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As a family who lives in the middle of nowhere, we don't have access to any sort of good internet. There is no cabled access, no dedicated lines, no high speed anything, so it's very important to at least have a router that's doing a good job distributing the WiFi we do have. (read more)
We used to have an Apple router, but once Apple stopped making them (a couple of years afterward), we noticed our router was acting oddly, and our internet kept getting slower and slower.
This was a big deal for a connection that boasted a 1.5MB download on a GOOD day.
There is a decimal between that 1 and 5, did you see it?
We needed something better. Something that could help us improve our coverage and help us eek out any little extra bit of speed possible.
It was during this search that I came across the Google WiFi router.
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You have a some options when you purchase Google WiFi. There is a single router pack, and a three router pack, which is the route we took.
The single router is recommended for houses up to 1500 square feet. Three routers can comfortably cover 4500 square feet of space.
Perfect for you folks who have basements, or people like me who have out buildings.
While three routers is overkill for our 1700 square foot home, we do also have a shop where my husband does manly things, so we figured we could put one of the routers out there to expand the coverage.
At this point we haven't done that since he doesn't do much office work stuff in the building. It's more hammer and nails, less web and streaming.
Instead we just stuck one router in the living room, one in our bedroom, and one in my oldest son's bedroom since he is furthest from the main router (the one plugged into the Ethernet cable).
Now you know our set up, but let's talk general set up.
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PLUG AND PLAY
It's that easy.
Just plug the router in to your ethernet cable and a power source, download the app on your iPhone or Android, and follow the prompts.
If you buy the three router package, make sure all of the routers are plugged in; Google WiFi will test each connection individually. Only one router needs to be plugged into an ethernet cable and a power supply. The others only need to be plugged into power source.
Once in use, the app performs connectivity tests on a constant basis, which is how I found out my 8 year old had taken the router out of my 11 year old's room this morning.
Why he did that, I'm not sure. He's a conundrum.
The message screen let me know the router was offline. It also let me know that it had recently updated, and that my device pause (while the kids do their school work) was in full effect.
Now that you know how easy set up is, let's talk features.
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