Google Wi-Fi is the Google Mesh Setup kit for Internet lovers, promising everyone great ease of use, high transfer speed and ability to cover an area of up to 418 m².Launched in 2016 in the United States, the suite is compatible with the latest network protocols and can be an efficient solution for those who live with low Wi-Fi Internet coverage at home and in the office.
Google Wi-Fi is the evolution of the brand’s previous home appliances, the OnHubs. The difference with Wi-Fi is that instead of just a single unit there are three.
Google Wi-Fi works like a router divided into three. It is possible to install in different places of the house, in order to guarantee and improve the coverage of the wireless network. The idea is not new because it is also applied to products of other brands, such as TP-Link, Asus, and D-Link, under the English name of “mesh” or Wi-Fi mesh.
To access Google Wi-Fi, you need two things:
- An iOS or Android mobile devices connected to the Internet, such as a smartphone or tablet;
- A Google account;
Unlike most routers, there is no web-based interface. Google Wi-Fi mobile app can configure and control the new Wi-Fi system. Once set up, Google WiFi Mesh Setup will remain connected to Google at all times and will sign in to your Google account every time you use Google.
Google reports that Wi-Fi does not collect activity data, such as the sites it visits. By default, it collects only information related to hardware, applications, and networks. However, you can disable it in the Privacy section of the settings. Google Wi-Fi also presents the best balance of ease of use, performance, and price.
According to Google, the network created with the device trio gives signal coverage to a maximum area of 418 m².
More than a simple 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 Mbps – and dual-band and the model has the ability to switch between 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.
When operating in both frequency ranges, Google Wi-Fi ensures operation in the clearest channel possible.
The great highlight of Google Wi-Fi is due to the interaction and focus on usability. The configuration process is done by a specific application that, besides being easy to use, offers many extra features.
Despite all the interesting features, there is one downside – the focus on product simplicity and accessibility may deter those who prefer to customize firmware, redirect ports, and interact with the device in ways that are more technical.
On average, installing it takes about 15 minutes to set up the three units using an Android smartphone. The whole process was self-explanatory and fast. In terms of data throughput, it has been tested with dual-stream AC1200, with a sustained higher Wi-Fi speed of more than 470 megabits per second.
The nature of Wi-Fi, however, means that each time you extend the wireless signal, the loss of signal will occur, which means slower speed.
The coverage and reliability are excellent: with excellent signage, it allows you to walk around the house, connecting from one unit to another without disconnecting from the Internet.
Google claims that the system is constantly scrutinizing airspace to discover the best Wi-Fi bandwidth (5GHz or 2.4GHz), but through various tests, the Google Wi-Fi network remains stable, which definitely lends credibility to its claim.
Google Wi-Fi is capable of streaming 4K videos through Netflix, playing Overwatch in the office with no problems.
Although Google Wi-Fi operates its system over existing Wi-Fi bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz) over the 802.11s protocol instead of the Netgear Orbi triband system, which communicates through a second 5GHz Wi-Fi band, there is a terrible difference between Google and Orbi (competitor) performance. There are some slightly faster MBPS downloads in Orbi’s 2.4 GHz band on Google Wi-Fi, although it may be a one-off anomaly.
- Wi-Fi standards: IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, AC1200 2 × 2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi (expandable mesh; 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band, TX beamforming); Bluetooth Smart
- Processor: Quad-core CPU ARM CPU at 710MHz
- Memory: 512MB RAM
- Storage: 4GB eMMC flash
- Beamforming: Implicit and explicit for the 2.4 and 5GHz bands
- Inputs: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
- Dimensions: 106.1 x 68.7mm
- Weight: 340g
Setting up Google WiFi is one of the easiest routers to install on the market. For a relatively affordable price, Google offers more units than most competitors and is by far the best setup and management application.