Meet Google Wifi

The Wi-Fi in your home should be fast and seamless, so you can enjoy everything the internet has to offer. That’s why we designed Google Wifi. 

What Google Wifi does (and why it's cool)

  • Google Wifi is a home mesh Wi-Fi system that replaces your traditional router and provides seamless, reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. You’ll still need an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a modem to connect to the internet.
  • You can quickly set up multiple Google Wifi devices (we call them “points”) to bring the internet right where you want ityour office, living room, garage, or basement. For a refresher on Wi-Fi terms and concepts, check out our Wi-Fi basics.
  • Google Wifi is built on our mesh Wi-Fi technology. Once you set up your mesh network, the Google Wifi points create a high-powered connection and work together to make sure your devices stay on the clearest channel with the fastest bandwidth. The result is fast Wi-Fi everywhere in your house, not just right next to the router. You can even roam throughout the house while on a video call or while streaming a movie without the signal dropping.
  • Google Wifi can be used as a standalone system or be combined with Nest Wifi for additional coverage.

What you need to use Google Wifi

  • A modem
  • Internet service
  • A Google Account
  • One of the following mobile devices:
    • An Android phone running Android 6.0 or later
    • An Android tablet running Android 6.0 or later
    • An iPhone or iPad with iOS 12.0 or later
  • The latest version of the Google Home app Android or iOS

Note: It is strongly recommended to purchase Google Wifi from the country where you'll be using it. Since wireless regulations vary by country, you may experience compatibility issues if you move your Wifi device(s) to a different country and Google will be unable to offer support. If you're setting up a mesh network, it is recommended to purchase all of your Wifi points in the same country.

Frequently asked questions

Check out this list of common questions to learn more about Google Wifi.

What makes Google Wifi different?

  • Traditional routers weren’t designed for all the different ways we use Wi-Fi today. Walls and distance make it difficult for a single router to send a strong signal to every room in your home, resulting in slow Wi-Fi and dead zones.
  • Google Wifi is a home Wi-Fi system that allows you to have reliable internet in more places in your home.
  • On top of great coverage, Google Wifi keeps your signal strong by transitioning you to the best Wifi point as you move throughout your home and the right Wi-Fi channel to avoid congestion.
  • Need more coverage? Place additional points in different rooms for fast Wi-Fi in every corner of your home. We recommend putting them out in the open, about one to two rooms apart.
  • With Family Wi-Fi, you decide when your kids have access to the internet on their devices. You can pause your kids' devices as needed or on a regular schedule and automatically block access to millions of adult websites.

Will Google Wifi work with my existing setup?

  • Each Google Wifi point is a router that’s designed to work with your existing ISP and modem.

  • Google Wifi can create a mesh network only with Google Nest Wifi, Google Wifi, and OnHub routers and points. If you have a non-compatible router (such as a Cisco, Linksys, or Netgear router), it won’t mesh with your Google Wifi points.
  • Google Wifi will work with most connected wireless devices including tablets, printers, and smart appliances. Although most devices are compatible with Google Wifi, there are a few that aren’t.

Learn about setting up Google Wifi.

How many Google Wifi points do I need?

Wi-Fi coverage depends on several factors. Learn more about things that affect Wi-Fi signals and how many points you'll need.

Can I use Google Wifi as an extender?

Google Wifi cannot be used as an extender for your current router. Google Wifi replaces your router with one or more Google Wifi points.

Are Google Wifi points wireless? Do I need an Ethernet cable?

Your primary Wifi point needs to be connected to a modem with an Ethernet cable (provided). Additional Wifi points do not. They only need to be connected to a wall outlet, although they can also be connected to each other via Ethernet.
Can I use Google Wifi with OnHub?

OnHub and Google Wifi points can work together to create a mesh network. If you already have an OnHub, you can add a Wifi point to expand coverage to new parts of your home. To use together, you’ll need to use the same app that your OnHub was set up in.

Note: OnHub is only compatible with Google Wifi, not with Nest Wifi.

How does Google Wifi work with Google Assistant

You can use Google Assistant on your smart display, speaker, or phone to tell your Google Wifi point to do things like pause the Wi-Fi on your devices or check your internet speed. Google Wifi doesn’t have a built-in speaker with Google Assistant and will not be able to answer questions you ask Google or respond to voice commands itself. 
If you want to use a Wifi device to play music or to interact with Google Assistant directly, add a Nest Wifi point to your network.

Have more questions about Google Wifi? Contact us.

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