Google has unobtrusively revived its original Google Wifi router as a $99 entry-level option for the organization’s wireless networking setup.
As indicated by Google, the main update here is the new $99 (for a single unit) and $199 (for three gadgets) pricing — a drop from the original $129 and $299 costs that the item initially launched for in 2016.
It’s likewise not here to supplant the later Nest Wifi that Google launched a year ago and which offers preferred range over the first, or the Nest Wifi Points, which offer a coordinated Google Assistant smart speaker. The Nest Wifi products are additionally extensively more costly, beginning at $149 for the Nest Wifi Point and $169 for the Nest Wifi router.
There are some minor hardware changes, as well: the charger is a 15W barrel plug, rather than USB-C (to match Google’s other smart home products), the case is currently made out of partially recycled plastic, and the logo on top has been softly updated.
Alongside the minor refresh and new hardware, Google is additionally revealing a few enhancements for the software side of things to all Google Wifi and Nest Wifi setups. There’s presently an alternative to include notification alerts whatever point another gadget joins your network. Google additionally says that it’s accomplished more work to help “avoid congestion when multiple devices are online” by diminishing deferrals and improving in general network performance.