Since sharing my experience using Google Wifi I've noticed that there is a lot of confusion about what it actually is.
Here's what it means to me.
If you have an existing router supplied from your broadband supplier the Google Wifi hooks onto it adding coverage throughout your house.
Yes, it does more than this but at it's core this is it's purpose.
My setup is BT Homehub 4 router (supplied by my provider), connected straight to my connection coming into the house. The first Google Wifi is then connected to the BT Homehub via an Ethernet cable (the one that comes with the Google Wifi). This is located in our office.
I ordered a twin pack so our second Google Wifi is in our living room connected wirelessly to the one in the office.
You manage your network via a new Google Wifi App that is available on iOS and Android. It's well designed and allows you to see everything connected to your network, if anything has a priority (that you can set manually if you want to E.g. I prioritise my PS4 when I'm playing online) and shows various testing options including speed.
So, key points:
- You still need a router
- Coverage throughout our house is now everywhere at the same speed
- I haven't had to restart anything since owning it (used to restart my BT router at least 4 times a week)
- I've stopped experiencing random drop outs and lag
So, I'm a fan - if you are looking to extend or manage your own network yourself then I can't recommend Google Wifi highly enough.
I'll check back in as I spend more time with it.