Apple recently stopped developing their Airport lineup of routers which had earned much respect thanks to their convenience and compatibility with the Apple ecosystem. Now that we do not expect any future updates to the Airport Express and Extreme, what are its alternatives? Last year, Google worked with TP-link and ASUS to develop the OnHub router that both looked good and had simple functionality. Now Google is back at it again - this time doing it all alone - with its own wifi router: Google Wifi.
Why is the Google Wifi a big deal?
Because it is simple, expandable and it plays well with your Google (and Apple) ecosystem. Like the OnHub, setting up the Google Wifi router is really simple and can be done using an iOS and Android app. The app enables a lot of functionality - you can track individual device usage, pause or boost wifi to certain devices, and check your internet speed right within the app.
The biggest selling point of Google Wifi is its expandability. You can buy the router as a single unit or in a pack of three if you have a large home. All Google Wifi routers can work together to boost your network without any extra setup. Once all the routers are connected to the primary router (i.e. the router that connects to your modem), they work harmoniously together so that your device gets maximum signal strength and speed wherever you are in your house. The routers “force” your phone to switch from one to the other and does so in under a fraction of a second, which significantly improves the experience of the router + repeaters mesh. The app will also suggest the best locations for each of the routers for maximum connectivity.
Google Wifi routers are smarter than the average routers. They automatically change bands depending on traffic and morph to you internet needs. They will receive OTA updates from Google that’ll improve the experience over time.
Being a Made By Google product, Google Wifi is the first of its kind and reviews suggest that the company nailed it. C-net calls it the best Wi-Fi on the market, and user reviews are positive too. However, the lack of a USB port to connect hard drives or printers for network storage and wireless printing, and no chromecast audio out might be a slight letdown for professional users.
Nonetheless, for $129 for a single router or $299 for a set of three, the Google Wifi router is worth the cash. If you are planning to upgrade your current router, this might just be your best bet.
You can learn more and buy here: https://madeby.google.com/wifi/
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