Exclusive: New Google Nest Wifi adds a wizard
Google plans to release an updated version of its "Google Wifi" router next month at its hardware showcase, sources familiar with the issue said. In a setup that differs from the first generation, the newly named "Nest Wifi" router itself is accompanied by Eero-like beacons that also act as assistants. To make this possible, the new Nest Wifi does not have many breakthroughs changes. It will, however, bring a new design; Our sources describe it as much more user-friendly and in line with other recent Google hardware. Google also plans to offer the device in three colors to meet the needs of the particular ambiance or aesthetic of your home.
According to our sources, Google is adopting an Eero-like package with Nest Wifi. The first Google Wifi multi-pack included several full-fledged wireless routers, while the second-generation Nest Wifi offered a primary router alongside other smaller beacons instead. We were told that these smaller beacons act as assistant speakers while the main router does not.
Eero offers a main router with smaller beacons to Google Home Mini / Nest Mini of the first and second generation we are told, although the second generation of Nest Mini will bring slightly improved speakers compared to the first generation, and the Nest Wifi could do this Pick up on improvements.
With the arrival of Nest Wifi, the device also gets some Wifi-specific features from Google Assistant. You can control your Nest Wifi network with your voice – one source has told us that you can take an Internet break in certain rooms or for certain devices, for example. Of course, the usual assistant functions that you already know are also available.
The second-generation Nest Wifi offers many of the same features as the first-generation device. Expect the basic mesh router functionality to be maintained – it's easy to set up, intelligently connects you to the fastest point, makes sure you're getting the fastest tape for your device, automatically updates itself, and provides intelligent networking and networking family control.
] The best news? Old Google Wifi hardware can be combined with the new one.
Expect Google to refresh Google Nest Wifi on October 15 at its annual hardware presentation Made by Google, along with the new Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Nest Mini and perhaps a second-generation pixelbook. More details will be posted soon.
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