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Google Wifi: Secure at every point

Today is Safer Internet Day, and we hope you’ve taken a few minutes to find out what you can do to stay safe online. But there’s one thing you probably haven’t thought about: the safety of your home network. When we created Google Wifi, we built it from the ground up to be focused on security, with multiple layers of protection. Here’s how it works:

Secure to the core

Google Wifi won’t even boot up unless it can verify that it’s using official Google Wifi software. We call this “Verified boot,” and it means Google Wifi is extremely difficult to attack or compromise. In addition, if you want to change any settings on Google Wifi, you have to use the Google Wifi mobile app which uses the same world-class cloud-based security as other Google services like Gmail. This system ensures that no changes are made to your network unless they come from the authenticated app.

Always updating

In the past year, there have been widespread cases of botnets—similar to viruses on computers—being detected in cameras, routers and other devices. These botnets can steal your private data information or even take down large portions of the internet by flooding servers with tons of data. In the past, to protect yourself against this malicious software, you’d have to somehow discover that there was a vulnerability in your router, then worry about when and where to get updated software to protect against it. Luckily, Google Wifi continually works to protect you against threats, including botnets, with automatic, behind-the-scene security updates, so you’re always one step ahead of vulnerabilities. These software updates are seamless and pushed from the cloud to your home. It’s so simple, you probably don’t even know it’s happening.

Safety mesh

Google Wifi provides fast, reliable Wi-Fi to every corner of your home using mesh technology, a system where multiple Wifi points work together to create a blanket of coverage. To establish control and security, the multiple Wifi points produce security keys—long and complex machine-generated passwords—that are shared between all the Wifi points in your network. These security keys establish encrypted communication between all points and devices on your network, and as an added security measure, these keys never leave your personal network.  

If there is an event that warrants changing of the mesh keys—for example, if you remove a Wifi point—the system will automatically renegotiate them. This ensures that your network only includes known and trusted Wifi points, and prevents your data from being sent across a compromised network that a hacker could access.

Put Wifi to the test

Google Wifi is part of Google’s Vulnerability Reward Program, which started in 2010 and provides rewards ranging from $100 to $20,000 to people who identify bugs in Google's apps and report them to us so we can fix them. With many contributors working on cutting-edge solutions to keep Google’s platforms secure, you can rest easier. And so far, no vulnerabilities in Google Wifi have been identified under this program. 💪

As security challenges continue to evolve, our team of dedicated engineers will keep working to improve the security of Google Wifi and your home network—so you can enjoy great Wi-Fi at home without worrying. Stay safe out there!

Google Wifi: Secure at every point

Today is Safer Internet Day, and we hope you’ve taken a few minutes to find out what you can do to stay safe online. But there’s one thing you probably haven’t thought about: the safety of your home network. When we created Google Wifi, we built it from the ground up to be focused on security, with multiple layers of protection. Here’s how it works:

Secure to the core

Google Wifi won’t even boot up unless it can verify that it’s using official Google Wifi software. We call this “Verified boot,” and it means Google Wifi is extremely difficult to attack or compromise. In addition, if you want to change any settings on Google Wifi, you have to use the Google Wifi mobile app which uses the same world-class cloud-based security as other Google services like Gmail. This system ensures that no changes are made to your network unless they come from the authenticated app.

Always updating

In the past year, there have been widespread cases of botnets—similar to viruses on computers—being detected in cameras, routers and other devices. These botnets can steal your private data information or even take down large portions of the internet by flooding servers with tons of data. In the past, to protect yourself against this malicious software, you’d have to somehow discover that there was a vulnerability in your router, then worry about when and where to get updated software to protect against it. Luckily, Google Wifi continually works to protect you against threats, including botnets, with automatic, behind-the-scene security updates, so you’re always one step ahead of vulnerabilities. These software updates are seamless and pushed from the cloud to your home. It’s so simple, you probably don’t even know it’s happening.

Safety mesh

Google Wifi provides fast, reliable Wi-Fi to every corner of your home using mesh technology, a system where multiple Wifi points work together to create a blanket of coverage. To establish control and security, the multiple Wifi points produce security keys—long and complex machine-generated passwords—that are shared between all the Wifi points in your network. These security keys establish encrypted communication between all points and devices on your network, and as an added security measure, these keys never leave your personal network.  

If there is an event that warrants changing of the mesh keys—for example, if you remove a Wifi point—the system will automatically renegotiate them. This ensures that your network only includes known and trusted Wifi points, and prevents your data from being sent across a compromised network that a hacker could access.

Put Wifi to the test

Google Wifi is part of Google’s Vulnerability Reward Program, which started in 2010 and provides rewards ranging from $100 to $20,000 to people who identify bugs in Google's apps and report them to us so we can fix them. With many contributors working on cutting-edge solutions to keep Google’s platforms secure, you can rest easier. And so far, no vulnerabilities in Google Wifi have been identified under this program. 💪

As security challenges continue to evolve, our team of dedicated engineers will keep working to improve the security of Google Wifi and your home network—so you can enjoy great Wi-Fi at home without worrying. Stay safe out there!

Making a ‘mesh’ of your Wi-Fi

Whether we’re binge watching in the bedroom, gaming in the basement, or taking a video call from the kitchen, we want fast Wi-Fi in every room of our homes. And yet we still put up with Wi-Fi headaches, like spotty connections, dead zones, and blinking lights when something goes wrong.

As we continue to bring the latest and greatest gadgets into our homes, we want to make sure they get the connectivity they need. That’s why we built Google Wifi, to give you fast Wi-Fi in every room, on every device. We’re able to eliminate spotty connections, dead zones and blinking lights using our new mesh Wi-Fi system.

But what is mesh, exactly? We’re glad you asked…

A mesh network is a group of routers that communicate wirelessly to each other to create a single Wi-Fi network that provides a blanket of connectivity. This allows you to have multiple sources of powerful Wi-Fi throughout your home, instead of just a single router.

Think about where the router is located in your home. Probably in a corner, close to where the internet service enters your home. The problem is, that far flung corner is the worst location to place a router if you want fast Wi-Fi throughout the house. The farther you are from the router, the weaker the signal, which leads to dreaded dead zones and buffered videos.

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Google Wifi addresses the problem by allowing you to wirelessly expand your network through mesh.  For the networking experts - that’s IEEE 802.11s mesh, that’s further improved by a few of Google’s own innovations.

Since Wi-Fi is broadcasted from each Wifi point (and not just a single router), Google Wifi is a connected system that provides better coverage over a wider space. The system is flexible and scalable, so if you have a larger home, connect as many points as needed to get better Wi-Fi in every room (our 3-pack covers up to 4,500 sq. ft). Wifi points connect wirelessly, so you don’t need to run Ethernet cables throughout your house.

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Since all the Wifi points are connected to each other, data can take several paths toward its destination -- and we use our Network Assist technology to ensure that Google Wifi points always choose the fastest route from your device to the internet. This means that you get faster Wi-Fi speeds for things like streaming and gaming.

Want to make a ‘mesh’ of your house? Google Wifi is available for pre-order in the US beginning today at retailers like the Google Store. A single Wifi point retails for $129, and covers homes up to 1,500 square feet. The three-pack, at $299, covers homes up to 4,500 square feet. Google Wifi ships on December 6th, just in time for fast Wi-Fi for all of your holiday guests.