Millions of people transitioning to working from home this year has led to more than a few problems. Products like webcams and laptops have been in short supply, and home Wi-Fi networks are pushed to their breaking point with dozens of connected devices, Zoom calls, Netflix sessions, and email threads. In most cases, a mesh router is the best way to build a home network that deals with these new demands.
Making your home Wi-Fi reliable no matter where you are often means replacing your provider's router with a more capable one. The second-generation Google Wifi is an excellent choice, and costs less than a Nest Wifi if you don't need a built-in voice assistant. Thanks to this deal, you can grab a three-pack for just $175, which is $25 less than the traditional price.
Most of the gadgets you own probably depend on a reliable Wi-Fi connection to unlock their full potential. Having a speedy home internet system is especially important with all the time we're spending at home these days. Luckily, Linksys has a 3-pack of Velop mesh routers that cover up to 6,000 square feet of space — and it's $249.99, a savings of $150 off the MSRP.
Google's routers are already packed with intelligent features like network stats, manual device prioritization, Wi-Fi pause options, or device grouping — not to mention the integrated smart speaker in the Nest Wifi. To further improve on these options, Google has decided to add the ability to automatically prioritize certain traffic via the Home app, such as video conferencing or gaming.
The kind of person to subscribe to Google's ultra-fast Fiber Internet probably knows a little more about good Wi-Fi than most, so it's nice that Google Fiber is now letting its savviest subscribers make the most of their gigabit (and upcoming 2Gbps) speeds without the Network Box.
Google's latest Nest Wifi routers are rather expensive, but unique: They serve as both a Wi-Fi access point and a Nest Home speaker at the same time. However, many people already have tons of Google or Nest Home Minis lying around as Google likes giving them out as gifts or bundling them in with other purchases, so the Wifi access points don't necessarily have to be equipped with the Assistant for everyone. Google seems to be thinking the same thing, as 9to5Google has uncovered that the company might be working on an updated version of its original Assistant-less Wifi mesh router, the Google Wifi, potentially going for as little as $99.
These days, you can control most of your smart home using only your voice — Google Assistant lets you adjust your bed, mow the lawn, open your closets,start your Xbox, control your TV, and so much more. Routers and networks are the latest new addition to the Assistant's library of natively supported actions, allowing for things like reboots, software updates, and parental controls on third-party networking devices.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have to stay quarantined at home. Whether you're working, catching up with friends and family, or relaxing and watching a movie, you'll need a stable connection throughout your home to avoid disruptions. Thankfully, Google's Nest Wifi, which is one of the best mesh networks on the market, is currently on sale, as the bundle that includes the router and an additional access point is down to $199, which is $70 less than the usual price.
Modern-day networking has taken a lot of the sting out of getting your devices up and connected, but there can still be a lot of hoops to jump though, and the idea of running cables, placing antennas, and drowning in a sea of DHCP leases and DNS lookups is enough to give even seasoned techies a mild panic attack. Google's hoping to further reduce many of those headaches while still giving users a powerful home network with the introduction of its new Nest Wifi mesh system.
Even two years after its release, Google Wifi is still one of the easiest ways to get a mesh network system in your home. While there are now plenty of other options now, like Linksys Velop and AmpliFi Mesh Point, Google Wifi is still a solid product. Now you can get the three-pack for just $219.99 on Rakuten — $40 below the current Google Store price.