You guys, I have a pretty exciting new product to share with you today. One of my favorite parts about this whole blogging gig is that every once in a while I get the opportunity to try something that’s really amazing and that makes me want to shout my love from the rooftops – and today is one of those days.
This post is sponsored by Google but y’all know I don’t share products I haven’t tried and loved! Thanks so much for supporting the brands that support Love & Renovations!
Google just released this amazing new wireless router (you know, the thing that keeps your wireless internet at home up and running) called Google Wifi and when they asked if we’d be interested in chatting about it, I kind of thought Corey was going to have a heart attack from the excitement. He’s been complaining about our old router for years and he’s been begging me to let him get a new one. When he found out that Google had one, he knew it was going to be awesome.
I know what you’re thinking – why in the heck is a new router such an exciting thing for a home decor blogger? Or, even more importantly, why should you care?
I get it. That was my question at first too.
BUT! Then I did some research and I learned why I should be doing the same happy dances Corey was. You see, we have a lot of devices in our home – between our laptops, our iPads, and our phone, our poor internet is constantly bogged down with different devices trying to use it. To make things even more complicated, we don’t have cable so all of our television is accessed through the internet.
(And, um, we like to watch television. Often.)
It’s a common occurrence for there to be nights where I’m watching a show in the living room, Corey’s watching something in the media room, he’s browsing the internet on his phone, I’m blogging from my laptop, and then I pick up my phone to check Instagram while I’m taking a brain break from writing and suddenly it’s like the whole world falls apart. That’s five devices trying to access the internet all at once, and our internet often just didn’t know how to handle that. I would get so frustrated because I just want things to work without me having to think too much about it, and Corey would calmly explain that our router can’t handle that much data being processed at once, and if I want to do something about it, we’d need a new router.
But, that’s where Google Wifi comes in. Instead of expecting one single router to be able to provide internet for the entire house (having to go through walls, between stories, and deal with multiple devices), Google has an entire system of Wi-Fi “points” that you can spread throughout your house. That way, no matter what room you’re in you’ve got an access point nearby for your device to communicate with, and your internet stays nice and fast no matter where you’re working from. Now that we have multiple Wi-Fi points stationed in various rooms of the house, our internet never gets bogged down anymore. You guys, do you have any idea how revolutionary that is?!
This has been particularly awesome for me because I don’t know about you but I tend to work or play around on my computer from just about every room in the house. I like a good change of scenery so sometimes I blog from bed, sometimes it’s from my desk, and sometimes it’s from the kitchen table. With our new setup, no matter where I am in the house I’m really close to an internet access point which means my internet runs really quickly and smoothly from every room in the house, and I don’t have to worry about it getting glitchy. Ever.
We put one in our garage, one in our living room (right out in the open!) and one in the workshop – it works out SO well because our internet in the backyard was always pretty spotty before, but now it’s crystal clear anytime we’re out there. It’s perfect for when you want to listen to a podcast while you’re working in the shop, or when we want some music while we’re playing outside with Jackson.
Oh, and reason number two this home decor blogger is giddy about my new router?
I mean, let’s be real – there are some things in your house that you have to have purely for function but they’re total eyesores and sometimes you just wish you could hide them away forever (like every cord in existence, the microwave, and all of my husband’s spare computer parts that he needs to save just in case). But thankfully, our router doesn’t have to fall in that category anymore. Now it sits proudly out in the living room and I don’t even try to tuck it behind the curtains when we have people come over. That’s a pretty big deal, y’all!
Oh, and on top of all of it there’s an app that lets you see which devices are using up the most bandwidth (and even pause access to certain devices), check your internet speed, set up a guest Wi-Fi, and troubleshoot any issues you might be having. For someone like me who is completely not tech-savvy at all, it’s so incredibly helpful!
And that, my friends, is why a home decor blogger who knows nothing about technology and generally tries to avoid dealing with it is freaking thrilled about my new internet router. (And why you should be excited too.)
I promise, sometimes the little things are worth getting excited over. Plus, the less time I spend worrying about making sure our internet is working is just more time I can spend doing this with Jackson:
Be sure to check out all the details on Google Wifi, and pop on over to our Facebook page today to see a little video showcasing how it looks in our house!