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Google Wifi system (set of 3) - Router replacement for whole home coverage

 
Google Wifi system (set of 3) - Router replacement for whole home coverage

Google Wifi system (set of 3) - Router replacement for whole home coverage
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Average customer review:
( stars, based on 1142 reviews)

Product Description

Enjoy a fast signal in every room, on every device. Google Wi-Fi is a new type of connected system that replaces your router for seamless coverage throughout your home.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #17 in Personal Computers
  • Size: 3-Pack
  • Brand: Google
  • Model: NLS-1304-25
  • Released on: 2016-12-06
  • Aspect ratio: Unknown
  • Dimensions: 2.70" h x 4.17" w x 4.17" l, .74 pounds

Features

  • A new type of connected system for seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, helping eliminate dead zones and buffering
  • Replaces your current router, and works your modem and internet service. It's compatible with major internet service providers including Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon Fios
  • A single Wifi point covers up to 1,500 sq. ft, a set of three covers homes up to 4,500 sq. ft. Wifi points work together so you can add more if you need additional coverage
  • Network Assist technology keeps your connection fast by always selecting the clearest channel and fastest band for your devices
  • A simple app gets you set up quickly and allows you to see what's connected, prioritize devices, and pause the Wi-Fi on kids' devices

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

649 of 670 people found the following review helpful.
4The Pros, Cons and Oks for Google's WiFi System (HR).
By Honest Reviewer
Pros:__________
- Sleek modern design.
- Stet up took me less than 15 minutes.
- The app is simple as you don’t need to login on a computer to change settings.
- For a two story house, your dead spots will be long gone.
- Mesh technology is a new universal way for full home Wi-Fi coverage. Having this you will not have to feel the need to move near your modems as the three system layout will be an environment of Wi-Fi connectivity.
- Download rate has almost doubled for me.
- It’s compatible to my old TP-Link so I expect that it’ll be adaptable a decent amount of devices.
- A pretty cool light system that indicated if you have an issue (red), when it’s on standby/setting up (blue) and when it’s connected (white).
- The auto-updating software is one of the best features. Never have to deal with it again.
- Want to add a new device, just log in on the app as the step takes less than 60 seconds.
- It also consistently checks to make sure that one of the three channels won’t become overused as the network assist makes sure that I’m getting the best speed I can get for my Wifi. This is very helpful as I have numerous phones, tablets, and other computer connected to my Wi-Fi and sometimes they’re functioning within the same location in the house.
- The system is designed to always provide you with the best settings for you home.
- Your kids will not like the fact that you can pause any devices from connecting to the internet. It’s known as the family Wi-Fi and your kids will hate this feature.
- Friends coming over, it does have a guest network which I do intend put into use. It basically operates as an independent connection from your personal one, expect without the option to view shared folders.
- A pretty cool feature is that it gives you an accurate speed of your internet connection and will provide a layout so you can know how much more speed you need to stream 4k videos.
- Supports Alexa as the whole concept is design to move one step closer to a smart home interface.
- Factory resets or rebooting, you can just use the app.
- Having a hardwired Ethernet house, I had no difficulty at all plugging all three into separate ports. There is no change in speed from my end if I didn’t do this function. No issues or errors when doing this as well (so far).
- The app allows you to view which devices are taking the most bandwidth.
- When you ranked which devices are the most important, you’re going to get a best for it. I like this feature because I do have some Wi-Fi hungry devices I that rarely use and this feature is great if I forgot to disable the Wi-Fi on these devices.
- For those who don’t know, Mesh means entire home coverage. Depending on how big your location is, places that where dead spots are no longer an issue to you. Keep in mind that this depends on numerous factors (location size, Wi-Fi access, bandwidth limit).

Cons and Oks:__________
- This is a “install now and leave it alone” device. For those looking for advanced options, this not a product for you as the app has limits on customization.
- Advanced features are only static IP addressing, DNS, port forwarding, plus a couple of other features that anyone who is experts in this field will not appreciate the boundaries.
- You can’t access the system with a browser. When I try to log in on my google chrome browser it redirected me to a web page that tells me that I need to download the app in order to open the features (Hopefully this issue will be fixed in the near future).
- This not for those looking for a high-performance router as you will not be able to go deep into the setting as of right now.
- 1 wired port on the main routers isn’t the greatest news as my TP-Link has 4 ports and is three years old (Plus it’s not nearly expensive).
- No USB ports, if you were hoping for one.
- Upload didn’t really grow that much to put it in the pro list (will explain at the bottom).
- Definitely not for a business as I’ve read that setting a custom DNS server will not work.
- Some updates will fix this in the future but right now you can’t schedule times to disconnect the internet from specific devices.

Bottom Line:__________

This is built for a family home, not for a business. It brings you one step closer into a smart home environment as all the settings and features can be changed within the app. Google is trying hard to become more than just an internet browser as its smartphones, tablets, and routers are becoming more of a competitor for Apple and Microsoft.

For me, my Wi-Fi isn’t the best in the world as, on average, my two story house location provides 4.85 MBPS download and a .52 MBPS upload rate. When installing these devices, it’s now 7.71 MBPS download and 1.05MBS upload rate. Some of you might think that still sucks, but what I love about the app is that it lets me know this as it's about finding the right place to establish these Wi-Fi systems. When you have a multi-level home it’ll take trial and error to find the perfect location, as I’m figuring out. I’ve also used in the past Netgear, but what I noticed so far is that when using Netgear, in the past, my Wi-Fi would suddenly get disconnected. This happened so many times that I had to remove Netgear from my house. Google hasn’t shown any signs of this issue, but it’s still too early to tell.

Overall what I would love to see is an included modem as I would expect Google will offer this feature in the near future. I hope Google will also give us the option to dig deeper into the settings as right now they’re indeed pulling restriction on what we can and can’t do on the app. I understand that the concept is built for those who just want to take it out of the box and plug it in without much work (just like an Apple device), but I still would like the option if I know there are settings that may increase my Wi-Fi connectivity towards my devices. Keep in mind this is not going to be for everyone as its design for those who have devices away from the modem and or are facing dead spots. There is still a lot of restriction within the app and I can only hope that updated firmware will fix this issue. Verdict: No more dead spots, an easier interface but a decent amount of restriction.

Hopefully I was a help to you.
Love,
Honest Reviewer

377 of 408 people found the following review helpful.
4THUMBS UP
By LandryMediaReviews
PROS
Sleek look. Easy setup. Well designed App. Solid Close and Far Range Performance. Fixed Dead Spot problems.

CONS
Only 1 usable wired port for a device on main router (other is for internet from Modem), Unlike the two additional hubs which 2 Ethernet ports are available for use. Most Routers offer 4 ports, only providing 1 feels cheap. Not sold in 2 packs. Also, No USB port at all. You could always add a switch to get additional ports but; at 299 price point, you shouldn't have to.

BOTTOM LINE
Google WiFi makes it easy to bring Mesh 802.11ac networking to your home.

Google WiFi works differently than a traditional router, using "Mesh" technology (many units acting together as one WiFi). Mesh WiFi is the best way to provide whole home coverage and mesh is becoming increasingly popular and likely to become the new standard way of having WiFi in the home.

Google WiFi tested 50% faster than my Linksys AC1900, Each points quad core network processor, packet forwarding engine, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports help the network keep up. Each point delivers AC1200 802.11ac performance in a device that looks nice enough to keep out in the open. Its compatible with all your old devices as well so no worries there. Has 3 Light colors, Red Indicates an Issue, Blue Indicates Set Up and White for Connected (light can be turned off or brightness adjusted with the App). Google’s Network Assist WiFi App software manages settings in the background. The software is very Fisher Price styled and Easy to use. All from your Mobile Device, Tablet or Phone, You Can Check Network Speed, Prioritize Devices, Pause or Stop any ones WiFi like kids or guest.

Simply put, not all WiFi systems are created equal, this one is Top Notch and a Keeper.

340 of 382 people found the following review helpful.
4I think this is a good solution for people that have a basic setup
By Den Henrickson
Summary:

I think this is a good solution for people that have a basic setup, want good coverage, want a simple configuration and set it and forget it. If you want to do anything more in depth this system is not for you.

Setup:

4,000 sq foot ranch with a walkout basement
1,100 sq foot attached garage
80 Mbps ImOn communications internet connection
7 wifi points total
2 wifi points on each floor connected via gig Ethernet to the primary wifi point
1 wifi point on each floor to fill in gaps
1 NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch to tie all of the ethernet connected points
40-50 Various devices that attach wirelessly to my network at any one time. Everything from smart devices to phones to video streaming.

I've struggled for some time to get solid wifi coverage in several rooms and areas. Some of the walls are concrete and just don't let the radio signal through. I decided to give this a shot and see if Google's mesh solution would finally solve 10 years of issues I've had getting solid coverage in this house. After reading Google's description I thought I could get away with only using 3 units. I was wrong but luckily I had already ordered 7 APs. I ended up needing all 7. I actually use gig Ethernet to hook in 2 APs in the basement as a backbone and two APs on the top floor as a backbone. The additional two are used 100% wireless. Finally, the primary AP connects to my modem.

Setup is very easy. I'm not going to rehash it because everyone else has done a good job. I will say that after I got everything connected and the software updated and rebooted I was excited to try it. The results were terrible. I had good solid WiFi coverage but I was only getting 20% of the bandwidth I was paying for. Actually slower then my old system. I was furious. My hatred of Google was complete. A funny thing happened over the next hour or two while I was stewing. Everything sped up. I'm assuming that Google's secret sauce was optimizing the network in the background. My point is it took at least an hour after I set everything up to see the speed anywhere close to what I was expecting. I'm happy now with the performance. I'm lucky I sat down to drink a beer rather than box everything back up.

***Update***
So Google released 8872.40.13 today (12/14/16). I was working from home via a VPN and watching Archer from my Plex server. Everything got flaky and I started losing video and VPN connections randomly. It looked like I had a solid wifi signal on my laptop so I jumped into Google's WiFi App. Everything looked good there but it bounce offline then back online and repeating. Eventually I was able to stay in long enough to see that their firmware version was upgraded to 8872.40.13 from 8872.40.9. I figured I'd give it some time to finish up and clear up. About an hour later my connections were still flaky and I verified that all of my APs were individually updated to the latest version. I went ahead and used the "Restart Network" option which restarts all of the APs. All hell broke lose. Everything was really slow (10 Mbps) and I lost both of my meshed WiFi only APs. I waited 30 minutes for it to clear/speed up but it didn't. Eventually I went and restarted my primary wifi point and things cleared up and my expected performance returned. Not sure what to make of this other then it was very annoying because I was actually working and needed a good connection when this all happened.
***End Update***

The good:

1. I get the full internet bandwidth that I'm paying for everywhere inside the house.
2. There are no deadspots in the house.
3. The app is easy to use and intuitive.
4. Handoffs between APs appears seamless. I haven't dropped any calls (or video calls) while moving through the house.
5. My file transfers to my internal file servers are much faster. I'm usually connecting wirelessly at between 500-600 Mbps everywhere now. Prior I was connecting anywhere between 20-600 Mbps depending on where I was in the house.
6. Google does a good job getting the correct names of devices
7. Automatic AP software updates/TPM.
8. You can do basic port forwarding.
9. The priority device setting really works.

The bad:

1. I spent way too much money for this solution. I know that. I'm a moron. At least I preordered when prices were below MSRP.
2. You can't modify anything inside the DHCP scope other then making DHCP reservations
3. You can't change your LAN ip range
4. You can't change your internal LAN DNS. You have to use the primary AP for DNS and you can't add any of your own records. Most people won't care about this but it's something I've done in the past for testing purposes and specific projects.
5. One of the wifi only APs in the open garage tests as "weak." I was hoping that it would mesh connect to the nearest hardwired AP and use that for backhaul. It's within sight of the hardwired AP. I think it's actually trying to connect to the Primary WiFi AP. Because of the limited in depth tools in the WiFi app I can't prove this. My other mesh "filler" AP is one room away from the Primary WiFi AP and it will only register as "fair"
6. The app is easy but it needs more basic tools. I appreciate it's ease of use for most people but sometimes you need to look a little deeper.
7. There needs to be PC/Mac app or a webpage to manage and troubleshoot from a computer.
8. If you need to do anything in depth at all then this system isn't for you.
9. Only two ports on the APs.
10. If I didn't have the gig Ethernet backhauls I don't think this solution would have made me happy at all.

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