Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on Google WiFi

It's not for power users, but people who want an easy-to-set-up router with reliable performance and a modern design.

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December 29, 2016
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    Google WiFi is the company's latest (and very aptly named) wireless router. Like the OnHub router that Google put out last year, WiFi is meant to be sleekly designed and easy to use. This time, though, WiFi also can create a mesh network with other Google WiFi routers -- an alternative to standalone WiFi extenders in larger spaces, like multi-story homes. The device does indeed work as promised, and offers some useful parental control features, to boot. That said, power users (perhaps even some Engadget readers) will be turned off by the lack of a web console and the fact that there are only two Ethernet jacks. Mainstream users, however, are not likely to be disappointed.

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    Pros
    • Simple setup
    • Modular design for better coverage
    • Family-friendly control features
    • Modern design
    Cons
    • No web interface
    • Lacks some advanced features
    • Only two cable ports

    Summary

    If you're looking for a router that mixes smart design with simple features and solid performance, Google WiFi is a solid choice. However, users who like to get their hands dirty may prefer the control and flexibility of more conventional products. For the rest of us, Google WiFi will likely eliminate some key pain points and provide an easy transition to the connected home.

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