Google Wifi Review
Google’s press event was held in October where various products were announced. Google Pixel smartphones were one of the biggest announcements in addition to various other gadgets such as Google Wifi. It is a user-friendly router for your home that lets you get Wi-Fi in every corner of your home. With this offering, Google has a new approach for improving home Wi-Fi. Google Wifi is the latest entry to the Wi-Fi systems market.
Google Wifi provides you an easy way to get wireless network in your home without the need of any range extenders, access points or extra wirings. Google Wifi is much smaller than a conventional router. When it comes to mesh routing, Eero is the most popular one among Netgear and others. Google is now entering the mesh router game and shares a few similarities with Eero. Google Wifi is a compact device featuring a power port and two gigabit Ethernet jacks at the bottom.
Simple to Install
To install Google Wifi as a router or a node, you need an Android or iOS device. The app scans a QR code printed on bottom of router and then assigns a location-based name for the router. You can then give your Wi-Fi network name and password. The system is also managed via Google’s free app. The app displays you the status of your networks and the number of devices connected. Tapping any device takes you to a status screen for that device.
Under the hood, it has AC1200 2X2 Wave 2 capabilities and this dual-band router operates on both 2.4 and 5GHz frequency bands. It supports two spatial streams simultaneously and delivers maximum theoretical throughput of 300Mbps and 867Mbps on 2.4GHz and 5GHz band respectively. In terms of security, it features the standard WPA2-PSK protocol.
Price and Availability
Google Wifi is sold individually for $129 or as a three-pack for $299. As compared to its competitors like Eero, it is much less as Eero retails for $499 for a three-unit setup. A single unit is capable of covering a 1,500 square-foot home while a three-pack can over 4,500-square-foot residence. They can be purchased from Amazon or Google website.
- Super easy to use
- Strong Wi-Fi coverage
- Great performance
- Powerful app
- Lacks customization features
- Lacks USB connectivity
To wrap up, Google Wifi is the best Wi-Fi system available in the market today. It delivers much more than you expect for $129. It delivers both ease of use as well as excellent Wi-Fi coverage. The Google Wifi app comes with commendable features.
So, what are your thoughts about Google Wifi? Let us know in the comments.