How to Make the Most of Google in a Canadian Home

Using Google to perform searches on the Internet or a Pixel phone is a daily basic for many Canadians. Google is constantly working at expanding its products and some of its most recent ones are now available north of the border and coming soon.

Here’s all about Google Wi-Fi and Google Home and how to use them.

Google Wi-Fi

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If you haven’t already caught wind of it, Google Wi-Fi is a wireless router set to simplify your home Wi-Fi network and help you to get the most out of it.

The router launched in the U.S this past December, and the UK a few weeks ago. This past Friday it became available in Canada, at a price of $179 for a one pack or $439 for a set of three.

Why use it instead of a router from some other company? There are a few benefits to using Google Wi-Fi.

First of all, it works for you to always reach the best wireless signal around. The router does this using algorithms and “big data” to automatically switch your devices between two bands of signal, so that you’re optimizing what’s available.

This allows your signal to navigate through congestion and interference, and gives you the best possible online experience.

Customize

The router also allows you to set up different users in your home. You can have different profiles for different people, including kids, and set different parameters for each.

So, if you’re trying to limit Internet usage after school, you simply program your kids as users, link the router to their devices and put a limit on their use.

A third benefit to Google Wi-Fi is that it can prioritize users. If you do go ahead and make a profile for your kids or guests, you don’t have to worry about their online activity grabbing too much bandwidth and making for messy viewing on Netflix for the adults upstairs.

The router also comes with a convenient companion app to give you full power to customize your network from anywhere around the globe. Trippy.

How does Google’s own Ben Brown, San Francisco-based product lead, describe it?

“Unlike having one big light for your whole house, you have light bulbs throughout the whole home to light up rooms where you need it. That’s essentially how we need to think about Wi-Fi.”

To order Google Wi-Fi, click here.

Google Home

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Reports indicate that Google Home is almost available in Canada. While that sounds a little iffy, some reviewers in Canada have already purchased the smart speaker that acts like a personal assistant and are using it successfully. We remain hopeful that the device will be on our doorsteps soon.

(FYI, the device launched in the U.S last November and in the UK this April, and so Canadian availability seems imminent).

Why buy Google Home? It’s there to make life easier, and it’s a bit like having a secretary at your service in your own place.

Powered by Google Assistant, you can ask it questions and tell it to do things. As the company states, “It’s your own Google, just for you.”

Google Home can:

  • -play your music
  • -set an alarm
  • -make a shopping list
  • -play the news and podcasts
  • -give you traffic reports
  • -tell you about the weather
  • -find nearby restaurants and tell you the hours, phone number and location
  • -make phone calls
  • -control your smart home devices, like turning on and off the lights and adjusting room temperature…and so much more.

Interested? Compare Google Home to its competitor, Amazon Alexa by clicking here. The race is on.

 

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One Response to “How to Make the Most of Google in a Canadian Home”
  1. Andy says:

    I’ll never use a Google router.