Wifi routers have always been a pain in the *ss for me. I live in a 3-level townhouse and it’s always been a challenge to evenly distribute the internet across all three floors. Over the past 10-15 years, I’ve tried multiple routers. From name brands like the old Linksys WRT54G router and Apple Airport Extreme, to the lesser known Almond+ by Securifi. The Almond+ actually was a great router for me. The wifi reception was great. The only downside was the router was on the third floor, so the basement internet reception was horrible. I started to do more research and came across products like eero, Google Wifi that are pretty much a pack of 3 routers that work together to give you evenly distributed internet reception.
eero vs Google Wifi
Amazon Reviews are the best! I checked out both the eero and Google Wifi and the Amazon reviews for both are amazing. Google Wifi pack of 3 is selling for 299.00 and the eero pack of 3 is selling for 454.97 (both via Amazon).
Of course Google is a larger company and prides itself in innovation, speedy updates, etc. so I decided to give them a try. (If I did not see a significant increase in my internet reception I was going to return it and try out eero.)
Google Wifi Review
Amazon shows the product as “out of stock” so I went straight to the Google store. Google has a 14 day return policy, and they sold it for the same price of 299.00, so I purchased it via Google’s store.
The package came 2 days later…
Very neat packaging.
Three beautiful, slick Google Wifi routers.
Not too big.
The instructions are literally on a one-sided card. Very easy to setup, Step 1 Plug it, Step 2 Download Google Wifi app and launch it. The Google Wifi app (itunes), was very simple and sleek looking. It didn’t take much to get all the routers up and running.
Everything in the package:
- 3 Wifi Routers
- 3 power cords
- 1 ethernet cable
- 1 instruction card
Final Thoughts and Internet Speed Results
I placed one router on each floor; third floor bedroom/office, mid-level living room and basement. I ran speedtest before I turned off my old router, installed Google Wifi and ran the speedtest again to compare results. Below is a screenshot of my speedtest results. Starting from the lowest result (11:33 am) going up is the bedroom/office, living room and basement. As you can see, the download speed drops from 53.81 Mbps on the upper level to a poor 9.23 Mbps in the basement. The next three results are after installing Google Wifi. All three levels of my house are now at 64-65 Mbps.
I created a little excel document for a clearer BEFORE and AFTER view of my internet reception.
Bottom line: For 299.00, it’s cheaper than eero and well worth it! The Google Wifi app is pretty amazing with neat features such as “family time”, easy “guest network” creation, ability to change the brightness of the individual router LED lights, etc. I LOVE the Google Wifi routers.!