A jar-sized electronic device looks like two oversized Tylenol stacked atop each other.
Enlarge / The brand new Google Wi-Fi pucks look very similar to the originals—the substitution of a DC barrel jack for the unique USB-C charging port appears to be the most important distinction.

This week, Google launched one other, cheaper model of its Wi-Fi-mesh product line. Somewhat greater than a 12 months after the introduction of Nest Wi-Fi, this new product line resurrects the unique Google Wi-Fi branding and is bought in one-, two-, or three-piece units.

For probably the most half, the brand new Google Wi-Fi appears fairly just like the unique—every system is a small, squat white cylinder sporting twin gigabit Ethernet ports, dual-band 802.11ac, AC1200 (Wi-Fi 5, 2×2) radios, together with Bluetooth Low-Vitality help. The 2020 model of Google Wi-Fi has a easy DC barrel jack instead of the USB-C charging port on the unique model.

The costlier Nest Wi-Fi gives an built-in good speaker in every node and a fatter Wi-Fi backhaul pipe—though each Nest Wi-Fi and Google Wi-Fi are dual-band 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), the 5GHz radio within the costlier Nest Wi-Fi is 4×4, providing double the backhaul (connection to the following node nearer to the Web) throughput.

Nest Wi-Fi additionally gives a Thread radio for eventual residence automation administration, nevertheless it’s presently disabled. Neither Nest Wi-Fi nor Google Wi-Fi helps Zigbee or Z-wave, so you may want a separate hub with Google Assistant integration if you wish to use Google to handle your own home automation gear. Samsung’s Sensible Issues hub is continuously beneficial for this objective.

Router solely Router + one node Router + two nodes
Google Wi-Fi $100 n/a $200
Nest Wi-Fi $170 $270 $350

Google has completely different suggestions for the 2 product strains concerning anticipated protection: for Nest Wi-Fi, protection is listed as 2,200/3,800/5,400 sq. ft for the one-, two-, and three-piece kits. For Google Wi-Fi, protection is listed as 1,500/4,500 sq. ft for the one-piece and three-piece kits.

We don’t advocate taking these square-footage estimates significantly—neither the unique Google Wi-Fi (three-piece) nor the brand new Nest Wi-Fi (two-piece) examined nicely in our 3,500-square-foot check residence. For that matter, the specs on Google Wi-Fi do not make any sense—you can’t get triple the protection from a three-piece equipment as you get from a one-piece. For the Wi-Fi backhaul to work correctly, the satellite tv for pc nodes should be positioned roughly in the course of the primary unit’s protection space, not on the edge.

Should you’re deep into the Google ecosystem and actually need built-in Google Assistant good audio system, Nest Wi-Fi is not a foul purchase, despite the fact that it is not a really high-performing Wi-Fi system in our testing. We see much less worth within the cheaper Google Wi-Fi—there isn’t any indication it’ll carry out higher than the very equally specified unique Google Wi-Fi, which persistently ranked on the very backside of our charts.

The three-piece equipment for the brand new Google Wi-Fi could be very cheap at $200, however given Google Wi-Fi’s traditionally poor efficiency, we do not advocate it. The three-piece Amazon Eero equipment is the highest-performing dual-band, three-piece system we have ever examined, and it is out there for $225—or if worth is the final word consideration, a TP-Hyperlink Deco M5 three-piece system is presently $170.

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