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Network check lets you perform a quick and easy speed test from the Google Wifi app. With a click, it measures your internet speeds (download and upload), Wi-Fi speed, and mesh connection if you have multiple Wifi points.

Perform a network check in the app

Let’s see how your network is performing.

1. Open the Google Wifi app.

2. Tap the tab, then Network check.

You have the option of testing your entire network or specific portions of your network. You can test your internet speeds, the mesh connection between your Wifi points (if you have more than one), or the Wi-Fi speed to your mobile device.

Test entire network
  1. Tap Start All Tests.
  2. The app will test your internet speeds. It should take about 30 seconds.
  3. You’ll see your internet download and upload speed results. There will also be a brief description of what you can do with this kind of speed.
  4. Tap Test Mesh to test your Mesh connection.
    Note: This only applies if you have multiple Wifi points.
  5. The results will show the connections of all your Wifi points. Results will either be: weak, OK, or great. If one or more has a weak connection, the app will tell you. To see detailed results, tap the three dots in the top right corner and select DetailsHow do I fix a weak connection?
  6. Tap Test Wi-Fi to check your Wi-Fi connection. The test should also take about 20-30 seconds.
    Note: You have to be connected to your Google Wifi's network to test its Wi-Fi connection.
  7. Results will either be: weak, OK or Great. To see detailed results, tap the three dots in the top-right corner and select Details.
  8. Tap Redo to test your Wi-Fi again. If you’re finished, tap Done.
Want to see old network check results?
Test Internet speeds
  1. On the network check screen, tap Test internet.
  2. The app will test your internet speeds. It should take about 30-40 seconds.
  3. You’ll see your internet download and upload speed results. There will also be a brief description of what you can do with this kind of speed. What do these results mean?
  4. Tap Redo to test your internet speed again. If you’re finished, tap Done.
Test mesh connection

Note: This test is only available if you have multiple Wifi points.

  1. On the network check screen, tap Test mesh.
  2. The results will show the connections of all your Wifi points. If one or more has a weak connection, the app will tell you. To see these results, tap the three dots in the top-right corner and select DetailsWhat do these results mean?
  3. Tap Redo to test your mesh connection again. If you’re finished, tap Done.
How do I fix a weak connection?
Test Wi-Fi speeds

Note: You have to be connected to your Google Wifi network to test its connection.

  1. On the network check screen, tap Test Wi-Fi.
  2. The test should take about 20-30 seconds.
  3. Results will either be: weak, fair, or good. To see detailed results, tap the three dots in the top-right corner and select Details. What do these results mean?
  4. Tap Redo to test your Wi-Fi again. If you’re finished, tap Done.
What do the results mean?

Network check measures four things:

Download speed

This represents how fast your network can receive data from Internet servers. Download speed is measured in megabits-per-second (Mbps). This is what we usually think of when we hear “Internet speed.” Fast download speeds mean smooth video streaming, smooth online gaming, and fast web browsing. How is download speed measured?

Find out what you can do with your download speed in the chart below.

Download speed
 
Megabits Per Second (Mbps) Rating What you can do
100 Mbps and up Blazing fast Anything you want! Stream 4K videos on multiple devices, play online games with your friends, or have a video conference -- all at the same time. We’re talking all the crystal-clear HD cat videos your heart desires.
50 Mbps and up Lightning fast Stream HD video, video conferences, and online games on multiple devices at the same time. Sounds like a party.
25 Mbps and up Pretty snappy Reliably stream HD videos on multiple devices at the same time.
13 Mbps and up Good Stream a few HD videos at once. Decent for a crowded home, but best for small households.
7 Mbps and up Ok Stream one HD video. If multiple devices are streaming videos at the same time, you might run into some buffering.
3 Mbps and up A little slow Stream a standard definition video on one device.
Under 3 Mbps Not so great Web browsing should be fine, but videos could load slowly.

Results aren't what you expected?

Keep in mind: Your download speed is determined by the plan you have purchased from your ISP. Some plans are limited to 10 Mbps, while others can go all the way up to 1000 Mbps.

One last thing: Some devices like mobile phones won’t have speeds as fast as computers. The model/version of the device can also affect speeds.

Upload speed

This measures how fast your network can send data to a server. Upload speed is particularly important for online gaming, video or voice calls, and uploading large files like videos to YouTube or backing up photos. This is measured in megabits-per-second (Mbps).

Wi-Fi speed

This is the connection speed between your Wifi point and the device running the Google Wifi app at a specific location.

Rating Wi-Fi speed
Good More than 25 Mbps
Fair Between 10 and 25 Mbps
Weak Less than 10 Mbps
 

Note: To see your detailed Wi-Fi speed, tap the three dots in the top-right corner of the Wi-Fi results screen and select Details.

Improve Wi-Fi speed

Wi-Fi speed can vary depending on a few things: distance from your Wifi point, which Wifi point you're connected to (if you have more than one), your device’s hardware, the frequency it’s connected to, and physical barriers like walls in your home.

To improve your Wi-Fi speed, try 1.) moving closer to your Wifi point, 2.) move your Wifi point to a more open/unobstructed location, or 3.) moving your Wifi points closer to each other. On some devices (particularly older models) Wi-Fi speeds may be limited by the actual hardware.

Overall performance also depends on Internet speed

You can have the best router in the world, but if the internet connection provided by your ISP is slow, you’ll still have slow performance.

General rule of thumb: If you have a good Wi-Fi speed and you're happy with your download speed, you're fine.

Mesh connection

Note: Mesh test is only available if you have more than one Wifi point.

This measures the connection between your primary Wifi point (the one connected to your modem) and any additional Wifi points. The stronger that connection is, the better your Wi-Fi will be throughout your house.

Rating Speed
Great More than 100 Mbps
OK Between 50 and 100 Mbps
Weak Less than 50 Mbps

How to improve a weak mesh connection

If your Wifi point has a weak mesh connection, try moving it closer to your primary Wifi point (the one connected to your modem). Wifi points work best when they’re no more than 2 rooms apart. Also, make sure there aren’t any objects like thick walls or furniture blocking your Wifi points.

Sometimes you need to move a different Wifi point that’s not “weak” in order to improve the weak wifi point’s performance.

Where should I put my Wifi point?

How are results measured?

Download speed is how fast information can travel from one computer to another in a certain amount of time. In a nutshell, it’s a measure of quantity over time. This is commonly measured in megabits per second (Mbps). If you have a faster connection, you'll be able to transfer more data in a shorter amount of time.

To calculate your download speed, the Google Wifi app measures how much data your Wifi point can send and receive from Google’s servers in a given amount of time. We believe that testing speed against popular a server (i.e. YouTube) instead of the closest one provides a truer measure of normal, everyday internet use. Learn more.

For example, if your download speed is 45 Mbps, that means:

  • 45 megabits of data can be transferred in one second from YouTube's servers to your home.

But you should also keep in mind: Any speed test is just a general snapshot of your download speed, which depends on when and where you’re going on the Internet. In other words, you might not have 45 Mbps of speed for everything you do online. That’s because not all internet connections are the same size. The bigger the connection, the more data can flow through it. And connection size will vary depending on the sites you visit and where their servers are.

Additionally, network congestion is always a factor. So, depending on what you’re doing and when you’re doing it and what other people on the Internet are doing, your download speed could potentially be higher or lower than 45 Mbps. But 45 Mbps is a pretty good snapshot of your internet speed. :)

Note: In some instances (for example, in an email from Google Wifi), the displayed download speed is an average of past Network Check results. These past results are a collection of any manual Network Check you perform and any automatic check, which the Google Wifi app performs every other day, from the past two months.

Results aren't what I expected

Unexpected download speed

Your download speed is looking a little slow, huh? 

Before you panic, ask yourself: Am I actually experiencing slow speeds? Or are the results just lower than I expected?

If you actually notice slow performance, check out our article on slow Wi-Fi speeds.

If the network check results are low but your Internet experience is good (fast web browsing, smooth video streaming), that’s a good sign. The result could just be a false alarm. There could be several reasons why. Let’s make sure you’re getting accurate results. Learn how Google Wifi tests your network.

  • Make sure the slow result wasn’t a one-time thing. Try running a network check again.
    Slow results can be caused by congestion on your ISP’s network or on the Internet, which are most crowded during peak hours like dinnertime. When networks get crowded, data gets slowed down, like cars in a traffic jam.
  • Turn off priority device. Priority device reserves bandwidth for the prioritized device and will result in slower network check results.

Wi-Fi result isn’t what I expected

Here are a few reasons why your Wi-Fi results aren't higher:

  • You’re far from your Wifi point(s).
  • Your environment is congested due to traffic on your Wi-Fi network, on your neighbor's' Wi-Fi networks, or from other sources like microwaves or baby monitors.
  • Your mobile device is connected on 2.4GHz channel, which won’t achieve speeds as fast as the 5GHz channel.
  • Your mobile device does not support the latest Wi-Fi standards. Speed is dependent on both the Wifi point and the device that is connected to it. If you’re using an older device, it’s likely it won’t support the latest standards for the fastest speeds.
Why do other speed tests give me different results?

Most online speed tests check for speeds between your personal devices and a server. But these results will vary depending on two factors:

  1. Your location
  2. The location of the server

Some tests automatically select the closest server to you, while others let you select from a list of several servers.

Either way, one thing’s for sure: Distance matters. Test against a server that’s close to you and the results will be faster; test against a farther server and they’ll be slower. This variability can lead to results that aren’t always representative of the speeds you’ll experience in everyday use.

That’s why Google Wifi’s Network Check measures the speed between your Wifi point(s) and Google’s servers. We believe that testing speed against popular servers (i.e. YouTube’s servers) provides a truer measure for normal, everyday internet use.

Think of it this way: Other speeds tests will give you your theoretical “best case scenario” speed, while Google Wifi tries to give you your “most common scenario” speed.

Want to run additional network tests? Check out M-Lab tests.

See past network check results

The Google Wifi app saves the results of every network check performed in the last two months. This includes every manual network check you do and the automatic checks your Wifi point performs every other day.

  1. Open the Google Wifi app and tap the network tab.
  2. Tap the internet in the network map.
  3. Tap the Speed tab.

You can opt of out the automatic network checks by disabling cloud services. But keep in mind: turning off cloud services will also disable features like insight cards, automatic channel selection, and Guest Wi-Fi, among others. Learn more about cloud services.

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