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Business Insider's Insider Pick the eero Mesh-WiFi Network System

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Why you'll love it: eero's WiFi system is compact, well designed, and completely effective at eliminating Wi-Fi dead zones in large spaces.

In 2014, the founders of the eero WiFi system were tired of staring at the ungainly, ugly wireless routers they saw everywhere. They also wanted to put an end to Wi-Fi dead zones in large spaces. The solution was a brand-new concept: a coordinating system of powerful devices to deliver strong, fast Wi-Fi in large spaces. The idea of mesh Wi-Fi caught on, but eero's system is still the best.

eero's attractive, simple design puts those alien-looking Wi-Fi routers to shame. You will have absolutely no qualms about placing the eero router and its beacons anywhere in your home. The new eero system includes the Beacon, a full-fledged access point that is both half the size of the original and 30% more powerful. As a bonus, the new beacons eschew wires and plug into any wall outlet.

A 700MHz quad-core CPU is the brains behind eero's beauty. The router also has proprietary TrueMesh software and a tri-radio set-up that includes a 5GHz band. Perhaps best of all, the eero gets automatic software updates, so you're always patched and on the latest software version.

The set-up was super simple when we installed the best-selling 2-4 bedroom eero system in our home. It comes with one main eero router and two Beacons. Obviously, depending on the size of your space, you can choose from several other options, including a Pro package for a much larger house.

The free, eero app lets you create different Wi-Fi profiles for each member of your family, check and trouble-shoot your system, make a guest portal, and check Internet speed.

You can also get the eero Plus security service that bundles anti-malware protection, ad-blocking, parental controls, and a secure password manager for the whole family. It will cost you $99 a year, but it' something to keep in mind if you want added security.

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