Google Wifi Review | Google Wifi arrives in Singapore – a first in Southeast Asia

EDITOR’S REVIEW

GOOGLE WIFI
Three-pack Google Wifi bundle at $15 per month over 24 months when they sign up for or renew selected StarHub Broadband or Hubbing all-in-one plans

PERFORMANCE Fast and reliable Wifi coverage for whole house.

USING IT A breeze to use, with wifi app you can download to setup and manage the wifi coverage.

TECHNOLOGY : Mesh Network technology

VERDICT Easy to use with myriad functions; great for those who like to manage their wifi speed and control access of wifi in their home.

RATING: 8/10

 

Google is  bringing   Google Wifi  to  Singapore, in partnership with StarHub. Google Wifi is a mesh networking system that replaces traditional routers, putting an end to dead zones at home and ensuring strong and fast  signals for all your connected devices. Singapore is the first country in Southeast Asia to introduce Google Wifi.

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If you are not sure what is a Google Wifi and how it works, watch this short introduction video:

 

Now you must be wondering, is it difficult to setup ?

Set up and control your network with the Google Wifi app

Google Wifi makes it so easy that you can do it yourself. Simply download the Google Wifi app available on Android  or iOS and follow the step by step instructions, so you’ll be online in no time.

 

Watch this video to learn how to setup a Google Wifi

 

Why you should consider getting a Google Wifi?

With the Google Wifi app, you can also see which devices are connected to your network and how much bandwidth they’re using.  Streaming your favourite movie from Netflix on your TV? Give it more  bandwidth and  a faster connection by selecting it as a “Priority Device”. Now you can  sit back  and enjoy that episode uninterrupted by other devices in your home.

Google Wifi giving you fast Wi-Fi anywhere, anytime

Singapore has the world’s fastest broadband speeds but sometimes it may not feel like it. Traditional Wi- Fi routers aren’t  always built  to  support the  increasing number of  devices we  use  or high bandwidth activities like gaming or watching videos. Most of us just want our Wi-Fi to work fast at home, without spending time managing our network or pushing the reset button on the router.

With Google Wifi , your device will always be placed on the channel with optimal Wi-Fi connection. Even as you are moving from room to room, Network Assist will automatically transition your device between the Google Wifi system points, keeping you connected to the point with the strongest signal so you avoid dead spots or delays.

Helping your family with special everyday moments

We know it’s tough  to put a pause on your kid’s video game or get everyone to the dinner table.  The Google Wifi app lets you pause Wi-Fi on your kids’ devices or create scheduled pauses for dinner time and bedtime, so you can fully engage in that mealtime conversation or squeeze in one more session of bedtime storytelling. Lights out, Wi-Fi out!

Google Wifi provides seamless coverage at home, solving common issues like dead zones, spotty Wi-Fi connections, confusing set-up processes and so much more. Parents will also have greater control  of their family’s Wi-Fi network, enabling them to spend quality time with their children  whenever they want.

 

Key specs

  • AC1200 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi
  • Expandable mesh Wi-Fi
  • Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz / 5GHz)

supporting IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

  • Two 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports per point. WAN and LAN on primary Wifi point; both act as LAN ports on additional Wifi points
  • WPA2-PSK

 

How did Google Wifi manages to cover every corner of your home with Wifi signal?

The system uses a technology called mesh Wi-Fi. Within the mesh network, each Google Wifi point creates a high- powered connection, and they work together to determine the best path between points for your data (no Ethernet cables required).  The result is Wi-Fi coverage throughout your house, not just right next to the router. You can even roam through your house while on a video call or streaming a movie.

It also fits homes of any shape or size. A three-pack Google Wifi covers homes up to 2,700 sq. ft (251 sq. m).* If you want to expand coverage further — like if you move to a larger home, or want signal on the balcony– simply add on another Wifi point and they’ll work together seamlessly.

Today’s Wi-Fi hungry homes need a solution that can handle high bandwidth activities such as 4K streaming and online HD gaming in every room in our home.

In our test, we installed Google Wifi in a standard apartment of 1300 sqft, and we notice even one unit of the Google Wifi is strong enough to cover each corner of the house although some corner the signal is a bit weak, with three unit, it is more than enough to cover all corners with strong signal. We put Google Wifi system to the test by streaming, downloading, and gaming simultaneously in multiple rooms.

A Simple way to manage your wifi

Most of the time, you don’t want to worry about  adjusting router settings. Network Assist is advanced Google software that’s always working in the background, adjusting complex settings to keep your signal fast. If it discovers congestion from nearby devices, it will switch you to a clearer Wi-Fi channel.  If it sees a stronger, faster connection, it will help your device roam to the better Wifi point. And Network Assist will automatically select the fastest band for your devices. The result is seamlessly strong Wi-Fi. You can always check the Network Assist tab within the app to see if the system has made any adjustments.

Network Assist offers simple insights to help you get the most out of your Wi-Fi, and helps you quickly resolve issues if they arise. For example, it can tell you if you could get faster speeds by moving one of your Google Wifi points, or alerts you if your ISP has gone offline.

The Google Wifi app makes it easy to find and share your password while keeping your system secure. You can easily text or email your password to friends, family or guests. Say goodbye to the days of lost passwords!

With some many advantages, we see Mesh Wifi Network the way to go for next generation wifi coverage.

 

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