Google Nest vs eero Pro Mesh Wifi
It seems that Google with its Google Nest product competes tightly with the Eero Pro 2nd Generation mesh wifi product after being acquired by Amazon. Eero was acquired by Amazon and redesigned to be compatible with all Amazon smart home products such as Alexa, Blink cameras etc.
Google Nest with its satellites is actually a good blend of mesh wifi products, you no longer need Alexa products or a separate Google assistant as voice control because Google Nest satellite comes with built-in stereo speakers that function as a Google assistant and also make it easier for you to play music with stereo sound quality. Besides that, because as a satellite from Google Nest, this product also functions to add wifi coverage in your home, almost similar to that offered by Netgear with its Orbi Voice Satellite.
Which one is suitable to meet your home need, the Google Nest (2 routers) and you may add Nest point satellite which also works as Google assistant (unfortunately Amazon doesn’t sell the Nest point, probably business reason due to competing with Amazon Alexa) or eero Pro (eero router plus 2 beacon).
Google Nest vs eero Pro
The following table 1 shows you spec comparison between Google Nest and eero Pro. The Eero footprint is slightly wider than the Nest router, but Nest router is high and uses more space than two units of Eero stacked together.
Google Nest is designed with simultaneous dual band AC2200 technology, but the Nest point or Nest Satellite is based on AC1200 technology. The backhaul link between Nest units use share bandwidth with connected devices on the network @5GHz band, and with two Nest routers link together gives you range coverage up to 4,400 sq ft, you may add another Nest point to add 1,600 sq ft.
Eero Pro in the spec doesn’t write how much bandwidth each of the radio band, only mentioning 2×2 MIMO which technically is 867Mbps @ 5ghz and 300Mbps @ 2.4ghz. However, from the technical product Eero states that the speed at 2.4GHz is 240Mbps and at 5GHz is 600Mbps according to their measurements. And indeed the speed written on the spec is technical theoretical, not speed at the real world.
Google Nest is powered by high performance Quad core 64-bit ARM processor 1.4 GHz with large capacity of 1 GB RAM; 4 GB Flash memory for heavy duty network processing tasks. Remember that what you need for high performance gaming computer, what you need is large capacity of RAM for responsive gaming. So does what your router needs for heavy duty processing tasks, the memory matters.
Eero Pro used to be powered by dual core processor, and the second generation of eero Pro the processor is upgraded to use quad core processor and memory RAM and Flash are still the same.
Both eero Pro and Google Nest have the same powerful processors and large memory. See more spec comparison details at the following table.
Table 2 Google Nest vs eero Pro
|Model||Google Nest (2pack)||Eero Pto (router + 2 eero beacon)|
|Wifi technology||Nest router AC2200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Nest point AC1200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi||Router: Simultaneous Tri-band 2×2 MU-MIMO Eero beacon: dual band 2×2 MU-MIMO|
|Wifi speeds||Nest router: 4×4 (5 GHz) 1,900Mbps 2×2 (2.4 GHz) 300Mbps Nest Point: 2×2 (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) 867Mbps + 300Mbps||For eero router: 2.4GHz (300Mbps) + 5GHz (866Mbps) + 5GHz (866Mbps) For Beacon: 2.4GHz (300Mbps) + 5GHz (866Mbps)|
|Ethernet ports||Dual Gigabit WAN/LAN ports / Nest point doesn’t has Ethernet port||Dual Gigabit WAN/LAN ports / Beacon doesn’t have Ethernet port|
|Coverage||4,400 sq ft, 2,200 sq ft / Nest router 1,600 sq ft / Nest Point||5,000 sq ft (eero router 2000 sq ft / eero beacon 1500 sq ft)|
|Backhaul||Wifi @ 5GHz as backhaul|
Optional wired Ethernet backhaul when you use two or more Nest routers
|Wifi share backhaul @5GHz and optional wired Ethernet between eero routers.|
|Processor||Quad-core 64-bit ARM CPU 1.4 GHz with 1 GB RAM; 4 GB Flash / Wifi point 768 MB RAM; 512 MB Flash||Powerful Quad-Core 700MHz processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB Flash storage|
|Dimension||Nest router Diameter: 110 mm / Height: 90.4 mm Nest point Diameter: 102.2 mm /Height: 87.2 mm||eero: 4.76in (121mm) x 4.76in (121mm) x 1.26in (32mm) eero Beacon: 4.76in (121mm) x 2.91in (74mm) x 1.18in (30mm)|
|Price||$292.00 (two Nest router)||$399.00 (eero router + 2 beacons)|
Price difference between eero Pro (1 eero router + 2 beacons) costs around $400 and generally they come with free echo dot, or you need to buy separate Alexa. Google Nest (2 Nest routers) costs around $292.00, you need to purchase separate Alexa for voice control, or purchase the other Nest point that comes with built-in speaker for Google assistant.
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