Google's Wi-Fi mesh system Google Wifi receives a successor to today's Made-by-Google event under a new name: Google Nest Wifi. The new system splits into a router and multiple access points and integrates the Google Assistant for the first time. Each access point is thus also a small smart home loudspeaker.
With Nest Wifi, Google replaces Google Wifi, which was first available in Germany two years ago. Instead of individual nodes with the same functionality, which were also offered in a pack of two and three, Google now divides the system into a router and several access points. Google Nest Wifi is expected to come in early December in light beige in Germany on the market and will cost 159 euros only for the router, 259 euros for a package of router and an access point and 139 euros for each additional access point. With the old Google Wifi the graduation for one, two or three Nodes was 139 euro, 249 euro and 359 euro.
Nest Wifi Router covers 120 m²
The nest wifi router is to cover a living space of up to 120 m² and serves as the first device behind the modem, which still has to be set for DSL, fiber or cable by the user himself. Two Gigabit Ethernet ports can be used to connect a computer directly or a switch, in addition to the modem. Between the two Ethernet ports sits on the bottom of a power connector for barrel connectors.
Nest Wifi supports Wi-Fi ac with 4 × 4 MIMO, but does not support Wi-Fi 6, as well as the IEEE 802.15.4 transmission protocol to connect smart home devices directly to the Wi-Fi mesh. For data transmission from the surrounding area, Bluetooth LE is also on board.
Google Assistant speakers in each access point
The access points come without Ethernet sockets and are designed purely for wireless connections. Each additional access point should be able to expand the usable area of the WLAN mesh by 90 m². Ergo covers the package of routers and an access point according to Google an area of 210 m².
As a special feature, the access points integrate the Google Assistant for the first time. In every Nest Wifi, according to Google, basically one of the new Nest Mini. A 40mm driver is said to provide 360-degree sound, while four Far-Field microphones at the top provide communication with the next-generation Google Assistant. As with the new Nest Mini, a specially developed machine-learning chip ensures faster processing of commands directly on the device – but for now only in English, 2020 also in German. There is a physical mute switch for the microphones in the area of the power connector, as with the Nest Mini. A touch control in the lateral area of the top is responsible for the volume control.
The management of the Wi-Fi mesh components takes place via the Google Home app.
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