This review is about the Google WiFi system, the mesh system that I recommend to broadcast a strong WiFi signal coverage throughout the house. Google WiFi is the most popular dual-band WiFi system. Google Wifi is the secure and most suitable router that we’ve had the pleasure of setting up, hands down. The google Wifi is leading the wireless mesh routers revolution. This allows the multinational technology corporation to gain more ground in the incredibly competitive networking market.
The top Mesh System
With its first mesh router, Google already offers us a very efficient product which leaves little space for improvement. With the new WiFi 6 standard comes in 2019, we see a new version of this product even more efficient, fast and stable!
What is Mesh System?
Many users have realized over time that the wifi provided by their ISP box, or by their router is not enough to cover their entire home or business sites. If they are looking for a technical solution to deal with this problem. Luckily there are 2 main solutions to extend the coverage of the signals…
The first solution consists of pulling an RJ45 cable from the box or the router to connect to it at the end of a wifi terminal which one will put in the “white zone”. It’s very simple to set up, but the problem is that you end up with two different network names, two SSIDs. This requires the user to own switch, manually from the network when he finds himself outside the range of the first terminal, then to return to the initial network once he is disconnected from the extra wifi terminal. It’s not the most practical thing.
The second solution was born from repeaters, which are also wifi terminals, but a little more practical, since they allow cloning wifi from your ISP box or router. By clone, I mean that the name of the network and the security key will be the same. So you end up with a “same” extended Wi-Fi network, but although this solution may be sufficient in some cases, you never know which terminal you are connected to.
Manufacturers offers a solution that redesigns and improves this problem of expanding the wifi area with mesh. The mesh is a connection of different wifi modules, broadcasting the same network. The name and the security key are also the same, but the communicating modules between them, they are able to choose for themselves which one is the most suitable at a given time to offer you the best signal. Network Assist technology keeps your connection fast by always selecting the clearest channel and fastest band for your devices. So your device, let’s put your smartphone, will always be connected to the module offering at an instant “t” and depending on your position, the best connection.
Mesh systems are generally sold in packs of several modules, 2, 3, 4, which can also be purchased individually. In other words, by buying a pack, you can start to connect the surface of your home, and if you realize that there is still a white area, it is possible to add a module there, which will connect the rest of the area.
Google wifi is one of the best wifi mesh router. it is very simple to set up and use. A new type of connected system for seamless WiFi coverage throughout your home.
A single WiFi point covers up to 1,500 square feet, a set of three covers homes up to 4,500 square feet Wifi points work together so you can add more if you need additional coverage
The points are discreet, sober and simple. They appear as cylinders 10 cm in diameter and 7 cm in height. The color is white, and the entire edges have a bright groove. On the upper side we find the Google logo, and on the bottom, two Ethernet ports and a USB type C port. The USB C port will be used for power supply, one of the Ethernet ports of one of the modules, the first that you install, will be used to connect it to your router or your isp box, and finally the second network port of the first module, and the two ports of the other modules will be used to connect wired device to your mesh network.
Almost all brands equip their mesh systems with Ethernet ports, it is quite simply because it is a very good idea! The points can be installed almost anywhere as long as there is an electrical socket and you are within range of one of the other points. With one or more internet ports it is possible to install wired network devices, anywhere in the house. Have you always dreamed of moving your office upstairs? But your wireless network did not allow it? With a mesh system, and with Google Wifi, in this case, it is possible.
Network Assist technology keeps your connection fast by always selecting the clearest channel.
Google also provide a simple app to set up quickly. It allows you to see what’s connected with the network. It also provide the feature to prioritize devices. this app allows you to pause the WiFi on kids devices.
Let us come to the point most highlighted by Google, the installation of Google Wifi.
What to say? It’s child’s play! There are no other words. I open the box, I take one of the points, a charger and the Ethernet cable provided in the package. Connect the wifi point to an electrical socket, then connect to its box or router, and launch the Google Wifi app from your smartphone. To download this application scan the QR code available on the box. In short, I launch the app, it will find the wifi points, ask you how you want to call your network, then a security key and it’s finished. The first wifi point is working. Then via the same application, you can add the other wifi points. It’s simple, it’s effective, it’s fast. It’s done in 2 minutes and we really see that everything has been done to try to stay as user-friendly as possible.
When Google Wifi is installed, what does the app allow? because everything is already configured and managed. It will allow you to first check the quality of your network. Whether it is at the level of your internet connection, by performing a kind of speed test, or by networking, by checking that the communication between the different wifi points is optimal. If necessary, if the mesh is not very good, it is possible to change the location of one or more google wifi points to cover the whole area.
The Google system also manages groups, this feature is called “Family Wifi”. This means that you will be able to group different users into categories that will have different rights. And above all that can be managed independently. suppose that you have put your 3 children in a “Children” group, then it is possible to set up filtering on the group, or time periods during which the internet will not be available on their devices. Therefore, It is a practical rights management feature.
I told you that most of the mesh solutions that offer a very simple installation are generally quickly limited in terms of configuration, well this is also a bit in the case with Google Wifi. Little configuration.
Indeed, it also offers adaptive QoS, Quality of Service, network prioritization according to usage. Boost your gaming bandwidth with Adaptive QoS, which allows you to easily prioritize gaming packets and activities. You can even assign full dedicated bandwidth while gaming and if you are watching videos in 4K streaming. It’s also possible to change your DNS server addresses or cut the status LED overnight. It’s also compatible with major ISP (internet service providers) including Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon Fios.
If you are looking for high-performance wifi covering your entire home, this is surely the point that will interest you the most.
Google wifi offers you AC1200 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi. Simultaneous dual-band Wifi (2.4GHz / 5GHz) also supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.
Be careful to understand the labels of the manufacturers, generally, when we announce a figure when talking about AC Mimo, it is the sum of the abstract maximum speeds on the two bands. Slightly less than 900 Mbps for 5Ghz and 300 Mbps for 2.4.
You will therefore not reach 1200 Mbps, on the other hand what is very interesting with this technology smarter than usual, is that the modules will know for themselves if it is advisable to support the band of 2.4 or 5 GHz depending on your location. Remember that the 5Ghz offers very high speed but a limited range, while the 2.4 offers a long range, but a lower speed.
During my tests carried out with an Asus laptop equipped with the proper network card, we measured bit rates of just under 500 Mbps by being located in the same room as one of the wifi points. For comparison, we are 300 with our ISP box also equipped with Wifi ac. These figures are very honorable and will satisfy most users, for all types of uses. The speed could have been even better if Google had separated the communication channel between the different wifi points of the users’ wifi network.
The Google Wifi is the simplest and most effortless router I’ve ever set up. Let’s conclude by saying that Google’s wifi is ideal if you want to use the mesh Wi-Fi network and you have little technical knowledge and you don’t want to do complicated things with your devices.
I think this is the target of this product, and as such, the promise is kept. If you are a more advanced user, more advanced routers exist on the market and this is probably the ones that should be considered.