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The Google Wifi is the best home mesh system yetCNET editor Dong Ngo explains how the Google Wifi works and most importantly why it's so much more appealing than competing devices.
Hi guys. This is the Google Wi-Fi and I'm gonna get straight to the point here, this is, for now, the best Wi-Fi System on the market. But first, it's a system because it comes with three identical units. You can use any of these here as a first thing to connect to your modem and it will work like a normal router and cover about 1200 to 1500 square feet of WiFi, but then, if you put these two away from the first one They can create a mesh network that cover up to 5000 square feet. And by the way, if you happen to have the Google OnHub which I do right here. After an upgrade, the OnHub can also work with the Google Wi-Fi like any of these units Right here. Okay, now let's find out why the Google Wifi is the best. First, it's the price. You can get three units for just $299, if you want just one unit, 129. Now for comparison, the Eero here which is very similar, cost 499 for three units and 199 for just one unit One unit. Second, it's very easy to use. As long as you have a smartphone, a tablet, and a Google account. The Google WiFi app will help you setup and manage the entire system with a few taps. The app can also help you determine if you put the extender unit at a good distance from the first router you need to make sure you have the best coverage and performance And finally the performance of Google WiFi. I assure you it was really fast for a system that's supports the AC1200 WiFi standard. In my testing it has a top sustained WiFi speed of almost 500 Mbps. Now obviously, the further away, the slower the speed gets especially when the signal has to hop from one [UNKNOWN] to another. But as long as your Internet speed is 200 per second or less, this thing can deliver in full. By the way, the Google Wi-Fi app is the only way for you to set up and manage the entire system. There's no other option for it. And before you can use it, you have to log into Google account first. So yes the Google WiFi system is connected to Google at all times, but aren't we all already? Well, if you think you are not, getting this will make sure that you are. Keep that in mind. But in return you can manage your home system even when you're away, with cool feature like pausing the Internet for a group of devices. Just put them into one group, and tap one to pause. Tap another one to To unpause or set a timer. This is a great feature if you want to make your kids, your wife, your girlfriend or all of them at the same time to pay you full attention. And you can do that with your voice too using the Google Home or the Amazon Alexa. I will show you that but it turns out all of those female virtual assistants, Cortana, Siri, Google Assistant. None of them can understand the words that come out from my mouth, I'm just too sophisticated. And that's because I [UNKNOWN], and this is the Google WiFi system. [MUSIC]