Google Preps Second-Gen Google Fiber Set Top Box
Google's working hard on an update to the rather minimalist
, black set top boxes the company uses for their Google Fiber TV service. Dave Zatz at Zatz Not Funny
noticed the new device over at the FCC website. The GFHD200 will replace the GFHD100, and will integrate 10/100 Ethernet, MoCA 1.1/2.0, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI 1.4. Zatz also notes Google's cooking up a new remote for the device that uses Bluetooth LE. There's no indication yet of what the new device will look like or when we'll see an official release.
Probably Gbit ethernet, not 10/100 and also AC WiFi claimed I have GFiber today and the current TV box has a Gbit ethernet adapter but can only do 200Mbps, I would think the 10/100 is a typo. Also, MoCA 2.0 implies it will be able to do 800M-1Gb over coax so likely Gbit NIC as well. It also says AC WiFi, hopefully upgradable to Wave2. The current box can act as a WiFi repeater but only up to 200M so with AC maybe near a Gbit repeater with Wave2. Given that the new TV box (STB) may have AC WiFi, you'd think they would upgrade the Net box (router) to AC as well, which is currently just N.
The current TV box can be configured in many different ways, such as coax from one room to another and use the availalbe Gbit NIC to a switch for more ports in another room. Or can use NIC/Cat5e to extend to another room. Can mix match using WiFi repeater and maybe with upgrade the extended room can happen with pure WiFi. With MoCA 2.0, have option to use coax if wanting to use TV box NIC/switch for many devices in extended room for reliable/optimal Gbit connection (I use coax today for my extend room so NIC is free, added switch and have multiple hard-wired devices in another room, but is currently limited to 200M for extended rooms).