Google’s dabbling more deeply into routers, too. After revealing its radical router/smart hub OnHub mash-up last year, the company’s back with Google Wifi, a tiny Echo Dot-like router designed to work as part of a team of devices, blanketing your house in Wi-Fi much like the Eero and Luma mesh routers.
Like OnHub, Google Wifi focuses on simplicity. Dead spots in your house? Add another unit to seamlessly extend your network. “Network Assist” software wrangles data to keep rolling as smoothly as possible, management’s handled via a dedicated phone app, and Google comes with family controls baked right in. Handy. Under the hood, Google Wifi supports AC1200 wireless speeds, 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, beamforming, Bluetooth Smart technology, and more.
Google’s Wifi will ship singly or in multi-packs, just like Eero. A single router will cost you $129; a three pack, which Google says can cover 3,000 to 4,500 ft., will set you back $299. That’s significantly cheaper than a $400 Eero three pack. Expect preorders to open in November and Wifi to ship in December.