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How to Set Up the Eero Home Wi-Fi System

Oyetoke Tobi - Friday, November 04, 2016

If you have an old Wi-Fi or your house has Wi-Fi dead zones and weak spots, it may be the right time for you to ditch the old-fashioned and outdated router setup and go with a mesh network such as the Eero Home Wi-Fi System which w are going to talk about today. 

Eero has a multiple router setup which can provide and transmit strong Wi-Fi signals to every part of your house, and is extremely easy to set up. So it doesn’t need complex extenders, secondary networks, or other long and annoying steps.

So we are going to explain how you can set up Eero up and stop worrying about weak Wi-Fi signals for good.

What Is Eero?

Firstly, what is Eero? Eero is regarded as a “Wi-Fi system”, but in reality it’s nothing more than just a few routers that connect together in order to cover the whole of your house with the best Wi-Fi signal possible in every available nook and cranny. You can just purchase them in packs of one, two, or three units, joining and adding them together so that you’ll be able to have as many as you need to cover your house or workplace no matter how large it is.

Of course this can be achieved with regular routers and Wi-Fi extenders and for cheaper, but it has a lot of drawbacks and limitations. And the setup procedures are more frustrating and annoying and it requires a lot of attention to go deep into the router’s settings to alter things around. You may end up with a secondary Wi-Fi network that you have to connect to in some certain parts of the house, which is a very time wasting and tedious depending on your extender.

However, with Eero, everything is extremely simple: all you just need to do is to spread the units around your house, plug them into the wall, and follow the simple steps provided in their app. Setting Eero up would only take less than 15 minutes, and you can have strong signal all over your home.

Note: Setting up Eero is similar to as setting up a brand new router, which is different from amplifying your current Wi-Fi network. You’ll also need to turn off the combo unit’s Wi-Fi network so they don’t interfere in case you’re using a modem/router combo and you can use the same Wi-Fi name you used before if you want to. On the other hand, you can contact your internet provider and ask for a separate modem as a replacement for a combo unit or, better still buy a new one and save some money. I think you should do all this before you begin setting up the Eero system if possible.

Step 1: Download and Install the Eero App

So you’ll need to download and install the Eero app on your smartphone before we can continue. It’s only available on iOS and Android currently and unfortunately there is no desktop app current. So go to this link to download it for Android on Google Play Store and this link for iOS on App Store.

Step 2: Creating an Eero Account

After downloading the app, install and open the app. 

Now tap on “Set up Eero”.


So you’ll be creating a new Eero account by entering your information into the available text such as name, phone number, and email address on the next screen. Then tap on “Next” button when you’re done.


Then you’ll receive a verification code which will be sent to your phone number. So enter the code in and tap on “Next” on the next screen.


So just tap on “Start” at the bottom of the screen to start setting up Eero.

Step 3: Install the First Eero Unit

You have to unplug your modem and current router. In case you have a modem/router combo. The Eero app provides you a guide that guides you through the installation process so you can follow the app guide.

Now remove the Eero unit out of the box labeled with “Start”, together with the ethernet cable and power cable from the box as well.

So plug the ethernet cable one end into one of the ethernet ports on the Eero device and plug the other end into a free ethernet port on your modem.

After that, put your modem back into the wall, and then plug in the Eero unit into a free outlet.

Then wait for some few seconds to let the small LED light on the Eero unit to blink blue and then tap “Next” on the Eero app on your phone at the “Starting up your Eero” screen.

 So the Eero app will search for any Eero unit available, and will show a green checkmark when it’s found your Eero Unit. Tap on “Next” to continue.

Then select the room you placed the Eero. There are various options you can select which includes living room, bedroom, kitchen, and so on, but you can also select the “Custom” option at the bottom-side and enter your own room name.

So the Eero will save your settings and will display another green checkmark in the app. Also tap on “Next” to continue.

Step 4: Creating New Wi-Fi Network

So the next step now is to create your own Wi-Fi network. As we stated previously, you’ll be creating a totally new network, so you’ll want to turn off the combo unit’s Wi-Fi network so they don’t obstruct and interfere with each other if you’re using a modem/router combo. You can also use the same Wi-Fi name you used before, if you wish to.

After that, you’ll set a new name and password for your new Wi-Fi network. Then tap the “Next” button once you’ve done that.
So wait for some few minutes to set it up that tap on “Next” when the success screen shows up.

Step 5: Install Any Additional Eero Units

So you’ll be asked if you would like to set up another Eero unit in your house. So in case you bought more than one, just tap on the “Add another Eero” button.

All you have to do now is to plug the second Eero unit into an outlet. Eero recommend that it should be placed within 40 feet of the first unit, however I placed mine all the way downstairs just to test and it works well without any hitch. The room you want to place it may vary in length though. But you don’t have to be worried because the app will notify you about this. So just scroll through it and then tap on “Next”.

So the setup procedure is the same as you set up the first Eero unit. Eero will search for any available Eero unit and then you’ll select a room that it’s in. So you can just repeat the above steps to set up any new Eero units.

So tap on “No, I’m all set” once you finish setting up all your Eero units and get to the screen where it asks you if you want to set up more.

Then tap on “All done!” on the next screen.

Step Six: Updating Eero if required

After that, you’ll then be taken to the main screen, where you will be able to update the Eero unit software. You can tap on “Update now” at the top if you wish to.

Then tap on “Yes update now” at the bottom side. So note that the update process may take 10 to 15 minutes and the network will go down during that time due to it.

So once the Software update is complete, then you can start using Eero and connect to the new Wi-Fi network that it created. And you will have to re-connect all your laptops, phones, tablets, and other devices to the new network.

Now the Eero app acts as the main control interface for your Wi-Fi network. It is somehow similar to your old router’s settings page. With it, you can see what’s connected to the network, allow guest access, and even set parental time limits on some certain users.

In case you have other devices that use the Ethernet to connect, like smarthome hubs or a network drive, you can just connect those to the ethernet ports on the back of any Eero unit. Additionally, you can use these ethernet ports to connect your Eeros units together over ethernet i.e. in case your house is wired for it, which eventually makes the wireless signal better.

By now you should be able to notice a huge difference in your Wi-Fi signal and speed once you switch to your Eero network. With Eero’s mesh network set up, you can get close to the max speeds that your internet provider gives you.



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