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Google Wifi is Finally Here!
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Google Wifi is Finally Here!

Internet giant Google on Wednesday (Aug 30) announced it will be offering its mesh networking device Google Wifi in Singapore, as part of an exclusive partnership with telco StarHub.

From Aug 31, customers in Singapore will be able to buy a three-pack Google Wifi bundle at S$15 per month for 24 months when signing up for or renewing selected StarHub broadband or bundled plans, Google said.

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Source Image: Android Central

In a separate press release, StarHub said the three-pack networking device will be offered at no upfront cost for the following plans: The standalone 1Gbps fibre broadband service, as well as multi-service SurfHub, HomeHub 1000 and HomeHub Go 1Gbps bundles.

StarHub chief marketing officer Howie Lau said in a briefing before the launch that every additional Google Wifi router on top of the three offered will be available at S$199 per piece.  

The launch of Google Wifi here means the device has been introduced in eight markets, with Singapore being the first in Southeast Asia to have it. The other Asia Pacific markets that already have access to the device are Australia and New Zealand, said Mr Martin Geh, managing director of Asia Pacific Hardware Partnerships at Google.

The consumers with existing broadband plans with other providers will be able to buy and use the router, Mr Geh said he "strongly encourages" them to get it from StarHub and to discuss how this can be done. 

He declined to reveal how long the exclusive partnership with StarHub will last. 

Another executive, the Product Manager for Google Wifi, Alex King, said those thinking of buying the hardware from other markets like the US and using it here should think again.

"Even if it works, it won't be advisable," he said.

He added one of the key differentiating factors to traditional routers here is that these devices do not automatically upgrade their software, including the installation of security patches. Consumers will have to manually upgrade their devices, he said. 

Other mesh networking routers in the market include Asus Lyra, Linksys Velop and AirTies which are offered by telcos M1 and Singtel.

The Google Wifi also allows users to prioritise bandwidth according to users, and to schedule downtime for Wi-Fi at home for, say, dinner time or when the children needs to study or during bedtime. These can all be done via the Google Wifi app available on the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store, he said.

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Source Image: TechCrunch

This good news comes after the Indonesia launch of ‘Google Station’ -- as the program is called - since it debuted in India some 18 months ago.

Google launched its public Wi-Fi program, which offers free connectivity at railway stations and other locations such as universities, in Indonesia, the company announced on Aug 23.

Following the success of installing Wi-Fi in more than 50 railway stations, Google has launched Google Station | Gadgets To Use
Following the success of installing Wi-Fi in more than 50 railway stations, Google has launched Google Station | Gadgets To Use

According to Geek Culture, here are the various features you’ll get from using Google Wifi:

Wireless

  • AC1200 2×2 Wave 2 Wifi
  • Expandable mesh Wifi
  • Simultaneous dual-band Wiwi (2.4GHz / 5GHz) supporting IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • TX Beamforming
  • Bluetooth Smart Ready

Ports

  • Two 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports per point. Ports can be configured as WAN or LAN.

Security

  • WPA2-PSK
  • Automatic security updates
  • Trusted platform module

Memory

  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB eMMC flash

Power

  • 15W power adaptor
  • ~9W consumed

Colour & Material / Dimensions & Weight

  • White, lightweight, durable plastic
  • Diameter: 106.12mm
  • Height: 68.75mm
  • Weight: 340g


Source : Channel NewsAsia

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