Google Fiber in-home set up and equipment revealed

August 2, 2012
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Google Fiber Network Box

There were a lot of whispers surrounding Google Fiber, which promised to provide ultra-fast broadband speeds at a relatively low cost. Not many expected such a service to be available so soon, so you can imagine our surprise and excitement when Google announced the launch of Google Fiber a few days back! Granted, it will start only in Kansas City for now (both Missouri and Kansas) and Google has made a competition out of who will be lucky enough to receive the service first. In the eventuality of a success of this venture (who doesn’t want 1Gbps speeds?), Google will follow up with a more extensive rollout, hopefully very soon.

If you live in Kansas City and have pre-registered for Google Fiber, here’s a roundup of what you can expect when the installer shows up at your doorstep. Let’s take a look!

Installation

If you’ve registered for the $70 or higher plans, you will be able to pick an exact time when you want the installation to be done. Further, you’ll also be able to track the installer with regular, 10-minute interval updates. The installer will install a fiber jack outside your residence, before knocking at your door at your preferred time. Google estimates an average installation time of three hours, as the initial setup requires wiring the home with Ethernet.

Equipment

  • Network Box: The Network Box is essential to use this service, and works as a gateway. It has four Gigabit-Ethernet ports to share the bandwidth coming into the house, as well as a wireless antenna. Since the service is still not active, information on port-mapping, firewalls, and security is not yet available.
  • Storage Box: The Storage Box features a 2 TB hard drive which is used to store any network files and save TV programs. This storage box will work as network attached storage (NAS), which will allow you share data anywhere across your network. It looks like this device will be available only with the more expensive ($120) Google Fiber Internet + TV package.
  • TV Box: The TV Box is also available only for those opting for the Internet and TV plan. This is what is attached to your TV via HDMI, and to your network using Ethernet or WiFi. As expected, the TV box does not have any internal storage of its own, and DVR functionality is possible because of the Storage Box. Android apps will be available for managing the TV box, which means your Android device will also function as a remote. (the top plan also comes with a free Google Nexus 7 tablet). Don’t worry if this isn’t to your liking, as a “standard” remote will also be available with the TV box. You can also connect wireless headsets and keyboards to the TV Box using Bluetooth.
  • Other than all the equipment, there will also be customer care and support available throughout the service duration, via Google Fiber Space and call centers.
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Google Fiber TV Box

Google is doing a lot to change our perception of the current world of technology. It did so, to a small extent, with the low-cost yet high speced Nexus 7 tablet, and will now do so on a much larger scale with the introduction of Google Fiber. There’s no doubt that this service is going to be incredibly popular, and will spark some interesting responses from the competition. I can’t wait to have 1 Gbps broadbands speeds available to me!

What are your thoughts? If you live in Kansas City, have you pre-registered for Google Fiber? Is there any reason why you think this service will not be successful? What do you think the response from competitors will be? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments

  • Matthew McNair

    If you live in Kansas City and haven’t signed up for this yet you probably don’t have a pulse.

    • BlaineMagee

      True. Once they start expanding it past the KC city lines this will explode, there is quite a bit of money in Overland Park, KS and Lee’s Summit, MO.

  • Mei

    If only this is available in ny area -.-

    • brooklynnite11212

      we need this in new york city, screw time warner cable and verizon fios

  • Conner Rhoads

    I swear — this is making me want to go door to door to get signatures next time Google says “Which city is next?”

    • madmardagain

      yes google fiber is the shhhh it i hope i never have to move my TW bill was 130 some dollars a month and i got a big 10 megabits of high speed vs the cheap TW plan 2 mbps now i get 1000mbps and TW and dish and directv can kiss my azz i get more channels w/google then TW and TW give 1 history channel and H2 be the next better tv package not that way with google and for u gamers out there while u lag i play on and movie watchers ive forgot whats it like to be connected in at 100mbps and wait for movies to buffer i can download one gig to two gigs of all kinds of file formats from a good site in under 3 mins plus a free nexus i would rather die then leave kansas city unless google is there……. this is like going from walking around the world to flying around the universe for 120 dollors a month TV and 1000mbps of internet and no download caps no one can cant beat that deal