I never think about my router until there’s been a terrible mistake. And then it’s all I can think about. Once my internet goes down, I have to shove my television out of the way, sift through a tangle of identical-looking wires, and then hope that everything can be resolved with a quick reset. If it can’t, then I’m off to the store to replace my router with one that will do its baffling job without giving me a headache.
Google is trying to lessen the pain associated with routers by fueling your internet with its own device. It’s carved from the Apple “It just works!” method of design in which simplicity is the key, so even though it comes with a hefty cover charge ($200? For a router?) it may be worth it, if only for the money you’ll save on headache medicine.