The Amazon Eero Pro 6E is an updated version of the Eero Pro 6, which we tested a few months ago. The format is strictly the same, but the low benefit comes from a welcome update with a 2.5G Ethernet port per module, and above all the arrival of wifi 6E with a 6 GHz frequency band.
So the Eero Pro 6E is 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.
The modules that make up the Eero Pro 6E are strictly identical and always act as a router or satellite. So the connection consists of two Ethernet sockets, one of the Gigabit standard, one of the 2.5 Gigabit standard. A USB-C port for power occurs between our two RJ45 sockets.
The modules will be able to automatically detect for each of the Ethernet sockets whether they are connected to your box or a device. However, we recommend that you use a 2.5G socket to connect your box, especially if it is also equipped with a 2.5G socket.
As it follows, the Eero Pro 6E is specifically compliant with the ZigBee protocol intended for connected objects and home automation. Alexa immediately took over control of the paired items.
The Eero Pro 6E modules are more compact, with 13.9 cm side and 5 cm high. The weight is also there, with 639 g on our scales.
Installing and setting up the Eero Pro 6E requires installing the Eero app, either on Android or iOS. If you are already late and your Amazon account is connected, it is possible to begin the actual installation.
The method 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.
The management of the Eero Pro 6E system through the application is very well done. The interface is clear, the network settings are there, even if the wifi settings are missing, which will allow bands to be deactivated, for example.
Since our last test, Amazon has added the ability to appoint a manager. This function allows someone outside to configure the network; however, it is not possible to remove access points or change connection parameters.
The Eero Pro 6E also includes excellent parental controls that we detailed in the Eero Pro 6 trial length. The latter, which is much more complete and customized, albeit for a fee. Amazon will offer you a € 39 per year subscription for Eero Secure, while the Eero Secure+ version, for € 109 per year, also includes a password manager, antivirus and VPN.
To evaluate the performance of the Amazon Eero Pro 6E mesh system, we connected a module to our operator box, where we connected a laptop PC via an adapter to the 2.5 Gb/s socket. We transferred a file (a disk image) of 4.73 GB from the first laptop PC to the second with Intel AX210 wifi 6 chip, but also to a fixed desktop PC located high and connected to the PCIe card Gigabyte GC -WBAX200 with external. antennas and updated with Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 chip, wifi 6E compatible.
Connected to the 6 GHz band, our laptop can reach as little as 1.1 Gb / s on average, or 145 MB / s, which is only valid for download. When uploading, speeds are less than 865 Mb / s. The satellite module flow (point 2) shows that the Eero Pro 6E does not benefit from a band dedicated to communication between modules such as the Netgear Orbi RBKE953, the flow rates being nearly half that. At point 3, our fixed PC is likely to connect to the nearest module, but not necessarily the fastest. After a few connections, the latter finally connects to the module (router) to reach 865 Mb/s on average for download, and 531 Mb/s for upload. The third module, placed at the top, allows point 5 to get good speeds and take advantage of our VOD smart TV services with speeds in excess of 300 Mb/s.
Note that we have to juggle multiple laptops before connecting to the 6 GHz band via the Eero Pro 6E. Unlike the Orbi Netgear RBKE963 kit, it is not possible to dissociate frequency bands with an SSID (network name) for each band.
The 5 GHz band has the same bandwidth as 6 GHz (2400 Mb/s), we find more or less the same speed. The only unique point is that we did not exceed the hook, even as close as possible to the router module.
The Eero Pro 6E offers average speeds in its 2.4 GHz band, under 200 Mb/s (25 MB/s). The flow in absolute terms is relatively low. However, the size is rather wide, because in its three modules we get almost the same flow rates at point 1 or at point 5.
In use, our 6E wifi-compatible devices are usually connected in the 5 GHz band, or even 2.4 GHz, for no apparent reason. This will affect performance, as the Eero Pro 6E does not allow you to create an SSID per frequency band. In addition, the loss of a frequency band dedicated to communication modules can hinder performance when one is connected to “satellite” modules. In the end, we ended up with the same performance as the previous generation while having a higher speed on this Eero Pro 6E: 5400 Mb / s against 4200 Mb / s for the Eero Pro 6.