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00:52 – Hardware overview
02:36 – Configuration and Mesh Overview
04:36 – Ethernet ports can be used on mesh nodes
05:11 – Configuration app
07:36 – Advanced settings: guest network, prioritization, drop clients
09:47 – Performance – direct to router, mesh speeds
11:49 – Conclusion and final thoughts
My recommendation for power users:
Google Wifi Unboxing:
Google launched a very capable router last year with the OnHub and the new Google Wifi takes all of that products features and adds wireless mesh extending to the mix. And it couldn’t be simpler to set up and use. It was also good to see that this works with the prior Google OnHub routers.
I like this product for general consumers who rely mostly on wifi for their connectivity. Because it’s a mass consumer product there isn’t much to configure on here which may be a turn off for enthusiasts.
But for folks who are concerned about security and/or don’t check their devices often for updates this is a good choice. Google engineers will update the device for you automatically and keep it secure. Google also took out many of the advanced configuration options that could lead to an inadvertent opening of the gates.
Mesh configuration was very simple – once the first device is plugged in the other ones automatically find the base and configure themselves. For many folks it will solve most of their Wifi problems with practically zero effort.
I did see a pretty sizable drop-off in performance on the mesh nodes but did see a consistent speed of about 100 megabits per second back to the base. This should be consistent for Netflix, YouTube etc.
All in this is definitely worth considering if you’re a general consumer in need of an easy way to fix Wifi dead spots in your home.
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