Google made its puck-like, mesh-network based wireless home router available in Canada this week, following availability in the U.S. since December and its U.K. launch earlier this month.

Google Wifi is made to boost internet coverage throughout any home regardless of the layout, similar to products like the Linksys Velop. It achieves this by using a multi-unit set-up in which the routers communicate with each other to create a wide area of network coverage with no dead spots.

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The Google Wifi router aims to be easier to manage than other routers and extenders, through the use of an accompanying mobile app, which lets owners prioritize available bandwidth for certain devices in the network, control access to specific devices or groups of devices, designate network administrators, and more.

The dual-band devices also automatically select the fastest available band using machine learning algorithms that can predict busy periods on certain bands and select the optimal one accordingly.

Google Wifi in Canada starts at $179 for a single router or $439 for a pack of three. The product is available on the online Google Store as well as at Best Buy, Staples, and Walmart, with more retailers in Canada to follow.

(via TechCrunch.)

Top Rated Comments

justperry Avatar
62 months ago
Not wanted in my place!

1. There are cheaper and (much) better alternatives, Ubiquiti comes to mind.

2. I don't trust Google.
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Wackery Avatar
62 months ago
i wish apple would take the router business seriously
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Relentless Power Avatar
62 months ago
Certainly not cheap, but they serve their purpose, especially when you have low reception areas and they extend rather far.
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69Mustang Avatar
62 months ago
Certainly not cheap, but they serve their purpose, especially when you have low reception areas and they extend rather far.
Definitely not cheap for Canadians. Good lord. We get it for $299 (3 pack). If I'm Canadian, I feel a trip across the border might be in order.
1. There are cheaper and (much) better alternatives, Ubiquiti comes to mind.
Which mesh networks are you referring to as cheaper and much better? Certainly not Ubiquiti's Amplifi Mesh. Maybe you're referring to something other than a mesh network.
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justperry Avatar
62 months ago
But where are you seeing Amplifi Mesh being cheaper? I was looking at possibly going to a mesh network around Xmas. Both Google and Amplifi were priced around $300. Just checked Amazon. They're both still around $300. I thought about going with Plume which was much cheaper - $180/3pk $ or $330/6pk. I didn't pull the trigger because they were only available through Plume's online store. I have a fairly firm "no touch/no buy" policy on electronics.
I guess I messed up a bit, it's $439 CANADIAN:oops:
I can get them from EuroDK.com ('https://www.eurodk.com/en/products/amplifi') for US $320
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lunarworks Avatar
62 months ago
I can't say I trust this thing. The only reason Google would expand into this market is if it compliments their core business, which is data collection and advertiing.
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