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Amplifi vs. Eero – How Do They Pair Up?

Amplifi vs. Eero – How Do They Pair Up?

Product
AmpliFi HD Home Wi-Fi Router (AFI-R)
AmpliFi Mesh Point HD
AmpliFi HD (High-Density) Home Wi-Fi System
eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 1 eero Beacon) - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 1 to 2 Bedroom Home
eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 2 eero Beacons) - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 2-4 Bedroom Home
eero Pro WiFi System (Set of 3 eeros) - 2nd Generation - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 5+ Bedroom Home
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AmpliFi HD Home Wi-Fi Router (AFI-R)
AmpliFi Mesh Point HD
AmpliFi HD (High-Density) Home Wi-Fi System
eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 1 eero Beacon) - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 1 to 2 Bedroom Home
eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 2 eero Beacons) - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 2-4 Bedroom Home
eero Pro WiFi System (Set of 3 eeros) - 2nd Generation - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 5+ Bedroom Home
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$132.90
$107.99
Currently out of stock
$224.75
$306.12
$449.00
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AmpliFi HD Home Wi-Fi Router (AFI-R)
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AmpliFi HD Home Wi-Fi Router (AFI-R)
Price
$132.90
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AmpliFi Mesh Point HD
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AmpliFi Mesh Point HD
Price
$107.99
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AmpliFi HD (High-Density) Home Wi-Fi System
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AmpliFi HD (High-Density) Home Wi-Fi System
Price
Currently out of stock
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eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 1 eero Beacon) - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 1 to 2 Bedroom Home
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eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 1 eero Beacon) - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 1 to 2 Bedroom Home
Price
$224.75
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eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 2 eero Beacons) - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 2-4 Bedroom Home
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eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 2 eero Beacons) - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 2-4 Bedroom Home
Price
$306.12
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eero Pro WiFi System (Set of 3 eeros) - 2nd Generation - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 5+ Bedroom Home
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eero Pro WiFi System (Set of 3 eeros) - 2nd Generation - Advanced Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Technology and WPA2 Encryption to Replace WLAN Routers and WiFi Range Extenders - Coverage: 5+ Bedroom Home
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$449.00
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Amplifi Vs Eero

Amplifi

Your home isn’t complete without wifi, let’s be honest. That’s why Amplifi aims to fix that the easiest way possible. Setting up your internet currently can be such a hassle, and you pretty much have to dedicate an entire room to your modem, and it’s even worse if you want to host a server. I know you’re picturing those disgusting wires right now in your head. This is what the Amplifi HD aims to eliminate. Imagine just connecting your PC and your cable modem to a machine and just have it work the first time you press the on button.

Amplifi Products:

AmpliFi HD Home Wi-Fi Router (AFI-R). Click for price.

Amplifi vs Eero


AmpliFi Mesh Point HD. Click for price. 

Amplifi vs Eero


AmpliFi HD (High-Density) Home Wi-Fi System. Click for price.

Amplifi vs Eero


AmpliFi LR (Long-Range) Home Wi-Fi System. Click for price. 

Amplifi vs Eero


Eero

So, Amplifi sounds pretty great, right? After all, it’s pretty much a one-click setup. Well, I wouldn’t be so confident, because Eero has something up its sleeve.

Once you download the free Eero mobile app (on iOS and Android) all you need is to have a mobile device already connected to the internet. Once you do that, all you need is to create an account and you’re almost set up! All you have to do after that is create a wifi network name and password.

Eero Products:

Eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 1 eero Beacon)

Amplifi vs Eero


Eero Home WiFi System (1 eero + 2 eero Beacons)

Amplifi vs Eero


Eero Pro WiFi System (3 eeros) 

Amplifi vs Eero


There’s Got To Be A Downside.. Right?

Keep in mind Eero connects to the company’s cloud-based server 100% of the time, so if you’re keen on keeping your data out of companies’ servers, this might not be the product for you, although they do say that they do not monitor activities such as websites visited, movies streamed, etc, they do take in diagnostic data.

As per Amplifi’s privacy policy, they do collect personal information, but nothing they say is personally identifiable. The only data they collect is to operate,, maintain, and provide the features and functionality of any Service and for related business purposes. They also might send you certain marketing emails, and usage data might be collected on behalf of your internet service provider. So, to sum it all up, if you trust your provider, go all out with Amplifi, unless of course you really don’t care.

Let’s Compare Speeds

According to Amplifi’s datasheet on their website, it’s not just a router, it’s a wi-fi system. But do their words back up their claims? Well, I would go on a whim and say they do. According to their spreadsheet, they support speeds anywhere from 6 Mbps to 1750 Mbps at 2.4 GHz. It also tells you your wi-fi speed on the actual router, which is extremely cool considering the looks of most modern day routers. (We’ll get to the looks later on in the review.)

On the flip side, Eero’s support page states that the 1st AND 2nd generation Eeros’ max out at transmit speeds at about 240 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and at around 600 Mbps at 5 GHz. The Eero actually doesn’t tell you what your speed is, but obviously that isn’t too much of a problem considering you can just do it yourself on https://www.speedtest.com .

How they Look

So as I was saying earlier, the Amplifi is an extremely beautiful piece of art. It’s not one of those things you’re going to want to hide behind your bookshelf. I would actually be proud to have this thing on my desk. You can actually see in the picture just how sleek this thing is. So if you’re someone obsessed with wire organization or even just don’t like the clutter, this might be the product for you.

This router is different than any mesh router you’ve probably seen before, but not because it’s a cube. It also operates with a 3×3 radio. The interface is extremely intuitive as well, there are stacks of blue LEDs glowing to confirm that it’s connected. Signal strength is displayed on the actual router, and the app simultaneously.

Eero is also an extremely slick piece of work. If you’re an Apple user I’m willing to bet you’re going to love this thing. It’s like a little mini white Apple TV. It’s very clear there’s been some serious thought put into the design of this thing, and how it’s going to actually look on top of your desk, because you’re obviously going to want this thing there. The second generation Eero is just a 1.3 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch white cube with a sleek curvy design.

Conclusion

While both the Amplifi and the Eero both accomplish the same goal – to make setting up wi-fi as easy as possible – one has obviously got to come out on top. While the Amplifi continues to intrigue me, I feel like they didn’t hit my sweet spot by not adding any remotely connected Ethernet devices. Obviously they can add one in the near future, which I believe will increase the product’s capabilities vastly, and might even get my vote in the future.

With this being said, I love the fact that the Eero takes advantage of Ethernet capabilities on a mesh device. This type of advancement actually makes me very happy and excited for the future of wi-fi and internet capabilities. I’ve also heard great things about the Eero’s support team. They have a great iOS app on top of all things, which the Amplifi doesn’t lack obviously but in my experience if it’s your first time setting up a mesh wi-fi network, you’re really going to want the best you can get. The Amplifi also has a strict limitation of simultaneous clients it allows, which is around thirty. If you’re doing any home automation, you’re going to exceed that number dramatically. Things like security cameras, nest thermostats, etc, all count onto this number.

That isn’t to say the Amplifi doesn’t have an edge on the Eero, though. The Amplifi has a faster set up, at least in my experience. I also love the design a lot more than the Eero, which is obviously beautiful, but it’s as beautiful as you can make a grey/white cube.


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