It will replace your existing router to make streaming, downloading and browsing more speedy, less laggy.
Sick of spending half your life watching a tiny circle on a screen rotate while your video buffers? Maybe you should sign up for Google’s new speedy Google Wifi system.
Touting itself as a new type of connected system, Google Wifi is a little hub that replaces your existing router to give you seamless broadband coverage throughout your entire home.
Google says it’s designed to handle multiple devices all streaming, downloading and sharing at the same time. With built-in software called Network Assist, Google Wifi automatically helps you avoid Wifi congestion before the dreaded buffering hits, and always transfers you to the closest Wifi point to get the best possible signal.
The Google Wifi device connects to an app on your phone, where you can see which of your connected devices are online, prioritise them to make them perform more effectively, and even share your Wifi password with friends and family.
Speaking of family, there’s extra functionality for parents who want to control their kids’ internet time. Family controls in the app let you pause the signal on devices like phones, computers, TVs and consoles at specific times, like bedtime, dinner or when Gran comes round.
Depending on how big your space is, you might have to grab more than one Google Wifi device. Just one should be fine for a small home or apartment ranging between 500 and 1,500 square feet, but a large home between 3,000 and 4,500 square feet will need up to 3 Google Wifi devices.
We’ve come across numerous systems promising to give your house a broadband boost, like Plume and Eero, but it remains to be seen whether Google Wifi will be a more effective solution. It hasn’t actually launched yet, but you can sign up here to join the waiting list.