I just bought the Amazon eero mesh WiFi router for 69 dollars on Amazon was hoping to get a few questions fielded.

I live in a 55+ retirement community, new building and I'm trying to make my 700 sq foot apartment, completely smart with Alexa. Through a lot of trials and tribulations, I have quite a few things done that are very useful and some just because they're cool. 

I consider myself an average user, when it comes to computers and Alexa. 

I have a small apartment, but have 4 Echo Dot 3's and 1 Echo Dot 5 with Clock. I tied them all into my fire stick and created a group Den, where I can use my sound bar as well and play music. I have smart bulb lights everywhere a few Bliss night lights, along with an Evolve Sky spectrum (Stars and clouds) all of that. I also have a Blink doorbell system, with the camera and when someone presses the doorbell, all of my Echo's HOWL as I picked that as a sound. It will also say (All 5 of them) Someone is at your door bell. 

I can say - Alexa, show me the doorbell through "Fire stick" I have to say "Fire Stick" and the Camera will EVENTUALLY load on my 43 inch Sony TV. It's very slow. 

I was hoping that buying the Amazon eero mesh with Wifi router, could really speed things up. Since my apartment is so small and it claims to be good for a 1500 sq foot apartment, it should be great for a 700 sq foot one, right? 

Will this device improve my overall speed to ALL of my devices, especially my Blink Doorbell cam? 

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  • Oh I also have the Amazon Thermostat installed. 

  • Hi Craig Jude

    It may help speed things up.  For that amount of square footage you would only need one eero.  Which model of eero is this?

    One other bit of data that would be useful.  Your current wifi, is that a separate device from your modem or is it built in?

  • Hi Michael - It's a Panoramic Wifi from Cox - It's a separate unit, so I guess I'll plug the Eero into it? It doesn't say what model, I know it's not the 6 Wifi one, and the price went down to 69 dollars. Here is the description. 

    I'm hoping to get the Doorbell camera to the TV quicker. I also just installed the Amazon Alexa Thermostat and got so lucky, just had to plug it in. 

    Here is the description 

    • FAST STANDALONE ROUTER - The eero mesh WiFi router brings up to 1,500 sq. ft. of fast, reliable WiFi to your home.
    • WORKS WITH ALEXA- With eero and an Alexa device (not included), you can easily manage wifi access for network profiles to take focus away from screens and back to what’s important.
    • EASILY EXPAND YOUR SYSTEM - With cross-compatible hardware, you can add eero products as your needs change.
    • WORKS WITH YOUR INTERENT SERVICE PROVIDER- eero replaces your wifi router and works with most major internet service providers.
    • SET UP IN MINUTES - The eero app guides you through setup and allows you to manage your network from anywhere.
    • DON'T LET WIFI SLOW YOU DOWN- Get the most from your WiFi by streaming, gaming, and working from anywhere across your home.
    • GETS BETTER OVER TIME - Receive automatic updates to help keep your network safe and secure. Online security and additional network management features available via a separate subscription.
    • EXPERIENCE THE EERO TRUEMESH DIFFERENCE - eero’s patented TrueMesh technology intelligently routes traffic to reduce drop-offs and dead spots.
    • Craig Jude Ok, since your Panoramic wifi is a separate box that will make this easier.

      What you will want to try is switch from modem->Panoramic wifi 


      modem->eero and set it up, set it up using the same wifi name and password (those are case sensitive and spaces count, so make sure you get it right), that should make it much easier for your devices.  Most should switch over automatically.  Any device that doesn't connect to the new eero wifi will just need to forget the old network and then manually connect to the new.

      Make sure you don't do any kind of reset on the Panoramic, that way if the eero doesn't work better, or works worse, it would be easy to switch back. (although we hope that won't be necessary of course).

      Incidentally a single Pro eero (either the eero Pro or eero 6 Pro) would do better for your setup, that has an additional band for your devices to spread out on, lessening congestion, but they cost more.  I'd see how this one works first.

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    • Craig Jude That is an eero pro, it is what I personally use for my network.  It works really well.  If you have wifi 6 devices and want a high rate of speed on them, the Pro 6 would do better, but this is what I would pick for your setup.

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    • Michael_eero_support Mike I don't have Wifi 6 - I just ordered the regular eerie so would the plus still be better as a stand alone?

    • Craig Jude The eero Pro (the second one) would be better as it has more radio bands for your devices to talk on, however the eero (the one you purchased first) will also likely do very well.

      I would try the eero that you can't stop first, see how things go.  If they things are great and good, no sense fixing what isn't broken, if you want things faster, the eero Pro would be the next step to try.

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  • I couldn't stop the shipment of the other one. Should I just return the other one right away and get this refurbished one? And are refurbished ones as good?

    • Craig Jude The refurb should work for you just fine. I would suggest returning the more expensive one, as either should be able to support your home.

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  • I'm trying to cancel the one I ordered for the plus one. 

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