Whole-home Wi-Fi company eero today announced two new pieces of hardware, a refresh to its iOS app, and a new premium internet security service called "eero Plus."

The new, second-generation version of eero is the same size and form factor as the previous version, but includes twice the power according to the company. Simply called eero (2nd generation), the new router includes next-generation mesh network technology, which eero calls "TrueMesh," to ensure that eero can adapt to any home in which it's placed.

eero second gen and beacon

eero (2nd generation) and eero Beacon

If users stock their home with three eeros, they can even gain access to tri-band Wi-Fi, which broadcasts on three wireless radio bands simultaneously, generating a multi-user experience that doesn't create lag for anyone in the home. As an example, eero said users will be able to download huge files, run a FaceTime call, or compete in a multiplayer game all at the same time, and the routers will provide the same Wi-Fi quality to each experience without compromise.

Once an eero (1st or 2nd generation) is connected to a network's modem, users will be able to introduce the company's all new eero Beacon into their network. eero Beacon is a full-fledged access point which the company says has 30 percent better performance than the original eero, but the Beacon is built for portability and plugs directly into any wall outlet.

Our vision for eero is to go beyond providing perfect connectivity by adding context and intelligence to our homes. As everything in our homes comes online, and we consume more and more content over the internet, we can imagine services and experiences — whether built by us or partners — relying on eero for WiFi and more. We can even imagine changing everything again, this time with another much bigger idea: that over time eero just might evolve into the underlying operating system for the home of the future.

The company said users can add as many Beacons to their network as they want in order to truly cover their entire home in reliable Wi-Fi. As a bonus, Beacon includes a built-in ambient light sensor that automatically lights up dark hallways and rooms at night, and turns off during the day.

In order to ensure that internet browsing is kept secure, eero has introduced a new subscription service called eero Plus, starting at $9.99/month. It includes the following features:

  • Advanced Security: Blocks you from accidentally accessing millions of sites associated with harmful content, like malware, ransomware, and phishing attacks. Unlike the built-in protections included in your browser or email client, the database of threats eero Plus protects against is automatically updated every single second.

  • Expanded Parental Controls: Lets you filter adult, illegal, and violent content, or enable SafeSearch for specific profiles on your network. eero Plus ensures that as new content is posted, it’s filtered in real time.

  • VIP Support: Gives you priority access to our support team so you don’t have to wait to speak with a WiFi expert.

Along with the hardware additions, eero is also updating its eero home Wi-Fi system iOS app [Direct Link], which it says will launch towards the end of June. The update brings a refreshed user interface and new tools, including a "home-type selector" that allows users to precisely detail the size and shape of their living space so they can get the most out of their eero devices.


The new eeros will use Thread, a low-power wireless protocol that uses IPv6 natively, resulting in more reliability and better encryption. Thread will also result in fewer hubs required by users to be scattered about their homes, and eero promised that over-the-air software updates "means your new eero system comes future-proofed."

One eero sells for $199, while an eero Beacon costs $149 on the company's store. Users can also choose from a few start-up packs to save some money, including a Small Homes pack (1-2 bedrooms) that includes one eero and one eero Beacon at $299, as well as a Most Homes pack (2-4 bedrooms) with one eero and two eero Beacons for $399. A Pro Wi-Fi System -- which fuels tri-band mesh capabilities -- packs in three eeros for $499.

The new devices begin shipping at the end of June, and can be ordered today from eero's website, or retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

Tags: wi-fi, eero

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macduke Avatar
50 months ago
How much was Macrumors paid for this article?
You're right—MacRumors should never write articles about anything that isn't 100% related to Apple, especially if it has to do with interesting technology that 99% of their readers use in their home every day and even more so if it's a market that Apple is rumored to be exiting, leaving many MacRumors readers in the lurch wondering what they should buy to replace their expensive AirPort Extremes. Yeah, they should definitely not ever do that. Shame! Shame on MacRumors!

What an unpleasant person you are.
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Craiger Avatar
50 months ago
How much was Macrumors paid for this article?
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macduke Avatar
50 months ago
If anyone is being unpleasant here, I think it would be you. I simply asked a question.

What I was trying to get at with the question is that these paid article should be labeled. It's extremely dishonest of macrumors to display this article as if it was regular content if it was in fact paid for in some form or fashion.
That might be the case if you were a newbie but you've been here nearly as long as I have. Arnold Kim has said numerous times that they clearly state when an article is a part of a paid promotion. This is not a new comment on a post like this. They happen all the time. MacRumors just doesn't do that. Arn is an upstanding guy, and I trust what he says until he gives me reason not to. Sorry if I came across sounding harsh but I only did so because you're an old timer and should know better than to say something so ridiculous about this site that has been repeatedly refuted.
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acegreen Avatar
50 months ago
How much was Macrumors paid for this article?
1 million dollars

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RMo Avatar
50 months ago
...and considering that the second generation eero is not even shipping yet, how do you suppose they link to "reviews"?
I didn't mean in this specific case; this is not the first or only example of them doing so. I also mentioned that they could simply state objective realities, like the technical specifications, which would certainly be possible here--or even just qualify the marketing speak they're repeating as a claim the company is making and not necessarily a fact that MR sounds like they've verified.

As for reviews, don't worry; I'm sure they'll post a link to a review as soon as it comes out like they've done even for products where the announcement and release were only days apart. I hope they're getting paid for these promotions.

For the record, I do enjoy reading about this type of product (especially in cases like this where Apple has products, albeit more or less abandoned ones, in this category, which most people would use some form of); I just think the story could be framed differently.

Triband connection is key for these types routers. It wasn't until Orbi came out with the dedicated backhaul that I was finally able to get the full speed of our paid internet through out our house, 2 floors and a basement.
Ah, yes, the other use case: people with super-fast home Internet connections who want to make sure the full speed is available on Wi-Fi. (I kinda forgot about this because it wasn't too long ago where common forms of Wi-Fi were much faster than most people's Internet connections, and I use Ethernet for anything important, most of which is just around my home LAN anyway. I would say I'm old-school, but 802.11b is faster than most home Internet connections I've had, so if I were to suggest areas where someone could make fun of me, I'd choose that over my preferences for wires.)
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Solomani Avatar
50 months ago
Now that Apple's getting out of the router game, I'm wondering about how native these products feel. One of the things I like about Airports is how integrated it is, both with UI aspects like menu bar inclusion and pref panes and with the Airport config utility.
IMHO it's a mistake for Apple to leave the WiFi router business.

But I also think that…. just a hunch, Apple will see the error of their ways and the Airports will return in a couple of years. Just like the "discontinued" Apple Cinema Displays. It will come back.
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