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Eero Router: Changing WiFi Forever?

Does Netflix buffer in the middle of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? How about troubleshooting due to mysterious connection issues? Meet Eero, a powerful, self-correcting router that delivers stable internet throughout your home, no matter the obstacles.

Eero’s creators don’t want you to see their product as a router: it’s a wi-fi system. Eero is programmed to disseminate wi-fi throughout your home, completely eliminating dead spots. You’ll connect one Eero to the existing modem, connect it to your smartphone via BlueTooth, and then set up the other routers around your house. The Eero app will strategically find the spots that need the most coverage, so you don’t have to  guess all the dead spots in your home.

Remember when you had to manually reset your wi-fi setup because of connectivity issues? Eero resets itself automatically, and it’ll reroute its signal to avoid any interference. Eero uses a mesh network and switches between 2.4 and 5GHz frequency bands, searching for the clearest frequency and channel. Even something as small as a cordless phone will trigger Eero to switch frequencies.

The major bonus with the device is it’s aimed at the technology-ignorant. You don’t have to do a thing but type in a name and a password for setup. No more ip configuration or angry nights getting your router back on the right channel. Eero aims to remove all of this hassle for consumers with its user-friendly software. Theoretically it’s also more efficient than traditional signal repeaters due to the auto channel-switching and lack of manual set-up.

Despite the marketing (wi-fi system), Eero is indeed a router. Don’t assume you can cancel your modem rental from Verizon after you receive Eero. Unfortunately, you’ll still need it. Another notable mention is the cost and number of units Eero suggests consumers need. For just one, it’s $125 to pre-order. Eero suggests three is the lucky number for the average home, which costs $299. Soon, Eero will be stocked in retail stores, with prices shooting up to $200 for one, $500 for a three pack. Preordering may be your only chance at saving a few bucks for absolute internet reliability. However, Eero is a luxury item that sounds great in theory but has yet to prove itself. It claims to outperform routers from any competitor, even Apple, but we’re not sure how true that statement is as consumer reviews have yet to surface.

Via:  The Verge
Source: Eero

Tech Startups on the Rise Across the DC Metro Area

You don’t have to look much further than Jeff Bezos’ recent purchase of venerable media titan The Washington Post to understand that technology is literally becoming interwoven within the District’s DNA. A recent report put out by the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation and Engine, a policy coalition that represents the interests of startups, indicates that the rise of the technology industry in the DC metropolitan area should come as no surprise. In fact, the District and our surrounding area rank fifth nationwide among metropolitan areas in terms of the geographic density of information and communications technology (ICT) startups.

This finding reflects seriously on the potential that tech entrepreneurs see for growth of their businesses in the Washington region. Many likely recognize that in addition to ample investment interest from venture capitalists, it will not hurt to be close to the action when some of the most significant tech policy decisions of our generation are debated on Capitol Hill.