Create a reliable internet connection throughout your home with this Google Wi-Fi system. The convenient package of three connectivity points effortlessly covers even large homes up to 4,500 square feet. This Google Wi-Fi system eliminates uneven bandwidth usage among multiple devices, including cellphones and tablets, for an unimpeded connection that doesn't lag behind.
Google Wifi comes in a pack of three to put in different rooms so you can stream in the living room or game in the playroom without a battle for bandwidth. And provides up to 4,500 sq. ft. of coverage.
Compatible with 802.11ac
Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks, so you can easily upgrade.
Up to 1.2 Gbps data transfer speed
For fast, efficient operation.
TX Beamforming technology
Focuses signals directly to compatible wireless devices to help ensure dependable connectivity.
Wi-Fi protected access
Protects your network against hackers and eavesdroppers.
2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Offer a high-speed wired network connection and can be configured as WAN or LAN.
Manage your family's Internet use
Keep track of your family's screen time - pause the Internet on your kids' devices at bedtime or during homework hours.
Google Wifi app
Makes it simple to share your password with guests and prioritize devices on your network. (Download required)
Super Easy Setup & Fast
Posted by: SoCalPaul from: Los Angeles, CA on
Units are off white, pretty small with a rubber strip around the bottom to keep them from sliding
around, so they stay put where you put them. Activity light is in a small slot in the middle, white
means your network is up and running. If you have an issue they'll change color to let you know.
You can change the brightness of the lights or turn them off completely if you wish. They also
have a small indentation on the bottom for attached cables so the unit sits flat on the surface
wherever you decide to put it.
Each unit has a USB C connector for power and they plug directly into a socket, no power bricks
or extra boxes are used. Each unit has only two ethernet ports available and the one used as
the main unit you're using one to connect to your modem so only one is available to connect
additional devices. If you need more than one I just hooked up a five port switch and it was
easily solved. On the others you're using as mesh access points you can use both if needed or
add a switch if you have that many devices.
Setup is crazy easy. Download the Google Wifi app from either Google Play or the App Store.
All the units are the same so just pick one to use as the main router, connect the power cable
and the provided Ethernet cable and fire up the Google Wifi app. You can use pretty much
any phone or tablet, either Android or IOS to do the setup.
Sign into your Google account or set one up if you don't have one, scan the QR code on the
bottom of the unit, set up a network SSID and a password and you're good to go. The app
already knows you have two additional units so your next step is pretty much plug them in
and the app does the rest of the setup by itself. Couples of minutes later your mesh Wifi system
is ready to go. I needed to move one of them a couple of feet to get a better connection back to
the base unit but that was it. The app will tell you how strong the connection is between the
mesh points and the router so it's really easy to see if you need to make any adjustments.
Performance from the router unit is comparable to any other router I've used with max
throughput (ISP speed is 350/25) within about 20 Feet from the base unit. If you have a small
apartment one unit will cover it nicely with no dead spots. I have the base unit upstairs and the
mesh units downstairs on opposite sides of the house (2500 sq. ft.). No dead spots I can find
and the mesh units provide a really strong, fast signal with low latency. Speed on the two mesh
units are around 160/25, which is quite usable for gaming, 4K video, etc.
For comparison I've used a recently released super high end traditional router with eight
antennas and a different system that looks like a couple of giant air fresheners and Google Wifi
compares very favorably to both of them for a lot less money.
The entire system is controlled by the Wifi app, includes pretty much any info you could need
about signal strength, performance, etc. If you're a tech geek who likes to tweak their network
settings you may be disappointed, but if you want a solid easy to setup and maintain mesh wifi
system then this is a solid choice and highly recommended.
74 out of 77 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Samcav from: on
Have 4500 sq ft house...been fighting wifi issues for years. Was about to pull the plug on Eero, but saw this coming in $200 less. Received today, took about 15 min to set up (mostly unpacking), spread out in three random places, and have full strong wifi in whole house, could not find a spot where I don't get full bars. Can't compare it to Eero, but I am very impressed with the Google wifi, and glad I saved $200.
53 out of 59 found this review helpful.
Good but serious shortcomings for advanced network
Posted by: LuvMySony from: Fairport, NY on
Setup of 3 wifi points was relatively painless and I found my apple devices to have very good connectivity throughout my whole house. I did find that the allowable distance between the wifi points in my house was less than what I expected. The documentation says that they should be no more than two rooms apart. The units were within two rooms but maybe my rooms are bigger than normal or my walls block more signal than normal.
I have an established network with IP cameras, gaming devices, storage devices and smart TV's, phones, tablets and laptops with many fixed IP addresses and port forwarding configurations. Whenever I have changed routers before, I simply configured the new router with the same IP address range as the old router and set up the port forwarding and I was back in business with minor device rebooting sometimes.
The major problem that I ran into with Google Wi-Fi is that you can not change the LAN IP address. It is hard configured to 192.168.86.x. This is a serious limitation that would make it very painful to convert my network over completely to the Google Wi-Fi mesh. I mechanism for setting up static IP addresses on your LAN also appears to be awkward. You need to connect the device to the network and then pick it from a list in the app to tell Google Wi-Fi to reserve it.
Finally, the Google Wi-Fi app only runs on phones. I found that managing my network only from my phone was less than ideal.
Bottom line is that it is more geared toward the novice user that needs better Wi-Fi coverage in their house. Any advanced users with more than just basic Wi-Fi requirements will be disappointed.
59 out of 72 found this review helpful.
It works, but...
Posted by: Jules from: on
This wifi system well addresses one or two important issues. First; there is no question that this Mesh network fixes dead spots and dropout zones. Second: it is simple to set up and requires that the user not have a hand in configuration. That is a thing I'm not too comfortable with, not least because I have run into a problem that I can't seem to find a way out of without technical assistance, which isn't readily available.
The packaging this system comes in is minimalist in style which directly reflects the relationship the user has with this device. I have to be honest - I love the smell of some plastic/electronic products when they are new - not unlike the "new car smell" - and I took a couple sniffs of this before getting down to business. There aren't too many ways to mess up getting the first unit plugged in and set up because you just pick one - any one - out of the box. Then simply open up the Google Wifi app and follow the steps: plug the modem in (this one will be the "primary point"), power it up, scan the code on the bottom, enter the information asked for, and wait until it is registered. Then place the next (a "mesh point"), power it up, and let the app find it, and do the third. You'll be prompted to test the network around this time. That's all there is to getting it up and running. All of my devices connected fine. The app controls all settings and it is particularly nice that each point is controlled separately. Each point's light can be dimmed or be made brighter and can be restarted independently of the others, and can be moved/removed through the app.
My problem is one that I can't identify - there is a persistent red light on the primary that indicates something is not right. I went through a complete reset with the same result. I've attempted to contact their tech help via email but no joy so far (about 10 hours). My network isn't quite as speedy as with my previous router, but it does work albeit with some dropped wifi (about 5 times now - never with my previous router). Also, I'm not accustomed to having no web interface and so few available settings, and this router runs the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands together so you can't choose which one you want for your devices - it is chosen for you. You can find which one each device is using within the app but that was not a nice surprise. At least there is a guest network available, and some basic IP, DNS, etc settings.
Pros: simple to set up; multiple points provide robust coverage for a space underserved by a single wifi point; WPA2-PSK encryption and built-in TPM; attractive and smells good :); independent controls for each point; decent length of power cord
Cons: this system is meant to operate on its own for the most part - not the right product for those who want or need to tinker and configure; no web interface; solutions to problems can seem frustratingly out of reach; no usb port; only 1 available LAN port on the primary point
Summary: if you have some bucks and hate messing around in the guts of your tech products, and if you like the aesthetics of this, and especially if you have a relatively large area or several rooms to cover with wifi, then I'd for sure recommend looking at this Google Wifi network. My 4 stars - "good but not great" - are a net value of positives and negatives with coverage and aesthetics weighted heavily. If I ever get my "red light" problem worked out in my favor it might be a "great" product.
20 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Easy setup and strong connection!
Posted by: JamexRZ from: on
Large box! It was easy to setup using the Google wifi app (make sure you download it before!). I setup the 3 points in 3 areas of my house. One on the living room (main one connected to my comcast modem), the 2nd on a main hallway that connects to my rooms and the 3rd one on the room the farthest from the main one. I get full solid bars on all my devices connected! Some pros and cons for ease TLDR:
+Very sleek looking, the light can be dimmed on each point.
+Easy to setup, recognized my comcast modem right away.
+Each point has an ethernet port so you can connect devices to them via wire (I have my PS4 and PC on a couple of them, since the PS4's wifi sucks).
+You can manage all your network and points easily with the Google wifi app, even remotely as long as you have data on your phone or tablet (can be ios or android).
+You can setup family hours and turn off the internet, or limit it (in example, dinner time, kids homework time etc).
-Not IPv6 capable. I have emailed Google about them enabling this, will update when they response, but being 2016 should be a standard.
-Lacks some power options for power users, like setting a DMZ etc (same, I have emailed Google about this).
-I wish it had a web interface, to be honest I have not explored this much, but if it may be a feature, its very hidden as there is no mention of it anywhere.
20 out of 24 found this review helpful.
In case you have trouble
Posted by: jcinoc from: on
install with the app is super easy- unless- something goes wrong. Then it's maddening because you can't see what's happening and you may not have the internet. I had to reset the 2 mesh wifi units- and to do that- UNPLUG them, press and hold the button, PLUG THEM BACK IN, wait 15 seconds, then release the button, and WAIT 5 minutes until they flash blue again. It'll take 5 minutes. The super friendly app will have timed out by then but you go go back to add wifi unit.
13 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Posted by: AlphaTech from: on
I was looking to change the wireless set up in my house, i have been looking for better coverage, looked at other wireless systems and this one stood out. Google generally makes great items so i gave this a try and I love it. I did not notice any slow downs on my internet speed i go up to 100Mbs plus download and 10Mbs plus uploads, not sure whats the most Mbs this is capable of running but one day when gigabyte speed is available in my area i will be happy to try it out. One thing i would have liked to see is some USB ports for external memory, or that it could be mounted to the wall.
Pros: compact, Light is adjustable you can use as a night light, no lag on speed, automatically selects the best channel for speed
Cons: No USB connection for external memory for home network, no way to mount to the wall
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Aesthetically appealing with one downfall
Posted by: Grouticus from: on
I recently converted from a dual band wifi router with tri-stream technology to the new Google Wifi system in an attempt to expand our wifi access throughout the house. For reference, our house a single story, 4br, 2200 sq ft. but we are moving to a two story, 3400 sq ft house and needed the extra wifi range. With our last router we were able to get high speed dual band wifi in most of our single story house without any wifi extenders. After the relatively simple installation with only having to reset everything once to get it to set up correctly, the Google Wifi uses any one of the "round pods", as I now refer to them, as your main hardlined modem access point. With the three pack, you can place the other two pods anywhere throughout your house/area that the main pod can reach which uses the main wifi signal and extends the range, similar to a wifi extender. One thing that I have noticed with Google wifi is they've seemed to perfect the wifi extension with their mesh technology allowing any of your devices (cell phones, tablets, etc.) to travel with you throughout the area with no wifi disruption. The Google Wifi app is very easy to use and has many handy features including speed testing, prioritizing internet to one area and monitoring connected devices including parental control. The pods are very unique and aesthetically appealing as most people would not notice their purpose placed throughout the house since they are not what recent wifi access points/extenders look like. Besides the lack of colors to choose from, the only downfall I have noticed thus far is the lack of Ethernet ports to hardline devices to the pods. Each pod only has one ethernet in for your modem and one out so you will have to rely heavily on the wifi signal when, in some cases, your only or better option is to have a hardline connection for internet. I would suggest using a different router set up if you need more hardline connections.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Simple setup, great coverage, but a bit lacking
Posted by: rtbestbuy from: on
First, let me say that Google got a lot right with these routers, I would have given them four and a half stars if I could have, but there is enough missing to keep this from being a really excellent product. Setup is dead simple. The units are quite small and unobtrusive and fit well with modern decor. Coverage and speed is excellent.
1. Setup - Download the app (android or ios) and login to your Google account, connect the first (primary) unit to your (cable/dsl/...) modem, plug in power, and follow directions. Scan the QR code on the bottom of the unit to link it to your account. Assign a location (eg. "living room"), network name (SSID), and password and you're done. To set up the secondary (bridge) nodes, simple place one, plug it in, tell the app to add a wifi point and follow the instructions. The App also has tests to check the mesh connectivity, internet speed, and wifi signal at the device.
3. Performance - Uniformity of speed is really excellent. Mobility support is also very good, moving from node to node causes no disruption in service even on real time apps like whatsapp. Most importantly, we were able to plug an ethernet VOIP phone into one of the bridge nodes with no drop in quality, which is something we couldn't do with any other range extender or game type adapter.
3. Updates - It appears that updates are automagic and timely. No more checking the support website hoping for a firmware update and trying to block the latest attack.
4. Support - There is both dedicated email and phone support.
5. Style - Sorry, but when you have a device sitting in the living room, a big box with a bunch of antennas just doesn't do it. These are small, stylish, unobtrusive and fit in well. Yea!
1. Phone app and cloud configuration only - There is no web interface, and no access to the cloud configuration except by the phone app. Google account is required.
2. Configuration is limited - In keeping with the minimalist install, common configuration options are missing. The local network is fixed at 192.168.86.xx/24 and there is no option to set the local address or DHCP address range. If you are upgrading an existing network with fixed addresses (like printers), you will have to set up those devices as well. DHCP reservations can be set, but only for devices the routers have 'seen' on the network; no manual add option. Common wifi, firewall, time of day access, and protocol priority options are missing as well. Additionally, IPv6 support is missing. There is no configuration at all for IPv6. It does appear to be routed in the latest update, but come on, it's 2016.
3. No logging - When things go wrong, either the status LED changes from white if it is a wifi point problem or there is no indication at all. There is no logging of any errors or, more importantly, security issues. You pretty much get to guess at what to try next.
4. Privacy - As part of the install, the Google wifi app uses your location and registers the wifi points to your location. The entire configuration is maintained in Google cloud with very little visibility into what is actually stored there. There is language in the agreement that Google may use your traffic patterns to adjust the (cloud) configuration, but no indication of what data is transmitted back to Google. It would be nice if all of this was a bit more transparent.
Summary: A relatively inexpensive way to provide fast uniform wifi coverage over a large area with a simple setup. It provides excellent mobility support across wifi points. However, configuration options are excessively limited and privacy is a significant concern.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Good, but not without hiccups
Posted by: BADog from: on
I have mixed feelings on this product.
Upon opening the box, I was impressed with the packaging layout. There were no instructions except for a single square card. "Plug in" pretty much. It's not rocket science, but a little pamphlet about the features available would have been nice. The first unit paired up with my wifi network and the BT on my phone; however, it would not connect to the network and establish itself as a new SSID (which is what you SHOULD do - make this SSID different than your router SSID for the main purpose of helping your devices not have as high a battery drain and also so it won't confuse the devices using the network - it happens with identical SSIDs). So I skipped that unit and tried another unit. That one passed and became my primary. I then used the app to connect the 2nd unit, and then I tried to connect the original faulty unit as another wireless access point. The app crashed every single time I tried to add. It's strange that this did not happen when I hooked up the 1st two devices. I used a different phone and was able to get the 3rd one online.
So my network was up and working. I found that my 5GHz devices were only connecting at the 2.4GHz frequencies. When running a speed test, they were only getting about 70% of the allotted bandwidth available. I called tech support about this, and they said that was normal... and that it would switch to 5GHz when necessary. Seems to me that if you're running a SPEED test, it would allow the fastest tunnel possible to that device. It did not. However, video-heavy apps will probably force that to a 5GHz channel when needed. You can check to see what a device's frequency is in the app.
Next, my main quirk with the system is the fact that they can ALL 3 be wired at once and provide a better signal overall - since they wouldn't be getting signals from the primary (which is normally the only wired access point). However, once all 3 were connected (1 wired, 2 wireless), I connected the final 2 "child" units via ethernet, to my network. Since my house is ethernetted throughout, this was a piece of cake. Everything stayed online. Everything seemed to be working. THEN, the next morning, I leave for work and about 10 hours after installation, my AT&T U-Verse service (TV and internet) start acting flaky. TVs are pixelating, and the internet is showing little to no response. I checked one of the "child" devices, and it had turned RED. The primary and other child looked ok. Keep in mind that all 3 are wired right now. I immediately unplugged all 3 devices, reset the entire U-Verse network (TV's, everything is on ethernet, not COAX), and all was fixed. The Google WiFi system somehow screwed everything up with one failed unit, and I'm not sure why. Since then I hooked up the single primary unit, and made the child units wireless for now - since then, I have not had any issues. However, I'd like to wire them back up in order to get full bandwidth from each point rather than feeding both children through the primary.
One great thing about these little units is that you can control the brightness of the white light in the middle of each device via the app. They can be quite bright all the way to completely OFF, which in my case was great because it sits in a dimly-lit basement "man-cave" next to the TV where you don't really want a lot of glare or bright light while watching movies, etc. So that's a great feature. Each light on each device can be individually set.
Speed levels seemed to be great when all 3 were wired (before the chaos), and with only the primary wired, they are about 10% slower due to the distance between the children and the primary.
The "red" unit came back up as white when everything was plugged back in, so I'm not sure what caused it to go into that state. Google support was unable to determine what caused that as well. If it happens again after wiring all 3 to ethernet, I will be forced to go wireless with the children.
One other great feature that I have not utilized yet is the additional ethernet extender port on the bottom of each unit. If you need a wired ethernet connection, there is a port you can use to hook something up via ethernet even though the unit itself is wireless to that point. That's a great feature but I have not had the need to use it since all of my locations have ethernet already.
Having said all this, I would likely buy again, but just be aware of possible issues if you decide to hardwire each unit due to the size of the house and trying to cover more space.