Google’s new innovative mesh router system is now faster and technically built than ever before.
Asus, TP-Link and Linksys were the leading brands who took dominance over the router world for the past five years back in 2015. Google had no chance to give them a tough fight as the other companies were technically well advanced. There were also no routers from Google’s part which they can proudly introduce back then.
But the scenario changed by 2019, soon after Google introduced their Google Wi-Fi mesh system, which they claimed to be the top-selling router of the year. They even outpaced Eero, which first made the idea of routers popular for its better Wi-Fi coverage in homes.
Now the Google is all set to launch the more advanced version of the Google Wi-Fi router – “Google Nest Wi-Fi system”. Sources claim that its starting price is around $169. Google Nest Wi-Fi promises around 25% better coverage than the previous version.
ADVANTAGES OF GOOGLE NEST WI-FI
- For the guest network management, it can integrate with Nest smart displays.
Easy and comfortable guest network setup
- Its secondary points can double and also functions as smart speakers
- It provides a much faster performance when compared with Google Wi-Fi
- Has Google assistance with music
DRAWBACKS OF GOOGLE NEST WI-FI
- For accessing some of the features, we need to have at least two devices connected. This is one of the major drawbacks
- On the router, it consists of only two Ethernet jacks and none at the points
- Works only within a short-range
- Small and unobtrusive
- Speakers are not loud enough
GOOGLE NEST WI-FI SPECS
Processor: Quad-core 1.4GHz
Size: Router – 4.3 inch (diameter) x 3.6 – inch height; Extension – 4.0 inch (diameter) x 3.4 inch height
Memory/Storage: Router – 1GB/4GB; Extension – 768MB/512MB
Wi-Fi Spec: 802.11 ac/dual-band mesh kit with speaker extension
No. of Antenna/Removable: 4/No
Ports: Router – Two Gbps Ethernet, power; Extension – None
GOOGLE NEST WI-FI: DESIGN
Google Nest Wi-Fi is small and easy to hide. The router comes with a design of 4.3 inches in diameter and 3.6 inches tall. When comes to the point extension they are tiny with a 3.4-inch height and 4.0-inch diameter. Both of them are well equipped with shotgun-cooling holes at their base.
The Google Nest Wi-Fi comes in different colour variants as well. But the router is currently available only in Flag white colour. The extensions come in three different colours – White, Sand (tan) and Mist (light blue).
NEST WI-FI: PERFORMANCE
With a pair of Digital Signal Processors (DSP), the Google Nest WI-Fi extensions use a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. The router is built with a 4GB flash storage for firmware and settings and also has 1GB of RAM. While comparing to this, the extensions have storage of 512Mb and also consist of 768MB RAM.
The system provides a built-in WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) security, but most of them are not supported by some of the most commonly used networking gears. To authenticate its automatic firmware updates, the router is well equipped with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM).
On conducting a mesh system test, the Nest excelled and provided a top-drawer performance with a satellite unit 50 feet from the host router. Our Google Nest Wi-Fi was able to transmit 480.01 Mbps.
SPEED COMPARISON: GOOGLE NEST WI-FI vs GOOGLE WI-FI
Without any doubt, we can say that Google Wi-Fi is much faster than Google Wi-Fi in all aspects. Google Nest Wi-Fi supports AC2200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi with 4 x 4 antennas. On a single 2.4GHz band it covers a theoretical maximum of 2,200Mbps and across the two bands, it has a theoretical maximum of 1,733Mbps on 5GHz. The Google Nest Wi-Fi is equipped with a 1GB of RAM and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor.
Meanwhile, Google Wi-Fi has only support of AC 1200 with 2 x 2 antennas. They have one 5GHz band and a total maximum of 1,200Mbps across a 2.4GHz band.
When compared with Google Nest Wi-Fi, Google Wi-Fi is weak in the case of RAM it possesses a total of 512MB RAM which is nearly half of Nest Wi-Fi.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY OF GOOGLE NEST WI-FI
For a single router unit, starting from $149/AU$229/£129it is currently available at the US, Australia and UK. Up to a maximum of 100 connected devices, the Wi-Fi router can deliver up to a 2,200 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage.
If you’re looking to buy a router paired with a Google “Point” then it would cost you around $269/AU$399/£239. By adding this package, your coverage would further increase to another 1,600 square feet (149 sq meters).
Luckily, a three-packer is also available in the US and Australia which would cover up to a range of 5,400 sq meters (502 sq meters) for a price range of $349/AU$549.
Looking on to the colour variant availability, Google offers its “Sand” & “Mist” colour variants only in the United States, and these colour variants are not available in Australia and UK till now.
These were some of the major specs and my review on the Google Nest Wi-Fi. We had also made some comparisons with some of the top routers available and also with the Google Wi-Fi router in this article. So in contrast, if you need a Wi-Fi router with better coverage, then in my opinion you should go for Google Nest Wi-Fi over the other routers available in the marketplace.
Written By Sooraj Saji | Edited and Published by Joshna Sharon Johnson