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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Google Wi-Fi did the job and over delivered!!!

    Posted
    TimC

    I have spent literally many, many hundreds of dollars trying to get Wi-Fi to work in our 3,900 sq. ft. home since we moved in 11 years ago. My kids would taunt me and complain the Wi-Fi wasn’t working in the basement, their bedrooms, it was unstable, works slow, doesn’t work at all. I tried different routers (antennae, no antennae), upgraded my modem, moved the location several times. The last thing I tried was an expensive combo modem/router that was over $200! I had the cable company put in all new coax from the box to our hookup. I replaced the cable inside the house. I tried 4-5 different extenders. They were fussy, hard to work with, worked and then stopped working- especially when I was out of town traveling. (The kids describe themselves as computer experts but were helpless on the Wi-Fi issue). So I tried Google Wi-Fi. I bought them a couple weeks before Christmas, but didn’t set the time aside to set them up until the 23rd. I actually bought the 3 pack and a separate additional 4th unit that I assumed I would need for the bedrooms upstairs. It took me 10 minutes to set them all up. Soooo easy! The speed is incredible- my cellular is 25 MBS, the WoW internet I buy is 60 MBS. But I consistently get almost 70 MBS wirelessly throughout my entire house. (I don’t know why or how that’s possible as a speed test on a wired laptop goes right to 60 MBS as advertised. I put one in the 1st Floor Office at one end of the house where the cable comes in the house, another also on the 1st floor at the other end of the house in the family room and the 3rd in the basement. I checked the upstairs just to make sure I needed the 4th unit which I assumed I would need and had fully planned on installing. Luckily I did a Speed test before opening the 4th unit. It was as fast as the entire rest of the house. I kept the 4th unit unopened for another week just to be sure. It’s now been over 2 weeks and I am a VERY happy camper! My wife just shrugged when I put in the latest system. BUT, last night she commented that whatever I did, the internet is lightning fast- which is exactly what the Google Wi-Fi ap told me when I did a test- see the photo I added to my review. My oldest son said the Internet speed is nutz! My second son commented that the Wi-Fi is now “sick!” (Apparently that is high praise). It has been rock solid, its fast as I could ever have hoped for and I couldn’t be happier. I know there are similar mesh type products, but I tried Google based on the reviews. You know I'm happy as this is the first time I took time out of my life to review anything, ever! I recommend it to anybody and wish Google Wi-Fi existed when we first moved in. A really great product that actually over deliver as far as I'm concerned!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Outstanding Product for 3 level Homes.

    Posted
    ordinaryjoe
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    This is truly an excellent solution if you have a multi-level dwelling and need to get both signal strength and speed delivered to every corner of your residence. I have a traditional 3 level home with a basement, 1st, and 2nd floors. For about 7 years, I was forced to have TWO cable modems to get every part of my home to have access to very high speed (50+MBPs). I used a 150 MBPs cable modem on the first floor that covered the 1st and 2nd floors. I used a separate 54 MBPs cable modem for the basement. The reason for this excessive cost was that we had 3 kids in college taking college classes at a public university near our home needing very high speed and reliable internet connectivity for their many assignments, projects, class videos, etc. My son also played XBox live. Additionally, I have Netflix, Roku, and Apple TV. All of the preceding TVs, computers, iMacs, iPhones, IPads, PCs were working with ZERO BUFFERING under my 2-Cable Modem setup. This summer my kids left home to pursue careers. So I wanted to get rid of the basement cable modem if possible. However, not having high speed access in the basement would mean relocating frequently used TVs and computers to the 1st or 2nd floor. Due to the layout of our house no signal strength extending device had really worked. So I was very skeptical when I saw this Google Home WiFi package with 3 pods. I had not done any research on this, but decided that I needed to take a leap of faith on the Google Brand and bought it. They work beautifully!!!! I have 130 MBPS speed everywhere in the house (using only the 150 MBPs cable modem on the 1st floor). Also Google has you download their Google Wifi App which is outstanding in managing the setup as well as TESTING THE INTERNET SPEED IN EVERY PART OF OUR HOME. The Google Wifi app is very user-friendly, simple to use and INVALUABLE. I returned the basement modem and saved myself $75 a month in cable Modem charges. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have an Internet Phone like Vonage, you will need another ROUTER like Cisco, Apple's Airport, Netgear, etc. the 3 Pods are identical having one Ethernet input and one output, besides the power jack input. I connected the cable modem to the Input of one Google Pod with the Google provided Ethernet cable. Then used my own Ethernet cable to connect the Output from the preceding Pod to the Input of my Apple Airport Router. I connected my Vonage device to the back of Airport which has 4 ports to connect. Everything is working same or better than before. I did not want to write a review till I had had time to check the reliability of the Google Wifi setup. After using it continuously for 3 weeks with over 10 connected devices, I have had no disruptions or deterioration in Wifi qualify. Hence I am pleased to write this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Easy Setup & Fast

    Posted
    SoCalPaul
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    perfect conection

    Posted
    joko
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    6 I have been using both basic Access points/WiFi routers and more advanced gear for years. Our latest was a Netgear Nighthawk, which worked great as an omni-directional Access Point, but wasn't so good as a Router. I put a Ubiquiti Networks router, in my front of the Netgear, which made things stable, fast, and met all our needs. I did try wifi extenders, but didn't like how they required you to set up an additional SSID for thier location, so if I moved though our the house it would eventually require an handoff, which was never seemless. I also think there was a security flaw in this setup, but don't remember. I wanted a greater signal spread in our 3200 sqft multi-story house, so I first bought Luma, while keeping an eye on Eero and Orbi. I liked the security features of Luma, but when I tried to set it up, it had a hard time finding the DHCP assigned IP address from my Cisco/Charter Cable modem. After working on thier gear for numerous hours with thier wonderful customer service, and I seriously do mean wonderful, I gave up and returned thier gear. I still wanted a mesh wifi, and this is right when Google wifi was available for pre-order. After it arrived 30 days later, it took me ~15 min to set up, establish groups, do some port forwarding, and reassign few devices that dropped thier connection. Speed test returned fast great results both from hard wired desktops and wifi connected devices. I connect both Android and IOS phones, iPads and Android based tablets, Ooma VoIP, SmartThings hub, Nest thermostat, Ring Pro door bell, Sonos, Chronecast, FireTV, Nvidia Shield Android TV, Roku 3, both Windows and Mac laptops, Windows 10 desktop, WiiU, 3DS, Tivo, Qnap NAS, HP Laser printer, Epson Muti-Inkjet Printer, and a couple of Echos to the network. I also connect my Ethernet based devices via various switches throughout the house. Everything works great and and has a strong signal. I agree with all posts that say this is a very simple device, and provides very limited advanced networking features, especially when compared to my Ubiquiti router. I have decided to give up my multiple SSIDs for 2.4 and 5Ghz frequencies, routing protocols, subnets, and VPN Into my network, because I really didn't need it. Also, the Google wifi sets up ONE SSID for all frequencies, and determines the best frequency based on signal strength, beam firming capability, and overall speed. Although I can force a 5G via my device, I figured I will only change this if I experience any lag or delay, which hasn't been a problem thus far. We cut the cord a while back and stream multiple session, at once of PlayStation Vue, Netflix, Amazon Video, Plex, HBO Now, Starz Play, Spotify, and Kodi without problem I also play online shooter like BF4, BF1, and Titan Fall2, whithout port forwarding set up, and haven't experienced and lag. I of course set my desktop as a priority device, in settings, to ensure the streaming video doesn't affect my gaming. This would sometimes happen with my previous set up, when we were all streaming something, even with QOS turned on. In summary, although a simple solution, it does everything I want, thus getting 5 stars. I hope for greater networking features as time goes on, and if I experience any problems, then I may reevaluate my review. One suggestion for all users is to hardwire the APs if you have the chance. The wireless mesh works flawless, but if you want the best performance possible, then hardware the APs, which will produce the fastest mesh network available today. This is when compared to Orbi, Eero, or Luma. This has been validated by numerous consumer and trade rag reviews. Orbi does offer some more features and a faster all wireless mesh setup, due to the dedicated network channel, but it also costs $100 dollars more for a two AP solution. I hope this helps and provides some perspective. « less

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A simple smaller way to provide a great network

    Posted
    EnglishD
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    So let me just get this out of the way, if you are looking for a WiFi solution and want something that's simple to use, simple to set up, not obnoxious to look at and provides excellent speeds then look no further, you have found it. This is not the tinkerers router, its not for the person who wants to flash custom firmware, tweak this and tweak that, what this is... Is a very simple and very efficient router or routers if you have the 3 pack like im reviewing. Packaging is simple and very Google, it comes with the hubs, chargers and an Ethernet cable, very simple. Also in the box is a brief start guide. Now to set this up you will need an Android or iOS device, you cannot set this up with a PC so be warned. Once you have set your hubs up in the place or places you wish to have them you simply download the app for your device and load it up, it will look for the device and you can set up from there using your Gmail details, its really that simple. The hubs are not like your traditional router, they are not big, bulky with a plethora of flashing lights, they are small white units with a soft white glow to let you know its working, that soft white will change to orange if no connection is found from your modem. they are small and could almost be mistaken for an air freshener and that for me is great, they blend in with your home unlike most routers. Now for the usage, simply its been fantastic, i have a PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, PS3, Wii, 3 FireSticks, a Mi Box, 2 Apple TV's and 2 Roku's, 3 TV's, 2 iMacs, an iPad, a Galaxy Tab S2, an iPhone 7, 7 Plus and S7 Edge and Playstation TV connected and it doesnt bog down, many of these devices are being used at once. the Google Wifi has AC1200 2x2 Wave 2 capabilities and supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac networking. Setting up the WiFi system is done through Google’s new WiFi app for iOS/ Android. The app walks you through setting up a new network, naming it, securing it with a password, and placing the WiFi units throughout your home. It also lets you check your network speeds, from both your ISP to the modem and from Google Wifi to your device, and the strength of signal between each node. Google’s Network Assist feature will provide tips on how to improve performance by moving a unit to a different location or will tell you when the internet from your ISP is not functioning. I have been able to game and stream UHD content on all hubs with no issues, its worked extremely well. Its prices really well too for a Mesh system, others do go for over $100 more and at $129 for a single unit i personally think its a grea deal. If you want a system that you can set up in minutes... like less than 10 minutes, something that's clean and easy to use, looks good and blends in to your home then this is for you, its a great simple effective way to have a strong network throughout your home and office Would i recommend it? YES! its now my home network and will stay this way for the foreseeable future

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great easy Mesh Wifi Solution, but...

    Posted
    Techgadgetdude
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    I have been using both basic Access points/WiFi routers and more advanced gear for years. Our latest was a Netgear Nighthawk, which worked great as an omni-directional Access Point, but wasn't so good as a Router. I put a Ubiquiti Networks router, in my front of the Netgear, which made things stable, fast, and met all our needs. I did try wifi extenders, but didn't like how they required you to set up an additional SSID for thier location, so if I moved though our the house it would eventually require an handoff, which was never seemless. I also think there was a security flaw in this setup, but don't remember. I wanted a greater signal spread in our 3200 sqft multi-story house, so I first bought Luma, while keeping an eye on Eero and Orbi. I liked the security features of Luma, but when I tried to set it up, it had a hard time finding the DHCP assigned IP address from my Cisco/Charter Cable modem. After working on thier gear for numerous hours with thier wonderful customer service, and I seriously do mean wonderful, I gave up and returned thier gear. I still wanted a mesh wifi, and this is right when Google wifi was available for pre-order. After it arrived 30 days later, it took me ~15 min to set up, establish groups, do some port forwarding, and reassign few devices that dropped thier connection. Speed test returned fast great results both from hard wired desktops and wifi connected devices. I connect both Android and IOS phones, iPads and Android based tablets, Ooma VoIP, SmartThings hub, Nest thermostat, Ring Pro door bell, Sonos, Chronecast, FireTV, Nvidia Shield Android TV, Roku 3, both Windows and Mac laptops, Windows 10 desktop, WiiU, 3DS, Tivo, Qnap NAS, HP Laser printer, Epson Muti-Inkjet Printer, and a couple of Echos to the network. I also connect my Ethernet based devices via various switches throughout the house. Everything works great and and has a strong signal. I agree with all posts that say this is a very simple device, and provides very limited advanced networking features, especially when compared to my Ubiquiti router. I have decided to give up my multiple SSIDs for 2.4 and 5Ghz frequencies, routing protocols, subnets, and VPN Into my network, because I really didn't need it. Also, the Google wifi sets up ONE SSID for all frequencies, and determines the best frequency based on signal strength, beam firming capability, and overall speed. Although I can force a 5G via my device, I figured I will only change this if I experience any lag or delay, which hasn't been a problem thus far. We cut the cord a while back and stream multiple session, at once of PlayStation Vue, Netflix, Amazon Video, Plex, HBO Now, Starz Play, Spotify, and Kodi without problem I also play online shooter like BF4, BF1, and Titan Fall2, whithout port forwarding set up, and haven't experienced and lag. I of course set my desktop as a priority device, in settings, to ensure the streaming video doesn't affect my gaming. This would sometimes happen with my previous set up, when we were all streaming something, even with QOS turned on. In summary, although a simple solution, it does everything I want, thus getting 5 stars. I hope for greater networking features as time goes on, and if I experience any problems, then I may reevaluate my review. One suggestion for all users is to hardwire the APs if you have the chance. The wireless mesh works flawless, but if you want the best performance possible, then hardware the APs, which will produce the fastest mesh network available today. This is when compared to Orbi, Eero, or Luma. This has been validated by numerous consumer and trade rag reviews. Orbi does offer some more features and a faster all wireless mesh setup, due to the dedicated network channel, but it also costs $100 dollars more for a two AP solution. I hope this helps and provides some perspective.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Saved me $1300 a year

    Posted
    amhausman

    The past two years, we've bought and tried to fix our Wifi problems using the Amped Wireless REA20 700mW High Power Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Range Extender and Amped Wireless Powerline Nano AV500 1-Port Network Adapter Kit. Neither of which helped solved our multiple Wifi problems: how do we get Wifi in the front rooms (living room and dining room) and back rooms (kitchen and bedrooms) and maybe even that garage office/back house apartment ALL AT THE SAME TIME without having to pay $115 extra for a second modem in the later? It didn't seem like there was an answer to that problem until I discovered Google Wifi. I was so impressed by Google Wifi that I returned my Apple Airport products the next day. I set up the first Google Wifi single point in the living room right next to my Time Warner Cable modem/router and plugged them into each other using the Ethernet cable provided by the Google Wifi. It was crazy easy to set up my new network using the Google Wifi app on my iPhone. I then used the second Google Wifi single point in the kitchen which is two rooms away. Despite the app telling me that the Internet signal was weak, for the first time since I've moved into this house I was able to stream my shows WELL in the kitchen. I then set up the third Wifi single point in the separate garage office/back house apartment several yards away in another structure and IT WORKED. Despite the app telling me that this third single point signal was weak, my husband was able to stream TV shows and do all the work he needed to do on the Internet using the Google Wifi. I called Time Warner Cable the same day and canceled the service to our second router/modem back there saving us over $1300 a year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A simple but great router with awesome coverage

    Posted
    optimummind
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    This is my first encounter with a Wifi-Mesh type router and it has been a great experience. The best thing about this router is its awesome Wifi coverage area, followed by its elegant and pleasing exterior design, all executed in a very simple and easy-to-use software setup. Never before in and outside of my home did I experience such great and consistent Wifi coverage and speed. With one router inside my bedroom next to the cable modem, one router placed inside another bedroom, and the third router placed inside the living room close to the kitchen, my whole home is blanketed in strong, even, consistent, and fast Wifi. With my previous router, the Asus RT-AC86U, my Wifi speed would slow down when I'm outside sitting on my front porch. The 5GHz frequency was barely usable there so I would switch to the 2.4GHz band to do anything meaningful. With the Google Wifi mesh setup, there is no place where I don't get fast and reliable coverage. Just wow. Even the packaging was a delight - the clean, white rectangular box and the three round & well-crafted routers you see once you flip open the package. They are eye-pleasing and for a household like mine where pretty much almost all of the furniture are white, these routers blend in very well. Another aspect of the router experience that is worth mentioning is how simple it was to set up the router using the Google Wifi app. It guides you through each of the steps and they are very easy to follow along and execute. Upon opening the app, the user is greeted with a visual diagram that succinctly & clearly displays the number of your Wifi points and the number of devices that are connected to the network. Tapping the "Wifi points" option takes you to a screen that tells you where each of your Wifi points are located in the house. From this screen, you can tap on the Settings icon where you can perform the following tasks: check for new firmware updates & update firmware, restart the network, perform a factory reset, and control the brightness of each Wifi access point. Tapping on the "Devices" option takes you to a screen that shows you the names and number of devices connected to the network. When you tap a device in this screen, you're given the option to change the name of each device and also to view its current real-time network activity. Other nifty & useful features include Guest Wifi and Family W-Fi Pause. With the Family Wi-Fi Pause, one can pause Internet service to certain devices. If there is one thing I miss from my old router that I wish these Google Wifi routers supported is the option to connect my external USB hard drive to the router to setup my own network drive that I can access from anywhere with an app. Frankly, I never really used this option very much so its absence here is not critical for me and not a deciding factor against Google Wifi. With that said, I'm very, very pleased with this router & I highly recommend it to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mesh solution for the majority of people

    Posted
    Justin
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    My house is an older 2300sq foot two floor home in the city meaning that its a long rectangular layout and that the walls are much thicker compared to new homes. I was using an asus ac-3100 as my main router which is located in the back corner of the house where my main desktop is. Issue that I was having is that my living room is on the opposite side of the house through 7 walls. Now the asus router is quite fantastic for a stand alone router, but when you have multiple 4k streams of Netflix happening at the same time as well as multiple smartphones/tablets, laptops/wireless desktops, and other various electronics connected all at once a single high powered router just can't cut it. Btw I was also using my previous asus ac-2400 router in my living room as a media bridge where I had plugged in my sony x950, Xbox one s, Chromecast ultra, ps4, and marrantz 6009 receiver. This had helped quite a bit versus using the built in wireless antennas on those devices, but I was still getting drops out of 4k quality while streaming which frustrated me. I had been researching mesh networks and decided to go with the Google wifi due to the price being awesome (got these on sale for 250...my asus ac-3100 on sale was 250)as well as the overall positive feedback. Setup was straight foward which just so you know REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE A SMARTPHONE (iOS or android), still it blew my mind that there was no option to configure these in a browser like most wireless networks. The Google Wi-Fi app kept the setup simple which is a great feature for most ppl, however as someone who has a ccna/ccnp networking certification I wish there was an option in the app for an expert mode or advanced setup so Google wouldn't force me to wait 3 minutes to reset my modem and then try to explain to me the difference between the usb-c cable and the ethernet...(o ya, they come with usb-c a.c. adapters! Thanks google!) Overall the setup took roughly 10 minutes or so and we were on our way. As a person who works with tech/networking for a living I jumped into the features in the app to see what settings I could change and I was a bit disappointed to find that it was extremely streamlined. Again I'm that niche geek person who enjoys fine tuning and super configuring my network devices(one thing I will say asus does better than any other manufacturer of routers, the firmware that asus loads is amazing and offers many advanced features). I will say if you have kids Google offers a nifty and easy to use parental control scheduler making it simple to ensure ur kids are not online when u don't want them to be. It lets you select which device u want to limit and then make a schedule of what hours you want to allow that device to work and when to deny it internet access. So each Google Wi-Fi in the 3 pack is it's own dual band ac-1200 access point, technically if u break it down there are 6 separate Wi-Fi signals that Google manages for u, these guys do what we call smart connect meaning that when u look in ur Wi-Fi list you'll only see one wifi network. Depending on how new the wireless adapter in ur phone or laptop or whatever is Google will automatically assign ur device to either 2.4ghz or 5ghz band. This means u will always be connected to the strongest signal on whatever device which is awesome. On my s8+ if I would check my wlan speed(not speedtest.net but how fast my phone can talk directly to the router) with my asus I'd be lucky to see 540mbps if I was on the 5ghz band standing close to the router. Now no matter where I am in the house I haven't seen anything below 545mbps and often I'm between 865-985mbps. Every device in the house is showing max signal pretty much all the time, btw I checked how many wireless devices I have connected...67...Never realized I had so many things. Keep in mind that is just wireless connections, I have a Cisco enterprise grade switch for wired connections with another 16 connections plugged in. I was originally going to buy the 2 pack of tri-band nether orbis and then buy another orbi to total 3 which would have cost me another 200+ dollars additional to the 250 I paid for these but honestly these handle everything brilliantly. Surprisingly well considering how many connections I have on these guys. Also the 3 pack of these are rated for 4500 sq feet, even if ur house isn't that big I'd strongly recommend these over more expensive solutions. If ur going to benchmark ur wireless networks by transferring massive files wirelessly from a nvme ssd to a raided ssd setup on a home server sure spend the extra money so you can drool over transfer speeds, but if ur a normal person who just wants it simple and wants it to work with no headaches this is the solution for you. Trust me, you won't regret this purchase. Enjoy ur multiple 4k streams, and when the kids are being turds u can open the app on ur phone and shut the internet off to their phone or laptop for a couple hours with just a few simple clicks. Sorry that the review is so long and super scattered.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solved all my Wifi troubles!

    Posted
    webuser
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    I was having a lot of trouble with Wifi in my condo (1250 sq ft), particularly those areas that were furthest from the Comcast router-wifi. I tried using a dual-band range extender placed in an intermediate area, but it would improve only slightly and even that was not consistent throughout the day. I suspect that may be due to wireless interference from neighboring units. Wifi speed was a dismal 0.5-1.25 Mbps in the weak areas, when not a dead zone! I waited patiently for the Google Wifi routers and ordered a 3-pack. I just did not want to take chances, since I have been told that older buildings like where I live in also have materials in the walls that are not conducive to good propagation of the signal. I plugged the primary Google wifi router into one of the ports of the Comcast router. Installation was a cinch with the accompanying Google Wifi app. It prompted me to set up a new Wifi network and provide a SSID. I have read that it is better to replace the existing wifi and use the same SSID, but since I was not convinced and ready to take the new routers back to the store, I used a new SSID and created a separate network. The app then prompted me to set up the other two router devices in appropriate locations. Which I did, and setup continued to be a breeze. I went on speedtest.net and sure enough, the absymal speed was now ranging between 20-25 Mbps in the weak areas. The first couple of days, I thought I noticed the speed fluctuating more widely, but that does not seem to happen any more... almost like Google Wifi learns to adapt to the environment. I gradually switched over all my wireless devices to the new Google Wifi network and I really appreciate how easy the app makes it. There are some cool features like throttling on selected devices or giving higher priority to some other devices. I can even opt to curtail the children's use of Wifi when the need arose. There are some less utilitarian yet nifty features like controlling the brightness of the light emanating from the middle of the wifi pucks. My Hue lights were never working properly before and now that I have plugged the bridge directly into one of the router near the lights, I am able to control the lights via the Hue app, Alexa (Amazon Echo), Google Assistant (Google Home) and IFTTT. So this product definitely paves the way for transitioning to a smarthome without dealing with network hiccups/issues. I have heard that there is a Zigbee radio in there that is not activated, so perhaps there will be some intriguing features enabled via future updates. Worth is subjective, but if wifi is really important to you in any corner of your home, I'd say it is hard to beat the value given its price and aesthetics, and the interesting app.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!! Changed my whole WiFI experience!!

    Posted
    Russell

    I live in Manhattan, in a building that was built in 1900. This means that I have brick walls, plaster walls and a HUGE 3 bedroom apartment by NYC standards. Actually, by any standard. It also means that I have all of my neighbors in super-close proximity with their Wifi networks competing for speed an open channel. For years, I struggled with using Wifi, and about 5 years ago I purchased a Netgear range extender. This did help a bit, as I was able to get Wifi to reach my bedroom – which is 4 rooms away from the router and three rooms away from the extender. Unfortunately, I would still experience issues with buffering and at least a few times per week I would have to reset the router, modem and range extender. What a pain in the neck! I pay Time Warner Cable/Spectrum for 300 mbps internet service. I’ve done speedtests (through apps you can download onto your phone) and I came nowhere close to that speed. I recently have been on a quest to drop my cable service and cut the cord. I looked into IPTV service and I purchased a few devices to stream through, however, they all recommend having an Ethernet connection for best results (better picture, not buffering etc.). This is a huge problem for me, because the router is in the front of my house and I have devices in each room, and my only choice was to connect via Wifi and that led to a horrible connection. I just figured I was doomed to eternally bad Wifi – until now. Coverage - Google Wifi has changed it all. I have now 3 different Google devices spread across my apartment, and I am enveloped in amazing Wifi coverage! The best thing is, that since I placed each of these devices next to my tv, Nvidia shiled etc, I can now hardwire each of them for even better speed to these devices. In the room that is closest to the main device – I had 343 mbps download speed! I only pay for 300! In the room next to that one – I have 191 mbps – not hardwired to the device…yet. It will be even faster when plugged in! 4k resolution? According to the test, it’s good enough for 8k! I didn’t even know that existed! In the very last room (my bedroom that suffered with horrible wifi ) – I have 55 mbps! This thing is simply amazing. Setup – Even a child can do this. I’m usually one of those people that buys something and can never get it to work, not with this badboy. Download the app, plug in the first router and it will walk you through the rest. I had all 3 setup in ten minutes! The app even lets you control the light on the Google routers, what device should be given priority etc Cons – The only downside is that the router only has two Ethernet ports. Some people (like me) need a few more. But, to me, this in no way is a deal breaker. I highly recommend this device for those poor souls that have been struggling for Wifi for years. I have also attached a few pictures to this review so that you can see the actual speed tests.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Mesh WiFi

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    JazzyD
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    We have a 3600 ft.² two-story house. I had in Netgear nighthawk router with an extender which was giving me a decent service until last night when the signal on the 2.4 channel dropped to very low speed. 5.0 was still giving good download speed but since over router set up is on the second floor on one side of the house and over TV and other entertainment stuff sits in the downstairs living room on the other side of the house, so 5.0 was undetected that far from the router. After tweaking the netgear for a couple hours in the morning, I gave up and started searching for the mesh Wi-Fi routers. I decided on google Wi-Fi as it is half the price of eero and has very good reviews. This system is very easy to setup about 20-30 minutes for all 3 routers. The only time-consuming stuff is adding all the smart devices to the system call mom all the iPads, mobile phones, Garage door opener, security cameras, music system, game system, nest thermostats, solar system and other IOT devices. The only thing I will encourage anyone to do is have some patience. Even the App also encourages “you” to be patient. If you follow the instructions in the Google Wifi app set up as a breeze. I hope this review helps you deciding which Wi-Fi mesh router system you are going to buy and help you set up the system. As you can see from my photographs the speed is increased to triple digits. I’m still not getting 200 Mbps which my connection is and I think my Modem is very old. I am consistently getting 110-135 Mbps all over the house and even in Garage and the backyard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super-Easy Mesh Wi-Fi System

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    Jason
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    I purchased the Google Wi-Fi 3-pack about a year ago to replace an Arris combination modem/router that I had nonstop wireless connection issues with, and could never get to consistently work well with Chromecasts, despite many attempts and assistance from my networking engineer father. After about 12 months of use, I can say that this thing is the most plug-and-play, user-friendly piece of networking equipment that I've ever owned. The equipment comes in a very modern packaging with all the necessary cables included. In my case, 3 wireless access points, 3 USB-C power cables, and one ethernet cable to connect to your modem. Each of the three points are identical in appearance, though one will function as the "main point" and the other two will act as the mesh points. Each access point has a diameter of about 6 inches, and is about 4 inches tall. They have a thin led ring around the middle that glows blue if everything is functioning properly or red if there is an issue. This light can be disabled if desired. Setup on this takes literally a matter of minutes. You plug one of the access points into your cable modem via an ethernet cable and download the Google Wifi app on a smartphone. Once connected, it's a very simple step by step process to set up as many access points as you have, by scanning a QR code on the bottom of each one. While the 3-pack was overkill for my size of home (2000 sq ft.), it's nice to have the wireless coverage extend far into the backyard as well. The app will help you determine optimal placement of the access points, and within about 5 minutes, you'll be up and running. It will also run health checks and speed tests periodically to make sure your network stays working well, and Google automatically updates the firmware to protect against malicious networking flaws that plague traditional routers that require manual updates. The app doesn't offer nearly as much fine network tuning as traditional routers, but does offer customization of DNS settings, WAN settings (these are provided by ISP and shouldn't be tinkered with unless you know what you're doing), LAN settings, DHCP control (including IP reservations), Port Forwarding (TCP and UDP), IPv6 toggle, and UPnP toggle. I used to have connectivity issues with wireless devices, and especially with Chromecasts or "cast-enabled" devices like our Apple TV, which was my main motivation in purchasing this mesh system. Over the past year, I have had ZERO issues with wireless connectivity on any of my devices, and I typically have about 15 devices connected at at time. Even after unplugging and moving the main access point and modem to clean, they were back up and functioning within minutes of plugging them back in. All-in-all, this is a great network system for the masses of people that just want to plug it in, forget about it, and have fast and consistent wi-fi throughout their house without having to worry about every new router security exploit that the internet loses its mind about every few months. If you're the type of person that dives DEEP into your networking and needs an extreme amount of customizability, then you may want to keep hunting for a different solution, but for everyone else, this router is worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great in wide house

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    rumrib300

    Original problem with wifi connectivity while streaming movies brought me to Best Buy to decide on a mesh system or extenders. BB guy said google wifi mesh would work better because extender cut the speed with every extension (which is how our router seemed to be originally working anyway). Another lady and I were there for the same reason and pummelled the BB guy with questions about distances, security systems (up to 50 devices, I think he said), gaming, moving one to an out building (up to 300', he said).... This seemed to cover our issues. And he said that we had 2 weeks to return it if it didn't work, with box opened and returning them in original box. Although the google app's description of how to set it up was not clear, at all. I chatted/texted online with a google app person to get me hooked up. The salesperson at Best Buy told me that since I have Comcast, and a router from them, they would need to turn off the wifi portion on their router, because it would interfere. I called Comcast, and even though the Comcast guy disagreed with me, and had never heard of this, he turned it off. The router itself stays on! He said I could turn it back on online through my portal as well, if it didn't work. (In other words, I personally could have turned it off as well through the online portal.) BB guy said we could keep in cabinet if desired with no issues, but I read that the light can be dimmed on them if wanted. I have a 4200 sq ft ranch over 4200 sq ft basement. The router is in the basement on the far left of the house. I bought the pkg of 3. I have 1 plugged into the Comcast router in a cat45 port. The second is upstairs above it on the far left wall as well ("great connection" per app). The third is in the kitchen in the middle of the house, and it said it had "good," but not great connection. The far right side of the house bedroom gets 4/4 bars of connectivity from it though. I tried placing it there (far right bedroom) to begin with, but it said it had "poor" connectivity. I believe that if I strung a long cat45 cable from the router to mid basement (mid-house) and put the first unit there, it may be even better house-wide; but we've had no problems yet. Will update when we try to stream our first movie. The printer via wifi works better than before; and I have zero speed problems. My phone's wifi connectivity was slow shortly after I hooked it up, but I have no problems now with speed. Maybe it needed time to acclimate?? We have a 2.4 and 5 speed connectivity coming into the house with Comcast, and they seem to be working through this new mesh system as they are supposed to. I would highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup and strong connection!

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    JamexRZ
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    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: PROS: +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). CONS: -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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fixed all of our Wifi Issues

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    lieisncepl8
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    My husband and I bought this as a last ditch effort to fix our constant WiFi issues we have in our house. For some background, we have fibre optics internet with ATT at 1000 mbps and our home is 2600 sqft. We need coverage through a three story home, one of those being a basement. Since we have been with ATT (last April 18), we have experienced issue after issue in our home. We are a pretty "techie" family and have many smart home features throughout our house (i.e. Google home devices, Hue smart lights, Ring doorbell, Arlo security, etc). Our internet would constantly drop out and it was hit or miss on whether any of our above items would work. We use smart tvs and always had to reconnect to the internet. If my husband and oldest were on their Xboxes at the same time, one of them would either continuously get kicked off of their game or it would lag the entire time. This happened even in the same room as the router which led us to believe WiFi extenders would be useless. We thought it had to be the router. After being sent a new one (which we have not tested because ATT has no idea where it is), I looked up tons of reviews and decided to give the Google a shot. The guy at Best Buy said we could always return it if it yielded no results. After hooking it up which was relatively fast (I read a lot of negative things with our internet and this system but experienced little issue), we started connecting our devices to our new Google network. We placed one in the basement, one in our office where our router is on the main level, and one upstairs. We are now getting download and upload speeds of 600-800 mbps. My husband was getting tops 12mbps on his Xbox when downloading games and it stayed consistently between 55-60+ yesterday when testing it out after connecting to Google. Nothing has dropped out, kicked anyone off of their games, our televisions are staying connected, and it is working flawlessly. I have played very little on the Google WiFi app, but I did set up parental controls on our kids tablets and gaming consoles. It's nice to be able to pause them or schedule times for them to be restricted from the Internet. I know it has only been one day but we are beyond happy with how much this has fixed our Internet thus far. I will update if there are changes but if you're experiencing constant WiFi issues, I would highly recommend looking into this. We are very happy we took a chance with this mesh system!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive performance! First mesh system

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    KWADublin
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    My family had been complaining about our WiFi for some time and I started looking at options to replace several aging Access Points I had in different parts of the house to give coverage. My plan was to get new Access Points so I initially purchased a Linksys - MAX-STREAM™ AC1900 Dual Band Repeater with MU-MIMO for the upstairs and a Linksys - RE9000 AC3000 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Range Extender as the main access point on my main level. I could never get a consistent signal and stable connection so I returned them both and then tried a NETGEAR - Nighthawk AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Mesh Capable Wi-Fi Range Extender. This worked a bit better, but I still was not getting a stable signal and it seemed to drop in and out. For whatever reason (middle-aged man, reluctant to change, I guess...) I had put off trying a Mesh Network in spite of the strong advice of several Best Buy employees, and that voice of reason in the back if my head that was saying to try it. Doing some research and reading LOTS of reviews, I decided to try the Google system since it was priced a bit lower than some of the other systems and it had great reviews. I also wanted to get a system that allowed Ethernet Back-haul as I have my entire home wired with RJ45 jacks in every room. Given the size of my home and the amount of WiFi-signal-blocking stuff in the walls, I need a system that can be hardwired at each node. My main hub is in the basement in the "IT Room" where all of my networking gear home-runs. I have the 2nd in my kitchen and the third upstairs in the MBR. Setup was pretty simple. Just download the app and follow the instructions. I had one node that didn't take on the first try but I did a reset and reinstalled it and it was just fine after that. The hardwired connection was recognized and the app confirmed an excellent connection at each location. Using my Speedtest app, I am getting 75 to 110mbps download speeds from my 100mb Spectrum service. So far I have been very pleased and a bit mad at myself for waiting so long to switch from access points and WiFi extenders to a mesh network! I now have just 1 SSID for the entire home instead of the 8 that I had before! I will keep an eye on the performance but so far everything is working well. I've even gotten positive comments from my family about the noticeable improvement in stability and quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Google Wifi - First Impressions

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    Philip
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    Google Wi-Fi is the buzz of the home networking market. Supplies of these devices are short at major retailers. The lack of supply is something more akin to an Apple launch than what is expected from other vendors in this market space. Recently I was able to purchase a 3 pack from a major brick and mortar vendor through their online store. The unit arrived in excellent condition in a well constructed box. The units are well cradled in their holders with the power supplies beneath them. The middle one in mine had an ethernet cable which was noted in the packing but I expected to find in the left hand spot. The power supply cables were secured with 2 pieces of cheap cellophane tape that were a pain to get off and a minor annoyance. Otherwise, unpacking everything was a pleasure. Setup began with downloading the Google Wi-Fi app to my iPhone. This first step was easy enough. The second step was a little more difficult as my home ISP is Xfinity with the current triple play option for phone service. This meant putting my Xfinity router into bridge mode. The process is fairly simple depending on your router and configuration. There are many short posts and how to videos on the internet to guide you through the process if you are uncomfortable doing it by yourself. As a side note, I recommend doing this on a day when you have the house to yourself as this will minimize the frequent questions of "When will the internet be up again?" The Xfinity router needed a reboot after be put into "bridge mode" so this was the time to pull my old wifi router out of service. The reason for "bridge mode" is the Google Wifi needs to be the primary device if the wireless mesh is going to work. One other piece of equipment may be necessary at this point is an ethernet switch. There are several devices on my network that connect to the web and hooking by ethernet is more practical since they are right next to the router, The devices are a blu-ray player, gaming consoles, TV and a Sonos Bridge (now discontinued). The main setup of the devices is very forward and should be able to be followed by anyone with a minimal amount of technical skill. Just follow the directions. Do not over think the direction or jump ahead. Just follow the directions exactly as given on your iPhone or Android phone. Google has thought out the process and made the steps very simple Once the first unit is installed the other two install very easily. The Google software seems to indicate the ability to handle at least 5 units in a mesh which is valuable if you have a very large multi-story or rambling ranch house but I was unable to test that configuration. If you are in that situation consult with Google or an IT Professional. If you follow the direction on the app it will be a successful and pleasant experience. Google WiFi has been reliable and steady for the last week. The speed of the WiFi is higher that under my previous Apple device and the signal is now stronger in the basement and back room and deck which are now covered by the mesh. The ability to sit on the back deck on a 70 plus degree day in February while grilling and have full signal strength was worth both the cost and time of this upgrade. I did take pains not to mention the change to the family and no one seems to have noticed the change since I took pains to do it when they were not here and kept the SSID and key the same for the network. If you have an older wifi router or wifi access point then Google Wifi is worth considering as a replacement for your existing unit. When users don't notice the change other than it seems faster and more reliable I consider that the best type of IT upgrade whether at home or work. (This Review was first Published on my linkedin page)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solved all my networking problems

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    Matt
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    I live in a modestly sized 2000-sq ft two story home, though the ceilings are pretty high. We recently switched our ISP to AT&T, and so we use the provided DSL-modem. My wife and I have an iPhone 8 and X. When we switched ISP to AT&T, we found we were having difficulty connecting to the Wifi in the back bedrooms upstairs. Doing some reading on it, I found that others with our generation iPhones had similar Wifi issues, perhaps because Apple started favoring the 5 gHz bandwidth over the 2.4 gHz, that the 5 gHz bandwidth had limited range relative to the 2.4 band, and came to the conclusion that perhaps our provided modem could not broadcast the signal strongly enough. I tried a Netgear Nighthawk mesh extender first, which did not solve our problems. The reported advantage of a mesh network over Wifi points or range extenders is that all points work together to broadcast one Wifi signal so that you remain connected to the same network as you move about. I was hesitant to try this product for two reasons: (1) Reviews said that you could not create a Wifi network with a dedicated 5 gHz channel and one with a dedicated 2.4 channel. As far as I can tell, this is true, and if this was the issue with our previous modem, it would not have solved our problem. (2) The BB tech said that I would have to call AT&T to activate the router when hardwiring it to the modem, an extra step of hassle I didn't really look forward to dealing with. This mesh network solved all my problems. (1) It's true you can't have separate dedicated 5 and 2.4 gHz channels, but that doesn't seem to have been the problem anyways. This mesh network has a feature that smartly "targets" the appropriate Wifi devices with the right bandwidth. Whatever feature is kicking in, it is working. (2) I did not have to call AT&T to activate this device. I plugged it into the modem and now ignore the signal broadcasted by the AT&T modem/router combo. Google Wifi broadcasts just fine. (3) Three mesh network points for a 2000-sq ft house seems like overkill, but I can happily report that I have had zero problems since setting this up. Google released this product a couple years ago, but as far as my experience has gone, it seems it is still the gold standard for home networking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to setup, easy to use, and extremely fast

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    Pablo
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    I have a 300Mbps internet connection at home and I had it paired with a single 802.11 AC wireless router. The cable company installed the modem where the primary cable box is, in the living room. I have a split level three bedroom home so it's not very big. The issue is the router I had could not reach the upstairs in the back (where two bedrooms are located), there was a dead spot in the bathroom (which is upstairs and behind the kitchen), and the basement was only getting about 5Mbps of the internet. That's a problem as the basement is my home entertainment area. I have a projector, two consoles, and a surround sound system down there so I need a solid internet connection. I read multiple reviews and went with Google Wifi. Having dealt with a finicky wireless router in the past, I wanted something that would be easy to setup and get me high speed internet anywhere in the house. Setting up Google Wifi is extremely easy. All you do is download the Google Wifi app (iOS or Android, sorry Windows Phone and BlackBerry users), take one node out of the box, plug it into your modem, power it on, and move forward. You even scan a QR code on the bottom of the first node so that you don't have to enter anything. The Google Wifi app walks you through naming your network and adding a password. You don't have to select if you want a 2.4GHz or 5GHz network, if you want things in 802.11n or 802.11ac mode, nothing like that at all. You simply select how many additional nodes you have (2 because there are 3 total in this package) and that's it. The app guides you through setting them up and even tells if you if the node you just setup is too far away and need to be closer to the primary (host) node. It took me about 10 minutes total to setup all three nodes that came in the package and that included the time it took to walk up and down stairs. I had read some reviews that said their internet dropped to 250Mbps when using two nodes and 150Mbps when using three nodes. I'm not sure if my house is smaller than their or if my nodes area closer together but I am getting my full 300Mbps (or about as full as my ISP gives me) everywhere even in my back and front yards. The Google Wifi app is pretty deep too. You can see every device that's connected to the network, the frequency that it's connected to (2.4GHz or 5GHz), and even the bandwidth it's using. You can restrict access to certain devices so, if you have kids, you can let them go online with their devices during certain times of the day. You can manually lock out devices too. All of that is through an app on your phone which works anywhere you have an internet connection (even a cellular internet connection). No modem to log into, you don't have to enable parental controls on the devices themselves, you manage everything from the Google Wifi app. Each node is small and can be easily hidden. They each have a bright status light that can be dimmed. Google really has a winner here and, for the first time, I have high speed internet throughout my entire home. Google Wifi is also the least expensive of the home mesh network systems but its performance is top notch. I have one node on the ground level in the living room, another node upstairs in my bedroom (about two rooms away), and one more node in the basement near the back wall (this is furthest away). My home is only about 2500 ft^2 but Google Wifi fully covers it.

    I would recommend this to a friend