The Amazon Eero Pro 6E is an updated version of the Eero Pro 6, which 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.
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 sockets, one at the Gigabit standard, the other at the 2.5 Gigabit standard. A USB-C port for power takes place between our two RJ45 sockets.
The modules are able to automatically detect for each of the Ethernet sockets if it is connected to your box or to a device. However, we recommend that you use the 2.5G socket to connect your box, especially if it is also equipped with a 2.5G socket.
Like its predecessor, the Eero Pro 6E has the particularity of being compatible with the ZigBee protocol intended for connected objects and home automation. Alexa then takes over for controlling the objects once paired.
The modules of the Eero Pro 6E are particularly compact, with 13.9 cm side and 5 cm high. The weight is also contained, with 639 g on our scale.
Installing and setting up the Eero Pro 6E requires installing the Eero app, whether on Android or iOS. Once the latter is in place and your Amazon account is connected, it is possible to begin the actual installation.
The procedure has not changed since the previous model: the first module is connected to its box then the network is configured (name of the SSID, 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 via the application is very well done. The interface is clear, the network settings are present, even if the wifi settings are missing, which would allow bands to be deactivated, for example.
Since our last test, Amazon has added the ability to appoint an administrator. This function allows an outside person to configure the network; however, it will not be able to delete access points or modify connection parameters.
The Eero Pro 6E also includes excellent parental controls that we detailed at length in the Eero Pro 6 test. The latter, which is particularly complete and customizable, is however chargeable. 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, to which we connected a laptop PC via an adapter to the 2.5 Gb/s socket. We transfer a file (a disk image) of 4.73 GB from the first laptop to a second equipped with an Intel AX210 wifi 6 chip, but also to a fixed desktop PC located upstairs and connected to a PCIe card Gigabyte GC-WBAX200 with outdoor antennas and updated with Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 chip, wifi 6E compatible.
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 however only valid for downloading. When uploading, the speeds are much lower with 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 being almost halved. On point 3, our fixed PC tends to connect to the nearest module, but not necessarily to the fastest. After several connections, the latter finally connects to the module (router) to reach 865 Mb/s on average for downloading, and 531 Mb/s for uploading. The third module, placed upstairs, allows point 5 to obtain good speeds and to take advantage of our smart TV to VOD services with speeds greater than 300 Mb/s.
Note that we had to juggle several laptops before being able to connect 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 having the same bandwidth as the 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.
The Eero Pro 6E offers average speeds on its 2.4 GHz band, below 200 Mb/s (25 MB/s). Flows in absolute terms rather low. However, the range is wide, since with its three modules we obtain 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, since the Eero Pro 6E does not allow you to create an SSID per frequency band. In addition, the absence of a frequency band dedicated to the communication of the modules handicaps 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 having a higher cumulative speed on this Eero Pro 6E: 5400 Mb / s against 4200 Mb / s for the Eero Pro 6.