What is Google Wi-Fi?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

We all have problems with weak Wi-Fi signals, but this isn’t always the fault of the router.  A weak Wi-Fi signal is often due to small, weak wireless receivers in our smartphone, tablets and laptops. If we have neighbours nearby, the concentration of competing Wi-Fi signals can also be a problem. And, if you live in a larger home, you may also have ‘dead spots’ where your Wi-Fi signal simply doesn’t reach.

In the past, you would probably use a Wi-Fi extender to try to boost your signal, but these can be complex to install and may offer limited improvement. Google Wi-Fi is a great alternative to a Wi-Fi extender, and much easier to set up. In our opinion it’s the best wireless mesh router on the market.

Google Wi-FI 3 pack

What is Google Wi-Fi?

Google Wi-Fi is a new approach to home Wi-Fi that replaces your traditional modem to offer seamless coverage throughout your home.  It is known as a mesh Wi-Fi system. 

What is a mesh Wi-Fi system? Mesh routers work by having multiple units placed around the home which are then connected through a ‘802.11s mesh protocol’. 

In practice – It’s a simple and reliable way to spread Wi-Fi throughout your home. You simply spread the 3 hubs around your home, each hub acts as a Wi-Fi access point, offering a better Wi-Fi connection across your home. It is much easier to set up and use than a traditional Wi-Fi extender. 
 

Is Google Wi-Fi for me? What are the key benefits?

  • Enjoy fast Wi-Fi in every room of your house, and with multiple devices
  • Get rid of Wi-Fi ‘deadspots’ if you live in a large multi-story home
  • Easily manage internet connectivity across the family, for example how much time kids are spending online
  • Manage your system easily and simply with the Google Wi-Fi smartphone app

Google Wi-Fi unit at home

Key features of Google Wi-Fi

Very simple set up and management

Set up is super easy using the free Google Wifi smartphone app. The app deals with more complex issues in the background, taking care of a lot of the complexity associated with setting up and managing your network. 

They look good!

Unlike traditional boxy wifi routers with antennaes and flashy lights, you won’t want to hide the Google Wi-Fi units out of sight. They have a white minimalist design that will fit into any décor. 

Modular system

If you move to a bigger home, you simply purchase more Google Wi-Fi units to cover a larger area.

Easy day-to-day management

You can track how many devices are connected at any one time, prioritise connection for a particular device, or pause connections for certain devices (eg, children’s electronics).

Increase Wi-Fi Speeds

Since you have multiple Wi-Fi points connected, the data can take several paths. Google Wi-Fi points will choose the fastest route from your device to the internet.  
 

Best Google Wi-Fi deals in New Zealand

Want to try it out? Buying a Google Wi-Fi 3-pack in New Zealand will set you back an RRP of $599. Orcon has one of the best deals around to try Google Wi-Fi out as part of your broadband package.  If you have a big appetite for broadband, their Gigantic Fibre package includes Free Google Wi-Fi 3 pack rental on a 24 month contract. This is a great opportunity to get a great deal on broadband and try out Google Wi-Fi.

Compare the best Orcon broadband deals

 

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