We’re big fans of the folks at eero, which makes wireless mesh network gear for use in the home. The company today announced software updates for its users that aim to improve LAN speed between its eero units and integrate with Amazon Echo devices.
The software update is called TrueMesh and will be pushed out to all existing eero customers. Using anonymous data it compiled from customers over the past nine months, the company says it figured out how to make improvements to its mesh algorithm.
“TrueMesh understands and navigates a network’s topology in real-time,” eero said in a press release. “This means eero will dynamically find the best route to pass data through a network and quickly switch paths to avoid any interference.” With the new software, eero says customers can expect up to two times the LAN speed within their networks. In the photo above, eero demonstrates (via the dark blue line) how the system would dynamically re-route traffic if it detects interference or other obstacles to find the fastest path.
The Amazon Echo support means that eero customers will be able to “ask Alexa” things related to the eero gear (including the “Pause the Internet” feature). Another interesting feature is that users can ask Alexa which eero a particular device (cell phone, laptop) was last connected to, in cases where people can’t find it. Customers can also now turn off the LED light on the eero units via the app.
The eero system costs $499 for a three-pack of units; a two-pack costs $349, or a single unit costs $199.