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    Google WIFI released today

    Google WIFI released in the UK today. Reviews look very good and it's a little cheaper than the alternative mesh network products.

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    https://madeby.google.com/wifi/

    Google Wifi takes your devices further.
    Google Wifi is different. It replaces your single router with multiple “points,” giving you a new home Wi-Fi experience.
    Coverage throughout your home.
    Because Wifi points connect seamlessly to each other, you can add as many as you need (wherever you want in your house) without affecting your Wi-Fi speed.
    Wi-Fi where you need it
    Each Wifi point acts as a router, producing a high-fidelity signal to enhance your device connection.
    One network for all your devices
    Google Wifi uses “mesh” technology to create a single Wi-Fi network, so you stay connected as you move from room to room.

    Edited by: "davewave" 6th Apr

    Original Poster

    Thanks Dave :-)

    I'd need three then - £389 (emptied the basket).

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    Predikuesi

    I'd need three then - £389 (emptied the basket).



    Very clever. Unfortunately they don't sell a pack of three in the UK

    Isn't this just a glorified modem router/extender?

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    rufnek2kx

    Isn't this just a glorified modem router/extender?



    It works in a different way to a traditional router by creating a mesh network which is supposed to be more reliable and eliminate wifi dead spots

    these not like powerline adaptors/homeplugs?

    steadyeddie777

    It works in a different way to a traditional router by creating a mesh … It works in a different way to a traditional router by creating a mesh network which is supposed to be more reliable and eliminate wifi dead spots


    Unifi is much cheaper than Google Wifi...

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    tomwatts

    Unifi is much cheaper than Google Wifi...



    Not seen that before. Reviews look good too

    steadyeddie777

    It works in a different way to a traditional router by creating a mesh … It works in a different way to a traditional router by creating a mesh network which is supposed to be more reliable and eliminate wifi dead spots



    hi, so these are different to traditional powerline/homeplugs? ive got devolo wifi homeplugs which connect to my sky router but create a separate network. I know you can have it on one network but that's beyond my skill X)

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    Over the years I've tried different powerline adaptors and wifi extenders. They have always over promised and under delivered.

    Like you I'm not particularly tech savvy which is why this option appeals to me. It's basically an incredibly good router which creates a bubble like network. If you have a large flat / house over 1500sq ft you can buy another one to increase coverage. The reviews are fantastic and it's supposed to be idiot proof as everything is controlled via a dedicated app.

    Mine arrives today to I will test over the weekend and report back.

    steadyeddie777

    Over the years I've tried different powerline adaptors and wifi … Over the years I've tried different powerline adaptors and wifi extenders. They have always over promised and under delivered. Like you I'm not particularly tech savvy which is why this option appeals to me. It's basically an incredibly good router which creates a bubble like network. If you have a large flat / house over 1500sq ft you can buy another one to increase coverage. The reviews are fantastic and it's supposed to be idiot proof as everything is controlled via a dedicated app. Mine arrives today to I will test over the weekend and report back.



    that would be appreciated mate.

    steadyeddie777

    Not seen that before. Reviews look good too


    Yep, they're lower-end "industrial" grade routers that work fantastically in the home. It takes a little bit of set up that will be a tiny bit more taxing than "Google Wifi" but once setup it just works! We have 2 routers at home and 4 at work and I 'manage' both no problem. Unifi can either work wired, with power line adapters or exactly as this does with the mesh network style wireless bridging.

    tomwatts

    Yep, they're lower-end "industrial" grade routers that work fantastically … Yep, they're lower-end "industrial" grade routers that work fantastically in the home. It takes a little bit of set up that will be a tiny bit more taxing than "Google Wifi" but once setup it just works! We have 2 routers at home and 4 at work and I 'manage' both no problem. Unifi can either work wired, with power line adapters or exactly as this does with the mesh network style wireless bridging.


    so does this router replace your existing router? or does this work with my existing router? thanks

    as an example, ive got a sky modem router hub. is this replaced with the google wifi, or does the sky hub still stay connected and the google wifi simply 'extends' the wifi range and quality?

    thanks


    Edited by: "EN1GMA" 7th Apr

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    You will need to keep your sky hub, but switch it's wifi off.

    You will then connect the Google router to your sky hub, which is now only being used a modem.

    You then create a new wifi network using the Google app.

    I just watched this video which makes me think that setup will be straightforward.

    support.google.com/wif…=en

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    I just called my current internet provider to ask how to turn the wifi off and was told it's simply a case of pushing a button on the back of the router. I'm not sure if different routers will be quite so straightforward.

    steadyeddie777

    You will need to keep your sky hub, but switch it's wifi off. You will … You will need to keep your sky hub, but switch it's wifi off. You will then connect the Google router to your sky hub, which is now only being used a modem. You then create a new wifi network using the Google app. I just watched this video which makes me think that setup will be straightforward.https://support.google.com/wifi/answer/7183148?hl=en



    do you know if my normal sky hub needs to be physically wired to the google wifi hub? or the connection wireless? if it has to be hardwired to my current hub, then I wont bother with the Gwifi as it just means adding something extra and I might as well keep my devolo wireless adapter.fair enough I generate 2 ssid's. if the GWifi connects wirelessly to my sky hub then might buy it.

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    It needs to be physically connected unfortunately. I too would like to get rid of the old router, however I can quite easily hide it away out of sight.

    The nice thing about the google router is that it doesn't look like a router.

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    EN1GMA

    that would be appreciated mate.



    Just got home and the setup took all of 2 mins. First speed test was 252mbps download and 220mbps upload. That's over wifi so pretty good.

    Most importantly I no longer have any wifi dead spots

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    EN1GMA

    that would be appreciated mate.



    Just got home and the setup took all of 2 mins. First speed test was 252mbps download and 220mbps upload. That's over wifi so pretty good

    steadyeddie777

    Just got home and the setup took all of 2 mins. First speed test was … Just got home and the setup took all of 2 mins. First speed test was 252mbps download and 220mbps upload. That's over wifi so pretty good. Most importantly I no longer have any wifi dead spots


    Thanks for the update mate.

    steadyeddie777

    Just got home and the setup took all of 2 mins. First speed test was … Just got home and the setup took all of 2 mins. First speed test was 252mbps download and 220mbps upload. That's over wifi so pretty good. Most importantly I no longer have any wifi dead spots


    Thanks for the update mate.

    I had by broadband with home hub 5, it gave fantastic coverage. I changed to sky and although I get good service the range is slightly lower than the by home hub. I saw an article on how to use the home hub as a extended router or something and it works but there's 1 step they didn't put in or something missing which makes it stop working. It's a shame would save me some money if it worked.

    steadyeddie777

    Just got home and the setup took all of 2 mins. First speed test was … Just got home and the setup took all of 2 mins. First speed test was 252mbps download and 220mbps upload. That's over wifi so pretty good


    What speeds were you getting before?

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    Around 100 down and 120 up
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