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Bring Death to Dead Wi-Fi Spaces with 60-Second Setup

Bring Death to Dead Wi-Fi Spaces with 60-Second Setup
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A start-up brings a product to market that will get rid of those annoying corners where Wi-Fi can't seem to penetrate

Leo Lutero
  • 16 february 2015

Startup eero’s goal, in its own words, is to “blanket your home in fast, reliable WiFi”. For the average home, a single router can’t provide enough bars to cover the whole house. This means dead spaces where wireless internet is unavailable or unusable. In society, where connectivity is becoming the lifeblood, dead air with no Wi-Fi access is less than livable.

Other solutions such as range extenders exist but eero argues it is miles ahead in both efficiency and performance. Range extenders use one radio to connect both to devices and the original router while the eero uses two separate radios. One connects to other eeros while one is dedicated to provide connections to devices such as laptops and tablets which eases congestion.

Range extenders often run on repeater bridge modes. This means a separate Wi-Fi network to join and having to manually decide whether to connect to a repeater or the main router. In contrast, eero provides seamless coverage that lets anyone move around the house while devices connect automatically to whichever source is best.

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eero will come with an app that guarantees complete setup in under 60 seconds. The main eero hub connects to the phone through Bluetooth and instead of passing around passwords, invites to joining the network can be sent via SMS. The app will also allow the network owner to set expirations for Wi-Fi access.

Co-founders Nick Weaver (CEO), Amos Schallich and Nate Hardison all share a past studying in Standford University. Jon Rubinstein, former CEO of Palm and a developer for both the AirPort and iPod, gave the start-up lessons on effective product design for consumers. eero is a young start-up with barely a year in the books but already with an impressive investors including First Round Capital, AME Cloud Ventures and Stanford’s own StartX.

eero home

At present, the device is available for pre-order here. Three eero devices is enough for the average home but more can be added to the system as needed. The 3-pack eero system pre-orders at $299 (original $499) and additional eero devices sell for $125 (original $199).

Read eero’s state-of-the-wifi address on Medium here.

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