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Google WiFi review

Priced at $499.

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We recommend systems in this test that scored 75% or more overall.

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This overall score comprises performance (60%) and ease of use (40%). 

Performance score View more details.

Performance score comprises speed at close range (40%), speed at extended range (60%).

Ease of use score View more details.

Ease of use score comprises initial set up (40%), extender/node set up (30%), the firmware update process (20%) and changing settings (10%).

Speed from origin location (Megabytes per sec) View more details.

Data throughput speed from the origin location (at the router) measured in megabytes per second (MBps). 

Speed from origin location (Megabits per sec) View more details.

Data throughput speed from the origin location (at the router) measured in megabits per second (Mbps). 

Speed from extended location 1 (Megabytes per sec) View more details.

Data throughput speed from the first location of the extended mesh network, measured in megabytes per second (MBps).

Speed from extended location (Megabits per sec) View more details.

Data throughput speed from the router or first node of the mesh network, measured in megabits per second (Mbps). 

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Discontinued model
Price View more details.

Price includes all components needed to create a mesh/extended network.

$499
Yearly running cost View more details.

Yearly running cost is power consumption calculated at 30 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) with the system on standby 24hrs/day (network activity will increase cost).

Maximum link speed (MBps) [2.4GHz/5GHz] View more details.

Maximum theoretical speed of the chipset in the device, measured in megabytes per second (MBps) for the 2.4GHz band and the 5GHz band.

Maximum link speed (Mbps) [2.4GHz/5GHz] View more details.

Maximum theoretical speed of the chipset in the device, measured in megabits per second (Mbps) for the 2.4GHz band and the 5GHz band.

Tri-band router View more details.

The main router uses three wireless bands one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz bands.

No
Complete Wi-Fi mesh system in a box View more details.

A complete system is provided in the box.

Yes Three nodes
Extra products required to create mesh/extended network View more details.

If not a complete system in the box, what extra products required to create a mesh/extended network.

Products we used to create mesh/extended network View more details.

What products we used to create a mesh/extended network for testing.

3 x included nodes
Extra nodes can be added View more details.

Additional nodes may be added to extend the mesh network.

Yes
Seamless roaming View more details.

The mesh has a single SSID (Service Set Identifier) network name to enable seamless roaming across its various zones without manually changing networks.

Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported (802.11x) View more details.

The wireless 802.11 standards that the unit supports 802.11ax (or Wi-Fi 6) is the latest and fastest standard. Other standards are supported for compatibility with various client devices.

802.11ac
Modem required View more details.

Whether a separate modem unit is required to connect to the internet.

Yes
Parental controls View more details.

What types of parental controls are included for restricting unwanted content or controlling usage.

SafeSearch adult site filtering, scheduling, pause devices
Highest encryption level View more details.

The level of encryption standard supported by the devices where WPA3 is the highest.

WPA2-PSK
MU-MIMO antenna technology View more details.

Whether the device has MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) antenna technology to support multiple users accessing the network at the same time.

Ethernet ports View more details.

The total number of available ethernet ports for connecting wired ethernet devices. This excludes the WAN port, which is used to plug in your existing modem or modem/router.

5
Power switch View more details.

Whether the unit has a physical power switch on the device.

No
Indicators View more details.

The type of indicators on the unit and what they show.

LED
USB ports View more details.

The number of ports for connecting USB devices. USB ports may be used for physically attaching storage drives for sharing on the network.

0

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