Monday, October 31, 2016

A New Wi-Fi Router From Google

Google Wi-Fi
Last 4 October, Google on Tuesday unveiled Google Wifi, a Wi-Fi router that takes after aspects of recent "mesh" networking routers like the eero. It will be made available for preorder in November and ship in December. One router will go for US$ 129, while a three-pack will cost US$ 299.

Details of the router were first reported by Android Police about a month ago and many were anticipating the features it offers.

Like the eero and Google's own OnHub before it, Google Wifi puts some emphasis on looks. It's a small white cylinder, a bit more cleanly designed than the usual antenna-laden internet box. The idea is to make users more comfortable displaying it in an open area, which will in turn bolster their connection strength.

Also like the eero, Google Wifi's headline feature is its ability to connect to other access points and create a sort of "mesh" network, expanding connection to hard-to-reach areas of a home.

This'll naturally work better in larger homes that are more prone to dead spots. Google says one Google Wifi will work with homes up to 1,500 square feet, while a set of three will work with homes up to 4,500 square feet.

To help maintain a robust connection, Google says the Wifi will also utilize a feature called Network Assist, which automatically transitions a connected device to the strongest Wi-Fi point and channel in the setup, depending on where the users are.

The router is managed through the OnHub's current Google On app, which will soon be rechristened "Google Wifi" as well. If the OnHub is any indication, it should make setting up the device fairly simple. Beyond that, it'll allow users to see the various devices connected to their network, and selectively pause each one's internet access.

Google says it'll notify the user if an access point would benefit from being in a different location, too, and that it'll break down their data usage.

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