Google has released a new three-pack for its Google Wi-Fi mesh router system.
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The Californian search company has unveiled the new bundle almost one year since the mesh router solution first launched in the UK.
Single units are also available for £129 each.
BT Whole Home Wi-Fi, which uses similar technology to extend your wireless home broadband, has always been available to buy in three-pack bundles, albeit with a cheaper price tag of £189 .
When it launched last year, Express.co.uk found the Google Wi-Fi to be an extremely elegant solution to Wi-Fi dead zones in the home.
Unlike the router shipped by your broadband provider when you sign-up to a new monthly contract, which typically struggles to penetrate walls and floors to spread throughout your home, Google Wi-Fi uses a technology called Wi-Fi mesh to cover the entire property.
Google Wi-Fi owners need only to plug one into the modem supplied by your Internet Service Provider, ISP, and connect additional units in other rooms where they spread the signal.
Mesh networks are something that, until recently, was only really used in large commercial installations.
Google uses intelligent software built into its Wi-Fi system to work out which Google Wi-Fi hub is best placed to drive a high-speed connection to your device as you move around the house.
Google Wi-Fi lets users add both wireless and wired points to your mesh network, depending on which works best for you.
The companion smartphone app constantly monitors your network, checking on the download and upload speeds, which is all presented in a clean and simple user interface.
Network speed checks are probably not something you’re doing on a daily basis – but when the process is automated, it quickly highlights whether you’re getting the download and upload speeds your Internet Service Provider, or ISP, has promised.
Elsewhere, Google Wi-Fi lets you prioritise individual devices on the network.
For example, if you’re trying to stream a film at peak times, you can prioritise your set-top box for the duration of the movie and ensure it gets the maximum possible bandwidth.
That means you won’t be stuck watching spinning loading circles because your flatmate decides to play online multiplayer on the PS4.
Within the iOS and Android app you can also check on how much data each your devices is using at any one time, as well as pause Wi-Fi on your childrens’ devices at any give time – namely, bedtime.
Google Wi-Fi can also temporarily create a separate guest network – with a separate password – which can also be restricted to specific devices, like a Chromecast.
That means the next time you host a house party – the entire guest list won’t leave with permanent access to your home Wi-Fi network.
BT Whole Home Wi-Fi boasts a number of these features, following a software update earlier this year.
Speaking at the time, BT Wi-Fi, Devices and BT Shop Director Erik Raphael said: “These updates make life easier for our customers.
“Being able to control Wi-Fi access at mealtimes and bedtimes is great for family life and even your friend can benefit from a separate guest network that’s easy to access.”
Read our full BT Whole Home review here.