If you’re looking for a super-simple way to get Wi-Fi to every corner of your home, Google Wifi could be the answer. Delivering seamless wireless connectivity on a single network, the system is easy to install and configure, looks great, and delivers solid throughput. Google Wifi is leading the mesh router revolution. The Google Wifi app does provide more useful settings, like continuous monitoring of your network, as well as the points and devices connected to it.
The app has an included internet speed test as well, like Ookla’s mesh test that measures the health of your Points’ connections, alongside a Wi-Fi test that measures your connection strength from within the network.
Google Airport Wifi Overview
Google Wifi is incredibly easy to set up and lets you simply manage your network thanks to a mobile app that makes switching over to a mesh router a painless process, perfect for those who might find adopting mesh routers a daunting task.
Given all that, it’s obvious why Google is so instrumental in ushering in the next generation of routers. Not to mention, it offers a better price and value than routers like Samsung Connect Home, even though they came onto the market first.
No matter if it’s the solid network performance or the attractive price, you’ll get a fantastic router in the Google Wifi. So, if you’re planning on switching over to wireless mesh routers, it’s hard to do better than this device.
Google Airport Wifi Design and Setup
Google not only has an edge in pricing on its hands, but it also has the sleekest designed Wi-Fi units and possibly the easiest setup of any offering.
Each Google Wifi unit, a simple, little cylinder with a white LED band in its center, delivers the same capability.
This means that any Google Wifi unit can act as the core ‘router’ of the system, while the others can extend the wired signal, sent to the unit wirelessly, with their included Ethernet ports as well as wireless internet. All three units are powered through USB-C.
Setup is also completely smooth, just like Google Wifi’s hardware design – using a free iOS or Android app to facilitate the whole process.
We’re not going to dig into the nitty-gritty of the process, but the Google Wifi App will allow you to configure your network by first scanning the QR codes on the Wi-Fi point connected to your modem or gateway.
The app will then ask you to give your new network a name and set a password, then pair any supplementary Wi-Fi points you have, by scanning their QR codes – you’ll then be able to name individual nodes in the app.
You are not going to get the same depth of access as even Netgear Orbi offers, so band switching isn’t a choice. However, Google Wifi does handle this behind the scenes automatically.
Google Airport Wifi Price and Availability
With what it has to offer accessibility- and features-wise, Google isn’t asking for much, particularly for what the Google Wifi can do.
It will set you back $259 (about £204, AU$399) for a set of three units, comprised of one main “Wi-Fi point” (the one you connect to the modem or gateway) and two secondary Wi-Fi points. Google promises that three Wi-Fi Points can cover up to 4,500 square feet (418 square meters) in a location.
A single Google Wifi unit can be bought for only $99 (£129, AU$199), if you are working with a small apartment space.
If you’re in the UK, you’ll also have the option of the Google Wifi in both a 2-pack and a 3-pack, which will cost you £229 and £329, respectively.
Australians will be delighted to hear that the Google Wifi is now available – they can pick up a single node for AU$199 or the 3-pack for AU$499.
The Google Wifi is a phenomenal value – it provides more units for less cash than any of its rivals, like the Netgear Orbi, with other wireless mesh routers coming in at $400 (about £320, AU$520), at least, for the same number of mesh nodes.
Google Airport Wifi Performance
Google Wifi is able to match, if not surpass, Netgear Orbi’s performance. Drawing the absolute most out of our 100Mbps Wi-Fi service, we have surely not seen any router be able to deliver the same service.
But, the core difference here is that Google Wifi is able to bring this high performance to every room of our, albeit small, house.
We’re able to stream 4K video through Netflix to our Roku Premiere in the basement, as well as play Overwatch in the office where the modem is situated without any problems. Wi-Fi mesh systems like the Google Wifi aren’t focused as much on throughput as they are on the coverage. Still, this product certainly delivers.
The traffic prioritization feature makes sure that your gaming session is receiving more of that critical bandwidth than the other devices in your house that are used most frequently for Facebooking and streaming HD videos.
Additionally, the network can automatically repair itself should one or more of the Wi-Fi Points accidentally lose power.
Even though we know that Google Wifi operates its mesh system over existing Wi-Fi bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz) over the 802.11s mesh protocol instead of Netgear Orbi’s tri-band system that communicates over a second 5GHz Wi-Fi band, we haven’t seen a considerable difference between either’s performance.
We do see marginally faster download speeds in MB/s on the 2.4GHz band from the Orbi over the Google Wifi. However, that could also be a possible anomaly.
Hardware – Practicality Over Cutting Edge
Of course, the reason each Google WiFi can be so small and minimalist is it isn’t mimicking the usual router method of packing in as much technology as possible and hurling it as far as possible around the house. A mesh network doesn’t need to do that.
Consequently, you’ll find each Google WiFi supports 802.11g/n/ac but only up to AC1200 2×2 rather than the beefier 3×3 AC1750, AC1900 (and beyond) standards you will see on enthusiast routers.
And yet while the hardware has its minimalist charms, it the software where Google hopes these devices will really attract customers. Setting up a network often isn’t for the fainthearted, but Google WiFi changes this.
Simply plug your ‘primary’ Google WiFi point into your existing router via the Ethernet port, download the Google WiFi app and scan the QR code on the point you just connected.
You’ll be asked to name it, pick a password then add any subsequent Google WiFi points you have, which is simply a matter of plugging them in and following the on-screen instructions.
After this, all management is handled through the Google WiFi app. You’ll get a map of your network, all connected devices and Google WiFi points, and simple tools to measure the performance of your network.
Frequently Asked Question
Here are some question that majority of our leaders may ask. We Hope it answers any question that you might have
Should you buy it?
The vast majority of home users are going to find their networking needs perfectly served by the Google Nest Wifi router.
It’s fast, flexible, and is near-painless to set up. Old hats may hem and haw about the app-only configuration interface, but for the most part, this is a router that handles technical concerns for you, and the most difficult question you’ll have to answer yourself is how many remote points you want to pick up
Can Google WIFI be used with an existing router?
Will Google Wifi work with my existing setup? Each Google Wifi point is a router that’s designed to work with your existing ISP and modem. Google Wifi can create a mesh network only with Google Nest Wifi, Google Wifi, and OnHub routers and points.