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Like so many things today it is controlled by an App. There are two sides of instructions on 12x12cm card that consists of three items on the left side, Plug in your Router, Get the Google Home App and Set up your devices. The right pane has illustrations in order that a total novice can identify the supplied parts. These are the Router, the Point, a couple of Power Adapters and an Ethernet Cable.
The two units are slightly different dimensions the main one that connects to your modem is round at 10.5cm across and 8.5cm tall while the point is 9.5cm across and 8cm tall. The main unit has a cut out in its base that allows up to two Ethernet cables to be connected together with the mains adapter, while the point has a solid base with just a single hole for the mains adapter just above the base together an on/off slider.
The Router on its own is stated to cover 2200sq feet (204 square metres) and up to 100 connected devices. However all claims are made in an open area so something like a solid wall and things drop a bit another wall and even more and other solid objects like wardrobes etc. reduce this figure so unless you can place the router at a central point with little in the way you are also likely to need a point which can increase coverage by another 1600sq feet (149 square metres). The point also acts as a home speaker with 40mm driver and microphones so connected devices can be controlled by your voice from the point.
The Google Home App connects everything and even manages the connection of the point with a little input from you and I am told all updates happen automatically so you should not have much downtime.
My modem has to be at one end of my property as BT state the modem must be connected to the master socket. If it is not – and they also discourage any phones from that socket – they will not look into any problems.
So as my office is at the other end connection without a point has less than perfect speed as I have solid walls in between.
As the App controls everything those who want fine control themselves lose it. However if you don’t understand the technical finery or don’t want to understand them then then this is for you as the App makes all the decisions.
The one thing it cannot give you is Ethernet anywhere but at the Router so if you have a PC without Wi-Fi that cannot sit by the Router then this is not for you.
The ‘Nest Wifi’ from Google is available from Amazon for £98.48. Currently the Router and point in a single box that I was sent does not appear but it is likely to add around £100.
However it is available from Google at £199 for the router and point together.