If your home has Wi-Fi dead zones and weak spots, it might be time to ditch your old router setup and move on to a networking new torch like the Eero Home Wi-Fi system. Setting up multiple Eero routers can provide strong Wi-Fi signals to any part of your home and is easy to set up—no complicated extenders, additional networks, or other confusing steps. Here’s how to set up Eero and run weak Wi-Fi signals for good.
What is Aero?
Eero calls itself a «Wi-Fi system» but it’s really just a few routers that come together to decorate your home with the best Wi-Fi signal possible. You can buy them in packs of one, two, or three units, mixing and matching so you have just the amount you need to cover your home — no matter how big it is.
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Of course, you can do this with regular Wi-Fi routers and extenders (and for cheaper ones), but it comes with a lot of caveats. Often the setup process is much more complicated and requires you to dive deep into your router settings to make a difference. And, depending on your extender, you may end up creating a secondary Wi-Fi network that you have to connect to in certain parts of the house, which creates difficulties.
With Eero, everything is extremely simple: you simply distribute the blocks throughout the house, insert them into the wall and follow a few simple steps in their application. All this should take less than 15 minutes and you will have a strong signal throughout the house.
NOTE. Setting up the Eero is like setting up a new router rather than expanding your current Wi-Fi network. If you’re using a combo modem/router, you’ll need to turn off the combo device’s Wi-Fi network so they don’t interfere (and you can use the same Wi-Fi name you used earlier if you want). to). Alternatively, you can contact your ISP and request a standalone modem instead of a combo device, or better yet, buy your own and save some money. Ideally, you should have done all of this before setting up your Eero system.
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Step One: Download the Eero App
Before you begin, you need to download and install the Eero app on your smartphone. It is currently only available for iOS and Android, and everything is required to set it up. Unfortunately, there is no desktop application available at the moment.
Step Two: Create an Eero Account
Open the app and click «Configure Eero».
On the next screen, you will create an Eero account by entering your name, phone number, and email address. Click «Next» when you’re done.
You will then receive a verification code which will be sent to your phone number. Enter this code and click Next.
You are now ready to start setting up Eero. Click on «Start» at the bottom of the screen.
Step Three: Install the First Eero Module
First, turn off your modem and current router. (If you have a modem/router combination, we’ll refer to it as a «modem» for the purposes of this guide.) The Eero app will walk you through the setup, so feel free to keep an eye on the app as well. ,
Then take the first Eero unit from the box (labeled «Start»), as well as the Ethernet cable and power cable from the box.
Take an Ethernet cable and connect one end to one of the Ethernet ports on your Eero device and the other end to an available Ethernet port on your modem.
Then plug the modem back into the wall and plug the Eero unit into a free outlet.
Wait for the small LED indicator on the Eero box to flash blue and then tap Next in the app on the Eero Launch screen.
The application will search for Eero and, if found, will display a green checkmark. Click next.
Select the room that Eero is in. You have a wide range of options including living room, bedroom, kitchen, and more, but you can also select «Custom» at the bottom and enter your own room name.
Eero will complete the setup and display another green checkmark in the app. Click next.
Step Four: Create a New Wi-Fi Network
The next step is to create your Wi-Fi network. As we mentioned earlier, you’re creating a whole new network here, so if you’re using a combo modem/router, you’ll need to turn off the combo device’s Wi-Fi network so they don’t interfere (and that’s how you can use the same Wi-Fi name, which you used before, if you like).
Once done, give your new Wi-Fi network a name and password. Click «Next» when you’re done.
Give it a few minutes to set it up and click next when the success screen appears.
Step Five: Install Any Additional Eero Units
You will then be asked if you would like to install another Eero unit in your home. If you have bought more than one, click «Add another Eero».
This time it’s even easier than before. All you have to do is plug the second Eero into a power outlet. Eero suggests placing it within 40 feet of the first block, but I put mine all the way down and it works great. Your mileage may vary though. The app will warn you about this, so scroll through it and hit next.
The installation process in the app is the same as the first Eero module where it will look for it and then you select the room it is in. After that, everything is ready and you will be taken to the screen. where you can set up another Eero block if you have one. Simply repeat the steps above to set up any additional Eero devices.
Once you’ve finished setting up all your Eero devices and you’re taken to a screen where you’re asked if you’d like to set up more, just click «No, I’m all set.»
Click «You’re done!» On the next screen.
Step Six: Update Eero If Needed
You will then be taken to the main status screen where a software update will most likely be available. So click «Update Now» at the top.
Click «Yes, update now» at the bottom. The update process will take 10 to 15 minutes, during which time the network will be disconnected.
Once the update is complete, you can start using Eero and connect to the new Wi-Fi network it created. You will likely need to reconnect all of your laptops, phones, tablets, and other devices to the new network.
The Eero app now acts as the main interface for managing your Wi-Fi network. It’s very similar to your router’s old settings page: you can see what’s online, allow guest access, and even set parental time limits for certain users.
Of course, many of the advanced features of a traditional router are missing, but most casual users won’t need anything more than the basics that Eero provides.
If you have other devices that connect to Ethernet, such as SmartHome hubs or a network drive, you can connect them to the Ethernet ports on the back of any Eero module. You can also use these Ethernet ports to connect your Eeros devices together via Ethernet if your home is connected to it, making the wireless signal even better.
However, you should immediately notice a huge difference in your Wi-Fi signal and speed once you switch to your Eero network. There were many places in my house where my signal was really weak and the speeds were creeping. With the Eero mesh network set up, I am now approaching the maximum speeds my ISP gives me.