How many Google Nest or Google Wifi points do I need?

Since Wi-Fi relies on so many variables, there’s no simple formula. Here are some things to consider:

Home size

The bigger your house, the more add-on points you'll need to have whole-home Wi-Fi coverage. 

Here’s an estimate of how much Wi-Fi coverage you’ll get with a Nest Wifi or Google Wifi system:

Nest Wifi* Google Wifi**
Nest Wifi router (standalone) Up to 2,200 sq ft One Google Wifi point Up to 1,500 sq ft
Nest Wifi router + one point Up to 3,800 sq ft Two Google Wifi points Up to 3,000 sq ft
Nest Wifi router + two points Up to 5,400 sq ft Three Google Wifi points Up to 4,500 sq ft
Nest Wifi router + three points Up to 7,000 sq ft Four Google Wifi points Up to 6,000 sq ft

*Nest Wifi requires a Nest Wifi router and is compatible with both Nest Wifi points as well as Google Wifi points. The Nest Wifi router can cover up to 2200 sq ft. Each Nest Wifi point can cover up to 1600 sq ft.

**Nest Wifi and Google Wifi coverage estimates are for homes with timber frames. Homes made of other materials or with unusual layouts may see different Wi-Fi coverage.

As a general rule, points work best when they’re no more than two rooms away from each other. For example, if the far end of your house has weak Wi-Fi, don’t put a Wifi point in that exact spot. Instead, put it partway in that direction. Try to place it in an elevated position like on a shelf.

Home construction

Points work best when they can see each other with a clear line of sight. Barriers like heavy furniture and walls made of thick concrete or brick can influence Wi-Fi performance. With additional points, it’ll be easier to strategically place them in a way that avoids obstructions.

Neighborhood Wi-Fi congestion

Crowded Wi-Fi areas like apartment buildings can result in crowded Wi-Fi channels and reduced Wi-Fi performance. In these environments, the closer you are to a point, the better your Wi-Fi performance will be.

Maximum number of points

We recommend a maximum of five Wifi points in a single network.  Adding more may be detrimental to Wi-Fi performance.

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