Google’s simple and elegant Google Wifi makes home networking easy

google wifi
Google’s successor to its easy-to-use OnHub router — now named Google Wifi — launched at retail Tuesday, adding yet another option for consumers looking for mesh networking for a better consistent signal across larger homes.

Google Wifi is available through brick-and-mortar retailers such as Walmart and Best Buy, as well as online through Amazon and Google’s own online store. A single access point costs $129, however, all retailers will also carry a three pack for $299, which is about a $90 savings over buying three single units.

What makes Google Wifi special is its setup and maintenance. Like OnHub, everything is done through a companion app, which allows just about anyone to set it up successfully. Maintenance of your network is automatic once it is set up, keeping the wireless network operating at peak performance.

For example, Google Wifi scans available Wi-Fi channels every five minutes to ensure devices are always on the “clearest” channel. It also assists in choosing the best Wi-Fi band for your devices, depending on their type as well as proximity to the router. That same feature also routes your device to the best access point ensuring a well-performing connection, Google says.

The app, in addition to providing easy setup and maintenance, is designed to give feedback in plain English. For example, if it believes you might get a better Wi-Fi connection by moving the access point, it will tell you, as well as alerts on whether it detects interference or other problems and how to fix them.

“Wi-Fi should be easy to set up, provide great coverage for your entire house, and do all the heavy lifting for you,” product manager Alex King says. “We built Google Wifi to answer those needs and more, and hope it improves your Wi-Fi experience at home.”

At $299 for three access points, Google Wifi is a good deal compared with other options on the market. Netgear’s recently announced Orbi is $80 more and only comes with two access points, while the Eero — one of the original consumer mesh Wi-Fi options on the market is still $499 (although it offers the most bandwidth). Only the Luma mesh router system comes in at a similar price (also $299), but it doesn’t include many of the maintenance features that Google has built into Google Wifi.

As of this publication, Google Wifi was only ready for purchase at Google’s own online store, however, other retailers should start allowing orders later in the day.

Amazon Best Buy Google

Deals

Walmart Presidents’ Day sale: Instant Pot, Google Home, and 4K TV deals

Presidents' Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to find deep discounts on 4K TVs, laptops, Instant Pots, clothes, mattresses, and furniture. And Walmart is offering deals on all of those things and more.
Smart Home

Walmart slashes prices on Google Home during its Presidents’ Day sale

Walmart slashes prices on Google Home during its Presidents' Day sale. Whether you're taking your first step in configuring a smart home or expanding to every room, Walmart has excellent sale prices for all the key components.
Wearables

The Google Pixel Watch could finally launch sometime this year

From its Pixel smartphones to Google Home, the Google brand is quickly becoming synonymous with high-quality consumer hardware. Eventually, according to rumors, Google may branch out a little further by creating its first smartwatch.
Smart Home

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Which smart home speaker is better?

We put the two most popular smart home speakers -- the Google Home Mini and the 3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot -- together and tested them on appearance, audio, and abilities. So which should you buy? Find out how they did in our showdown.
Computing

Reluctant to give your email address away? Here's how to make a disposable one

Want to sign up for a service without the risk of flooding your inbox with copious amounts of spam and unwanted email? You might want to consider using disposable email addresses via one of these handy services.
Computing

Chrome is a fantastic browser, but is is still the best among new competitors?

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Vivaldi against one another to find the best browsers for most users.
Mobile

Need speed? Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon X55, the world’s fastest 5G modem

Qualcomm is preparing for an even faster future: The silicon giant just unveiled a second generation 5G modem for smartphones, promising blistering download speeds as high as 7Gbps.
Computing

Don't use streaming apps? Try the best free media players for your local music

Rather than using music-streaming apps, you may want something for playing your local music. Good news! There are some good alternatives. These are the best media players you can download for free on Windows.
Mobile

Barbie’s Corvette ain’t got nothing on Sphero’s fully programmable robot car

Sphero is known for devices like the Sphero Bolt and BB-8 Star Wars toy, but now the company is back with another addition to its lineup -- the Sphero RVR. The RVR is a fully programmable robot car that can be expanding with different…
Photography

Luminar’s libraries gain speed, drop need for you to manually import images

Luminar 3 just got a performance boost. Skylum Luminar 3.0.2 has improved speed over December's update, which added the long-promised libraries feature giving editors a Lightroom alternative.
Computing

Keep your portable computer safe and shiny with the best laptop bags for 2019

Choosing the right laptop bag is no easy feat -- after all, no one likes to second-guess themselves. Here are some of the best laptop bags on the market, from backpacks to sleeves, so you can get it right the first time around.
Computing

Like to be brand loyal? These tech titans make some of our favorite laptops

If you want to buy your next laptop based around a specific brand, it helps to know which the best brands of laptops are. This list will give you a good grounding in the most reliable, quality laptop manufacturers today.
Computing

Protecting your PDF with a password isn't difficult. Just follow these steps

If you need to learn how to password protect a PDF, you have come to the right place. This guide will walk you through the process of protecting your documents step-by-step, whether you're running a MacOS or Windows machine.
Computing

Microsoft extension adds Google Chrome support for Windows Timeline

The Windows Timeline feature is now much more versatile thanks to the added support for Google's Chrome browser. All you need to do to increase its functionality is to download the official Chrome extension.