Google has announced a new Wi-Fi router at its Made by Google event.
Last year, Google introduced the OnHub router with TP-Link and Asus, but this year, Google has made its own device called Google Wi-Fi. Each base station looks like a Scandinavian-style, double-stacked hockey puck that Google described as a "visually subtle" disk.
You can buy multiple routers to form a mesh network. You basically put several of these disks around your home to boost your network, allowing you to get Wi-Fi signal everywhere, from your bathroom to your basement. Think of Google Wi-Fi as an expandable system for better coverage. Instead of one router, multiple routers work together to deliver fast input to throughout your home, Google said. It's basically a modular system.
Google Wi-Fi has a feature called Network Assist that allows it to actively manage and optimise your network behind the scenes so you don't have to adjust settings. Google Wi-Fi handles networking automatically, picking channels, etc, and it keeps the signal strong in every corner of your house by transitioning your device to the best router for less congestion and better speed.
Although Google Wi-Fi can optimise service without your input, you can still control it through a companion smartphone app. You can even manage several features, including the Wi-Fi access of your kids. Google said, "You don't have to shut down the router, just go to the app and hit pause."
Google Wi-Fi will be available for pre-order in November in the US. It costs $129 for one base station or $299 for three and should ship in December. Google has said that Google Wi-Fi won't be coming to the UK for now but "hopes to make it available in the future".
Check out Pocket-lint's Made by Google event roundup for more details.