The eero speed test
Our eero 6 router will automatically run a speed test every two days, but you can check your speed at any time:
- Open the eero app
- Tap Activity at the bottom of the page
- Tap Speed
- Tap Run Speed Test
This shows you what we're providing from our core network to your home. The speeds which are then delivered and used by your device will differ.
The eero app will record the results of your last 30 speed tests so that you can see the consistency of the service coming into your home.
Third-party speed tests
Other speed test websites and apps will show you the speeds that your device is currently processing.
The result is influenced by a combination of factors including the WiFi standard your device supports, the processing power of your device, wireless interference around your home, and the distance you are from the router.
The eero app speed test differs in that it will accurately tell you what speeds we are sending straight to your home, so it's not unusual to see differing results between the two kinds of tests.
Improving your connection
Our connection is fast enough to handle almost anything you can throw at it but, if you're connected by WiFi, there may be a few things slowing you down.
For example, a wall made of wood or plasterboard will block between 5% to 30% of WiFi signals passing into the next room. A wall made of concrete, metal, ceramic tile or brick will block 30% to 90% of your speed.
If the router is close to equipment that gives off a signal such as a TV or a microwave then they can also disrupt your connection.
Placement is key when it comes to optimising the WiFi connection. It's not an exact science so you might have to experiment with the location for improved performance.
Enhancing your mesh system
Whether you've got one eero or multiple, getting the positioning right is the single most important step you can take to ensure they provide fast and reliable WiFi to every room in your home.
It's recommended to keep your eeros in relatively close range to each other - a good rule of thumb is less than 50 feet between them.
You can also use Ethernet cables to directly connect your eeros together. Wireless links are typically slower than wired connections. They're also more prone to interference since they have to share the airways with other devices that are also broadcasting. The eeros are designed to deliver the fastest WiFi connection possible in any configuration, so while wiring isn’t necessary, it may help to increase the speed and strength of the signal throughout your home.
Since the nodes of a mesh system work by receiving and broadcasting the WiFi signals from the router, it's still important to ensure that the router is in an ideal location. You may not have as much flexibility to move the router since it needs to be connected to the modem, but the speed of your entire network can greatly improve just by making small improvements to where it's sitting.