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Eero's app handles all configuration; there is no browser interface. If you try to hit an eero's IP address, your browser will just hang because there is no webserver running. In fact, using Fing on an Android tablet connected to eero to run a service scan returned only UPnP running on port 1900.

eero's app reminds me a lot of Google's On app for its OnHub routers in its simplicity. It's designed to get eero set up, provide some status information and configure a limited set of routing features. After you are set up, the app opens on the My network screen shown on the left in the composite image below. Tapping the hamburger reveals the main menu, shown on the right. Note that I used the iOS app running on a 5th generation iPod touch for the screenshots because it supports more functions.

eero My Network and main menu

eero My Network and main menu

It was a smart move for eero to prominently feature a built-in speed test on the My network screen. While convenient, it only measures wired internet down and uplink throughput to the Ethernet-connected eero and nothing about Wi-Fi throughput. You can initiate a speed test manually by swiping down on the My network screen. This works on both iOS and Android apps.

As shown below, the Number of devices currently on networks currently provides more information on iOS (right) than Android (left). Since eero recently enabled the port forwarding, IP reservation and DNS settings features that had been greyed out on the Android app, they'll probably also fix the connected devices screen at some point.

eero Connected Devices - Android & iOS

eero Connected Devices - Android & iOS

I don't know why the Android app was flagging eero cloud connection problems because everything was working fine. I would frequently see this message and all would seem fine at the time.

The last section of the My networks screen shows the eeros configured in your network. eero One is flagged as offline because I unplugged it. Note you can also add another eero from here. Neither the eero offline flag nor the add-an-eero functions are currently available on the Android app. Tapping an eero icon takes you to its Details screen, shown below. It's a long screen, so the image is a composite.

eero Details screen

eero Details screen

You can check each eero's firmware revision here, but there is no way to force an update. eero's cloud automatically takes care of that and doesn't bother letting you know when the firmware revision changes. During the time I've been working with eero, eero OS went from v1.0.0 to v1.0.5 and to v1.0.6 as I write this up.

As I did with OnHub, I've taken a list of typical AC1200 class router features and edited it to show what eero supports. The takeaway is eero and OnHub features are similar, but with OnHub providing more information about device bandwidth use and the ability to temporarily designate a device to receive priority access to bandwidth.

Routing

  • Static and Dynamic IP, PPPoE, PPTP and L2TP WAN connections
  • IPv6 WAN connections
  • MAC address cloning
  • MTU Adjustment
  • DHCP Server, range setting, lease time setting, and default domain
  • DHCP Client list
  • DHCP reservation (by setting LAN Static IPs)
  • Bridge mode (bypass NAT router)
  • Port forwarding for single or multiple ports with TCP, UDP or both forwarded. Enable/disable for each entry.
  • Port filtering – can set individual or range of incoming ports. Allows you to enable or disable TCP and UDP ports on network devices.
  • Four level priority-based download QoS control. Bandwidth rules list based on IP or MAC address, port range and protocol
  • DMZ Host
  • UPnP enable/disable
  • Can set "priority" device that receives more bandwidth for a settable time period
  • Total and per device bandwidth monitor, real-time, last hour, last 7 days, and last 30 days
  • Internet up and downlink speed test
  • DDNS support for Dyndns (www.dyndns.org)
  • NAT enable/disable
  • RIP 1/2 dynamic routing
  • Static routes

Security

  • VPN Passthrough enable/disable for PPTP and IPsec
  • DoS (denial of service) enable/disable
  • Enable UDP Flood filtering (with settable threshold)
  • Enable TCP-SYN Flood attack filtering (with settable threshold)
  • Ignore Ping Packet from WAN port
  • Secure remote management via iOS and Android apps
  • Ability to control multiple eeros
  • Block all network access by MAC and IP address
  • URL filtering (applies to all users, HTTPS not blocked)
  • Internet access control - Rule based access control for host (domain name or IP address)
  • IPv6 firewall

Wireless features

  • WEP, WPA / WPA2 Personal and Enterprise (RADIUS) support
  • One SSID for both radios
  • Guest network
  • 4 guest wireless networks per band
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support, pushbutton and PIN
  • Auto and manual channel set
  • SSID broadcast enable/disable
  • Enable/disable wireless
  • Beacon interval, RTS threshold, Fragmentation Threshold adjustments
  • Wireless MAC address filtering (allow or deny based on MAC address)
  • WMM disable
  • Short GI disable
  • Wireless access schedules
  • 5 GHz Wireless modes: a, a+n, a+n+ac (default)
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless modes: b, b+g, b+g+n (default)
  • 5 GHz channel width 20MHz/40MHz/80MHz
  • 2.4 GHz channel width 20MHz/40MHz
  • 5 GHz channels: 36, 40, 44, 48, 149, 153, 157, 161
  • 2.4 GHz channels: 1-11
  • Transmit power adjust, 15%, 35%, 50%, 70% and 100%
  • Wireless network bandwidth use per client

Storage features

  • SMB file sharing (no user accounts)
  • FTP server. Can set port and control anonymous FTP and anonymous write protection. No secure FTP
  • DLNA media server

The gallery below has screenshots with commentary of most of the eero app screens.

Routing Performance

Routing throughput was measured using our standard router test process with the router using v1.0.5 firmware. Table 2 summarizes the results and includes the #2 ranked Linksys EA6350 and Netis WF2780 for comparison. As previously noted, I could not open ports for IxChariot to run its WAN to LAN test, so have only LAN to WAN results to report.

Test Description eero Linksys EA6350 Netis WF2780
WAN - LAN (Mbps) - 836 730
LAN - WAN (Mbps) 825 769 774
Total Simultaneous (Mbps) - 1130 899
Maximum Simultaneous Connections 45,673 7768 4096
Firmware Version V1.0.5 1.0.4 (Build 164719) v1.2.30879
Table 2: Routing throughput

The IxChariot unidirectional composite plot shows a familiar throughput pattern for this test, alternating between maximum throughput around 950 Mbps and a lower baseline, around 780 Mbps in this case. I would expect WAN to LAN throughput to be similar, but have no data to back that expectation.

eero LAN > WAN routing throughput

eero LAN > WAN routing throughput

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