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Google deploys 2 Gbps fiber service in Huntsville and Nashville

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Google notes that you won’t expect “massive system updates” and that it will also be great for smart homes, video conferencing, and working from home. The router is primarily designed to allow multiple people to share the additional speed. However, if you want all the gigs for you, the router supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz 6-speed 4×4 MU-MIMO WiFi, which can handle a 2Gbps connection – but your laptop or smartphone probably can’t. The Mesh Extender also supports 4×4 MU-MIMO speeds, but only at 5 GHz. It also has two 1 Gbps Ethernet ports.

The Multi-Gig router has a 10G Ethernet port, although Google has not yet specified whether it is a copper RJ45 or an optical SFP + connection. If it’s the latter, you’ll need a bunch of other hardware to connect your computer at 2 Gbps speeds. And again, few, if any, PCs support these speeds natively, so you’ll probably need a adapter. If a simple 1 Gbps is enough, it also has a 4-port auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet LAN switch. Other connections include an FXS POTS phone port and a USB 3.0 master port.

When will other communities see these speeds? Google Fiber currently offers service in 19 cities and plans to launch 2 Gig in “most” of them early next year.


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