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Google Wifi- The Best Google WiFi point
The features of the wireless network are becoming reasonable
Speed: 802.11ac 5 GHz Down: 101.41 Mbps, 2.4 GHz Down: 47.53 Mbps Connectivity: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports per Wi-Fi point (1 WAN and 1 LAN port each) Features: AC1200 2 x 2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi, TX Beamforming, Bluetooth Smart Ready We have problems with the router, but we forget that the router is not always to blame. Instead, it’s the fault of small, weak radio receivers in our smartphones, laptops, and tablets that do not recognize the existing signal. Here Google uses Google + 1.16% WiFi. It is at the forefront of a new generation of routers that may offer the solution. Google WiFi is a so-called “mesh router system”. This means that it is not paramount to transfer the fastest wireless signal from a single location but to cover a range of consistently high-quality WLAN by sending it from multiple locations.
Google WiFi is probably the most elegant wireless router on the market
It’s an approach with fewer muscles and more brains, but does the theory match the hype? Let’s take a look.
Small, minimalist, hockey puck inspired
Google WiFi is far from the only one – Netgear Orbi, Linksys Velop, D-Link Cover, Newcomer Eero, and others, who all compete in this area – but it’s certainly the most minimalist. And when it comes to discrete solutions, this is certainly a good thing. Google WiFi looks like a fat, white hockey puck with a diameter of only 106 mm, a height of 69 mm, and a weight of 340 g (12 oz). Both the router and its network of Wi-Fi points look identical because they are the same: regardless of which one is connected to your broadband, the router becomes the other, the others become points.
Google WiFi is a router to be proud of
This makes it easy to integrate Google WiFi into most home and business environments and can be purchased as a stand-alone, double, or triple pack. The last, Google claims, will be 4500 square meters. It’s worth noting that Google WiFi is the company’s second wireless router. Unlike its predecessor OnHub (built by TP-Link), however, the company believes that Google WiFi was developed 100% in-house.
Hardware – state-of-the-art practicality
Of course, the reason that any Google WiFi can be so small and minimalist is that it does not mimic the usual router method of packing as much technology as possible and hurling it all over the house. A mesh network does not have to do that. As a result, you’ll find that each Google WiFi supports 802.11g / n / ac, but only up to AC1200 2×2, and not the 3×3 AC1750, AC1900 (and beyond) standards you see on enthusiast routers. Theoretically, this should not matter to most users: the AC1200 supports wireless speeds in excess of 500 megabits (Mbps) that go well beyond most Internet connections, though enthusiasts may want to look elsewhere.
Google’s Wi-Fi connection is limited by most users
In addition, you’ll find support for MU-MIMO, beamforming, TPM (cryptography), and two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and (interestingly) each module has a USB Type-C port for power. It’s worth noting that Google does not have a built-in modem. So, a connection to your existing modem is made instead of replacing it. This occupies one of the Ethernet ports of the assigned primary module. The WLAN point through both ports is free at other points in the network. It should be enough for most users, but devotees will want more. So, the only peculiar omission is support for WPS – a one-button option, since Google has its own solution- but you will find support for WPA2.
Setup – Supreme Software
And though the hardware has its minimalist charm, it’s the software that Google hopes will really attract consumers. Setting up a network is often not for the faint of heart, but Google WiFi is changing this.
Google WiFi offers a first-class setup experience
Just attach the primary Google WiFi point to your existing router via the Ethernet port, download the Google WiFi app and scan the QR code to the point you just connected. You’ll be prompted to give a name, choose a password, and then add the following Google WiFi points.
Google WiFi offers a first-class configuration experience
Just connect your “main” Google WiFi point to your existing router through the Ethernet port. Download the Google WiFi application and scan the QR code to the point you just connected. You will be asked to give a name, choose a password, and then add the following Google WiFi points. Just connect it and follow the instructions on the screen. From then on, the entire administration is managed through the Google WiFi application. You will receive a map of your network. All connected devices and Google Wi-Fi hotspots, and simple tools to measure the performance of your network. You will also be notified if you have misplaced one of the Google WiFi points (Hint: try to make it equally distant and visible).
All control is through the Google WiFi application, which is simple and intuitive.
Once the true power of Google WiFi is up and running, control is paramount. Modes such as “Guest WiFi” sharing Internet access with anyone through the application, therefore, without WPS and “Family WiFi” automatically stopping Internet access at certain times for specific devices) are extremely intuitive While “Home Control”, a center for all Internet of Things devices, is currently limited Philips Hue lights are the only compatible option at the time of writing, it will inevitably expand. In terms of performance, Google claims that the secret sauce is Network Assist. This will automatically detect and continuously monitor the clearest channel for your network. It works in conjunction with a “gear algorithm” that automatically switches connected devices to the strongest signal when it moves, whether it’s a bond in the kitchen, in the lobby, in the bedroom, and everywhere in your home.