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Google Wifi Aims to Banish Blackspots

Paul Rubens - October 5, 2016 - 11:37 AM
Google Wifi Aims to Banish Blackspots
Google's new WiFi routers can form a mesh network to provide wireless coverage to larger homes.

(CCM) — Google is aiming to make home WiFi blackspots a thing of the past with the announcement of Google Wifi, a small, white, antenna-less cylinder that will act as a WiFi router. Its stylish design means that it is more likely to be left on display rather than hidden away, which will help ensure that its WiFi signal is not unnecessarily impeded. But key to its ability to provide wireless internet connectivity to an entire home is the fact that each WiFi unit can connect to other ones automatically to create a kind of mesh network with an extended range. A single unit should be enough to cover a typical 1,500-square-foot home, while a set of three will cover a 4,500-square-foot home, according to Google.

Google is also supplying a software feature called "Network Assist," which will help devices such as phones and tablets to connect to whichever unit is broadcasting the strongest WiFi signal at any point in the home. The entire setup can be managed through a Google app, which will also provide advice about relocating units to provide better coverage. The Wifi will ship in December, priced at $129 for a single router or $299 for a pack of three.

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