Google refreshes its Google Wifi mesh router with a lower price tag
Google has been busy these past few weeks announcing new phones, a smart speaker, and rebranding G Suite. Among all the excitement, the search giant has also quietly introduced an updated Google Wifi for $99 in the U.S (via AndroidPolice).
The new mesh router looks a lot like the Google WiFi of old, featuring the same puck design that was launched in 2016. It features dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, support for WPA3 encryption, and up to 1,500 square feet of coverage per mesh point. It also comes equipped with a quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of eMMC storage, and two Ethernet ports.
While the new mesh router largely looks the same, Google made some subtle changes to the design. For one, 49% of its plastic weight is now made of recycled material, and the Google logo has been embossed on the top. There’s also now a reset button on the bottom and a barrel jack adapter for power.
Compared to the Nest Wifi, the new Google Wifi doesn’t double as a Google Assistant smart speaker. It also features the same hardware for the main router and mesh points, whereas the Nest Wifi offers a dedicated router and points. The Nest Wifi also offers more coverage, making it the better option for larger spaces.
Rumors of a revamped Google Wifi mesh router have been circulating for a few weeks now, so today’s quiet launch is no surprise. No matter which system you go with, they’re compatible with each other, so you can get a Google Wifi router and then add a Nest Wifi point down the line.
At $99 — or $199 for a three pack — the new Google Wifi will go nicely with Google’s nest Nest Audio speaker and updated Chromecast with Google TV. You can purchase the product now from the Google Store.