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Google’s new Nest system is an upgrade of its three-year-old wi-fi system


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Google’s new Nest system is an upgrade of its three-year-old wi-fi system

Google Nest Wi-Fi

£239, store.google.com 

There’s really not much lower you can sink as a human being once you’ve found yourself excited by a wi-fi router.

But that’s the tragic situation I find myself in.

Mesh wi-fi systems genuinely are one of those technologies you try and then never look back, like electric toothbrushes.

Google’s new Nest system is an upgrade of its three-year-old wi-fi system, offering double the speed and coverage of up to 3,800 sq ft

Rather than one router that sits in the corner of your living room and is promptly blocked by the wall it’s sitting next to, you get a network of little lumps that communicate together. In my house, this means that the children can actually receive Netflix in the kitchen, and thus I don’t have to endure gratingly cheerful animated animals on the ‘proper’ TV. It’s the difference between a tolerable life and the total collapse of civilisation.

Google’s new Nest system is an upgrade of its three-year-old wi-fi system, offering double the speed and coverage of up to 3,800 sq ft. With one base station (plugged into your modem) and one far-flung wi-fi point, you can connect a frankly ludicrous 200 devices.

With one base station (plugged into your modem) and one far-flung wi-fi point, you can connect a frankly ludicrous 200 devices

With one base station (plugged into your modem) and one far-flung wi-fi point, you can connect a frankly ludicrous 200 devices

Better still, the new wi-fi points also work as ‘OK Google’ speakers, so you can (for instance) install them in your children’s rooms and bellow ‘Dinnertime’ or ‘Get your uniform on’ at them using the gizmo’s ‘Broadcast’ function. This alone may be worth the price.

If you live anywhere with iffy wi-fi due to stone walls, interference, bad feng shui or any of the usual excuses, these gadgets (or Netgear’s rival Orbi) are a genuine godsend, and you too could find yourself looking at a router with love and excitement.

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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