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It’s what you love about Google brought to home Wi-Fi. We’ve re-thought everything about routers for an experience that's flexible, reliable, reduces dead zones and handles your devices and online activities effortlessly.
Built-in smarts keep your network fast
Simple from setup to control and beyond
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Built-in smarts keep your network fast
Simple from setup to control and beyond
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Designed to cover your home with speedy Wi-Fi, Google Wifi ($299 for the 3-pack we tested; $129 per 1-pack) is the latest entry in the burgeoning market of attractive, intuitive Wi-Fi systems. As with the Luma, AmpliFi, and Eero systems before it, Google Wi-Fi uses a series of satellite modules to deliver seamless dual-band Wi-Fi throughout the house without the need for a traditional router combined with range extenders or access points. The system is simple to set up and configure, looks good, and delivered solid scores on our throughput tests.
So What Exactly Is a Wi-Fi System?
Wi-Fi systems provide an easy way to install a far-reaching wireless network in your home without the need for range extenders, access points, or additional wiring. Most systems, including the Google Wifi, Luma, and Eero systems, utilize satellites and employ mesh technology that allows those satellites (which are actually individual routers) to communicate with one another and with wireless clients throughout your home (the Netgear Orbi is a bit different; it uses a dedicated 5GHz Wi-Fi radio band to communicate with its satellites). The main benefit of a Wi-Fi system is roaming connectivity; each satellite is part of the same network and provides seamless Wi-Fi from one point to another, which means you don't have to worry about logging in to a range extender or access point as you move from room to room. Moreover, they don't require much management or configuring, unlike a router-range extender or router-access point combination.
Design and Features
We tested the $299 Google Wifi 3-pack, which includes three satellites (which Google calls Wifi points), three power cords, a 6.5-foot Ethernet cable, and a quick start guide. Each point provides coverage for up to 1,500 square feet, which means the 3-Pack is good for homes of up to 4,500 square feet. For smaller dwellings (or to add more coverage to the 3-Pack), a single pack is available for $129. By way of comparison, each Luma and Eero module covers up to 1,000 square feet, and the Ubiquiti Amplifi HD Home Wi-Fi System covers up to 20,000 square feet using a base station and two high-density antennas. Our Editors' Choice, the Netgear Orbi uses two modules to provide up to 4,000 square feet of coverage.
The puck-shaped Wifi points are matte white, measure 4.1 inches in diameter, and are 2.7 inches in height. While a bit taller than the Eero (1.3 inch) and Luma (1.1 inch) modules, they have a much lower profile than the Netgear Orbi components (8.8 inches) and will blend in well with most décor. Just like Google Home, the new voice assistant/speaker combo, Wifi is meant to be seen, unlike traditional networking gear, which often sticks out like a sore thumb. An LED light strip embedded in the middle of each Wifi point pulses blue during setup, emits a steady light teal beacon when everything is working as it should, and glows amber when it loses its Internet connection. The base has two gigabit LAN ports and a power port; the main Wi-Fi point (the one directly connected to your modem) uses one port as a WAN (Internet) port and the other as a LAN port that can connect to devices like desktops, gaming consoles, and home automation hubs, while both ports on the additional points act as dual LAN ports. The Wifi points lack USB connectivity, which means you can't attach peripherals such as printers or external storage drives.
Each Wifi point is powered by a quad-core Arm CPU, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of eMMC flash memory. Each one also contains AC1200 (2X2) 802.11ac and 802.11s (mesh) circuitry along with a Bluetooth radio. Google Wifi supports beamforming and WPA2-PSK security, and as is the case with other Wi-Fi systems, uses embedded software (dubbed Network Assist) to steer clients to the least crowded channel, the fastest available radio band, and the closest Wi-Fi point. As with the Luma, Eero, and Orbi systems, Google Wifi presents both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands as a single band, which means you can't manually assign client to a specific band like you can with the Amplifi system.
The system is installed and managed using Google's thoughtfully designed free Android or iOS mobile app. It opens to a home screen that tells you the status of your network (online/offline) and how many devices are connected, and displays a simple network map. Tapping any device or Wi-Fi point on the map takes you to a status screen for that device with information such as total upload and download stats, the IP address, and the MAC address. The three-bar icon on the upper left corner takes you to a screen where you can add more Wifi points, send feedback, and access online help.
Just above the map are three icons. On the left is an Info button that displays status on Wifi point connectivity and walks you through processes like setting up Guest Networking and Family Wi-Fi, adjusting LED brightness on the Wifi points, and addressing any issues you may be having with satellites or connected clients. The round Internet icon in the center takes you back to the home screen, and the four-dot icon on the right takes you to the Shortcuts and Settings screen. Shortcuts include Network Check, where you can test your Web speed and Wi-Fi signal strength to your mobile devices, and Priority Device, which allows you to give traffic priority to any device connected to the network for 1, 2, or 4 hours at a time. There's also a Show Password shortcut in case you've forgotten your password, and Internet Pause buttons for devices that you've enrolled as Family Wi-Fi clients.
Family Wi-Fi lets you instantly pause internet access for specific wireless clients, groups of clients, or all connected clients. In the Settings menu, tap Family Wi-Fi, select a client from the list, and give it a group label, if you prefer. Now all you have to do is tap a group label or an individual device to pause Internet access, say for your kids' laptops and tablets at dinnertime or bedtime. Simply tap the button again to resume. The Network settings menu has options for restarting your Wifi points, performing a factory reset, and updating firmware. Advanced network settings allow you to use an automatic DNS or use your ISP-mandated DNS, enable DHCP, create Port Forwarding rules, and select a Network mode (Bridge or Standard). For example, in Standard mode the system is acting as a single network, providing Wi-Fi coverage and assigning IP addresses. In Bridge mode, the points act as an extension of another network and doesn't have DHCP server capabilities.
You don't get these types of advanced settings with the Luma or Eero systems, but both the Amplifi HD and Orbi systems offer similar settings. That said, a high-end router such as our Editors' Choice, the D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR-895L/R), offers much more control and lets you configure, among other things, firewall settings, virtual server settings, and wireless transmission power levels. Additionally, you can select a wireless channel and change the channel width if you're experiencing neighborly interference.
There's also a Guest networking setting that allows you to create a limited access network for guests, and a unique Home Control setting that you can use to control supported home automation devices. At the time of this review, Philips Hue lights were the only supported devices, but Google plans to add more, including support for the Nest thermostat, in the near future. Google is also working on integrations with Google Home and Amazon Echo via IFTTT.
Installation and Performance
Wi-Fi systems are designed for ease of use and Google Wifi is no different. I started by connecting a Wifi point to my modem using the included LAN cable and powered it up, at which point the LED ring went through a series of blue and white flashes until it finally pulsed blue. I opened the app, clicked Get Started, and waited a few seconds while the app discovered the Wifi point. I scanned the QR code on the base when prompted and waited around 30 seconds for the point to connect wirelessly to my modem and attain an Internet connection. I named the network, assigned a password, and chose a location for the point from the list (office, kitchen, living room, etc). I was then prompted to add more points or finish the installation. I elected to add more Wi-Fi points.
The app suggested that I place the next point no more than two rooms away from the main point, so I located it in the living room, which is two small rooms over from my office and exactly where I placed the Luma, Amplifi, and Orbi satellites for my tests. I chose Living Room as the location, scanned the QR code, and waited 40 seconds for the point to connect. I was then prompted to test the wireless connection and the app told me that the connection was poor. I moved the point into the kitchen (one room closer to my office), retested, where I saw a good connection. I repeated this process with the third point and located it in my basement (in the same location where I tested the third Luma satellite), and saw a good signal on the first try.
I performed my usual throughput tests on the main Wi-Fi point and on each of the two satellites. As with the Orbi, Luma, and Eero systems, Google Wifi uses automatic band steering that doesn't allow you to separate the 2.4GHz band from the 5GHz band, so my results are based on combined throughput speeds. The main point scored 491Mbps on the close proximity (same room) test, narrowly beating the Orbi (460Mbps), the Amplifi HD (459Mbps), and the Luma (457Mbps). At a distance of 30 feet, the Google Wifi scored 175Mbps, easily surpassing the Luma (76.1Mbps) and Eero (71.2Mbps), but not the Orbi or the Amplifi HD, both of which scored 223Mbps.
Wifi point results were mixed. The Google kitchen satellite's score of 182Mbps on the close proximity test was faster than the Luma (106Mbps) but trailed the Amplifi HD (193Mbps). The Orbi satellite scored an impressive 480Mbps, thanks to its dedicated 5GHz backhaul band. At a distance of 30 feet the kitchen Wifi point's score of 141Mbps was a bit slower than the Amplifi HD (168Mbps), but significantly faster than the Luma (77.2Mbps). Once again, the Orbi dominated with a score of 220Mbps. Finally, the basement satellite scored 111Mbps on the close proximity test and 117Mbps on the 30 foot test, besting the Luma (101Mbps and 75Mbps, respectively) but not the Amplifi HD (189Mbps and 162Mbps, respectively).
To compare these scores with a traditional router, our midrange Editors' Choice, the Trendnet AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO WiFi Router (TEW-827DRU) bests Google Wifi, scoring 590Mbps on the close proximity test and 260Mbps on the 30 foot test.
Google Wifi will appeal to those who want to create a simplified home wireless network that is easy to set up and maintain. You won't get individual band control that comes with a traditional router, but you do get a bit more control than with the Luma and Eero systems, including port forwarding and Quality of Service settings.
The system offers solid room-to-room Wi-Fi coverage with relatively fast throughput speeds, and its Family Wi-Fi feature is ideal for parents who wish to limit their children's Internet time or simply want to pause online activity temporarily. Likewise, the one-touch Priority feature makes it easy to instantly give clients the bandwidth they need, when they need it, without having to log in to a management console and change settings.
That said, our Editors' Choice for Wi-Fi systems, the Netgear Orbi, delivered much better range performance in our testing and supports Multi User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO), which streams data to multiple compatible wireless clients simultaneously rather than sequentially. It also offers better connectivity (the router has three LAN ports and a WAN port and the satellite has four LAN ports), than the Google system, and each component covers more area (2,000 square feet) than each Google Wifi point (1,500 square feet), but the Orbi will cost you about $100 more than the 3-pack.
If you're just looking for very fast throughput speeds or require more control over your network, consider a traditional midrange router such as the Trendnet AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO WiFi Router (TEW-827DRU). It delivers better throughput performance, offers individual band assignment, and supports MU-MIMO streaming, for about $100 less than the Google Wifi 3-pack. If you have a large home, pair it with a TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE450) to fill in any dead zones. Just don't expect the ease of use and seamless roaming that you get with Google Wifi.
Introducing a new kind of Wi-Fi system
We count on Wi-Fi at home more than ever. Whether you’re video chatting with mom, binge-watching the latest series, or simply getting work done, strong and reliable Wi-Fi is key to staying connected.
Today, we’re excited to introduce Google Wifi, a new connected Wi-Fi system designed to give you a fast signal in every room, on every device.
Most of us get Wi-Fi in our homes through a centralized router, but using a single router to spread signal throughout your whole home is like expecting one light bulb to light up every room. Walls and distance make it difficult for a single device to send a strong signal to every corner of your home, resulting in slow Wi-Fi and dead zones.
Last year, we introduced OnHub with partners TP-LINK and ASUS to create a better Wi-Fi experience, focusing on design and simplicity. Google Wifi, built on the strengths of OnHub, is our next step towards ensuring that our homes can have great Wi-Fi everywhere we need it.
Fast Wi-Fi throughout your home
Google Wifi was designed from the ground up to support the new ways we use Wi-Fi. These days, Wi-Fi has to be able to support lots of devices at the same time, and stand up to high-bandwidth activities like streaming video or gaming — in every room of your house. Google Wifi is an expandable system, so for larger homes, you can simply add Google Wifi points. They connect to one another and spread a strong network signal to every room.
The system uses a technology called mesh Wi-Fi (something usually only seen in expensive commercial installations). Within our mesh network, each Google Wifi point creates a high-powered connection, and the different points work together to determine the best path for your data. The result is fast Wi-Fi everywhere in your house, not just right next to the router.
Keeps itself fast
Most of us don’t want to spend time tweaking complex settings or managing our Wi-Fi network. Google Wifi comes with Network Assist technology, which works behind the scenes to keep your Wi-Fi fast so you don’t have to figure out how to adjust your router. Network Assist automatically places you on the clearest channel and optimal Wi-Fi band for your device. And as you roam around your house, Network Assist will seamlessly transition your device between the Google Wifi system points in real time, so you avoid dead spots or delays.
A simple way to control your networkFor those times when you do want more control over your network, Google Wifi makes it simple through a companion app, available on Android or iOS. The app lets you do things like pause Wi-Fi on kids’ devices (like when it’s time to come to the dinner table). It also shows you which devices are connected and how much bandwidth they’re using and lets you prioritize devices within your network so you can stream that latest episode uninterrupted. Google Wifi was designed with user privacy as a top priority. For example, it has settings for easily controlling cloud management and industry-leading security features such as wireless encryption, verified boot, and auto updates to keep your network safe and secure.
Google Wifi will be available for pre-order in the U.S. in November. It will retail for $129 for a single pack, and $299 for a three-pack at the Google Store, Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.Join the waitlist on the Google Store, and we’ll let you know when you can get your hands on one, so you can enjoy a fast Wi-Fi signal in every corner of your home.
Google Wifi review
The age of the traditional wireless router has come to an end, slowly getting replaced by wireless mesh routers like the Google Wifi. Devices like the Netgear Orbi and Samsung Connect Home are extremely popular these days, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that Google has jumped on the bandwagon with the Google Wifi.
Google’s wireless router undertaking has paid off. Not only is Google Wifi the best wireless mesh router money can buy, but it’s also one of the best routers today. This is mostly thanks to the fact that it packs in more mesh units at a lower price than competing mesh routers.
This attention to value is combined with simple setup and great network management through a clean mobile app. Trust us – after using the Google Wifi, you won’t want to use any other wireless router.
Price and availability
With what’s on offer, Google isn’t asking for much, especially for what the Google Wifi can do. It will set you back $259 (about £204, AU$399) for a set of three units – that’s one primary ‘Wi-Fi point’ (the one you hook up to the modem or gateway) and two secondary WiFi points. Google promises that three Wifi Points can cover up to 4,500 square feet (418 square meters) in a home.
A single Google Wifi unit, on the other hand, can be had for $99 (£129, AU$199).
If you’re in the UK, you’ll find the Google Wifi in a 2-pack instead of the 3-pack, and it will cost £229. It’s worth noting, however, that this 2-pack is currently unavailable in the UK as of June 2019.
Australians will be happy to know that the Google Wifi is finally available – they can pick up a single node for AU$199 and the 3-pack for AU$399.
The Google Wifi is a massive value – it offers more units for less cash than any other competitor, like the Netgear Orbi, with other wireless mesh routers coming in at $400 (about £320, AU$520), at least, for the same amount of mesh nodes.
Wireless Connectivity: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, AC1200 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi (expandable mesh; dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz, TX beamforming); Bluetooth Smart ready
Processor: Quad-core ARM CPU (each core up to 710MHz)
Memory: 512MB RAM
Storage: 4GB eMMC flash
Beamforming: Implicit and Explicit for 2.4 & 5GHz bands
Ports: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports per Wifi point (1 WAN and 1 LAN port each)
Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.7 inches (106.1 x 68.7mm; D x H) each
Weight: 12oz (340g) each
Design and setup
Google doesn’t only have an advantage in pricing on its hands, but it also has the best designed Wifi units and the easiest setup of any offering. Each Google Wifi unit, a small and simple cylinder with a white LED band in its center, is capable of the same functionality.
This means that any Google Wifi unit can function as the core ‘router’ of the system, while the others can spread wired Internet (which is beamed 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 totally smooth, just like the Google Wifi’s hardware design – using a free iOS or Android app to facilitate the entire process. We’re not going to dive into the nitty gritty of the procedure, but the Google Wifi App will configure your network by first scanning the QR codes on the Wifi 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 additional Wifi points you have, by scanning their QR codes – you’ll then be able to label individual nodes in the app. Again, this only takes a moment for the initial Google Wifi node to recognize additional nodes and for them to start working.
You’re not going to get the same depth of access as even Netgear Orbi provides, so no band switching for you. However, Google Wifi does handle this in behind the scenes automatically.
The Google Wifi app does boast more useful settings, like constant monitoring of your network, its points and the devices connected to it. The app has an included internet speed test, like Ookla’s mesh test that measures the health of your Points’ connections, along with a Wi-Fi test that measures your connection strength from within the network.
This is the most complete and elegant suite of controls we’ve seen on a Wi-Fi mesh system so far, despite its lack of dropdown boxes and toggles.
Additionally, you can prioritize bandwidth to one device for a time, control smart home devices and pause internet access to certain devices in a family setting – all from within this app.
And, now Google has expanded Google Wi-Fi’s Network Check feature to test multiple devices, so that you can spot potential bottlenecks in your network, as well as rearrange your Google Wifi access points in order to optimize network performance.
Here is how the Google Wifi fared in our brief suite of tests (conducted on a 100Mbps service):
Ookla Speed Test 5GHz (Download | Upload):
Within 5 feet/1.52 meters; no obstructions: 101.41 | 117.83 Mbps
Within 13 feet/3.96 meters; three plaster walls: 97.05 | 118.67 Mbps
Ookla Speed Test 2.4GHz (Download | Upload):
Within 5 feet/1.52 meters; no obstructions: 47.53 | 96.72 Mbps
Within 13 feet/3.96 meters; three plaster walls: 50.95 | 82.98 Mbps
1.5GB Steam download 5GHz (peak speed):
Within 5 feet/1.52 meters; no obstructions: 12.6 MB/s
Within 13 feet/3.96 meters; three plaster walls: 12.2 MB/s
1.5GB Steam download 2.4GHz (peak speed):
Within 5 feet/1.52 meters; no obstructions: 7.2 MB/s
Within 13 feet/3.96 meters; three plaster walls: 8.8 MB/s
The 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’ve never seen any router be able to do the same. However, the core difference here is that Google Wifi can deliver this high performance in every room of our, albeit small, house.
We are 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 located without issues. Wi-Fi mesh systems like the Google Wifi aren’t focused so much on throughput as they are coverage, but this product definitely delivers.
The traffic prioritization feature can ensure that your gaming session is getting more of that crucial bandwidth than the other devices in your house that are used mostly for Facebooking and streaming HD videos. Plus, the network can automatically repair itself should one or more of the Wifi Points be accidentally unplugged or otherwise lose power.
While we know that Google Wifi operates its mesh system over existing Wi-Fi bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz) over the 802.11s mesh protocol rather than Netgear Orbi’s tri-band system that communicates over a second 5GHz Wi-Fi band, we haven’t found a massive difference between either’s performance. We do see slightly faster download speeds in MB/s on the 2.4GHz band from the Orbi over the Google Wifi, but that could also be an anomaly.
Where the Google Wifi truly excels over comparable routers is simple: the fantastic price to coverage ratio. You can get equal coverage from competing systems with fewer units, sure, but the versatility of having more units gives you – just in terms of eliminating dead spots – is huge.
The Google Wifi is the most straightforward router we’ve ever set up, bar none. And, that’s even taking the two extra devices required to complete it into consideration. For a relatively low price point, there are more units on offer than most of Google’s competitors, not to mention, the best setup and management app by far.
For all the finer hardware controls it lacks, and the lack of AC3000 or AC2200 throughput, Google considered every toggle and test it could present in an easily understandable way through its app. There’s even bandwidth priority control. Couple that with a minimalist hardware design that’s easier to hide in plain sight than any we’ve seen yet, and you’re looking at one of the best Wi-Fi systems that money can buy today.
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First reviewed April 2017
- What is Google Wifi? Everything you need to know
Google WifiYou are so well connected. Say hello to Google Wifi.
It’s what you love about Google brought to home Wi-Fi. We've rethought everything about routers for an experience that's reliable, flexible and handles your devices and online activities effortlessly.
Built-in smarts keep your network strong
Simple from setup to control and beyond
Security that automatically updates itself
Built-in smarts keep your network strong
Simple from setup to control and beyond
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