Today a new Google device labeled ‘A4R-1701AA1’ has passed through FCC certification. Reports are suggestive of the fact that the incoming device is a new Google Wifi router. The original Google Wifi was launched back in 2016 with the mesh network solutions.
According to 9to5 Google, “On February 8th, Google filed a ‘Change of Identification Request’ to ‘establish a new FCC ID, A4R-1701AA1, for purpose of marketing.’ In practice, this allows Google to use its own ID and model number on the product, even though this device was manufactured by another company and already granted certification.”
The device in question is actually manufactured by Murata Manufacturing Co., an equipment manufacturer headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. The product manufactured by the Japanese company is already registered under FCC ID VPYLB1CQ listed as a communication module.
The details mentioned in the FCC Certification above give away that the product is probably going to be a WiFi router. Several network standards including 802.11a / b / g / n / ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE are listed. Apparently, the router runs on an ARM chip (possibly from Qualcomm) and provides Dual-band WiFi support.
One of Google’s largest competitors in the Smart Home space, Amazon has recently acquired a mesh router company Eero to expand its spectrum of smart devices. Seems like Google is insecure about its capabilities and it looks like an attempt to keep up in the race.
Google also recently slashed the price of its original Google Wifi router and it’s currently selling at an all-time low of $240 which further supports the claims of an incoming second-generation Google Wifi. There is no official confirmation on any launch dates or prices as of yet but we’ll make sure to keep you updated.