eero prepares major update with speed boost, Alexa voice control

eero, developers of the eponymous mesh WiFi system (see our review) today announced a major software update that brings significant enhancements for users.

The free over the air update delivers what eero are calling “the next generation of eero mesh technology” – TrueMesh – with new algorithms that the company say will potentially double data transfer speeds once installed.

Writing on the eero blog, the company’s Co-founder and CEO, Nick Weaver, said, “Overnight, eero customers will see up to 2x the speed within their network, far greater intelligence in how their network adapts to their home, and flexibility to add even more eeros to their system.”

That said, eero’s beta testing saw average speed boosts of 40% in trial sites, so your mileage may vary – however, TrueMesh’s enhanced band steering ability and data routing should deliver noticeable improvements, once installed.

Also available in the update will be integration with Amazon Echo. Noting that one in five eero users own at least one Echo device, the company has partnered with Amazon to bring Alexa voice control to eero wireless networks.

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The new Alexa skill will allow users to:

  • Find your devices, throughout your home, based on which eero the device is closest to.
  • Pause the internet for dinner or other family moments.
  • Turn off the LED lights for bedtime (which you’ll now be able to do from the app, as well).

The new features continue with enhancements to the eero app, which will get improved network monitoring capabilities. You’ll be able to view how much bandwidth connected devices are consuming, monitor the connection strength of your eero devices and receive helpful advice on optimising your network.

At this point, there’s no exact timing for the app update, but eero owners can expect to enjoy the boost “in the coming weeks”.

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