What is Google Wi-Fi?
One of the best known models in the Internet area is Google Wi-Fi, the mesh network kit sold by Google that promises ease of use, high transfer speed and ability to cover an area up to 418 m².
Mesh routers are Wi-Fi devices that create a system with two or more devices that receive and transmit data. The technology is interesting because it increases the range of the network and because it does not require connection to a new access point, as with repeaters, for example.
Launched in 2016 in the United State , the set is compatible with the latest network protocols and can be an efficient solution for those who live with low Wi-Fi Internet coverage in the home and office.
It is important to mention that the model is sold in most countries.
In the following lines, find out about the Google Wi-Fi data sheet, its strengths and weaknesses. Find out if it is worth importing the product for the price of $299.
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi AC 1200, dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz), Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth
Cable connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet
Processor and memory: 4 GB of space for firmware, 512 MB of RAM and 710 MHz quad-core processor.
Dimensions and weight: 10.4 cm (diameter) x 6.8 cm (height); 340 grams
Routers that work with Mesh networks usually have a longer range and greater signal stability. But they are more expensive because, in addition to working with newer technology, they are sold in kits with two or three units.
How it works?
One way to understand how Google Wi-Fi works is to imagine it as ‘a router divided into three‘. It is possible to install it in different points of the house, in order to guarantee better wireless network coverage.
The system works with a main unit. The router receives the street signal and a pair of accessories – which can be connected together and wirelessly – extend the coverage of the Wi-Fi network.
According to Google, the network created with the device trio provides signal coverage for a maximum area of 418 m².
More than just a wireless network device, Google Wi-Fi also offers two Gigabit Ethernet ports for conventional network connections, from network cables. In terms of Wi-Fi, the device operates on AC1200 – which means theoretical maximum speeds of 1,200 Mb / s – and, dual-band.
The model has the ability to switch between 2.4 and 5 GHz bands , according to the demand and the condition of your neighborhood.
When operating in both frequency bands, Google Wi-Fi guarantees operation on the most unobstructed channel possible. This feature should make a difference in densely populated locations where there are a lot of different wireless networks.
The set of specifications, especially due to the AC1200 protocol, places Google Wi-Fi on the same level as more expensive and high-performance routers.
The highlight of Google Wi-Fi is due to the interaction and focus on usability. The configuration process is done by a specific application that, in addition to being easy to use, offers a number of extra features.
The app monitors the position of the device’s components to indicate the most efficient positioning.
The program allows the creation of policies to favor some devices – thus, you can direct more bandwidth to the PC or video game. In addition, it is also possible to disconnect the network momentarily – a function that can be useful for parents interested in interrupting their children’s Internet use, for example.
Despite all the interesting features, there is a downside for users who like to deeply control how their networks behave. The focus on simplicity and accessibility of the product can keep away those who prefer to customize firmwares, redirect ports and interact with the router in more technical ways.
Google Wi-Fi is affordable, the product sold in a kit with three pieces costs $299.
It is also possible to purchase just a Google Wi-Fi to use it as a conventional router. This, however, reduces the possible coverage to 140 m². The individual Google Wifi costs US $129, a value that puts the product on the same level as good routers sold world wide.