This is Google Wi-Fi. It claims to be a smart and simple mesh Wi-Fi system. Basically if you have Wi-Fi problems, Google Wi-Fi should be able to fix it. These have been out for almost two years but are they still great? I’m Titus. This is The Search For Awesome. And this is my Google Wi-Fi Review. One interesting thing that Google claims is Google Wi-Fi smartly manages the traffic of the devices trying to connect to your Wi-Fi. It does this auto magically so at all times so you are getting the best Wi-Fi experience. Personally I think this might be its best feature although I might just be falling for their marketing because maybe other routers do this to some degree but I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I’ve almost run into like no Wi-Fi issues whereas my previous Wi-Fi system when given to me by AT&T I had lots of problems. One thing to Wi-Fi allows you to do is to give priority to certain devices on your network. So let’s say I was live streaming on my MacBook or something. I can make sure that the network gives as much bandwidth as possible to my laptop and you can even do something as simple as controlling the brightness of the Wi-Fis LED I turn mine off because one of them is next to a TV and another one is in a bedroom.
And neither of those places do any that light in terms of speed. I’d have just 60 megabits per second. And now I get that speed all throughout my house. I think a lot of you are going to be just as interested in how easy it is to set up as you are and how well it blankets your house and Wi-Fi goodness. Now they sell these as just one unit. And also as a three pack My house is two stories and 2000 square feet. So it might be small enough for just one but I’ll probably need at least two of these. And look at that. That’s a nice looking box. Now on the bottom here you can see there’s like a spot to charge it. USB-C style and then two Ethernet jacks. So I just set up the Google Wi-Fi and it seems like it’s going to be a pretty fast process. I need to just plug the Ethernet from my modem into it and then plug this into the wall. And there you go. It is now flashing blue. That means it’s ready for me to set up with the app.
But before I do that I’m going to go plug another one of these into a wall upstairs. Okeydoke. Those are both set up. One thing that is probably worth noting is you do need a smartphone to set up Google Wi-Fi and Android or an iPhone will do. So I’m downloading the Google Wi-Fi app right now. OK says Google Wi-Fi point found and so it’s telling me to select my primary Wi-Fi. Point. Its this one. So now wants me to get a picture of little code at the very bottom so Ill be right back. So after I took that picture it has been doing all kinds of things and I like the animations here. So now it’s asking if I hooked up other Wi-Fi points and now I have to scan another QR code. Okay, so just installing software updates right now for the Google Wi-Fi. The whole process of doing this is like 10 minutes. That’s really fast and it’s just kind of doing all the hard work for you which is awesome.
Now I do have fiber internet from AT&T and I can upgrade my speed to one gigabit at basically any time I want to. I don’t mind paying a bit more. So I was curious about what is the max speed that this Wi-Fi system supports. I didn’t have a way of testing this, so I looked online and trusted reviews claims it doesn’t really get much faster than about 500 megabits per second. But as you can see here that’s sort of the best case scenario because as you get further and further away from your main router speeds can drop to as low as 50 megabits per second, which I will note is still pretty good speed but maybe not fantastic.
I also took advantage of its ability to set up a guest network within the Google Wi-Fi app. So I can let guests use my Wi-Fi without having access to my entire network. And what’s cool is in the app the passwords to both of my networks are really easy to find inside the app. But I would like to see some more smarts here like a way to maybe push a button on the Wi-Fi unit and then give a guest internet access auto magically but this works well enough.
I think what I like most is that Google Wi-Fi just doesn’t get in the way it just makes things really easy and even after you’ve set it up there’s a test you can run within the Wi-Fi app to make sure that your Wi-Fi units are getting good internet signal and can communicate well if they’re close enough together if you do that test and then it gives you the thumbs up and then you should be just fine. It has family friendly options where you can limit your kids devices access to the Internet. So for your kids phone laptop tablet you can enable Google safe search and that will help keep their innocent eyes from things they shouldn’t see. Although from what I understand this isn’t exactly a magic bullet but it’s good to have you can set timers to lock your kids devices off the internet like let’s say during dinnertime or maybe at nighttime or you could just use this feature to annoy your wife.
Not that I would ever do that and through the app you can even set it up to allow you to control your network on the go. So if you’re traveling and little Timmy isn’t behaving you can just flip off his Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is for good little boys TImmy. Now I didn’t get around to trying this, but it even has Google home and tech support. So in theory you can control your Wi-Fi with your voice. Now Google Wi-Fi is made by Google right so they love collecting data. To be honest, this concerns me a bit because they could in theory use my awesome new Wi-Fi to see everything that I’m doing on the Internet. One thing that does give me comfort though is according to CNET Google says the Wi-Fi doesn’t collect user activity data like what sites you’re visiting and by default it only appears to collect like hardware app and network related information although you can disable that inside the Wi-Fi app if you please.
One last thing I will mention is for my day job I sometimes you have to work from home and to do that I have to access my work’s VPN and my old router did a horrible job of kicking me off constantly from the VPN. I have to reconnect reauthenticate. It was very annoying with Google Wi-Fi. This just doesn’t happen nearly as much. It does happen from time to time still but it’s much more workable. It’s like once every four hours.
Maybe I’ll get kicked off. So conclusion time CNET says that Google Wi-Fi is the best way to blanket your entire home with a Wi-Fi. And I can’t help but agree. Normally Google updates their products on a yearly basis but perhaps this Wi-Fi router was so ahead of its time that I guess they figured why fix what isn’t broken so they haven’t updated in a while but it’s still great but I’ll be frank I don’t know if this is the best Wi-Fi mesh on the market but this has met and exceeded my expectations. It’s just crazy easy to manage and crazy easy to setup. I’m sure there are more cost effective options because this isn’t exactly a cheap Wi-Fi system, but this one is very popular and there is what I like to call safety in numbers when it comes to tech.
It’s kind of like this like if you remember recently when the iPhone was accused of having a beauty mode on their newest iPhones. It was like the front page everywhere and even though it wasn’t exactly true it seemed like it was more of a bug. But tons of people were upset and Apple was forced to fix the issue and sort of like that Google Wi-Fi is very popular and if there’s an issue they will be accountable and it’s backed by Google and I sort of kind of blindly trust Google even though I probably shouldn’t.
In any case, if your current Wi-Fi setup isn’t doing it for you I can absolutely recommend Google Wi-Fi. It’s a great choice!