The country’s leading telecommunications company PLDT has partnered with global Internet giant Google to bring Google Wifi to Filipino homes. Google Wifi replaces your router with multiple Wi-Fi points, giving you a better and faster Internet experience.
“Having a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection is important to Filipinos. Google Wifi provides seamless coverage at home, solving common issues like dead zones, spotty Wi-Fi connections, confusing set-up processes, and so much more,” says Mickey Kim, Google’s director of Asia Pacific hardware product planning and partnerships.
What is Google Wifi?
No, Google is not offering a Wifi service nor it is going to be the third player in the telecom industry.
Google Wifi is a wireless router system that uses mesh network technology to provide extensive coverage to any area of the home. A mesh network is a group of routers that communicate wirelessly with each other to create a single Wi-Fi network, allowing you to have multiple sources of Wi-Fi around your home, instead of a single Wi-Fi router.
Because the Wi-Fi points connect seamlessly to each other, you can add as many Google Wifi systems as you want without affecting the Internet speed. Each Wi-Fi point acts as a router, producing a high-fidelity signal for optimum device connection.
This means that you will never lose your Internet connection wherever you are in the house. This is all dependent on a few factors, however, such as the home size, materials, and layout. Large homes, houses with thick walls, or homes with long or narrow layouts may need extra Wi-Fi points for better coverage.
A three-piece Google Wifi system covers up to 2,700 square feet (420 square meters), while a one-piece system covers up to 900 square feet (85 square meters).
Google Wifi uses its proprietary Network Assist technology to make sure that Wi-Fi points always choose the quickest route from your device to the Internet, resulting in faster Wi-Fi speeds for gaming and streaming.
Google Wifi vs. Traditional Routers
Google Wifi is an improvement over traditional routers aside from its multi-node feature. It has a compact, antenna-less design so you don’t need to hide it behind furniture or plants because it looks chic and cool.
Google Wifi also switches your device connection between 2.4GHz and 5GHz depending on the situation. The default 2.4GHz band is slower but has a longer reach and can penetrate walls. If you’re close to a Wi-Fi spot, the network will switch to the faster 5GHz band.
It has an Android or iOS app that allows you to set up and control your Wi-Fi points using your mobile device. You can easily share your Wi-Fi password, see what devices are online, prioritize a device for faster speeds, block certain websites, and pause the Wi-Fi on children’s devices. The app can also see how much bandwidth you are using and even limit the Wi-Fi usage of a device.
Google Wifi is available to new subscribers of PLDT Fibr’s Google Wifi Plan 3799 with unlimited 50Mbps connection. Existing PLDT Fibr subscribers can purchase a three-piece Google Wifi set for P799 and a one-piece set for P299.