Making connections: Eero’s new WiFi system is giving internet use a big boost
It’s safe to say that a reliable wireless connection is considered the lifeblood of modern existence. Whether streaming movies, making video calls, sending emails or even locking our doors, our increasing dependence on having a steady link to the internet is staggering.
Thus lies the irony that the pervading source of online connectivity is still largely reliant on a one-router system; a system that has remained mostly unchanged since the internet became accessible to the everyman. Enter Eero – a new WiFi system that has aspirations to change all that once and for all. Instead of one router, Eero is a system of hubs providing multiple points of access around your home to ensure a reliable connection is available in every room.
Founded by CEO Nick Weaver, who created a predecessor of the system for his parents after he grew frustrated with continually being treated as their personal IT help line, Eero streamlines the WiFi experience from start to finish. It debunks the myth that one router can cover an entire home whether big or small. Even in a compact city apartment, walls can obstruct connections. That along with the fact that most routers, as functional as they are, are largely eyesores and hidden behind furniture or at the bottom of cupboards, often with the doors closed.
Eero’s ergonomic, uncomplicated design is elegant and unobtrusive. Named for Eero Saarinen (Weaver’s elementary school was actually designed by Saarinen), its sleek shell conceals a slew of proprietarily built features, including personal password encryption, an environmental operating system, a high functioning processor and flash storage, plus superior wired and wireless connectivity. Each Eero unit easily identifies and communicates with the other, receiving software updates from the Eero HQ (via its cloud infrastracture) so that any maintenance is seamlessly taken care of.
What’s more, a mobile app helps owners manage their systems, such as reviewing which devices are connected and what speeds they are racking up. Eero users can also grant access to house guests remotely via the app, or create special guest-specific passwords prior to their arrival.
With the first batch of Eero routers shipping out now, the company’s reboot of the system is a future that actually works.