Smart Home: Google is working on a new Wifi router, a successor to Google Wifi or Nest Wifi

Google is working on at least one new smart display in the smart home area, but will also follow suit in other areas: As has now been discovered, there should be a successor to Google Wifi or Nest Wifi this year, which will update the respective device and make it fit should do for the future. Above all, one wish is at the top of the list of expected new features.

Google Wifi and Nest Wifi are actually original and successors, but Google treats the two products differently. In fact, Nest Wifi was introduced in 2019 and Google Wifi was launched in 2020 in a slightly updated form. So it was planned from the start to keep both brands and products on the market in parallel for a longer period of time. A successor is just around the corner in 2022, and which is not yet clear whether it will be a Google or Nest successor or whether both lines should now be merged.

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The new product was discovered through designations in the source code of several Google apps. The Wifi devices always have Wind code names internally, so the new code name very likely – but not with absolute certainty – indicates a new Wifi device. We are talking about “Sirocco”. The last generation of the Nest Wifi was codenamed “Mistral” and “Vento” for the access point and the main unit.

Unfortunately, that was all there was to know about the new product. But both the code name and the time since the last performance indicate that Google is upping the ante. Of course, it goes very well with the smart display plans and in the smart speaker area, too, Google hasn’t heard anything for a long time.

Wishes for the new device

Wifi routers and access points are devices that have to fulfill one criterion above all: It just works. Fortunately, this is the case, so you can also add to it elsewhere. At the top of the wish list is Wi-Fi 6, which is still a fairly young standard and has only been supported by a few devices so far. But in 2022 a router has to fulfill something like this and in perspective, the devices should be in use until it has become the absolute standard. Therefore, this is considered safe.

Another point would be the presence of physical ports. While Google Wifi still has two Ethernet ports, Nest Wifi has no free connection at all. However, I think that this wish will not be fulfilled. Cables “disrupt” the design and are eliminated as far as possible. Ethernet cables in particular, with their comparatively huge connection parts, do not fit into the concept at all. Function follows form – at least in this case.

We can’t wait to see what’s to come. The time window for the presentation can open as early as next month around the Google I/O, but it can also only be in the autumn around the big October event. Although the clues have only just surfaced, there are rarely advanced leaks in this area, so the devices could already be very advanced.

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