or more and who need to cover a larger space might want to consider the benefits of the tri-band Eero Pro 6.

Eero 6 vs. Eero Pro 6: Wi-Fi Coverage

The Eero 6 and the Eero Pro 6 don't differ much when it comes to Wi-Fi coverage. The Eero Pro 6 is rated for 2,000 sq. ft, while the Eero 6 is rated for 1,500 sq. ft. It's always worth recognizing how numbers like these are loose when considering all of the things that can interfere with a signal in a building. Here's a breakdown of which device offers.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Eero 6Eero Pro 6
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6 dual-bandWi-Fi 6 tri-band
Channel width20, 40, 80 MHz20, 40, 80 MHz
Ethernet ports22
Coverage1,500 sq. ft.2,000 sq. ft.
Dimensions3.91-by-3.82-by-2.42 inch5.3-by-5.3-by-2.1 inch

As with any wirelessly connected mesh network, you need to buy and place nodes close enough to each other to overlap. So realistically, the difference between them is fuzzy. For most users in smaller homes or apartments, both systems will be effectively the same. If you're looking for specific amounts of coverage for large spaces, you might need to lean on the Eero Pro 6's larger area of coverage.

Eero 6 vs. Eero Pro 6: Dual-band or Tri-band?

The Eero 6 offers dual-band Wi-Fi that lets it output both a 2.4GHz signal and one 5GHz signal. For a mesh network, where each device links to cover a wider total area, having more bands is better for maintaining a fast connection speed. The Eero 6's single 5GHz band will be split among nearby Eero nodes and your devices. The result is a slower overall speed as low as half of the 900Mbps rating.

The Eero Pro 6, however, has the same 2.4GHz band and not one but two 5GHz bands. One 5GHz band is dedicated to your other nodes, and the remaining 5Ghz and 2.4GHz bands are used for your devices to increase the throughput you'd otherwise get.

If you need to keep a high-speed connection in your home or building that also requires two or more Eeros, the Eero Pro 6 can easily keep up. The Eero 6 does a solid job if there's no reason you need speeds higher than 400Mbps.

Eero 6 vs Eero Pro 6: Expansion Capability

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Here is where things get pricey if you need the true benefits of the Eero Pro 6. If you need expansion capability, it may cost you a pretty penny. Thankfully, the Eero line of products all work with each other, so upgrading in the future is also an option.

Both units offer two-gigabit ethernet ports on the base routers, but the Eero 6 extenders don't have that capability. You'll be stuck buying only base Eero 6 routers or the more expensive Eero Pro 6 routers for a second ethernet port. LAN ports matter because it's a great way to extend your mesh network or connect a device to a node with a stronger, wired connection. Ethernet can increase the speeds you'd otherwise get by connecting to your nodes wirelessly, but it'll cost you.

If this is something that could be a problem later on, you can buy an Eero Pro 6 as your base router and connect slightly slower Eero 6 extenders to it, at approximately $89 for each, and swap them out for more Eero Pro 6s whenever you'd like.

Eero 6 vs. Eero Pro 6: Price Difference

Buying into a mesh network is like buying into an ecosystem of products. That's why getting into either the Eero 6 or the Eero Pro 6 is pricey, especially if you need the standard two to three nodes that most people require.

The Eero Pro 6 starts more expensive, but if you're willing to give up some performance, it can be a solid way to go if you're worried about future-proofing expansions later on. A router and two slower Eero 6 extenders actually work out cheaper than the same three pack with the Eero 6, but since you lose the initial speed benefits, it might not be as enticing. Here's a breakdown of the prices.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Eero 6Eero Pro 6
Router Only$129$229
3-pack (router + nodes)$279$178 (with 2x Eero 6 extenders)
3-pack (routers)$349$599

The Eero 6 and the Eero Pro 6 both make it easy to get into a mesh networking system. For power users, the way the Eero Pro 6 covers a bigger area and maintains fast speeds could be the deciding factor over the slower, cheaper Eero 6. But the Eero 6 could be enough for people looking only for a base router and one or two nodes on top of that.

Eero 6 vs. Eero Pro 6: Which Should You Buy

For most people, the Eero 6 mesh router will be enough. It offers stable, fast performance to meet anyone's basic needs. It also covers a wide area that should be overkill for most people. And if you need to cover more space, you can easily increase it with official extenders down the line.

The Eero 6 is also affordable. Investing in a mesh networking system can be pricey, and the Eero 6 makes that transition easy and fool-proof for future expansion. It's simple, and that's what makes it the best choice for your mesh networking needs.

Tyler Colp

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