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seems like universal sale, Walmart and Target has it at this price
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I've had these for a few months. Highly recommend. Great for signal strength in the house and for turning off the internet on kids devices after 7pm.
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I've had these for a few months. Highly recommend. Great for signal strength in the house and for turning off the internet on kids devices after 7pm.
Couldn't agree more. No more dead spots and kids know when time is up.
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Just in case you are not aware, and you might work from home. VPN Passthrough is not supported on Google Wifi....which is a reason I have to pass on this device.

https://twitter.com/madebygoogle/...4534669312
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How does this compare to the 3-pack Linksys Velop?
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How does this compare to the 3-pack Linksys Velop?
Same question. Mine has not been shipped out yet.
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Just in case you are not aware, and you might work from home. VPN Passthrough is not supported on Google Wifi....which is a reason I have to pass on this device.

https://twitter.com/madebygoogle/...4534669312
Thanks for this! I passed the offer.

It's unbelievable that company like Google will NOT support VPN passthrough..
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Thanks for this! I passed the offer.

It's unbelievable that company like Google will NOT support VPN passthrough..
I also would have preferred this option. I'm guessing they either believe it will lead to potential issues for the average end users. Also perhaps they do not want the government up in the bidness regarding VPN.
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Same question. Mine has not been shipped out yet.
Just doing a quick bit of research - seems like Google Wi-Fi is simple system and the Linksys has a larger variety of customization options for your network. The main selling point is the broadcast range/reliability + 5Ghz bandwidth option. There's a reason the Linksys MSRP is $200 more.

I'd stick with the Linksys, given the price you paid (assuming you likely got in on the Office Depot deal... which HAD to be a price mistake).
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A better deal would be to buy the tp link or linksys OnHub which is basically Google Wifi but its more powerful and cheaper (1200 vs 1900). It uses the same App.
This router can be found for $50ish on clearance or 85ish new on Amazon.

I am currently running just one of the tplink onhubs and its been great. I do have 2 extra of these routers to play with later.
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Just bought it on Walmart.com with Chase Pay and my Sapphire card to get an additional 10x points back (10% cash back with Chase Freedom cards).
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Waiting for them to be discontinued for less than $200. A newer tri-band model should be released soon.
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A better deal would be to buy the tp link or linksys OnHub which is basically Google Wifi but its more powerful and cheaper (1200 vs 1900). It uses the same App.
This router can be found for $50ish on clearance or 85ish new on Amazon.

I am currently running just one of the tplink onhubs and its been great. I do have 2 extra of these routers to play with later.
​where is it 50ish on clearance?
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How does this compare to the 3-pack Linksys Velop?
Here is my experience with both systems:

I have a modem/wifi router with 100Mb Internet. I could not get good coverage throughout the house and especially upstairs.
Had 4 weeks on Google Wi-Fi 3 pack.
Had 3 days on Linksys Velop 3 pack.

Initial Install:
Both were easy. Download phone app and follow the instruction. Both sets took about 30 minutes.
Linksys has web browser administration for deeper techie configuration including bridge mode making it easier to integrate your existing network if you plan to keep your existing router.

Coverage/Connection: Testing throughout the house including weak coverage area.
Google - Get consistent 30-100Mb speed from iphone6 plus. Get 30-60Mb speed from iphone 6 and slower devices. Get intermittent wifi drops.
Linksys - Get consistent 30-100Mb speed from all devices. Lower speed is when my device is not connecting to the closest Linksys wifi. Have not had any wifi drop off yet (however it has only been 3 days of testing).

My thoughts:
Google Wifi - Love the size and I can place it pretty much anywhere. I don't like the intermittent wifi drops.
Linksys Velop - Get consistently faster speed for all my devices. Negative I have is not consistently connecting to the closest Velop therefore I am getting the slower speed of about 40Mb.

Conclusion: Velop works better for me, especially at the Office Depot pricing.
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