When Google announces that it is about to launch something revolutionary, everyone sits on tenterhooks and waits for the revolution to begin. This is because Google is a global leader in innovation. You could say, Google drives the virtual and digital world as we know it today. When they announced that they would launch a new Google WiFi router, everyone was excited about what it would be like and how it would change internet connectivity as we know it.
The router has been an important piece of hardware working in the background for years. You would think that with all the tech advances we have made, someone would have stopped to think about that one piece of equipment that is responsible for relaying millions of data packets. However, in all these years, router technology has pretty much been the same. It has become clearer, with the proliferation of WiFi in homes and businesses that the old router technology is struggling to keep up with the demands that we place on wireless networks. We expect a lot from it, from simple internet access to television channel streaming, games, streaming music, cloud storage and wearable tech. It's no wonder why old school routers struggle to keep up. The evolution of the wireless router is long overdue. There is no better company to lead this evolution than Google.
The Google WiFi router is the next-generation piece of broadband hardware that goes beyond what you would expect from a standard router. WiFi has improved internet connectivity speeds and is more reliable than most broadband connections, however, the demands that we put on the routers are overwhelming so much so that the signal can become patchy. Google WiFi addresses that issue of wireless signals that come and go in your home or place of business by offering seamless coverage throughout your entire premises. It does this by allowing connection between multiple WiFi units to eliminate the creation of dead zones.
Google WiFi also comes with an app to help you manage your WiFi network. The app allows you to share your WiFi password and to see other devices that are on the network. You can prioritise devices to increase Wi-Fi or cut them off.
- 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports. These ports can be configured as LAN or WAN
-512 MB RAM memory and a 4 GB eMMC flash
- Quad-Core ARM CPU, and a 710 MHz core
- The router measures 2.70 inches in length and 4.17 inches in diameter
- One router will have the capacity to cover 1,500 square feet
- A three pack will be able to cover and area of up to 4,500 square feet
The Google WiFi router is created mainly for home use, however, the mesh network it is able to create makes it suitable for small businesses. The router will be particularly helpful for people who experience periodic dead zones and dropped connection in their homes.
Google announced that the WiFi router would be available by December 2016, people were already pre-ordering their units in November. The routers are now available from the Google store as well as Amazon, Walmart and Best buy in the US and Canada only. One router costs $129,00 and a three-pack unit cost $229. Google delivered on their promise and now the WiFi router is available is set to be launched in the UK and Australia in the next coming months.
So far, customers seem to love the router because of the range, the price and the ease of setting up and using. There are a few things that have been highlighted by some users as being drawbacks like the fact that the router does not allow to set up your own VPN. Before we get to the things that people gripe about, let's look at the good things:
- There is a free to download app on Google play
- The app is easy to use and you get automatic software updates
- Handing off between access points is excellent, you won't drop any calls or be restricted when you move around
- You get faster file transfers between servers with speeds ranging between 500Mbps and 600 Mbps.
-Excellent bandwidth that goes from 2.4 GHz to 5 GHz.
Drawbacks highlighted by customers include:
-The inability to modify the DHCP scope
- The inability to change your LAN DNS.You cannot change your LAN DNS. You can use the primary access point, but you can't add your own.
-You can't change your LAN IP range
To sum it up, if you are bothered by changing IP addresses on LAN or DHCP and DNS then his Google WiFi router might be too basic for you. Google does not promise you more than it can deliver but it will get you a great signal wherever you are. As far as competition goes you would be hard pressed to get a piece of this technology at the current recommended selling price of £129 for one unit or three for £229.