Google appears to be developing a wireless in-home entertainment device that requires testing outside the laboratory environment, and has asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for permission to conduct such testing in the homes of several employees.

The device is in the prototyping phase, Google says. Apparently Google wants to test the throughput and stability of home Wi-Fi networks using the entertainment device.

The device will use both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The planned testing is not directed at evaluating the radio frequency characteristics of the module (which are known), but rather at the throughput and stability of the home Wi-Fi networks that will support the device, as well as the basic functionality of the device. Google in-home wireless test

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