Google WiFi router announced for modular home networking; starting from $129 for single router

Google WiFi router can work as a stand alone router or work with multiple Google WiFi routers to create a sort of multi-point router network inside your home.


Google had a raft of announcements at its #MadeByGoogle event which was held today in San Francisco. While the highlight of the event was the launch of the Google Pixel handsets, which marks a departure from the Nexus line, there were a series of announcements targeted at home users. Google WiFi is the router that was launched to enable multi-point mesh Wi-fi routing.

Google WiFi router can work as a stand alone router or work with multiple Google WiFi routers to create a sort of multi-point router network inside your home. The Google WiFi is built by improving on the Google OnHub router which Google had announced last year. Coming in a one-pack configuration for $129 (approx Rs 8,600) and a three-pack variant for $299 (approx Rs 20,000), the Google WiFi will be available for pre-order in the US in November and start shipping in December. There is no idea when it will be released in India as there was no mention of international availability.

Google WiFi router announced for modular home networking; starting from 9 for single router

Network Assistant manages network optimisation in real time

The Google WiFi router supports AC1200 speeds along with simultaneous dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHs network support. It also uses Bluetooth connectivity for simpler set up purpose and making the mesh network. The idea is to get rid of dead spots in your home by having the routers connected to each other, across rooms, so that there is one big network in your house.

The Google WiFi also comes with a Network Assistant app which works in the background to ensure that you can easily add more routers to the network, have strong signals by optimising the network depending on your movements, and also letting you control the routers in different rooms. A companion app also lets you enable or disable router connections.

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