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I’ve been using a Linksys WRT1900ACS router to power my home and home office since 2017, and for the most part it’s been a pretty solid workhorse. And if I lived in a 1 or 2-story house that would probably be the end of the story. But I live in a 3-story Philly rowhouse, which is 4 stories if you count the basement. So it’s unsurprising that the signal sometimes struggles to reach some parts of the house.
All of which is to say that when Amazon started selling its eero 6 mesh WiFi router systems at deep discounts ahead of Prime Day, I was tempted… and eventually gave into temptation.
I picked up an eero 6 router + 2 extenders for $181 this week and set them up last night with one device on each floor of the house. The internet connection is fastest in my 3rd-floor office where the primary router is located. But there are no longer any dead zones in the house and speeds in the basement are almost as good as on the first floor even though there’s no router or extender down there.
The eero setup isn’t for everyone – the router only has two Ethernet ports. You’ll use one for input, which leaves only one for connecting a PC or other gear (mine is plugged into a network-attached storage device). If you need more than two Ethernet ports then you may need to pick up a network switch or a different router system.
But so far (it’s only been a day), I’m pretty glad I picked up a pack of eero devices. If you want to give them a try, they’ll remain on sale at least through Amazon Prime Day which is scheduled for June 21 and 22.
Here are some of the day’s best deals.
- eero 6 WiFi 6 router for $83 – Amazon
- eero 6 WiFi router + extender for $129 – Amazon
- eero 6 WiFi router + 2 extenders for $181 – Amazon (Prime member exclusive)
- eero 6 WiFi router 3-pack for $226 – Amazon (Prime member exclusive)
Streaming music & video
- Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month subscription for free – Amazon (Prime members, new subscribers only)
- Spotify 3-month subscription for free – Spotify (or 3 months for $10 for returning subscribers)
- Paramount+ 1-month subscription for free – Paramount+ (coupon: MOVIES)
- Surviving Mars PC game for free – Humble Store
- Batman PC game sale (save up to 85-percent) – Humble Store
- Name your price for a bundle of open world PC games – Humble Bundle
- SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC card for $19 – Amazon
- SanDisk Extreme 128GB microSDXC card for $22 – Amazon
- SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC card for $49 – Amazon
- MINISFORUM Anniversary sale (mini PCs) – MINISFORUM
- Pre-order MINISFORUM TL50 mini PC w/Core i5-1135G7/12GB/512GB for $599 – MINISFORUM
- MINISORUM EliteMini UM700 w/Ryzen 7 2750H/16GB/256GB for $609 – MINISFORUM
- MINISFORUM HM50 w/Ryzen 5 4500U/16GB/256GB for $629 – MINISFORUM
- MINISFORUM X400 w/Ryzen 5 4650G/16GB/256GB for $659 – MINISFORUM
- Pre-order MINSIFORUM HM80 w/Ryzen 7 4800U/16GB/256GB for $759 – MINISFORUM
- GMK NucBox 2.4″ mini PC w/Celeron J4125/8GB/256GB for $198 – GeekBuying
- Apple AirPods max for $499 – Amazon
- Wyze noise-cancelling over-ear wireless headphones for $58 – Amazon (clip coupon)
- Kobo Libra H20 waterproof 7″ eReader w/page turn buttons and adjustable color temp for $135 – Kobo (coupon: PERKOPOLIS)
- HP Chromebook 11.6″ w/MT8183/4GB/32GB for $159 – Best Buy
PC & mobile accessories
- Mophie Universal Qi wireless charger for $13 (or $10 for Prime members) – Woot
- Razer Kiyo 1080p webcam w/ring light for $75 – Amazon
- Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ Bluetooth tracker 2-pack for $60 – Amazon
Eero is convenient, but config is limited. I looked at dongknows.com and decided on ASUS, because their normal wifi hubs can act as mesh nodes. In a fit of silliness, I got 2 Lyra Voice routers from amazon at ~$100 each, which are tri-band AC2200 (2.4, 5low, 5high) and Alexa smart speakers. Decent coverage, speed, and sound quality, especially for the price. (For privacy I haven’t set up the Alexa, just using them as bluetooth speakers.)
Yeah, I haven’t enabled Alexa on mine either. We also got an Ecobee when we replaced our HVAC system last year, but declined to connect it to the internet.
But I’m actually pretty happy with the simplicity of the Eero experience. The last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time configuring my routers. And while WiFi 6 isn’t exactly a must-have right now, I didn’t want to buy a new router system without it, since I’m hoping to hang onto these for at least 4-5 years if not longer.
WRT54G, for life
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