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Google Wifi Stories September 13

The ability to “Test device speed” was one of the last remaining features of the old Google Wifi app that had yet to be migrated to Google Home with June’s Wi-Fi redesign. An update today introduces that check, and reveals work on ISP access to your Google/Nest Wifi router.

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Google Wifi Stories August 5

Earlier this year, Google said it was replacing the old Wifi companion app with the unified Home client. This involves shutting down most controls and removing it from Google Play and the App Store. The latter has finally occurred after originally being scheduled for June.

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Google Wifi Stories July 5

In addition to a new Nest/Google Wifi update, the Google Home app is getting the last few remaining Wifi-related features from the old client that’s set to be deprecated.

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Google Wifi Stories June 24

Google has long been working on local discovery technologies that Android apps can use for indoor positioning. Following “WifiRttScan” and “WifiNanScan,” Google recently released the “WifiRttLocator App” on the Play Store.

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Google Wifi Stories June 22

Google is in the process of rolling out the “M89” update for the Nest and Google Wifi. There are several user-facing additions, as well as underlying improvements.

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Google Wifi Stories June 15

One of last year’s more curious Made by Google products was a relaunched Google Wifi that starts at $99. After debuting in the US in October, Google is taking it to Canada and Europe as a more affordable alternative to the Nest Wifi.

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Google Wifi Stories May 4

Version 2.37 of the Google Home app is rolling out today with a small tweak that makes users more likely to use the Nest Wifi’s notification capabilities, while faster Smart Display and speaker setup is also coming.

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Google Wifi Stories April 2

As it stands today, Google has two distinct apps for managing your Google Wifi and Nest Wifi networks, with Google Wifi and Google Home. Starting next month, the older Google Wifi app is shutting down in favor of the all-in-one Google Home.

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Google Wifi Stories March 16

The latest update to Google’s Home companion app is rolling out on Android and iOS this morning. Besides Home 2.34 adding support for the 2nd-gen Nest Hub, the Google/Nest Wifi experience gets a big update with network usage graphs.

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Google Wifi Stories November 30, 2020

The pandemic has made video calling more important than ever before, and to make Google Meet and Zoom video calls more stable in our current lifestyle, Google WiFi and Nest WiFi are making it possible to prioritize these popular video calling apps.

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Google Wifi Stories October 7, 2020

Yesterday, Google re-released their original Google Wifi mesh router, bringing it to a new, more affordable price point, just one year after releasing the Nest Wifi system. Here’s everything you need to know about this new Google Wifi and where to buy it.

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Google Wifi Stories October 6, 2020

In addition to announcing a revamped Wifi router today, Google is rolling out an update to existing units and Nest devices. The most prominent feature is a notification when new devices join your network.

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Last month, we first reported that a new Google Wifi was in the works. Less than a week after Launch Night In, the Google Store this morning quietly released a new router that looks exactly the same, but now starts at $99.99.

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Google Wifi Stories September 22, 2020

Last year, Google took mesh Wi-Fi networks to the next level by having access points that also serve as Google Assistant speakers. However, this advancement understandably came with increased cost. Potentially to give the Nest Wifi ecosystem a more affordable entry point, we found evidence that suggests Google may release some $99 Nest Wifi hardware later this year.

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Google Wifi Stories August 10, 2020

Last week, Google started rolling out the ability to import Google Wifi networks into the Home app. This is part of a bigger update that sees Google Home add the Wifi app’s “advanced networking” settings, which means you no longer have to use two clients.

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Google Wifi Stories August 5, 2020

With the launch of Nest Wifi, the Google Home app added a number of controls for managing your network. While Google Wifi devices are able to get this Assistant integration, the factory reset required is an inconvenience. Fortunately, the Google Home app is now adding support for importing Wifi networks.

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Google Wifi Stories June 17, 2020

Google is rolling out an update to the Nest Wifi and Google Wifi that will “improve overall network performance on slow internet connections.” This comes as people have primarily stayed indoors and used more device in recents months.

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Google Wifi Stories November 3, 2019

Exactly one month ago, we reported on a speed test feature being developed for Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. According to a Reddit post on r/googlehome, one user has noticed the feature appear after adding their first generation Google Wifi device to the new Home app.

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Google Wifi Stories September 17, 2019

Google is planning to launch a refreshed version of its ‘Google Wifi’ router at its hardware showcase next month, according to sources familiar with the matter. In a setup that differs from the first generation, the newly-named ‘Nest Wifi’ router itself will be accompanied by Eero-esque beacons that double as Assistant speakers…

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Google Wifi Stories September 16, 2019

The Google Store is one of the best places to pick up products like Pixel smartphones, official accessories, and more. Now, Google has opened up a new storefront for refurbished products that have big discounts in tow, starting most notably with the Pixelbook.

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Google Wifi Stories August 6, 2019

We’ve already gotten a pretty decent taste of what’s coming at this year’s Made by Google event, between official Pixel 4 teasers, Pixelbook 2 leaks, and early evidence of a Google Home revamp. It seems at least one more device is on the horizon, new Google WiFi hardware with WiFi 6 support.

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Google Wifi Stories April 9, 2019

Google Wifi gets its first official price drop to just $99

It looks like Google has decided it just wasn’t crushing Eero hard enough. Google’s mesh wifi router product that supposedly contributed greatly to Eero’s sale to Amazon has just received its first official price drop. You can now get the single Google Wifi for just $99…

Google Wifi Stories April 5, 2019

Amazon’s acquisition of Eero in February signified another big smart home entry by the online retailer following voice assistants and other connected devices. However, consumers decried the lost of another independent hardware brand. A new report today reveals that Amazon bought Eero in a fire sale, and that Google and Nest posed serious competition.

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Google Wifi Stories May 15, 2018

Google Wifi can now test network performance for each device on a network

Google Wifi for Android and iOS already features a number of tools to measure network quality. The latest allows users to test individual device performance to find and fix connectivity dead zones in your home.

Google Wifi Stories April 24, 2018

Google Wifi will be available Thursday in Japan

Google Wifi is a mesh-capable router that first launched in the US back in December of 2016. At long last, Google is releasing Wifi in Japan this Thursday.

Google Wifi Stories December 11, 2017

Google’s hardware lineup expanded greatly this year, and this holiday season perhaps marks the first time that there’s actually been enough Google hardware to choose from that you might want to pick and choose. Between Chromecast, Google Home, Pixelbook, Pixel Buds, and more, there’s definitely some standouts that are obviously great gifts, and some you might want to pass on…

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Google Wifi Stories October 17, 2017

Google Wifi is now available in 5 new countries

Google Wifi is now available in 5 new countries: Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. This brings the total number of countries in which you can buy the Google Wifi on the Google Store up to 12.

Google Wifi Stories October 16, 2017

Over the past several months, Google Wifi has been launching in more and more countries around the world, as well as getting updated with new features. The latest is another family-focused feature called Site Blocking.

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Google Wifi Stories July 18, 2017

Following a Canadian release last month, Google Home is continuing its international expansion with upcoming launches in Germany and Australia. Availability in the latter country is being coupled with Google Wifi and taking place this week, while Germany will have to wait until early August.

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Google Wifi Stories June 26, 2017

Following a Canadian launch in April, Google Wifi is available in France starting today. Announced back in October with the rest of the Made by Google line-up, the mesh networking solution can be purchased at several French retailers, including the Google Store.

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Google Wifi Stories April 28, 2017

Google Wifi launches in Canada, available starting today in-stores and online

The Made by Google line of products are continuing their international rollout with Google Wifi launching in Canada. The mesh networking solution is available starting today at the Google Store and several other physical retailers.

Google Wifi Stories April 18, 2017

Since March, some Google Wifi owners have experienced frequent connectivity drops with fixes only temporarily remedying the issue. Google is working on a permanent fix, but has provided some workarounds in the meantime.

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Google Wifi Stories April 14, 2017

Despite the original product only having been released in December, a new Google Wifi already appears to be in the works. According to FCC filings that surfaced today, the general form factor and functionality is mostly unchanged.

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Google Wifi Stories April 5, 2017

Alongside the Assistant-enabled Home, Google also released a new branded Wi-Fi router at its 10/4 event last year. As a follow-up, the company is reportedly working on a next generation device that merges the two functionalities into a single product.

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Google Wifi Stories April 3, 2017

Google Wifi adds ‘Scheduled Pause’ to halt internet connectivity for certain devices

Google Wifi is now the latest product from the company that includes a feature to control and temporary pause usage. While Family Link disables a managed device, ‘Scheduled Pause’ can be used to just halt the Wi-Fi for certain devices with a fine amount of granularity.

Google Wifi Stories March 28, 2017

Google has a tendency to treat the United States with a bit of favoritism when it comes to new products. It can sometimes take months for a product or service the company debuts in the States to make its way to other countries, especially in the case of the UK. Today, though, Google is finally bringing two US products “across the pond” ─ Google Home and Google Wifi.

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Google Wifi Stories December 20, 2016

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I don’t live in a big suburban house, but my parents-in-law do. So while I reviewed the singular Google Wifi earlier this month, I wasn’t able to really see the full potential of using the routers together to create a mesh network. I knew where I could, though. I’ve long struggled with getting my work done when staying with my in-laws, because their WiFi has always been absolutely horrid. They’ve long stuck with the stock router that Comcast gave them, and said ISP foolishly placed it in the most secluded corner of the house.

When I got my Google Wifi unit(s) earlier this month, I knew this 3,000 sq. foot house would be the perfect place to test out Google’s trio of routers, and I couldn’t be happier with the results…

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Google Wifi Stories December 6, 2016

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I typically review Android phones, so looking at Google’s new non-phone products this year — including its Daydream VR headset, Google Home, and now Google Wifi — has been a nice change of pace. Over the last month, though, these posts have only gotten further and further from being phone reviews. The Daydream View uses an Android phone to function, while the Home is an always-listening Chromecast without the screen — although it functions very similarly to using Assistant on the Pixel.

The Google Wifi, as you probably already know, is a router. It’s what Google hopes will replace that little gray box that probably sits in the corner of your office, collecting dust since the cable guy came a couple years ago. Thankfully this isn’t just any router, though. This is the successor to the OnHub, and that means we get an attractive design, as well as a delightfully user-friendly app that lets you “set it and forget it” if you want to, but puts all the most important features at your fingertips if you ever need them…

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Google Wifi Stories December 2, 2016

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Ahead of Google Wifi units shipping out to buyers, Google has today released an update to the “Google On” app for Android which rebrands the app as “Google Wifi” and prepares it for use with Google’s latest routers.

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Google Wifi Stories November 21, 2016

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Google’s goal for Google Wifi is to make creating a strong mesh wireless network through an entire home easy and relatively affordable. We already know the setup process is a breeze, but we’ve yet to see exactly how strong Google’s product is. Now, Google is putting it to the test.

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Google Wifi Stories November 15, 2016

Google Wifi goes up for pre-order from Google Store, Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers

We saw a bunch of new hardware at Google’s October 4th event, but one which flew under the radar a bit was Google Wifi. While all of Google’s other hardware has already gone up for sale and landed on the doorsteps of many customers, Wifi is just now going up for pre-order.

Google Wifi Stories November 14, 2016

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Google’s latest take on wireless home internet — a product dubbed Google Wifi — is set to go on sale sometime this month ,and ahead of its launch, Google has just uploaded a new video detailing just how easy it is to set up…

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Google Wifi Stories October 5, 2016

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Google just announced Google Wifi, an appropriately-named WiFi router, which — among other things — lets you easily create a mesh network in your home, similar to Eero. It’s not necessarily an OnHub replacement, but rather gives you another cheaper option that is made by Google itself…

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Google Wifi Stories October 4, 2016

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After launching the impressive OnHub last year, Google has today unveiled another home wireless router dubbed Google WiFi. This new option is less of a replacement for the OnHub, but an answer to a different use case.

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Google Wifi Stories September 23, 2016

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We already know that Google is planning a whole slew of hardware products for its October 4th event, but now we know of one more: Google WiFi. This little white box — purportedly similar in size to the Amazon Echo Dot — will apparently cost $129 and allow you to connect multiple Google Wifi access points within your home to easily create one big WiFi network… expand full story

Google Wifi Stories February 26, 2014

Google-WiFiSan Jose Mercury News reports Mountain View City Council last night approved a new five-year deal with Google that will see the company revamp its aging free WiFi network in the city: expand full story

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