Last year, Google pushed Wi-Fi networks to the limit with the excellent Nest Wi-Fi system—a collection of routers that double as Google Assistant smart speakers. But the company is taking a step back and re-releasing the Google Wi-Fi, a cost-effective mesh network system without all the bells and whistles.
Google Wi-Fi was announced in 2016 and enjoyed popularity until 2019, when it was phased out to make room for Nest Wi-Fi. But some customers don’t want their routers to double as smart speakers, especially when the price of entry starts at $270. Re-releasing the basic Google Wi-Fi system at $99 a unit or $199 for a three-pack just makes sense.
The re-released Google Wi-Fi router looks identical to its 2016 counterparts, although it now sports an engraved Google logo instead of a printed logo. Like before, Google Wi-Fi is a simultaneous dual-band (2.4 GHz/5 Ghz) system with network optimization, WPA3 encryption, Gigabit Ethernet ports, and controls integrated in the Google Home app.
A $200 Google Wi-Fi three-pack is $100 cheaper than it was in 2016. Google says that one Google Wi-Fi module covers up to 1,500 square feet, while a full three-pack increases that range to 4,500 square feet. You can order Google Wi-Fi now on Google’s website, or compare it to the Nest Wi-Fi with Assistant built-in.