Google on Tuesday launched Google Wifi, a new connected Wi-Fi system claiming to give fast signal in every room, on every device.
Walls and distance make it difficult for a single centralized router to spread a strong signal throughout the home, resulting in slow Wi-Fi and dead zones. Based on its last year's partnership with TP-LINK and ASUS, Google introduced OnHub. Google Wifi is built on the strengths of OnHub.
Google announced the much awaited launch of Pixel, the first ‘Made by Google’ phone. The other launches of the day include Daydream – platform for high quality mobile VR; Google Home - voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant; and Chromecast Ultra – the new Chromecast with 4K and HDR support.
Here are some of the features of Google Wi-Fi system:
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 a mesh network, each Google Wifi point creates a high-powered connection, and the different points work together to determine the best path for data. The result is fast Wi-Fi everywhere in the house, not just right next to the router.
Google Wifi comes with Network Assist technology, which works behind the scenes to keep the Wi-Fi fast so the user doesn’t have to figure out how to adjust your router. Network Assist automatically places the user on the clearest channel and optimal Wi-Fi band for your device. And as the user roam around his/her house, Network Assist will seamlessly transition his/her device between the Google Wifi system points in real time.
To have more control over the network, Google Wifi makes it simple through a companion app, available on Android or iOS. The app lets the user 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 allows to prioritize devices within a network. 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. The India launch has not been announced yet.