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11 Alternatives of Google Wi-Fi to Improve Wireless Coverage

Updated on November 27, 2016

With new smartphones Pixel and new Chromecast, Google also presented the new Google Wi-Fi. The new device for the connected home Google promises to give excellent coverage in large homes and even, if necessary, extend the range with use of repeaters at a great price and without complex configuration. However, it is such an outstanding new Google Wi-Fi beyond the software layer and accompanying applications. If you are looking to improve wireless home network and you thought Google Wi-Fi, we offer 11 more flexible and even economic alternatives that you should also consider.

What is "Wi-Fi mesh"? What wireless technology Google uses?

With both devices connected at home and offices, a growing trend to provide more reliable connectivity is to opt for solutions that are not dependent on a single router longer range or power. In the end, the areas where connectivity leaves much to be desired will be there. Or if you have a big house, there will be areas where we lose the connection directly. All for improve the Wi-Fi signal.

Further alternatives are based on systems called Wi-Fi mesh, which is not new but it takes very little time present in home systems. The idea of this configuration is simple: connect multiple routers or access points as if it were a single one so that the device jumps from one to another without the user having to do anything. The network itself is responsible for managing traffic for the best connectivity and the device will connect to the optimal point to have the best connection at all times.

Depending on the manufacturer, because it is not something that has "invented” Google, the software element becomes more or less prominence. There are even models that are able to go through LEDs indicating the ideal placement to cover the maximum possible area network access points.

Google WiFi as a router: Dual-band 1200 MBps

If your idea when thinking about the new Google Wi-Fi is to have a router AC1200 Dual Band type (867 + 300 Mbps) quite affordable at $129. Yes, the router Google is beautiful and minimalist to the utmost, but visually less attractive but more complete and good alternatives.

Here are some examples of routers dual band for which you can choose if you want to leave your wireless network in the hands of Google, the new equipment is not available in your country or prefer to pay less for something better.

  • Netgear R6220: Without too cumbersome design, this router offers 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and one USB 2.0 to connect a network hard drive. To improve coverage uses Beamforming + technology, which detects what devices are connected to the network and optimizes the flow of data to them. Its price is $60.
  • ASUS RT-AC1200G+: Classic design and four antennas to improve coverage are elements who seek above all appreciate quality connection in this router ASUS. Also, it offers four Gigabit Ethernet ports and one USB 2.0 to which we can connect a 3G / 4G modem. No lack of technology to improve coverage under connected devices and EX Switch to select operating modes router or access point. Its price is $115.
  • TP-LINK Archer C50: Another dual-band router ac quite affordable costs only $39 and where we have more intuitive software to manage the network, four-port 10 / 100Mbps and one USB 2.0. It is the most basic of which we propose.

Wireless mesh routers, repeaters and access points at least as good as Google

Google Wi-Fi paints stupendously to improve network coverage in large homes or many stays, with the advanced management of network status and even application for mobile phones. But today we can find alternatives that are identical to those of Google for a similar price, or common solutions in the form of access points or network extenders serve well for many users and give an interesting bonus.

  • Amplifi: One of the first alternate for Mesh-Wi-Fi with good looks and smartphone app as well. It consists of a router that makes the base and that includes a screen with a real-time data network and two-network extenders curious design and directly connect to plug an area where you want to extend the main home Wi-Fi network. The essential model costs $199 but unlike Google’s, includes two elements and network expansion.
  • Luma: We are facing another product identical to Google notion, including the ability to "turn off" certain devices on the network when needed or guest networking in the blink of an eye. It is done through an application for Android and comprehensive and with much network information iOS. Luma design is the most attractive we can find today, discreet and have two Ethernet ports such as Google, but adds USB one that never hurts. In the case of Luma, the solution only supports the purchase of pack 3, which goes for $299, a little more than Google.
  • Eero: Another wireless mesh system by which we can choose with an alternative to Google WiFi is Eero. It is one of the pioneers in the network configuration without complications, and its application is the most comprehensive. Translates most options, even the most hidden, configuration of a router to an application and simple interface to understand and use. Even you handle restarting the router or access points when necessary after an analysis of the quality of the connection. The access point Eero acting out base by $199 but includes a USB port that Google does not have access. If we want to expand to three elements is triggered when the price compared to the Google option. The pack of three Eero cost $499.
  • Netgear Orbi: With the participation of Google itself, the solution Netgear Orbi also uses wireless mesh-networking to leave no space at home without a good internet connection. The strategy is repeated: access point as a center of the network and various extra points to go deficient areas covering connectivity. And all managed from a mobile application or via the web but with clear interface. In the case of Orbi, the router is tri-band AC3000 (1733 + 866 + 400 Mbps), has six antennas and four Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as one USB 2.0. Here the router is more cumbersome but well designed, and get something more expensive to start $250.

And if these alternatives you seem few, there are some quite promising as Plume, whose pack with six points out access for $234. Or focused on local businesses but we can easily accommodate at home with Open-Mesh and points for $135 extra elements from $35.

Repeaters for those who need only an extension point

In large homes where need maximum range, we will need a point extra access that extends the coverage of main router, there are simple solutions that can serve many users and do not forget that even an old or smartphone router can act as a repeater if we ensure that a new network is created but extends the principal.

They are affordable, perfect if you already have a router that complement and in some cases give us an extra that Google does not provide the most comprehensive wireless mesh or solutions. And there are many options, these are just some interesting options.

  • D-Link DAP-1620: AC1200 repeater is which we also have an Ethernet port for when we want to use it as a new access point and not just as a repeater. In the latter case, there is LED indicator to check the best location. It costs only $69.
  • Devolo Wi-Fi Repeater: It is a configurable basic repeater, up to 300 Mbps, easily and that can expand the network main Wi-Fi then add an Ethernet port for a device you want to connect via cable. It costs $52.
  • Linksys RE6400-EU: AC1200 another repeater that includes many of the most complex technologies to improve how routers available Wi-Fi signals are shared between devices. It also helps us to find the best location to expand the Wi-Fi network and works with any router. It costs $120.

At this point, you have to give the value it deserves to Google wireless solution. In addition, this is almost entirely in software and application to manage network and devices connected to it.

Google Wi-Fi system, we have seen that it is not original, ensures that the user does not have any knowledge of local addresses or anything like that to configure some aspects of the network. It is something that the classic manufacturer of routers has not finished entering or does well. It is also the software side of each manufacturer the task of regulating the traffic transparently (to the user), handling and own access point to select the best channel and the fastest band devices.

The system is supported by an application for smartphone (eye because of Google need our company accounts) from which change parameters of the Wi-Fi connection, make connected devices share the password with guests and to be able to decide whether we restrict access to certainly connected equipment at any time.

The price paid for this simplicity in the use and configuration of Wi-Fi home network and all elements of it are the little control left for the user. What is your choice?

© 2016 Akramul Haq Sagar

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