A new filing has now shown up at the FCC for what seems to be a new router from Google. The filing comes with the model number AC-1304 and is listed as a filing for a “dual band WiFi router.” As is usually the case with such filings, additional details are pretty limited and so it is currently unclear as to what this router will offer, when it will arrive, or how much it will cost when it does arrive.
Of course, the immediate assumption is going to be that this is a new version of Google Wifi. Google launched its ‘Wifi’ solution back during its big Oct. 4 event in 2016. However, that particular router sports a different model number to this one and so the assumption is that this is a different router, possibly a follow up device to the previous model. While the notion of Google already releasing a sequel device may seem a little early in the grand scheme things (and especially as Google Wifi is only just starting to make its way to markets outside the US), Google is preparing to host its annual Google I/O event next month. Therefore, there is every possibility that something like a new router could be on show and so the timing is not totally out of sync with expectations. Although, it stands to reason that it will not actually become available to buy until much later in the year, and likely when the ‘Pixel 2’ is released, as was the case with the first Google Wifi and the first Pixel phones.
Back to this new router though, and the only aspects which can be gleaned from the current FCC filing is that the router is a dual band router and therefore will support both 2.4 and 5 GHz. Likewise, the FCC filing does come with the image shown above which showcases the underbelly of the router along with where the FCC label will be located. Which, if an accurate representation (and these images usually are), does suggest that this router will sport a slightly different design compared to the current Google Wifi. Although, it does remain to be seen how different the functionality will be, if different at all. If you need any more evidence that this is likely a follow up device to Google Wifi, then the image also does highlight the g.co/wificare domain - which is Google’s support site for Google Wifi.