Google has made official of its in-house multi point Wi-Fi router; aptly named Google WiFi, and also Chromecast Ultra featuring 4k support. Everything you need to know.
Introduced Google Home, lets you add Google Wi-Fi points in a large space thanks to the mesh WiFi technology. To unveil that Google used its dedicated Pixel event to announce a continuation of its push into hardware. In addition to debuting the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, hardware enthusiasts and technology fans now also graced with Google WiFi and Chromecast Ultra to consider. The latter might sound a bit familiar, and it’s the Chromecast range (third-generation model to be exact) with additional features, while Google WiFi goes another way as a new product that looks to compete with existing intelligent home router products on the market.
Implemented with the mesh WiFi tech, each Google WiFi points creates a highly efficient connection and the different points work together to determine the best path for your data. If you’re really looking for a mesh router setup, and trust Google’s expansion into the hardware, then the Google WiFi could indeed be something for you to take note of. Direct competitor to Eero, Google WiFi comes equipped with intelligent routing of traffic from a phone, tablet or computer – or whatever the Internet connected device may be – to the nearest WiFi unit in the property. Resulting in fast WiFi access everywhere in the house and office not just right next to the router.
One of these reasons why Google WiFi is being offered in single units, or as part of a multi-pack purchase with three included for $229, respectively.
About the hardware features, also beams forming technology, as well as support for Bluetooth Smart, and will abstract a lot of pain points away from what it could be potentially an inexperienced user by automatically handling channel management and traffic routing without any required input.
The Google WiFi is built on the strengths of OnHub, which was launched last year. Now, Google WiFi comes with Network Assist technology that very much works in background and places you on the clearest channel and optimal WiFi band for. The coolest thing here is the mesh routers, that you can expand them easily anytime you want by adding additional units, which when combined together, works seamlessly to cover all parts of your home no matter what size or shape is the property then.
In your house, Network Assist will eventually transit your device between Google WiFi system points in real time, so that you can avoid dead spots or delays. Manageable via an accompanying smartphone app with features such as password sharing of the router with family and Family Wi-Fi pause, the Google WiFi will sell for $129 as a single unit, or the aforementioned three-pack for $229 (at Google Store, Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart), and will be available to pre-order in November, followed by the release in December this year.
Currently, those who have already invested in Google’s OnHub routers, will be able to add them as part of Google WiFi setup to expand their mesh network. That works with a companion app, which will be available for download on Android and iOS. The app lets you pause WiFi on Kids’ devices and shows you which of those devices connected and how much bandwidth they’re using, so that allows you prioritize devices within your network.
Looking at the hotly streaming set-top and stick marketplace, then you should consider to read this right away. As you might expect, Google isn’t going to fall by the wayside behind the likes of Apple, Amazon and Roku without putting up a fight. Rivalry is already there, that first is coming in the form of the Google Chromecast Ultra, which is essentially an upgrade version of its popular Chromecast hardware complete with 4K support. Nevertheless, this handy little device will be able to broadcast 4K content from services like YouTube, Netflix and Vudu right out of the box, and will add Google Play Movies to that list this coming November. HDR content is also supported by the new Chromecast Ultra anyway.
Notably there’s also a very incredible performance increase in this Chromecast Ultra over its predecessor versions. Google says that this new initiative should be utterly capable of loading content 1.8 times faster than previous model, which is exceptionally down to its improved Wi-Fi connectivity abilities. For those don’t has a Wi-Fi connection at home is capable of handling 4K streaming, Google has also pushed in an Ethernet point on the power adapter for good measure. It’s still a flat, hideous looking piece of hardware, but in many cases have much improved abilities from a capability perspective, and will definitely go on sale for $69 this November 2016.
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