Maximum Internet speeds on Google Fiber

You can get the fastest possible Internet speeds by connecting your computer to your Network Box or router with an Ethernet cable.

When you connect using Wi-Fi, you won't reach maximum Internet speeds but you can expect faster speeds than you would with other types of wireless access. It's normal for the speeds you receive to be lower than those listed on this page. Your real-world speeds depend on a variety of factors that affect your Internet, including the Fiber equipment you have (such as device age/models, locations of Fiber equipment relative to your Wi-Fi devices) and the 802.11 version your device uses.

The following sections describe the maximum possible download speeds achieved using Fiber 1000 service on a variety of wireless and connected devices. The maximum possible speeds for other Fiber plans are not included in these results. 

Mobile devices (Wi-Fi) 

Release date

802.11 version

Maximum possible speed

2013–present

802.11ac

180 Mbps–390 Mbps

2011–2012

802.11n

90 Mbps

2007–2010

802.11n

32 Mbps–90 Mbps

2006 or earlier

802.11a/b/g

32 Mbps

Computers (Wi-Fi)

Release date

802.11 version

Maximum possible speed

2013–present

802.11ac

195 Mbps–585 Mbps

2011–2012

802.11n

180 Mbps–270 Mbps

2007–2010

802.11n

90 Mbps–180 Mbps

2006 or earlier

802.11a/b/g

32 Mbps

Computers (Ethernet or USB adapter to Ethernet)

This section describes the maximum expected speeds based on real-world conditions. The most important factors in determining wired connection (Ethernet) speeds are:

  • Is your computer capable of gigabit speeds? True for most computers manufactured after 2009
  • Does your computer have an Ethernet connector? Most recent laptops don't have one; they require a USB to Ethernet adapter
  • If your computer requires a USB to Ethernet adapter, is your computer capable of USB 3.0? True for many computers made after 2013

Release date

How is Ethernet connected?

Maximum possible speed

2010 or later

Ethernet connector

930 Mbps

2010–2014

USB 2.0 to Ethernet adapter

400 Mbps

2015 or later

USB 3.0 to Ethernet adapter

930 Mbps

2009 or earlier

Ethernet connector

100 Mbps

You can test your Wi-Fi speed at speed.googlefiber.net and clicking the play button. To ensure you're getting the best Fiber Wi-Fi speeds possible, please visit our Improve your Wi-Fi speeds article.  

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