Google Nest Wifi: Google’s new WiFi system gets an audio upgrade

Google’s latest hardware focussed event not only finally made the Pixel 4 official after months of leaks, it also gave us Google Nest Wifi. Here’s everything you need to know including pricing and release date.

Google is using its Nest branding for pretty much all of its home products now, including its updated mesh network system which previously went by the Google Wifi moniker. New name aside, this is very much the Google Wifi 2.

Unlike the Google Nest Mini though, the Nest Wifi has seen some big design changes.

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Google Nest Wifi

Google Nest Wifi – Price and release date

You’ll be able to buy the Nest Wifi from November 4 for £239/$259. That’s for a two-pack that includes both the router and the point. Google has told me this should be adequate for a home 3800sq ft home. You’ll be able to buy the router separately and you’ll be able to pick up additional points too – however, these don’t work on their own.

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What is the Google Nest Wifi?

This is the second-generation of Google’s mesh network solution, a handy tool that should aid your Wi-Fi throughout your home. It also has some other benefits too, like a fairly easy set-up through the Google Home app.

With its switch to a new name, Nest Wifi now has a new design. It’s a lot more rounded than before, with a smoother finish and just a generally more pleasing look. While these kinds of devices are often ugly and garish, and longing to be hidden away, the Nest Wifi wouldn’t look out of place sitting on a tabletop in your lounge.

The product consists of two parts: the router and the point. The router plugs into your modem, packs a 4×4 antenna and a Bluetooth radio for connecting up smart home kit. There are dual ethernet ports on the back too. One notable omission is support for Wi-Fi 6, which is the latest standard. Instead, Google has stuck with Wi-Fi 5, saying that, the added cost doesn’t warrant the addition yet. This is something of a shame, especially when phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and iPhone 11 support it and it helps when more devices are connected to the network.

Then there’s the point. This slightly smaller, equally as rounded device plugs directly into a plug socket in a different room and features a 2×2 radio along with many of the features of the Nest Mini. This point can not only boost your Wi-Fi signal, but it acts as a Google Assistant speaker too. It can play music, answer commands and even work as a Bluetooth speaker – basically, anything the Nest Mini can do this point can do too.

There’s a nice glowing light on the bottom that lets you know when the speaker is on and in terms of sound quality, it’s comparable to the Nest Mini. That means it’s ok for the size but not a full-on speaker replacement.

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