Google unveils new Nest Wifi mesh networking system (Updated with SG pricing)
Google unveils new Nest Wifi mesh networking system
Note: This article was first published on 16 October 2019.
Google made a big impact in the home networking space when they launched Google Wifi back in 2016.
It offered performance that belied its compact looks. It might lack features found on full-fat routers but it was dead simple to use. I bet even your grandma could set it up in less than 10 minutes.
Three years on, Google is updating the Google Wifi in a big way with the new Nest Wifi.
The Nest Wifi system consists of a dedicated Nest Wifi Router which you plug into your modem, and the network can be expanded with Nest Wifi Points.
According to Google, the Router can cover an area of up to 120 square meters, while a Router and one Point can cover up to 210 square meters. Finally, a Router and two Points can cover up to 300 square meters.
To make it look good in homes and prevent owners from keeping them in cabinets (yes, many people actually do that), Nest Wifi comes in white and its design was inspired by ceramic pottery.
Like its predecessor, the Nest Wifi will be dead simple to use and Google says anyone can set it up just minutes.
Every Nest Wifi point will also be a Google Assistant speaker, so it can play music and listen to your voice commands.
The Nest Wifi mesh networking system supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). The Nest Wifi Router is a dual-band AC2200-class router, while each Nest Wifi Point is a dual-band AC1200-class networking device.
A two-pack set is priced at US$269 (~S$371) while a three-pack set is US$349 (~S$482). It will be available in the US and seven other countries on 4 November.
No word yet on exact date of local availability but the local Google Store states prices will be as follows:-
- Nest Wifi Point - S$199
- Nest Wifi Router - S$229
We will update this article once we have more local availability details. For now, you can join the waitlist to get the latest updates.