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Top 4 Benefits of Using Google Wi-Fi

Top 4 Benefits of Using Google Wi-Fi

Top 4 Benefits of Using Google Wi-Fi

If you no longer want to put up with the headaches brought about by your traditional router, consider replacing it with a modern router: the Google Wi-Fi.

Here are the top 4 reasons why Google Wi-Fi is better than your traditional router:

1. Google Wi-Fi offers better signal over a wider area compared to a traditional router.

Google Wi-Fi offers a better signal over a wider space when compared to the traditional router as it uses what’s called a “mesh network”.

But what is a mesh network? Most likely you have a single router in your home. A single router is enough to cover a small home or apartment (500-1500 square feet).

You’re faced with Wi-Fi headaches – the likes of spotty connections and dead zones – if you have a medium or large home and your home is subdivided into different parts for bedrooms, dining room, basement, etc.

For a medium home (1500-3000 square feet), it’s recommended that you install 2 Google Wi-Fi devices in your home and if it is a large home (3000-4500 square feet), it’s recommended that you install 3 Google Wi-Fi devices in your home.

The Google Wi-Fi devices will form part of a “mesh network”, acting as a single Wi-Fi network. This mesh network provides a better signal over a wider area as Wi-Fi is broadcasted from each Google Wi-Fi device, not just from a single router. You can opt to add more Google Wi-Fi devices if you want to increase the Wi-Fi signal in your home.

Relying on a single router in a larger home with subdivisions makes your Wi-Fi connection weak. The farther you are from the router, the weaker the Wi-Fi signal gets. With Google Wi-Fi’s mesh network, you have multiple Wi-Fi devices around the house, so you’re always close to one.

The mesh network eliminates spotty connections and dead zones. It allows you to binge watch your favourite show from your bedroom and then continue watching the show, uninterrupted, while you walk around your house.

Another advantage of the mesh network is that in case one device breaks down, you’ll still be able to get a Wi-Fi connection as the communication is simply rerouted through another device. This rerouting process only applies when the main Google Wi-Fi device is operational. If the main Google Wi-Fi device is down, the additional devices won’t function as well.

Another advantage of the mesh network is all your Google Wi-Fi devices are connected to each other wirelessly. Since they operate wirelessly, there’s no need for Ethernet cables all throughout your house.

Keep in mind that Google Wi-Fi isn’t a modem, it’s a router. Like other routers, you still have to connect it to a modem with an ethernet cable. You also need a Broadband connection in order to set up Google Wi-Fi.

2. Google Wi-Fi offers faster Wi-Fi speed.

Another benefit of using Google Wi-Fi is that it offers faster Wi-Fi speed.

Faster Wi-Fi speeds enable you to stream videos and play online games effortlessly. All Google Wi-Fi devices use the technology called “Network Assist,” ensuring that all devices always choose the fastest route to the internet.

3. Google Wi-Fi offers family-friendly controls.

You can control your Google Wi-Fi devices via your smartphone or tablet using the Google Wi-Fi app. Through this app, you can schedule a regular Wi-Fi operation pause; this allows for your family to spend quality time together, during dinner for instance, or to prevent your kids from spending too much time accessing the internet (especially during bedtime).

Millions of adult websites can also be blocked using the Google Wi-Fi app to protect your kids from internet menace.

Aside from the above-mentioned family-friendly controls, the Google Wi-Fi app can also be used for monitoring to see who’s connected to your Wi-Fi network, run a speed test, set up a guest network or for troubleshooting.

4. Google Wi-Fi offers better security.

When you’re using Google Wi-Fi, you’re assured that your internet connection is secure.

One of the security features of the Google Wi-Fi is that it automatically updates itself. Malicious hackers are always on the lookout for security vulnerabilities in devices connected to the internet, including Google Wi-Fi.

Google, on the other hand, is always on the lookout to fix any known security vulnerabilities that cyber attackers could exploit. Google fixes security vulnerabilities through automatic updates.

Many of today’s cyberattacks are simply the result of device owners’ failure to install the latest security update on their devices. However, not everyone has the time to install these updates or the knowledge to do so. Thus, the automatic updates in Google Wi-Fi is a safety precaution.

An example of a security vulnerability that affects every Wi-Fi device is the security vulnerability called “Krack”, short for key reinstallation attacks. This Wi-Fi security vulnerability enables cyber attackers to steal Wi-Fi passwords, emails, chat messages, photos and other sensitive information.

To protect consumers, Googleautomatically updated all Google Wi-Fi devices to fix the KRACK security vulnerability. This automatic update ensures that your personal data is protected from KRACK attacks.

“Wi-Fi is an integral part of daily life,” the Wi-Fi Alliance said. “Billions of people all over the world depend on Wi-Fi in their homes and businesses, to shop, bank, coordinate life and stay connected. Securing Wi-Fi connections is an important element of securing personal data ….”

If you want a better Wi-Fi signal over a wider area, faster Wi-Fi speed, family-friendly Wi-Fi controls and secure Wi-Fi connection, choose Google Wi-Fi as your new home router.

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Nest Cam Outdoor IQ: Outdoor Security Camera with Brains and Brawns

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ: Outdoor Security Camera with Brains and Brawns

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ: Outdoor Security Camera with Brains and Brawns

If you’re looking for an outdoor camera that’s smart enough and yet sturdy enough to brush off bad elements, then the Nest Cam Outdoor IQ is the right outdoor security camera for you and your family.

Brain Features of Nest Cam Outdoor IQ

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ is smart enough to tell the difference between a person and a thing.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ is a state-of-the-art outdoor security camera that has an incredible sight. Its camera is capable of spotting a person 50 feet away. Within this distance, this outdoor security camera can determine whether what it spotted is a person or a thing. Once it determines that what it spotted is a person, it then sends a notification alert – a photo of who’s there – via Nest app installed in your smartphone or tablet.

This camera is equipped with a 4K digital sensor, HDR and 1080p HD video and can be zoomed in up to 12 times for an enhanced view.

Once this camera detects a person, it automatically zooms in and follows the person. The camera will show you a close-up tracking shot with a wide 130° view.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ is smart enough to tell the difference between a stranger and a familiar face.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, in addition to receiving a photo of who’s there, you’ll also be informed whether this person is an unknown person or a family member.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ is smart enough to identify a person talking or a dog barking.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ is equipped with a speaker, a three-microphone system, noise suppression and echo cancellation. This outdoor security camera sends you an alert via your smartphone or tablet if it hears (even if it doesn’t see it) a person talking or a dog barking. So, you’ll be alerted via your dog’s bark when someone is lurking near your home or simply inform you that your dog is harassing the neighbors with its non-stop barking.

With the camera’s built-in speaker, you can also hush – via the speaker – your dog from further barking or tell the intruder in your home to get off your property or threaten the intruder that you’re reporting the incident to the police.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ won’t let you miss a thing.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, you won’t miss a thing with what’s happening outside your door as Nest Aware continuously records what’s happening, 24/7 for up to 30 days, allowing you to review the entire 30-day video history, not just clips.

If after scanning the video, you’ve noticed that your dog was making some funny antics, you can share the video clips with family and friends. If an intruder tried or entered your home, you can share the video clip with the police to help the authorities capture the intruder quicker.

Brawn Features of Nest Cam Outdoor IQ

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ is tamperproof. 

You’re assured that the footages captured by Nest Cam Outdoor IQ stay safe in the cloud as Nest encrypts data with TLS/SSL and AES 128-bit encryption. Two-step authentication is also in place to keep your data safe and private.

This camera has a base that completely conceals the power cord. The power cord of this camera plugs into an indoor outlet. It’s, therefore, hidden, preventing intruders from tampering it.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ gives you a strong Wi-Fi connection.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ is equipped with 2×2 MIMO chip, making streaming experience faster.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ is weatherproof.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ received an IP66 rating. IP, which stands for Ingress Protection, refers to the level of sealing effectiveness of a device against intrusions such as dirt and moisture.

IP66 means that the Nest Cam Outdoor IQ is protected against dust and powerful jets of water. With Nest Cam Outdoor IQ, you’re assured that this device will still function come heavy rain or storm.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ can be used day or night.

Shadows or no light can’t deter Nest Cam Outdoor IQ from producing clear images. This camera is equipped with daytime HDR, combining multiple 4K images to even out challenging lighting conditions. So you’ll still see clear images even if they’re originally blown out or lost in the shadows. It’s also equipped with high-power infrared LEDs for clear, even night vision.

Nest Cam Outdoor IQ functions well even in a noisy environment.

With Nest Cam Outdoor IQ’s HD talk and listen built-in speaker and mic, you’re assured that you’ll still receive audio alerts even in noisy environments with the noise and echo suppression features.

On its own, Nest Cam IQ outdoor may deter intruders from breaking into your home. This outdoor camera also works with other Nest security cameras, including the smart video doorbell Nest Hello and Nest Cam IQ indoor cameras.

Security cameras have been proven as crime deterrents. Studies have shown, including that of theUrban Institutestudy, that security cameras have indeed helped prevent and solve crimes. Criminal elements don’t want to be seen on camera. The presence alone of a security camera scares would-be intruders away.

These Nest video cameras will serve as a secure alarm system, protecting your home from intruders. If you’ve put in place Nest Cam IQ outdoor cameras outside your home, Nest Hello for your front door and Nest Cam IQ indoor cameras inside your home, you’ll be alerted of intruders trying to enter the front side, back side and everywhere in between of your home. Contact ustoday to learn more and protect your family!

4 Ways the Nest Hello Is Smarter Than Your Traditional Doorbell

4 Ways the Nest Hello Is Smarter Than Your Traditional Doorbell

4 Ways the Nest Hello Is Smarter Than Your Traditional Doorbell

If you’re planning on replacing your traditional doorbell, consider replacing it with an intelligent one – Nest Hello.

The Nest Hello is an intelligent doorbell that functions beyond just allowing visitors to announce their presence; this doorbell is equipped with a high-quality camera, microphone and speaker and contains technologies that make it an intelligent device.

Here are 4 ways that the Nest Hello is smarter than your traditional doorbell:

1. Facial Recognition

Traditional doorbells simply tell you that someone’s ringing the doorbell – it won’t tell you who the person is. The smart doorbell, with its facial recognition technology, lets you know who is ringing your doorbell and whether the person is a stranger or someone you know. 

You’ll receive a notification via your smartphone or tablet whenever Nest Hello’s camera spots a person. You’ll have to teach Nest Hello who you know in order for it to be able to send you alerts for unfamiliar or familiar faces.

At first, you’ll receive a lot of alerts for unfamiliar faces as the Nest Hello is learning. Every unfamiliar person alert will ask if you know the person and you can select Yes or No. Through this process, the device will begin to recognize who is familiar and who isn’t.

It’s recommended that you review the face library in your Nest app during the first few weeks to identify the familiar faces. This helps to train the facial recognition technology to become more accurate. Those that you marked as unknown will be deleted in your familiar faces library.

Nest Hello also acts as a security camera – it will alert you if a person approaches and doesn’t ring the bell.

Nest Hello is equipped with HDR imaging and night vision, giving you a clear view in both day and night of the unfamiliar person or persons approaching your home.

2. Activity Zones

With this intelligent doorbell, you can choose a particular area – activity zone – and receive alerts whenever there’s motion there.

For instance, you can choose your front porch as your activity zone. Choosing this activity zone will turn off motion and people notifications outside of this area.

Even if you choose your front porch as your activity zone, the camera of your Nest Hello will still shoot and stream the entire view. The camera of this device captures 160 degrees of view.

The video feed of the view in front of your door, not just the activity zone, will continue to be streamed and recorded up to 30 days if you subscribe to Nest Aware. The activity zone only applies to notification alerts.

3. Connectivity with Other Smart Devices

The Nest app enables you to connect your Nest Hello with your smartphone or tablet. This way, you can receive notifications whenever someone approaches or rings your doorbell.

You can also connect Nest Hello with Google Home; this allows Google Assistant to announce when someone’s at your door or rings your doorbell. If you’ve tagged every family member by name in the Nest app, Google assistant will welcome home every family member by name. 

To connect Nest Hello with Google Home, follow these steps:

  • Open the Google Home app.
  • In the top left corner of Google Home app screen, tap “Menu” and then “Home control”.
  • You’ll then see the “Devices” tab. At the bottom, right tap “Add” and tap Nest Hello to connect, then follow the steps.
  • When pairing between Nest Hello and Google Home is completed, tap “Done”.

You can also connect this doorbell with your TV and live stream what your smart doorbell sees. Connecting Nest Hello with Google Home is an initial step in connecting the smart doorbell with your Chromecast or Chromecast-enabled TV.

In addition to connecting Nest Hello and Google Home, you need to setup Chromecaston your TV. After setting up Chromecast, link your TV with Google Home. To enable live streaming of footages captured by Nest Hello, you simply use your voice via Google Home and say

“Ok Google (or Hey Google), show the <doorbell name> on <chromecast name>.”

Nest Hello can also be connected with the Nest X Yale smart lock, enabling your trusted guests to unlock or lock your door via their smartphone or tablet using assign codes.

4. Flexible Scheduling

Nest Hello is a smart doorbell that allows flexibility. This intelligent doorbell allows you to do the following:

  • Turn camera on or off
  • Turn chime on or off
  • Turn on the camera automatically when you’re away and turn back off when you get home
  • Turn on and off camera at specific times
  • Choose what type of activity you want to be notified and when to get notifications – whether all the time or only when you’re away
  • Change video quality to save bandwidth or for slow internet connection
  • Turn Nest Hello’s microphone on or off
  • Reply to someone who rings the doorbell with a pre-recorded response in the language of your choice.

If you’re looking for a smart doorbell that recognizes familiar from unfamiliar faces, gives notifications if anything happens in a selected activity zone, can be connected to other smart home devices and offers flexibility, then Nest Hello is the right doorbell for you.

Google Smart Speakers Take the Number One Spot in the Smart Speaker Market

Google Smart Speakers Take the Number One Spot in the Smart Speaker Market

Google Smart Speakers Take the Number One Spot in the Smart Speaker Market

The smart speaker market landscape is changing – Google has overtaken Amazon, the once dominate force in the smart speaker market, with its Google Home.

According to the market analyst firm Canalys, in the first quarter of 2018, 9 million smart speakers were shipped to different parts of the world. Google took the top spot for the first time shipping 3.2 million units of the Google Home and Home Mini devices, while Amazon only shipped 2.5 million Echo devices.

By 2020, the leading research company Gartnerprojected that a total of $2.1 billion smart speakers will be sold worldwide, up from $360 million in 2015. Gartner also projected that 25% of households worldwide will have 2 or more smart speakers by 2020.

“The value of the device is derived from the ease of use and the natural, intuitive interaction model,” Gartner said. “If this value is recognized by all household members, it will drive the desire to have terminal access throughout the entire house, not just in one room.”

Google Home comes in 3 sizes: Google Home (original and regular size), Google Home Mini (smallest version) and Google Home Max (the biggest version).

Here are the top 4 reasons why people see more value in the Google Home compared to other smart speakers:

1. Smart Assistant

At the heart of every Google smart speaker is Google Assistant – an intelligent assistant developed by Google. In total, Google Assistant is capable of helping you with more than 1 million actions.

With Google Home, you can ask Google Assistant to help you with any of these actions hands-free. There’s no need to stop what you’re doing and type your query into Google Assistant; you only have to say this introductory phrase: “Hey Google” or “Ok, Google” to activate Google Assistant.

Just like you would Google anything that you want to know, you can also ask Google Assistant anything – weather, calculations, translations and much more. All you need to say is “Hey Google, how many cups are in a liter?” or “Hey Google, how do you say ‘awesome’ in French?” and Google Assistant will provide a response.

You can set up Google Assistant to give you a daily brief to start off your day, letting you know about the weather, news, traffic, daily reminders, appointments for the day and even your flight status.

With your permission, Google Assistant can help you manage your tasks such as adding items to your shopping list, setting alarms and making hands-free calls.

Most importantly, Google Assistant allows you to turn your home into a smart home. To date, Google Assistant works with more than 5,000 connected home devices.

If your TV has a built-in Chromecast or you’ve purchased a Chromecast – a device that allows for screen casting – you can connect it with Google Home and turn your room into a smart entertainment center.

With your Chromecast enabled TV, Google Assistant and Google Home, you can watch your favorite shows. For instance, you say “Hey Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my TV.”

Aside from turning your home into a smart entertainment center, you can also say, “Hey Google:

Turn on the lights

Set the temperature to X degrees

Dim the lights

Stream security camera (using Google Home and Chromecast or a TV with Chromecast built-in)

Google Assistant has also dramatically improved its language understanding, so you can speak to it naturally and it will know what you mean. For instance, Google Assistant understands more complex questions like “Hey Google, what’s the weather like in Montreal and Calgary?”

According to Google, it will soon roll out an update to Google Home that eliminates the need to utter the words “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” for each follow-up questions or orders.

“Soon you’ll be able to have a natural back-and-forth conversation without repeating ‘Hey Google’ for each follow-up request,” Googlesaid in a blog post. “The Assistant will be able to understand when you’re talking to it versus someone else and will respond accordingly. This feature has been one of our top requests and you’ll be able to turn on Continued Conversation in the coming weeks.”

2. Far-field Voice Recognition

People are choosing Google Home over other smart speakers due to its far-field voice recognition feature. To enable accurate far-field voice recognition, Google Home was designed with 2 microphones.

Google Home can recognize voices and minimize error rates even from across the room as its microphone system uses “neural beam forming”. Neural beam forming is a system that simulated hundreds of thousands of noisy environments and applied machine learning to recognize patterns, allowing the microphone system to filter and separate human voice from noise.

3. Multi-Room Capability

People are turning to Google Home due to its multi-room capability. If you put one Google Home in every room of your house, you can set-up your Google Home devices to synchronize music throughout the home or broadcast your voice across devices. For instance, you can say, “Hey Google, broadcast its dinner time!” and your message will be broadcasted to all Google Home devices in your home.

4. Hi-Fi Speaker

People are choosing Google Home over other smart speakers in the market today due to its hi-fi speaker. It has an integrated high-excursion speaker that delivers crystal-clear highs and rich bass.

So, if you’re looking for a smart speaker that’s intelligent enough, is capable of far-field voice recognition, has multi-room capability and has hi-fi speaker, then Google Home is the right smart speaker for your home. Connect with ustoday and learn how to make you your home more smart and comfortable.