We moved control of OnHub and Google Wifi devices to the Google Home app. You can easily migrate your Google Wifi network into the Google Home app, where you’ll be able to control your Wi-Fi network and other connected products in one place.

Where to place your Wifi devices

The placement of your Google Nest Wifi router and points or Google Wifi points is vital to reliable Wi-Fi throughout your home. But knowing where to locate them is an inexact science. It depends on several different things like:

  • Home size
  • Home construction type
  • Where you regularly use Wi-Fi
  • Layout of your home
  • Placement of your Wifi points

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.

Nest Wifi and Google Wifi are designed to support up to a total of 5 routers and points per network and aren’t intended to be used across multiple dwellings. Using Nest Wifi or Google Wifi in this manner can result in slower Wi-Fi speeds and unreliable connections.

 

Nest Wifi router and point Where to set up Nest Wifi devices

Nest Wifi devices include the Google Nest Wifi router and Nest Wifi points with Google Assistant speakers. You can also add Google Wifi points to your Nest Wifi network in the same way you add Nest Wifi points.

Place your router

Your router needs to be connected to a modem. This may limit where you place it, depending on where your modem is and the length of the Ethernet and power cables.

If possible, place your router off the ground and in plain view, like on a shelf or TV stand. Try to choose a central location at eye level.

Add a Nest Wifi point or Google Wifi point

To provide Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of your home, the connection between each point needs to be strong. Make sure the Nest Wifi router and points are evenly spread out but not too far from each other.

  1. Start at your router.
  2. Now, think about where else you want a strong Wi-Fi signal in your home. Place your point about halfway in that direction, but no more than 2 rooms away from your router or another point.
    • If you’re setting up a Nest Wifi point, this location will also be where you'll interact with the Google Assistant.
    • Place your point in an open area and avoid placing it near other objects that will physically block your signal.
  3. Find a nearby wall outlet. Make sure the power adapter is connected to your point, then plug the other end into the outlet. If you’re setting up a Nest Wifi point, the point’s light will pulse to indicate that it’s powering on.
  1. Once you have set up your network, you can perform a mesh test to verify your connections are strong and readjust the placement of your points as needed.

Repeat these steps for any additional points.

Google Wifi point Where to set up Google Wifi devices 

Google Wifi is made up of Google Wifi points. You can also add Google Nest Wifi points as additional points. The Nest Wifi point cannot be used as a primary point (router). 

Place your primary Google Wifi point

Your primary Google Wifi point needs to be connected to a modem. This may limit where you place it, depending on where your modem is and the length of the Ethernet and power cables.

If possible, place your point off the ground and in plain view, like on a shelf or TV stand. Try to choose a central location at eye level.

Add more points

To provide Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of your home, the connection between each point needs to be strong. Make sure the points are evenly spread out but not too far from each other.

  1. Start at your primary Google Wifi point.
  2. Now think about where else you want a strong Wi-Fi signal in your home. Place your next point about halfway in that direction, but not more than two rooms away from the primary point. 
    • If you’re setting up a Nest Wifi point, this location will also be where you interact with the Google Assistant.
    • Place your point in an open area and avoid placing it near other objects that will physically block your signal. 
  3. Find a nearby wall outlet and plug in your point.
  4. Once you’ve set up your network, you can perform a mesh test to verify your connections are strong and adjust the placement of your points as needed.

Repeat these steps for any additional points.

How to improve coverage

Once you’ve set up your devices, you can perform a mesh test to  determine if one of your points has a poor connection. If it’s poor, try these recommendations:

  • Line of sight. Points perform better when they can see each other. Repositioning points to avoid obstructions like walls, doors, and aquariums can improve performance.
  • Get off the ground. Placing devices somewhere off the ground, such as on a shelf, can greatly improve coverage.
  • Consider your overall mesh network. Points depend on each other to provide great coverage in your home. In order to fix a particular “weak” point, you may need to move a different point in order to fix it.
  • If moving your points still leaves coverage issues in certain areas of your home, consider adding 1 or more additional points to provide more coverage.

If you do move a point, perform another mesh test to make sure that location gives you a good connection.

Network insights

Wi-Fi network insights may be available in your Google Home Feed for issues related to this article. When an issue with your network is identified by Nest Wifi or Google Wifi devices, you’ll have an insight card in your Google Home feed letting you know there could be a problem and suggesting a solution.

If you received a related network insight, check your insight message below for more information:

Move [Wifi router or point] to improve signal

You’ll receive this alert if Nest Wifi or Google Wifi detects that a point that is connected to your network has poor Wi-Fi signal strength. 

Your Wifi point is connected, but it has had a poor average signal strength of < -77dBm (decibel-milliwatts) for the last 24 hours.

Fix: Follow the steps above to improve your network coverage.
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