Google Wi-Fi Sets Its Sights on Wireless Dead Zones


Providing seamless whole home Wi-Fi coverage can be an arduous task. Thanks to mesh networking devices like Google Wi-Fi, that task has been greatly simplified. Gone are the days of routers with spotty Wi-Fi coverage and the hassle of trying to program range extenders to eliminate dead spots. With Google Wi-Fi you can expand your home’s Wi-Fi coverage simply by adding additional Google Wi-Fi points throughout your home. No coverage in the bedroom upstairs? Just place a Google Wi-Fi device nearby and the entire upstairs can now take advantage of seamless Wi-Fi to game online, stream multimedia content, and more all at the same time.

Each Google Wi-Fi point is designed to cover up to 1,500 square feet, while the three-pack covers up to 4,500 square feet. Once configured, these Wi-Fi points are designed to allow multiple users to access ultra-fast Wi-Fi, making it easy to game online, browse the Web, stream movies, and more, simultaneously. To do this, Google Wi-Fi utilizes its own Network Assist technology, which is designed to hand off Wi-Fi connections to the closest Wi-Fi point, so each user receives the fastest signal possible. Network Assist technology also helps to alleviate network congestion to ensure all users receive an optimal Wi-Fi experience.

Controlling and managing your Wi-Fi is designed to be easy, as well, because Google Wi-Fi offers its own dedicated Google Wi-Fi app. This app gives the person overseeing the network the ability to share passwords with guests, prioritize devices, pause Wi-Fi connectivity, and much more.

Each Google Wi-Fi point features simultaneous dual-band connectivity as it supports both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. Additionally, each point also supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi network standards allowing nearly any Wi-Fi enabled device access to the network. In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, Google Wi-Fi also features Bluetooth Smart Ready support to connect a variety of Bluetooth-enabled devices directly to your home network. If a wired connection is what you want, Google Wi-Fi comes equipped with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, one LAN port and one WAN port on the main Google Wi-Fi point that both act as LAN ports on each additional point.

To keep your network secure Google Wi-Fi supports the WPA2-PSK Wi-Fi encryption standard along with the built-in Infineon SLB 9615 Trusted Platform Module. Once secured, your Google Wi-Fi does the rest with automatic security updates, allowing you to focus on more important things than updating your router.

As always, your thoughts are welcome in the Comments section, below. 


I have verizon's wifi service that comes in over the phone lines and the download speed is usually no more than 2-2.5MBS. I'm using a verizon modem and apple router. What if anything would this do for me? I assume I'm limited by the carriers download speed and nothing I do can improve that. 

Google Wifi is designed with coverage and speed in mind.  I'm not sure how good this device is compared to existing routers yet since the product isn't out but it's supposed to be better and easier to use than most wireless routers that's out now.  Your download speed would depend on the bottleneck of your network whether it's the carrier's speed, wireless router, or even your device.

Hopefully when this device is released, there will be more information and reviews.

So this google wi-fi will replace my existing working router (Asus 68)?

It can or it can be used with your existing router.  But the way Google advertised it is it's better to replace your existing router with theirs.

What is the maximun speed suported in wireles ac.

Maximum speed at the 2.4GHz band is 300 Mbps and at 5GHz is 867 Mbps.

I am not Tech expert so I read but did not understand much. Do I need Comcast service or only Googl Wifi is enough?

You need an incoming internet service to feed to these devices.

You would still need to subscribe to an internet service.  Google Wifi can replace your existing wireless router or be used with your existing network.

I have a comcast gateway that is a combination modem/router.  My question is how to configure the devices.  If I had a 3 pack of the google modems can they all be in bridge mode or would one of them have to be a base station and my comcast gateway placed in bridge mode?

You use Google Wifi in bridge mode if you prefer.  To configure your gateway in bridge mode with Google Wifi, please see the link below.  

The other option (and easier to manage and setup) is to disable the wireless router of your gateway and use one of three as a router and add on the other 2 to create your mesh network.  You would just to download the Google Wifi App and it will guide you step by step and should be set up in a matter of minutes.