On Thursday (14) Google launched in Brazil a new product that promises to improve the Internet for users in the country. Google Wifi is a router that aims to make the connection faster and more reliable with coverage for every room in the house, avoiding the famous inaccessible points.
“With Google Wifi, Brazilians will have a fast and flicker-free connection, thanks to the strong signal it sends throughout the house. This will allow multiple connected devices to work at the same time, which is what happens in most homes today,” says Vinicius Depp, President Hardware at Google for Latin America, “People work, study and have fun at home.”
How does Google Wifi work in practice?
We tested Google Wifi and the first impression was that it has a very nice design, light panel in a small white round device.
Installing Google Wifi is very simple: just plug it into a wall socket and modem (using an Ethernet cable) and quickly configure it via the Google Home app on a cell phone or other Android device. It doesn’t even take 10 minutes.
In the first test, the router actually improved the internet speed, at least around it. The Wi-Fi internet speed, which was 58 Mbps (Mbps), jumped to 260 Mbps.
Far from Google Wifi, the result is negative. At a distance of about 10 meters from the router, and already in another room with walls in the way, the speed decreased compared to the standard router of the telephone company.
For homes over 110 square metres, with thick walls or a long floor plan, Google recommends installing more than one router. This is where Google Wifi’s main difference comes into play: the network technology.
The system allows several routers to work together, create a network and switch in a way that the user does not notice. So, you can walk around the house and it will provide the nearest Wi-Fi signaling device without interruption or performance loss. “Networked Wifi points work together to determine the best path for your data,” Google explains.
In addition to the main network technology of Google Wifi, the router also promises more privacy, as security updates are made more frequently.
Another nice feature is that the router has some kind of parental control. Through the Google Home app, children’s devices can be blocked from the Internet at specific times, such as dinner and bedtime. In addition, you can block inappropriate websites from devices chosen by administrators.
Also through Google Home it is possible to choose a device to receive the best signal in the house. You can choose your computer while you work or your smart TV while watching a streaming movie, for example.
Price and availability
Google Wifi will be available in Brazil on Thursday at major retailers in the country. You can only buy a router or three, which is a recommended option for large homes at a more attractive price.
- Google Wifi – 1 unit – R$ 999
- Google Wifi – 3 Units Set – 1999 R$