We know what it’s like. You get home after a hard day, slump on the sofa and fire up Netflix to watch whatever new show everyone’s been banging on about at work.
Except you can’t, because your family’s all streaming YouTube videos, or your housemate’s BitTorrenting what seems like the entire internet, or the wireless signal’s just not strong enough to reach from your office to your living room.
What can you do? Well, you can read our seven top tips for better home wifi. But, failing that, you can take the easy way out: Google Wifi.
Google’s new wireless routers aim to take the pain out of home networking and come with a range of internet smarts. Here’s what you need to know about them.
Google wants you to buy a few of these things
If you’re living in a tiny apartment, you probably only need one Google Wifi router, which will set you back $129 (S$180). But if you’re lording it up in your mansion, you’ll probably want to check out the three-pack, which will cover your home in one giant Wi-Fi blanket for $299 (S$410).
You need to position your devices so that they cover all the nooks and crannies at the house’s extremities, but it looks like Google’s app will help with the setup process.
Google will make sure you can always watch that cat video on YouTube
Google reckons it knows a thing or two about internet traffic, which is probably true - when its services temporarily went down a few years ago, global internet traffic dropped 40 per cent.
Using its expertise, Google’s going to be managing all of the tech inside the router, making sure that all of your devices get served with all the ones and zeroes they’re greedily requesting.
This includes beamforming technology, support for Bluetooth Smart, automatic channel management and all other traffic routing. Nerd stuff, basically.