Monday 21 August 2017

This simple device will make your WiFi ten times faster

The Eero wireless router is faster and more reliable than traditional, wired routers Credit: Eero
The Eero wireless router is faster and more reliable than traditional, wired routers Credit: Eero

Cara McGoogan

Ever tried to stream Netflix in bed, but been defeated by poor Wi-Fi signal? This wireless device claims it will end WiFi dead zones, buffering and sporadic WiFi failures. 

Positioned strategically throughout a house, the Eero boxes can increase Wi-Fi speeds tenfold. 

The Eero can boost WiFi download speeds from as slow as 8 Megabits per second up to 90 Mbps, according to Engadget. The average download speed in the UK is 29.4 Mbps. Great Grimsby, the constituency with the highest average download speed, averages 46.8 Mbps. So this is fast. 

The wireless boxes are roughly the same size as an Apple TV box and can be controlled via an app. You don't need a Wi-Fi password - just your phone number.

The Eero app helps with setup, lets you check speeds, add friends and see what devices are connected Credit: Eero
The Eero app helps with setup, lets you check speeds, add friends and see what devices are connected Credit: Eero

The Eero boxes are sold in packs for three, which can reach every room with superfast, stable Wi-Fi. They act as a router,  range extender and wireless access point. 

When setting up the boxes, an app offers customers advice on the best position for the router replacements. The multiple WiFi hubs can talk to one another and the app to help optimise coverage and speeds.

They have one light that flashes on set up, but other than that they're designed to be inconspicuous.

The app can also tell you what devices are connected to the network and how the internet is performing in real time. Users can also create guest networks within the app, letting other people connect via the push of a button if they have the app, or a simple text message if they don't. 

Eero is encrypted and automatically downloads updates from the cloud - making it more secure than traditional routers. It regularly runs checkups to make sure network is at its best and will automatically reboot if there are any problems. 

The company started shipping the devices worldwide this week. A set of three boxes costs $499 (£360).

Telegraph.co.uk

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