Google Wifi is the Cloud company’s entry into a growing category of mesh networking products for the home. Available in single-pack or three-pack quantities, the new AC1200 wireless solution is designed to maximize coverage at home by helping to strategically place each access point in different locations across the building.
One feature that Google Wifi brings to the table is Network Assist. With it, Google Wifi also adds its own version of seamless roaming, an 802.11-based standard that is up and coming in the consumer market, but has been available for quite a while in enterprise networks. Network Assist allows mobile users to seamlessly transition from one access point to another with minimal breakage in between.
Network Assist also adds a version of Smart Connect functionality found in newer home routers. The service optimizes Wi-Fi performance by automatically putting wireless devices on the best possible band and channel. In most cases, older devices will stay on the 2.4 GHz band, while newer and more robust devices run on the 5 GHz band.
Customers can also use the companion Google Wifi app, available for iOS and Android, to help manage, monitor and tune your network. This includes being able to change security settings, seeing who’s connecting to your home, or prioritizing bandwidth for specific devices that need the best possible throughput.
Pre-orders for Google Wifi will start in November, with pricing starting at $129 for a single pack, and $299 for a three pack.