Slow internet? Why Google might have a solution for broadband woes

Slow internet? Why Google might have a solution for broadband woes

Google has rolled out an update to its Google Wifi and Nest Wifi hubs designed to improve the way these routers handle slow internet speeds and dropped connections. According to Google, the update should ensure users are able to keep chatting away happily to friends and family on video calls, and continue in the fray in online multiplayer games – despite sluggish connections. So, how does it work?

Following the upgrade, Google Wifi and Nest Wifi will be able to move faster between the radio channels used to beam internet wirelessly throughout the home. The software has also been tweaked to be able to better prioritise devices around the home.

If Google can see that you’re currently in the middle of streaming a gripping YouTube video, the smart hub will do everything it can to keep the internet stable to that device. Whereas other devices, like smart lightbulbs currently not in use, or consoles quietly refreshing in the background, will not be prioritised.

Google Wifi and Nest Wifi hubs update automatically. So, there’s no need to head to the companion app on your smartphone to get the latest features. With the upgrade rolling out now, users should hopefully see far fewer disruptions to their video calls, boxset binges, and more as Google better switches between channels to keep everything connected.

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Published at Thu, 18 Jun 2020 06:51:00 +0000