Google's New Wi-Fi Device Hits The FCC

Google is apparently fixing to launch a number of new devices, including at least one that promises to be a wireless access point of some sort, if recent applications filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is anything to go by. The FCC filing by Google categorizes the device under the "digital transmission system" equipment class. Google has already released Wi-Fi devices before, like the OnHub router, but whether this new upcoming device will have anything to do with it or whether it will be something completely new is anybody's guess. Online speculations seem to suggest everything from an extension or a repeater to be used with the OnHub, to a smart Gigabit router compatible with Google Fiber. Goes without saying that there's very little to go by at this stage apart from the image included herein, along with a small description from Google about the device, which comes with the FCC identifier - A4RGFMN100. According to Google's filing with the FCC, the "Device is a 802.11b/g/n WiFi Access Point operating in 2x2 MIMO 20 and 40 MHz bandwidth modes".

The Mountain View, California-based internet giant is expected to launch the seventh generation of its Nexus line of smartphones on the 29th of this month. In a break with tradition, the company is believed to have readied two different Nexus handsets this year, one made by Chinese electronics and telecom equipment major, Huawei, and the other by South Korean consumer electronics giant, LG. The second generation of Google's Chromecast video streaming device will also reportedly be introduced at the same event, if recent reports are to be believed. The all-new Chromecast is said to come with a completely refreshed look and better Wi-Fi connectivity.

Google has filed for certification of quite a few of its devices with the FCC in recent weeks. Just last week itself, the company had filed yet another device for FCC's approval, which came with the identifier A4R-WT1, and was described by the company as a 'connectivity bridge'. Another filing (image below) earlier this month was for a "Multimedia Device with BLE, 2.4Ghz and 5GHz WLAN Radios", according to Google's description of the device, which is being rumored as being the next Nexus Player, although there's nothing concrete available by way of information at this point in time.

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