Hands-On With Google Wifi, Google's New Router Solution

Among the many things that Google announced today, one of the products that will be on offer soon is the new router solution that Google has set forth for consumers, called Google Wifi. While it's not available for purchase just yet, Google have officially listed the pricing details as it will cost $129 for a single base unit, while those who may need more coverage around the home can pick it up in a three-pack for $299, so as to allow them to fill in weak spots and ensure that they are covered in any room no matter what they're using the internet for whether it's for gaming, streaming movies and TV, or listening to music.

While Google already offers a router solution with the OnHub router that was launched last year, Google Wifi is a more robust solution for those that are needing total home coverage, and this is all thanks to way Google has designed the product. As it utilizes a mesh Wi-Fi technology, consumers who purchase the Google Wifi will be able to add pieces together and essentially put one router point in every single room where they need the coverage to be. It is worth noting that Google doesn't seem to explicitly state the maximum amount of Google Wifi router points that can be connected together, so presumably this is set at a max of three.

Google Wifi takes the place of an existing wireless router, so there is no need to have an additional and separate router that is not part of the Google Wifi setup. Each Google Wifi unit uses WPA2-PSK security standards, is powered by Quad-Core processor, and comes with 512MB of RAM with 4GB of internal flash storage. Managing the routers are all done through a Google Wifi companion app that Google has developed specifically for this product, so it does not use the OnHub companion app as was originally suspected prior to today's announcement. With the app installed, users will be able to do anything from pausing the Wi-Fi connection to checking the network, and there will also be options for sharing the password, making it more simple than ever to let others be connected to your local home network. This means no more having to type out the password for someone or say it out loud. The Google Wifi routers are also intelligent in addition to being easy to setup, use, and manage, as Google has noted that they automatically select the best network channel for you. If you're thinking about picking up Google Wifi you can join the waiting list for pre-orders once they're made available, and for now you can check out the gallery of images of the product below.

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Justin Diaz

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Lover of food, craft beer, movies, travel, and all things tech. Video games have always been a passion of his due to their ability to tell incredible stories, and home automation tech is the next big interest, in large part because of the Philips Hue integration with Razer Chroma. Current Device: Google Pixel.