A new and faster Google Wifi router will arrive, and it can work as a …
When Google Wifi launched in 2017, it quickly became our favorite mesh router, thanks to its small size, easy-to-use setup, and value for money compared to other competitions.
And now it looks like we’re getting closer to a follow-up release, with new Chrome box-less revelations showing that Google Wifi 2 is already on the production line, and you can see its debut later this year.
Called Mistral (which means wind), the next generation of Google Wifi will use Qualcomm’s new QCS400 series SoC (system on chip) as its main processor. That’s an unusual choice for a router, because the QCS400 is primarily designed for use in smart speakers. The new Qualcomm SoC is also compatible with Wi-Fi 6, the latest generation wireless technology formerly known as 802.11ax.
That means Google Wifi 2 will be able to achieve higher maximum bandwidth with better distribution across multiple devices, while potentially being able to input sound and audio playback.
All in name
While the arrival of Google Wifi 2 is still speculated: There is also a possibility that we may see this same feature included in Google Home 2 smart speakers that works as a mesh router – the code name Mistral was discovered in April of 2019 by Kevin Tofel, who, at the time, assumed the device was a speaker or a new look.
However, Google does have a history of Wi-Fi product names after wind types, for example ‘Storm’ for OnHub routers produced in association with Asus and TP-Link, and ‘Gale’ for Google’s first generation. Wifi: the first mesh system in the ‘Made by Google’ hardware range.
Eagle-eyed folks in Chrome Unboxed also unearthed quite convincing instructions to update the code changes to Mistral, confirming that it’s a mesh router and not a smart speaker. 9to5 Google has also had several conversations between Google developers that refer to Gale and Mistral in the same way.
However, Chrome Unboxed has realized that Mistral is already in the production validation testing phase, which means we probably won’t have to wait long before we get a better look at this faster and potentially more Google Wifi mesh system. intelligent.