There’s a new way to deliver internet around your home, with the arrival of Google Nest Wifi, announced during the search giant’s Pixel 4 launch.
This is the next generation of Google’s Wi-Fi solution, the successor to Google Wifi. As such, it brings several improvements upon the original model.
To start, Google has adapted the Nest name to its Wi-Fi product, to intimate how central it wants the Nest Wifi to be to your smart home setup. Naturally, Google Assistant is included within both the core “Router” and satellite “Point” products.
Owners of the original Google Wifi router will be happy to know that Nest Wifi Point devices are compatible with the original router. This should making upgrading your Wi-Fi satellites into smart speakers a little cheaper.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Google’s next-generation Wi-Fi mesh router system
- When is it out? November 4; pre-orders available now
- How much does it cost? Prices vary based on bundles and individual sale
Google Nest Wifi release date
Google has immediately opened up pre-orders for its Nest Wifi products, which will be fulfilled by November 4 in the US.
This release date includes both the bundle packs that wrap the Router and Point products together as well as those sold separately.
The Google Nest Wifi comes in three colors: “Mist”, “Sand” and “Snow” – or light blue, light pink/brown and white.
Google Nest Wifi price
Of course, the Router device – going for $149 or £149 – plugs directly into your modem or gateway, and is made from 40% recycled material. Meanwhile, the Router supports a number of Points, which can be placed anywhere in the home where Wi-Fi signal is spotty, and call for $129 or £129 each when purchased separately.
Google is naturally selling a two-pack including one Router and one Point, which will apparently drive 3,800 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage, for $269 or £239. A three-pack – including one Router and two Points – will be available in the US for $349.
These prices are bit inflated compared to the original Google Wifi, which costs just $99 (£129, AU$199) for a single router device and $259 (about £204, AU$399) for a set of three units – one router and two satellites. Of course, this can be attributed to extra parts and features within the new Nest Wifi.
Google Nest Wifi features
Being a Nest product first and foremost now, Google Nest Wifi now supports Google Assistant inside – and that goes for both the Router and Point devices. This means that each product includes the same speaker that’s featured within the new Nest Mini speaker.
Of course, Google has included physical on/off switches for the four microphones included on each device. To indicate that Google Assistant is active, each product includes undercarriage lighting.
Being a Google Assistant product, controlling and setting up the Nest Wifi will be handled by the Google Home smartphone app. And, Google has implemented new voice commands for Google Assistant to control these devices, like asking for the network to run a speed test or pause access from one or more connected devices at a time.
Google Assistant is managed by new machine learning processors inside the Router and Point products, which will also help them learn how you use your Wi-Fi network most often and optimize around those behaviors.
Finally, since these are routers after all, Google has equipped the Nest Wifi devices with 4×4 Wi-Fi radios. But, that’s not all: Bluetooth Low Energy radios, to connect with devices such as smartphones to stream audio, and thread radios for those low-touch connections to other smart devices in your home.
However, it should be noted that Nest Wifi operates on the 802.11ac, or Wi-Fi 5, standard. This is unfortunate considering how close the brand-new 802.11ax, or Wi-Fi 6, standard is gaining traction in the market.
Lastly, the Nest Wifi products include a quad-core, 1.4GHz ARM processor, and can handle up to 100 connected devices at once.
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