Eero vs Velop - Please advise
New eero owner here and love it so far, just got the 2 router pack without the beacons. However, I also have a 3 pack velop Tri-band with a couple weeks left to return. I don’t want this to be a vs thread but I couldn’t really find any real world comparisons of the two units, unbiased, detailed ones. Some people are like, the velop is garbage, but don’t really say why. Others are the Eeros are too expensive, etc.
my go to router was the AMPLIFI HD, rock solid connection and range, but with nearly 50 devices, I’m thinking the dual band AMPLIFI is starting to take a hit. So,..... I purchased the velop, tried it out and not too bad, but their app is terrible, crashes, slow, etc. Also purchased the eero, which I’m on it’s connection now. I also tried the Orbi,and with random, constant WiFi disconnects, it was just too unreliable so I returned it.
It also comes down to price. I was able to get the 3 pack velop for $300, Black Friday sale. The two pack eero was 350. So considering, cost, reliability, WiFi speed and range and any other factors the eero community might add, which would choose and why?
Note: on FIOS 150/150, PS4 hardwired and wink hub hardwired.
I have tried several systems and some of the same ones you did - Amplifi HD and Orbi to name two. Orbi was horribly unstable and satellites wouldn't stay synced, and sometimes the system would just lose internet connectivity and would have to be rebooted. Amplifi has an Eero-like app and was a breeze to set up and install, but when (at the time) I got my 60+ devices connected, speed took a major hit and my 300 Mb/s went to 120 or so at my iMac about 35 ft away.
I now have >100 clients connected at any given time - TV's, PC's & Macs, several Amazon Echos and Google Homes, Wemo switches, and lots of Yi and Amcrest cameras, as well as NAS units and Apple Time Capsules. I also have Nest smoke detectors and a Nest thermostat.
I did consider Velop (the tri-band version; the new dual-band has gotten horrible reviews). Linksys told me that each Velop node would only support 32 clients. Eeros can support up to 128 devices on one Eero. That was a dealbreaker for me, so I went with Eero and it's been tremendously stable since with no device compatibility issues. They were great wirelessly meshed, and now I have three Eeros hard-wired and a 1 Gb/s internet service, and haven't looked back. I get 800+ Mb/s on my ethernet-connected iMacs and 425-450 consistently throughout the house on my Mac laptops and my Windows PC via wireless.
Keep in mind on cost, I have seen the two-pack second-gen. Eero pro on sale at a well-known national electronics store for well under $300, and eBay always has deals for well below $300. Velop is seldom sold for <$400 for three units for the tri-band system, which would be the only one to consider. Other systems might be cheaper than Eero but I haven't seen anything with a) the terrific device compatibility and b) the legendary stability - my Eero system just NEVER crashes or goes off-line, despite my complex network, even when meshed wirelessly.Reply
I've tried Orbi, Velop, Amplifi, and eero pro. I choose the eero pro and for 6 months the performance has been flawless. However, their app as a serious lack that's been requested in this forum by large numbers of people for over 2 years, but they've yet to add it. With internet providers like Comcast enforcing data caps, the eero app does not report monthly data usage. Therefore, there's no way to track your accumulated usage in total or at the device level over a specified time frame. Others do this but eero currently doesn't.Reply
So I’m in the edge of returning the eero. I just can’t sustain the speeds over a distance like I can with the Velop. Granted, it’s a 3 pack Tri-Band Velop compared to a 2 pack eero pro. And for the same price, I’m getting an extra node with the Velop. I pay for 150 up and down with FIOS and have gotten that consistently throughout my home. Sometimes even with a two node setup.
I wish I knew what the issue was with eero. Sometimes i have to be within several feet to top out on speed. But I just can’t be satisfied with FIOS charging an an arm and a leg and not getting the speeds I’m paying for.
Unless someone has some suggestions, it’ll have to go back. I do prefer the features and the app of the Eero. Maybe eero will hook me up with a 3rd router. 😉. I’ve been telling myself that all the hardware is basically the same and it comes down to the software with leans towards Eero. But when I’m working and my speed suffers, it’s definitely something I have to think about.Reply
So I got the other refurbished router and all is good so far. My iMac in the basement, where speeds were decent is now full at 150/150. I haven’t tested the range yet as in our front in my driveway or my backyard patio but setup was a breeze and IN my home, I’m getting full speeds throughout. Again, odd my small home requires 3 actual Eeros to get the speeds I’m paying for. So thank you everyone especially for the amazon link.Reply