How Does Google Perform as a WiFi Mesh Network?

How Does Google Perform as a WiFi Mesh Network?

Launched on December 6 of last year, Google’s WiFi mesh network seems to be performing well. 

According to an article, the network scored an average download speed of 117.6 Mbps (Megabytes per second) out of 150 Mbps. 

The article further stated that it averaged an upload speed of 108.5 Mbps out of 150 Mbps.  

Especially given its price ($130 for the base unit; $299 for a 3-pack), it gives solid coverage.  

However, that’s not all… 

Read on to find out just how functional this WiFi mesh network is. 

But First, How Does Your Typical WiFi Mesh Network Work? 

A mesh network is unlike your standard hotspot network. Instead, it depends on mesh nodes. These nodes transmit signals to hundreds of other nodes, making it easier to get a solid connection over a vast amount of space. 

What makes a mesh network impressive is that it only needs one node to be physically connected to a modem. Unlike your traditional network, which needs to be entirely connected. 

This feature makes the mesh network as wireless as can be. 

However, it still works like a typical wireless router. The nodes use the same communication channels as your standard WiFi: 802.11a, b, and g.

Because you only need one node connected to your modem, the installation costs are a lot less. Plus, there’s less hassle in physically getting it set up. 

And, if you do decide you don’t want it anymore, it’s just as easy to uninstall. 

What Makes Google WiFi Accessible? 

According to this article, the network has very powerful radios. There was little challenge in getting a strong connection.

But, other than the strong signal, here’s what other features it comes with.

Aesthetically pleasing shape

Google WiFi looks like a small jar. Which, if you’ve seen other WiFi networks, is more visually pleasing. 

Because of its appearance, you can place it on your nightstand or desk. Not in some corner or underneath the TV. 

While it would look fine on a table or desk, it might look awkward where your standard modem or other (blocky) WiFi would be at.

Easy installation

We mentioned earlier how you simply need one node installed in order for a mesh network to work. Google WiFi is no exception. 

But it also comes with an app that tests the placement of each node. That way, you can find the optimal placement for the best connection. 

Controllability

Yes, you can control your WiFi. But that’s not all…

You also can control the brightness of the LEDs. 

Plus, you can pause the Internet delivery on devices such as mobile phones. 

On top of that, you can access technology-friendly home products. 

Back to strong signal

You should expect a strong signal. According to an article, a 3-pack will cover a 4,500 square foot home. 

In addition, the reason why mesh networks work so well is because they intuitively find the fastest route—aka dynamic routing. 

This means you should be able to get a fast connection in one corner of the house versus the opposite side. 

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