When your company relies on steady internet access to keep the lights on, WiFi problems are sort of a big deal. As the desperate wailing propagates across our entire, internet-less editorial bullpen, you'll always hear someone—usually me—say "you know, someday someone is going to figure out WiFi, and they're going to make a ton of money."
But if history is a guide that prophecy is by no means certain—just look at home printers. The operational issues with those things are as maddening as they are old. Will it really take that long for all our routers to stop acting so finicky?
Well one San Francisco startup wants to fix WiFi for good. Eero is a small router that hooks up to your modem and strives to deliver painless WiFi connectivity in less than 60 seconds. The uncomplicated setup process is handled entirely through a companion app, and additional Eero nodes can be placed around the house to blanket your living space in a WiFi "mesh network." No dead zones, no baloney, just WiFi.
Up to ten Eeros can be daisy chained to form the mesh network, but three are adequate for the average American home. This sort of technology was previously only available at the enterprise level, and each node has two separate radio antennas (one is used entirely for communication with the other Eeros). They'll automatically swap between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands depending on network conditions or interference, like your neighbor's WiFi. Each node also monitors its own real-time connection status, resetting when necessary—no action from you required.
Eero is available for pre-order right now for $299 for a 3-pack or $125 individually, but those pre-order prices will not last. In less than three days Eero's pre-order incentives will expire, so if you're as interested in this product as we are, you're running out of time to make a move.
Depending on your understanding of network technology, this is either utterly confusing or some sort of scam to dupe unsuspecting consumers into buying technology that already exists. Skepticism is healthy, but if you're a techie looking for greater detail on how Eero works, check out this Reddit thread where an Eero employee stopped by to clear up some of the confusion.