Learn about and set up your Mesh Extender with Wi-Fi 6

This article covers the Google Fiber Mesh Extender (GFEX310). If you're looking for information about the GFiber Wi-Fi 6E Mesh Extender (GE6E220C), check out Learn about and set up your GFiber Wi-Fi 6E Mesh Extender.

The Mesh Extender (GFEX310) is designed to be used along with your Multi-Gig Router (GFRG300) or Wi-Fi 6 Router (GRAX210T) to expand your Wi-Fi network to the furthest reaches of your home.

You may already have a Mesh Extender that was installed by one of our technicians or that you set up yourself through a self install kit. If you have a Mesh Extender that has not yet been installed, check out the section below about how to set up your Mesh Extender with Wi-Fi 6.

Your Mesh Extender's features, ports, and buttons

Front of the GFEX310 Mesh Extender

Ports

Your Mesh Extender comes with two gigabit Ethernet ports: one yellow LAN port, and one blue Ethernet port that can be used as either WAN or LAN connections.

It also includes a USB port you can plug your electronic devices into for charging.

The 12V DC power adapter port is where you’ll connect your power adapter when you’re plugging this device into an outlet.

The ports on the back of a Google Fiber Mesh Extender (GFEX310). From left to right: reset hole, power button, power, USB, yellow LAN port, blue LAN/WAN port

Buttons

You can use the power button to turn your Mesh Extender on and off. 

On the top of the Mesh Extender, you’ll find the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button. You can use that button to pair it to (or connect it with) your router, following the steps below.

The reset button — located on the back of the device near the black power button — is used to reset your Mesh Extender when a GFiber rep suggests you do so or as needed for troubleshooting.

Features

Your Mesh Extender has Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) capabilities. Wi-Fi 6 allows for 30% faster speeds on Wi-Fi 6-enabled devices (such as phones, laptops, and tablets), and for more devices on a single network without slowing down Wi-Fi speeds as compared to Wi-Fi 5. Wi-Fi 6 also improves battery life and provides greater security with WPA3. 

With one 2.4GHz (2x2), one 5GHz (2x2), and one 5GHz (4x4) band, your Mesh Extender automatically selects the best signal for your devices using a technique called band steering. In other words, it works to optimize your Wi-Fi without you needing to interact with it.

Finding the right spot in your home for your Mesh Extender

The technician who installs your internet service can help you determine the ideal placement for your Mesh Extender. As a general rule, you’ll want to place it about halfway between the router and an area in your home that doesn’t typically have a strong Wi-Fi connection. For example, if there’s a room or spot in the far end of your home that typically has a weak Wi-Fi signal, you’ll want to place your Mesh Extender halfway between your router’s location and that spot.

How many Mesh Extenders can I use?

We recommend up to two Mesh Extenders for a home network setup.

The process of setting up your Mesh Extender is referred to as pairing, since you’ll be connecting (or pairing) it to your router. You can do this either wirelessly, which we recommend, or you can use an Ethernet cable to connect to the router.

Set up your Mesh Extender with Wi-Fi 6

The process of setting up your Mesh Extender is referred to as pairing, since you’ll be connecting (or pairing) it to your router. You can do this either wirelessly, which we recommend, or you can use an Ethernet cable to connect to the router.

¿Hablas español? You can download or print this Mesh Extender with Wi-Fi 6 quick start guide in Spanish.

First, you'll need a few things to get connected:

  • Your new Google Fiber Mesh Extender
    A diagram of the Google Fiber Mesh Extender (GFEX310)
  • One power adapter cord
    Diagram of a power cord for the Google Fiber Mesh Extender (GFEX310)
  • One ethernet cable
    Diagram of an ethernet cable
  • The Google Fiber app (recommended)
    Here you’ll find step-by-step instructions for setting up your Mesh Extender. You can download the mobile app from the Google Play Store or the App Store.
    A mobile phone with the Google Fiber logo, a QR code linking to the Google Fiber app, and the words "Download the Google Fiber app for iOS and Android"

Step 1: Turn on your Mesh Extender

Place your Mesh Extender close to the router, plug it into a power outlet, and press the power button on the back to turn it on. At first, the status light will turn solid yellow.
Diagram of a Google Fiber Mesh Extender (GFEX310) with a blue power cable going from a wall outlet into the power port on the back. The area with the power button and port are enlarged inside a circle to indicate that the user should turn on their Mesh Extender.
If you're using the Google Fiber app, press "Continue."
A screenshot of the Google Fiber app, with a diagram of the Mesh Extender power button and the instructions: "Turn on Mesh Extender. Place your extender close to the router, plug it in, and press the power button on the back." At the bottom is a green Cancel link and a green Continue button.

Step 2: Pair the Mesh Extender with your router

Press the WPS button on the top of your Wi-Fi 6 Router. The light will start blinking blue.
A drawing of the Wi-Fi 6 Router (GRAX210T), with a blue arrow pointing to the power button on the top right of the router. The power, Internet, and Wi-Fi LEDs on the front are lit up blue.
Then, press the yellow WPS button on top of your Mesh Extender. The light will start blinking green. Once the router and Mesh Extender have paired successfully, the Mesh Extender status light will turn solid green or yellow.
Click the WPS button on the mesh extender
If you're using the Google Fiber app, press “Continue.” The app will let you know when your Mesh Extender connection is successful.
A screenshot of the Google Fiber app, with a drawing of the Wi-Fi 6 Router and the WPS button on the Mesh Extender. The screen reads: "Link Extender to router. Step 1: Press WPS on the top of the router; once it starts blinking blue, move to Step 2. Step 2: Press the yellow WPS button on the top of the extender." At the bottom is a green Cancel link and a green Continue button.

Step 3: Move your Mesh Extender to its new location

Once the connection has been established, unplug the Mesh Extender and place it in the location that you plan to use it — ideally, about halfway between the router and your devices. Plug it in, and turn the power on again.

The status light on the Mesh Extender will turn solid green, yellow, or red to let you know how strong your Wi-Fi connection is.

  • Solid green? The link between the router and the Mesh Extender is great.
  • Solid yellow? Your link is OK, but try moving the Mesh Extender closer to the router.
  • Solid red? You’re not going to have a strong Wi-Fi connection. We recommend finding another spot for your Mesh Extender that’s closer to the router or has fewer walls in between the Mesh Extender and the router.

You can run a speed test using this speed test tool. To check upload speed on a mobile device, you can use the Speedtest.net app or visit fiber.google.com/speedtest.

If the status light is blinking red, check out the "Troubleshooting tips" section below.

Enjoy your mesh network

Now that you have your network configured and devices connected, you can get better coverage across your whole home. That means you can stream your TV, send bigger files seamlessly during the work day — and do everything you do online with a fast, reliable connection.

Connecting via Ethernet cable

Both of the Mesh Extender Ethernet ports can be used to connect devices to your network. To connect the Mesh Extender to the router using an Ethernet cable:

  1. Connect a CAT5e (or better) cable from an Ethernet LAN port on your Multi-Gig Router or Wi-Fi 6 router to the blue Ethernet WAN port on the back of the Mesh Extender.
    The ports on the back of a Google Fiber Mesh Extender (GFEX310). From left to right: reset hole, power button, power, USB, yellow LAN port, blue LAN/WAN port
  2. Plug your Mesh Extender into power using the power supply cord.
  3. Press the power button on the back of the Mesh Extender.
  4. When the Mesh Extender’s status LED turns solid green, it has connected (paired) successfully. The LED will automatically turn off after about three minutes.

To test upload speed on a mobile device, you can use the Speedtest.net app or visit fiber.google.com/speedtest.

Troubleshooting tips

What does it mean if the status light is blinking red after attempting to connect to my router?

This means your new Mesh Extender could not establish a Wi-Fi connection through WPS. Try the following steps until you’ve established a successful connection:
  1. Wait until the red blinking light goes out, then try using WPS again.
  2. Turn the Mesh Extender slightly and then try again.
  3. Minimize the number of walls between the two devices and then try again.
  4. Move the Mesh Extender closer to the Multi-Gig Router or Wi-Fi 6 Router and then try again.

What should I do if the status light is solid red after establishing connection to my router?

You’ll need to reposition your Mesh Extender:

  1. Reposition the Mesh Extender so there aren’t large objects like walls, furniture and TV screens between it and your router. Wait up to 2 minutes to allow the Mesh Extender to re-evaluate the link quality.
  2. Repeat this until the status light turns solid yellow or green.

What should I do if my Mesh Extender is unresponsive?

If your Mesh Extender isn’t responding, you can use a pen or an unfolded paper clip to push the reset button for:

  1. Less than 5 seconds to force it to restart to your default settings.
    or
  2. At least 10 seconds to reset it to factory default settings.

A diagram of the Google Fiber Mesh Extender (GFEX310), with a yellow paper clip inserted into the reset hole on the back of the device.

 

Light statuses on the Mesh Extender

Mesh Extender Light Statuses Cause Action

WPS: Off (No Light) > Solid Yellow Off (No Light) > Solid Yellow > Solid Green (for 3 minutes) > Off (No Light)

Mesh Extender is connected to power. No action required. The light will stay off indicating the Mesh Extender is operational.

WPS: Solid Yellow

Mesh Extender is waiting to be paired.
  1. Press the WPS button on the top panel of the Mesh Extender. The status LED will start blinking.
  2. Press the WPS button on the router within 2 minutes of the previous step.
  3. The status LED on the Mesh Extender will turn solid green to indicate it has connected (paired) successfully.
WPS: Blinking Yellow Mesh Extender is attempting to pair with the router. No action required.

WPS: Solid Green (for 3 minutes)  > Off (No Light)

Mesh Extender is successfully paired with the router.

No action required.
WPS: Solid Red Mesh Extender is disconnected or unable to connect with the router. This may also occur if the Wi-Fi is turned off.
  1. Check the Wi-Fi connection.
  2. Minimize the distance and the number of walls between the two devices.
  3. Press the WPS button on the router and the Mesh Extender.
WPS: Blinking Yellow > Solid Red (15 seconds) > Solid Yellow Mesh Extender isn't paired with the router.
  1. Press the WPS button on the top panel of the Mesh Extender. The status LED will start blinking.
  2. Press the WPS button on the router within 2 minutes of the previous step.
  3. The status LED on the Mesh Extender will turn solid green to indicate it has connected (paired) successfully.
WPS: Solid Red > Blinking Yellow > Solid Green (3 minutes) > Off (No Light) Wi-Fi turned on.

No action required by the customer if the Mesh Extender is already paired with the Multi-Gig Router or Wi-Fi 6 Router.

WPS: Blinking Red > Off (No Light) > Solid Yellow until the device is paired

Factory Reset

To reset Mesh Extender and restore the default settings:

  1. Verify the Mesh Extender is ON.
  2. Use a pen or an unfolded paperclip to push the Reset button on the Mesh Extender for:
    • Less than 5 seconds to force it to restart to the default settings. --OR--
    • At least 10 seconds to reset it to factory default settings.
  3. Press the WPS button on the top panel of the Mesh Extender. The status LED will start blinking.
  4. Press the WPS button on the router within 2 minutes of the previous step.
  5. The status LED on the Mesh Extender will turn solid green to indicate it has connected (paired) successfully.
WPS: Off (No Light) > Solid Yellow > Off (No Light) > Solid Yellow > Solid Green (for 3 min) > Off (No Light). Powercycle the Mesh Extender.
  1. Press the power button to turn it OFF.
  2. Unplug it and wait 10 seconds.
  3. Plug it back in and turn it ON.

WPS: Off (No Light) > Device Reboot

Firmware update. No action required.

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