WAN settings

WAN settings let you control how Google Nest Wifi and Google Wifi connect to the Internet. The type of WAN connection you have is generally determined by your Internet Service Provider.

In WAN settings, you can choose from one of the WAN types below and configure their respective settings:

Wide Area Network (WAN) is the outside world’s network of connected computers. Think of WAN as the Internet. Contrast this with LAN (local area network), which is the collection of devices in your home. LAN is your personal network. Your LAN devices -- a tablet streaming a video or a computer surfing the Internet -- receive all data from the WAN through your router.

How do I edit WAN settings?

Note: To edit your WAN settings, Google Nest Wifi or Google Wifi must be offline and your mobile must be connected to your Google Nest Wifi or Google Wifi network. Disconnect the Ethernet cable from your router or primary Wifi point and wait until the light pulses yellow (Google Nest Wifi) or pulses orange (Google Wifi). Make sure your mobile device is still connected to your Google Nest or Google Wifi network.
 

Please note that you’ll need to use the Google Wifi app, even if you normally use the Google Home app to manage your device. Download the app at the Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS).

  1. Open the Google Wifi app .
  2. Tap the Settings and actions tab  and then Network & general.
  3. Under “Network,” tap Advanced networking and then WAN.
  4. Choose DHCP, Static, or PPPoE.
  5. Make any changes, then tap Save.
DHCP

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is the protocol that allows a device (in this case your router) to automatically get an IP Address and other related information.

If you had another WAN type and want to go back to DHCP:

  1. Open the Google Wifi app .
  2. Tap the Settings and actions tab  and then Network & general.
  3. Under “Network,” tap Advanced networking and then WAN and then DHCP.
  4. Tap Save.
  5. Reconnect the ethernet cable to your router or primary Google Wifi point.
Learn more about DHCP

Every device connected to the Internet has an IP address. It tells the Internet where to send data, like a mailing address on a package.

When using DHCP, Google Wifi will automatically ask the device connected to the WAN port of your primary Wifi point (typically a modem, or router/modem combination) for an IP address. Your modem (the "upstream" device) gives your router or primary Wifi point an IP address for a set amount of time (this is called a “lease time”). When the lease expires, the upstream device will renew the lease and the router or primary Wifi point will typically use the same address. DHCP will assign a new IP address to your router or primary Wifi point after a reboot.

DHCP is commonly the default because the process is automatic and requires no manual configuration.

Static IP

A static IP address is an IP address that has been specifically reserved for your connection and doesn’t change automatically. You’ll know if you have a Static IP, because you will have reserved an address with your ISP. 

  1. Open the Google Wifi app .
  2. Tap the Settings and actions tab  and then Network & general.
  3. Under “Network,” tap Advanced networking and then WAN and then Static IP.
  4. Enter the IP address, subnet mask, and internet gateway provided by your ISP. When you're done, tap Save.
  5. After the changes are saved, reconnect the ethernet cable to your router or primary Wifi point and modem.
Learn more about Static IP

Most users don’t need static IP addresses for their router. You’ll only need one when you want an external device or Internet service to remember your device (e.g. if you’re running a server or want to remotely access your home network via its public IP). Note: Most ISPs require a special account, often intended for businesses, to assign you a static IP address.

This is different from your personal device having a Static IP address. Your router can have a static IP address that the rest of the Internet sees. But individual devices connected to your router (e.g. a laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.) can also be given static IP addresses that are used for your local network; the outside world won’t see these specific static IP addresses. Learn about Static IPs for your network devices.
PPPoE

PPPoE is short for Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet. This means you need a specific username and password from your Internet service provider (ISP) before accessing the Internet. This is typical for many DSL connections.

If you’re not sure what your username and password are, contact your ISP and ask for your PPPoE account name and password. You’ll need to enter these when manually configuring your WAN settings.

Once you have your account name and password, here’s how to enter your PPPoE information.

  1. Open the Google Wifi app .
  2. Tap the Settings and actions tab  and then Network & general.
  3. Under “Network,” tap Advanced networking and then WAN and then PPPoE.
  4. Enter your account name and password. Verify the password, then tap Save.
  5. Reconnect the ethernet cable to your Wifi point.
Note: To keep your network secure, Google Wifi and Google Nest Wifi do not support WPAD (Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol). WPAD can easily be hacked and expose your browsing behavior or data. If your device has WPAD enabled, we recommend you refer to your device user manual and disable it.
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