Gregory Alan Bolcer
greg at bolcer.org
Sat Aug 22 08:18:14 PDT 2015
Yes, but will it support IEEE 802.11ac beamforming? Of course it will,
if the hardware supports it as it's managed by Google and not you.
They're basically taking over the data air space in your house (similar
to how Samsung TVs took over the voice air space in your living room).
I don't think I need someone else upgrading and tuning my wifi for me.
Given my experience with my wireless Nest devices, definitely not Google
Google this week introduced its first Wi-Fi router and my initial
reaction was "Why?" Wi-Fi access points and home routers tend to be
low-margin commodity products that could only hurt financial results for
the search giant. What made it worth the pain on Wall Street, then, for
Google to introduce this gizmo? And then I realized it is Google’s best
hope to save the Internet… and itself.
Wi-Fi is everywhere and it generally sucks. Wi-Fi has become the go-to
method of networking homes and even businesses. I remember product
introductions in New York back in the 80s and 90s when we were told over
and over again that it cost $100 per foot to pull Ethernet cable in
Manhattan (a price that was always blamed on the local electricians
union by-the-way). Well the lesson must have stuck, because more and
more Ethernet is for data centers and Wi-Fi is for everything else. Even
my old friend, Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe, has started claiming that
Wi-Fi is Ethernet, which it isn’t and he knows that.
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