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Enlarge / We anticipate the brand new Eero Professional to look largely like the present Eero Professional or the Amazon Eero models proven right here.

Jim Salter

Tech weblog Zatz Not Humorous broke the information this weekend that Wi-Fi 6-enabled Eero {hardware} is on the FCC for testing and validation. Particulars on the brand new {hardware} are sketchy for the second—Eero has requested confidentiality for a lot of the attention-grabbing information by March 10, 2021.

What we do know is that three units underneath check are listed—an Eero Professional, Eero Gateway, and Eero Extender. All three are Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)-enabled components. The Eero Professional is a tri-band design (one 2.4GHz radio and two 5GHz radios), just like the present Eero Professional; the Gateway and Extender are dual-band designs differentiated by wired Ethernet ports—the Gateway has two, and the Extender has none.

Ars has reached out to Eero, with no response as of press time. All we all know for certain is what restricted nonconfidential information is accessible from RF testing on the FCC—Eero’s website itself nonetheless merely says, “there is no such thing as a timeline set for 802.11ax (also referred to as Wi-Fi 6) assist.”

Possible {hardware} kind elements

Though little or no of the FCC submitting is publicly accessible, there’s a picture for device-label placement on the Professional and a diagram for the Gateway and Extender exhibiting us the undersides of the units. In all probability, the Professional will strongly resemble one of many current-generation Professional or Amazon Eero units; the dual-band Gateway and Extender fashions share a single diagram, which appears to be like to be smaller and extra rectangular than the Professional.

Though the underside diagram for Gateway and Extender is formed considerably just like the second-generation Beacon design, we do not see any plugs proven—so it appears unlikely that they are going to be wall-wart designs just like the Beacon’s or like Eero competitor Plume. We anticipate the brand new era of units will probably be desktop-style designs, with exterior energy provides.

Interoperability

Along with the dual- and tri-band Wi-Fi 6 {hardware}, two of the three new units supply BTLE (Bluetooth Low-Vitality) and Zigbee radios. These protocols allow dwelling automation connectivity and substitute the Thread assist supplied by second-generation Eero {hardware}.

It is unclear whether or not the brand new era Eero units will proceed to assist Thread—each Thread and Zigbee are extensions of the underlying 802.15.4 wi-fi protocol. The FCC submitting particularly talked about Zigbee by title, however since each protocols function on the identical spectrum, they’d not going require separate filings.

Equally, we do not have concrete info on the interoperability of the brand new Wi-Fi 6-enabled Eero units with the 2 older, Wi-Fi 5 generations—however based mostly on Eero’s historical past, we see no purpose to suspect the corporate will not assist mixing-and-matching as desired.

We’ll replace right here if we obtain extra info from contacts at Eero.

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