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Set up Nest Wifi Pro or Nest Wifi

Google Nest Wifi Pro and Nest Wifi are whole-home mesh Wi-Fi systems from Google that can consist of a router and point(s). Each point expands coverage, so consider the placement of your Wifi devices to increase reliability of your Wi-Fi network throughout your home. Learn where to place your Wifi devices.

To set up Google Wifi, check Set up Google Wifi.

NoteNest Wifi Pro (Wi-Fi 6E) can't be combined with Nest Wifi routers or points or Google Wifi points (Wi-Fi 5) in a mesh network.

Get started

You need:

  • A Nest Wifi router or a Nest Wifi Pro router
    • For the Nest Wifi router: Any additional Wifi devices you'd like to add such as Nest Wifi point, Google Wifi points, or Nest Wifi routers. This is optional to expand coverage.
    • For the Nest Wifi Pro router: Any additional Nest Wifi Pro routers you'd like to add as points to expand coverage
  • If your Wifi device has previously been set up, factory reset your device before you add it to a new network. 
  • A Google Account
  • One of the following mobile devices:
    • Android phone or tablet with Android 9.0 or later
    • iPhone or iPad with iOS 15.0 or later
  • The latest version of the Google Home app available on Android or iOS
  • Internet service
  • Modem (not provided)
  • To temporarily disable your phone’s VPN in your phone’s settings, if you have a VPN (iOS only)

Note: It's strongly recommended you purchase your Wifi device(s) from the country where you'll be using it. Since wireless regulations vary by country, you might 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's recommended you purchase all of your Wifi devices in the same country.

Set up your Wi-Fi network

Set up your Nest Wifi Pro router

Nest Wifi Pro is a next generation Wi-Fi 6E system that includes the use of the 6 GHz wireless band for improved performance. Nest Wifi Pro can also be used as a Thread border router and is Matter-enabled.
If you're replacing a Nest Wifi or Google Wifi network, refer to how to replace Nest Wifi or Google Wifi with Nest Wifi Pro.
Before you set up your Nest Wifi Pro router, make sure your modem is working and connected to the internet.
  1. Download the Google Home app  on Android or iOS.
  2. If this is your first time using the Google Home app, set up a home.
  3. Choose a location for your router.
    • If you have multiple Nest Wifi Pro routers, you can use any of them as your router.
    • This router will need to be connected to a working modem that's connected to the internet.
    • For the strongest signal, place your router at eye level in plain view, like on a shelf or TV stand.
    • Learn more about where to place your router.
  4. Connect the Ethernet cable to your Nest Wifi Pro router's WAN port . Then, connect the other end of the cable to your modem.
  5. Plug your Nest Wifi Pro router into a wall outlet. After about a minute, the light will slowly pulse blue to indicate it's on and ready for setup.
    Note: If your Nest Wifi Pro doesn't show a pulsing blue light, perform a factory reset.
  6. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app .
  7. Tap Devices Add Google Nest or partner device Google Nest or partner device.
  8. Choose a home.
  9. Select your Nest Wifi Pro router.
  10. Scan the QR code on the bottom of your device.
    • Hold your phone about 5 in (12 cm) away to scan. Learn more tips for scanning QR codes.
    • If you're unable to scan the QR code, tap Continue without scanning, then enter the setup key on the bottom of our device.
  11. Give your Wi-Fi network a name and secure password. To keep all of your devices connected, we suggest reusing the same network name (SSID) and password as your old router.
  12. Select a room for your router, or create a new one.
  13. The router will now create your Wi-Fi network. This might take a few minutes.
  14. If you'd like to add another Wifi device, tap Yes in the app to continue, or follow the steps below to add a point at a later time.

Add an additional router

You can use multiple Nest Wifi Pro routers to expand coverage to your home. Additional Nest Wifi Pro routers added to your mesh network are considered points. Use the Google Home app for setup.

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. Tap Devices Add Google Nest or partner device Google Nest or partner device.
  3. If prompted, choose a home.
  4. Select the device you'd like to set up as a point  Next.
  5. Scan the QR code on the bottom of your device.
    • Hold your phone about 5 in (12 cm) away to scan. Learn more tips for scanning QR codes.
    • If you're unable to scan the QR code, tap Continue without scanning, then enter the setup key on the bottom of your device.
  6. Follow the in-app instructions to finish setup.
  7. If you'd like to add another point, tap Yes in the app when prompted, or repeat those steps at a later time for additional points.
  8. Once you've added all of your Wifi devices, the app will perform a mesh test to confirm everything's working.
    Note: If you have an iOS device, to be able to use Thread, make sure to grant Google Home app permission to access your network.

Set up your Nest Wifi router

Set up your Nest Wifi

Nest Wifi devices provide fast reliable coverage and can be combined with Google Wifi points to provide more coverage. Nest Wifi point also works as a Google Assistant speaker. Before you set up your Nest Wifi router, make sure your modem is working and connected to the Internet. The router is the unit with Ethernet ports on the bottom.

  1. Download the Google Home app on Android or iOS.
  2. If this is your first time using the Google Home app, set up a home.
  3. Choose a location for your router.
    • Your router will need to be connected to a working modem that is connected to the Internet.
    • For the strongest signal, place your router at eye level, in plain view, like on a shelf or TV stand.
    • Learn more about where to place your router.
  4. Connect the Ethernet cable to your Nest Wifi router's WAN port . Then, connect the other end to your modem.
  5. Plug your Nest Wifi router into a wall outlet. After about a minute, the light will pulse white to indicate that it's on and ready for setup.
  6. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app .
  7. Tap Devices Add Google Nest or partner device Google Nest or partner device.
  8. Choose a home.
  9. Select your Nest Wifi router.
  10. Scan the QR code on the bottom of your device.
    • Hold your phone about 5 inches (12 cm) away to scan. Learn more tips for scanning QR codes.
    • If you're unable to scan the QR code, tap Continue without scanning, then enter the setup key on the bottom of your device.
  11. Select a room for your router or create a new one.
  12. Give your Wi-Fi network a name and a secure password.
  13. The router will now create your Wi-Fi network. This may take a few minutes.
  14. If you'd like to add another Wifi device, tap Yes in the app to continue or follow the steps below to add a point at a later time.

Add a point or an additional router

Nest Wifi devices and Google Wifi points can be added to the network you've created with your router. All additional Wifi devices added, including Nest Wifi routers, are considered points in the mesh network. Once you've decided where to place your point and have plugged it in, use the Google Home app for setup.

  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. Tap Devices Add Google Nest or partner device Google Nest or partner device.
  3. If prompted, choose a home.
  4. Select the device you would like to set up as a point Next.
  5. Scan the QR code on the bottom of your device.
    • Hold your phone about 5 inches (12 cm) away to scan. Learn more tips for scanning QR codes.
    • If you're unable to scan the QR code, tap Continue without scanning, then enter the setup key on the bottom of your device.
  6. Your point will now connect.
    • Note: For Nest Wifi points, when a sound plays from your speaker, tap Yes.
  7. Follow the in-app instructions to finish setup.
  8. If you'd like to add another point, tap Yes in the app when prompted or repeat these steps at a later time for additional points.
  9. Once you've added all of your Wifi devices, the app will perform a mesh test to confirm everything is working.

Troubleshooting setup

If setup doesn't work, make sure:
  1. Your points are all plugged in and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. You meet all requirements in the "To get started, you need" section.
Other troubleshooting steps to try:
  • Force close, then reopen the Home app.
  • Uninstall, then reinstall the Home app.
  • Forget nearby networks.
  • Restart your Wifi device.
  • Use a different device (phone or tablet) for setup.

If setup still isn't working, try to factory reset your router or point, or you can contact support.

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Hardwire Nest Wifi Pro, Nest Wifi, or Google Wifi with Ethernet
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