Because you need reliable connection everywhere!
Now that we’re working from home and spending more and more time within our own four walls, reliable internet connectivity has become even more critical! So we’ve been living in the same apartment now for almost 8 years, and ever since we’ve been here the internet connection in more than 50% of our apartment has been non-existent. I’m not talking about being bad, I mean 0 bar, non-existent!
We’re talking about a home study with 2 large study desks within it, with no internet connectivity; a master bedroom with two occupants within it, with no internet connectivity; an en-suite with a very comfortable toilet seat within it, without internet connectivity; and a second bathroom with an equally comfortable toilet seat within it and very good ventilation, without internet connectivity! How can anyone in the 21st century live like this!? So primitive!
The reason for the lack of connectivity, is where the telephone line comes into the apartment, the port is in the centre of our living room. However between this point and our study is 2 double brick walls! Likewise, another 2 double brick walls in-between the modem and the master bedroom, the en-suite, and the second bathroom. Grrrr! And for 8 years we’ve put up with this. But 6 weeks ago, I said “No more of this!” With the confinement to our homes due to Covid-19, I couldn’t take being confined to only the living room as well! What are we? Animals!?
The solution? A mesh router!
So I started doing some research, there are many companies out there producing mesh routers, however as we already have a Google Home, and 2 Google Home Minis- it made a lot of sense to purchase a compatible device which could be easily integrated into our existing ecosystem.
So in the peak of Covid-19 lock-downiness, at Easter we finally managed to get our hands on a Nest Wifi (as many stores had already sold-out by then).
Out of the box you know its out-of-the-ordinary, for a router at least. Usually these things look like an old-school car radio player which someone had boosted straight out of a vehicle (with all the dangling wires) – but the Nest Wifi has a simple modern design and easily blends in with your existing home décor.
To me, it reminds me of a jar of lanolin, like some jumbo tub of hand cream ready-to-be-used. And the best thing is that you can hide it, or proudly display it for all to see – on your shelf – right among your other knick-knacks!
We purchased the Nest Wifi with 1 point – for $379 (AUD). The router itself already gives our apartment a much stronger Wifi signal than we had beforehand. But adding the point and placing this in our study, has given us 4 from 5 bar signal in all corners of our apartment! Gone are those 0 of 5 bar black spots in more than 50% of our home, now from wall to wall in all directions we have connectivity that we’re satisfied with. Which means our study can be used as a study again! The sleeping quarters can now be used to view Netflix and Youtube – late, late into the night! Hindering our REM sleep of course! And now we can be consuming all of our medias while on the …. Well…… You get the idea……..
The router has a second Ethernet port, so if you need to be tethered for super-fast internet speeds, you can connect one device directly to the source. The Nest Wifi utilises the same Google Home app as all of your other Google Home devices, so set-up and continued maintenance was easy-peasy. Not to mention the actual physical set-up of the devices took less than 10 minutes, using QR codes to recognise your new devices- to be connected to your existing Home set-up. And did I say ongoing maintenance is a cinch? With Nest Wifi now in your home, you now see a Wifi option on your Google Home app – interacting with this option allows you to view what devices are connected to your Internet (so you can easily kick-off any unwanted freeloaders); here you can prioritise which device gets preferential treatment if multiple devices are pulling and sending data at the same time (so Super VIPs in the home i.e. my wife, can always have perfect connection all-the-time); you can also set-up parental controls on specific devices (so limiting said wife from Bosistos’ online store); limit internet time for select devices (so internet is switched-off during bed time i.e. 2am-4.30am); and the feature I love the most is the ability to perform speed tests, both testing for the performance of your Home internet, and the performance of your actual device in the given spot that you’re in – it can be quite addictive (so we’re proud to report that we get 11.1 MPs down, and 0.8 MPs up. Woohoo!).
And the last aspect which I’ve fallen in love with, is the fact that our Google Home ecosystem has grown by another one speaker. Since the Point (that extends the internet signal into the dark recesses of our home) is also a Google smart speaker with ‘Ok Google’ assistant, this means that not only do we get internet in every room in our 2 bedroom apartment – but we also now have a Google Speaker in each room (including the 2nd bathroom). So when you group together all these devices in your Google Home app, you can now play music throughout your apartment! I mean throughout your apartment!
I’m at the front door, the music is literally right there coming out of the 2nd bathroom!
I’m in the living room now, and the music is right there as well!
I’m in the hallway in front of the study and the master bedroom, and here I can hear the music playing from both the study and the bedroom, but because it’s an ecosystem- they’re actually playing slightly different things, because now your music is playing in stereo! Left ear, right ear kind of stuff!
It’s so crazy, I find myself just walking around the apartment, taking in and enjoying the music from each aspect of our home. Yes, a little bit extravagant and unnecessary, but its wild I tell you! WILD!
For more information about the Nest Wifi, click HERE!
**Disclaimer: This is not a paid post, and yes, I’m aware that our upload and download speeds is rubbish- so rubbish that it has become a bragging point!!!!!!!!