Fix Double NAT / Two Wi-Fi networks are running at the same time
Double NAT isn’t necessarily a problem. For most people, Double NAT does not affect Wi-Fi performance. But it can be an issue if you play online games or use port forwarding rules and UPnP. Learn more about Double NAT.
If Double NAT is causing problems, you have some options:
Give your Google Wifi network a different name (RECOMMENDED)
If this router is independent of your modem, power off and unplug this router and directly connect your modem to your Wifi point. That should do the trick.
If this router is combined with your modem, enable bridge mode on your modem/router combo. Here's how to do that:
- Connect a computer directly to your router with an Ethernet cable.
- Log into your router or modem/router combo and find its settings to enable bridge mode.
- To access your router’s settings, you might have to open an internet browser, and enter your router’s IP address in the address bar. Like this:
Details vary depending on the device. Many ISPs and manufacturers provide instructions on how to do this.
Note: Bridge mode will only work if you’re using a single Google Wifi point. If you’re creating a mesh network with multiple Wifi points, your Primary Wifi point cannot be in Bridge mode.
While all additional Wifi points are always in bridge mode by default, we don’t recommend turning your Primary Wifi point into a bridge. This is because the Primary Wifi point needs to do special things to control settings and communication within your Wi-Fi network. If it’s in bridge mode, you’ll lose some of Google Wifi’s functionality:
- Priority device will be unavailable
- DNS can’t be edited
- WAN settings can’t be edited
- Guest Wi-Fi
- Wi-Fi speed results in Network check. (But download and upload results will still work.)
Additionally, bridge mode disables many of Google Wifi’s security protections. This is because your upstream router (the modem/router combo in the above scenario) is the one performing DNS steering, packet inspection, executable patching, etc.
Google Wifi’s automatic security updates maximizes your privacy and security. Its protective features are most effective -- and in some cases, only effective -- when all traffic passes through your Primary Wifi point (instead of another router).
If you have a 3rd party router, you can wire a Primary Wifi point to it, then “mesh” additional Wifi points downstream. See here for detailed steps.
Still want to turn your primary Wifi point into a bridge? Ok, here’s how:
1. Open the Google Wifi app.
2. Tap the settings tab, then Network & general
3. Tap Advanced networking > Device mode > your Wifi point > Bridge mode.
4. Tap Save.
Additional questionsWhat is Double NAT?
Connecting two routers can extend the Wi-Fi coverage in your home. But when you have two routers -- each with their own private Wi-Fi network -- your personal devices can have a hard time communicating with each other. This scenario is called Double NAT.
For example, let’s say you want to wirelessly print a picture from your computer. If you have two Wi-Fi networks, it’s possible that your computer is on one network while your printer is on the other. And if both networks are private, your computer won’t be able to tell your printer to print the picture.
This can also result in performance issues if you play online games or use port forwarding rules and UPnP.
Bridge mode fixes this by letting multiple routers share one single Wi-Fi network. Here’s what that could look like:
But Double NAT isn’t necessarily a problem. For most people, Double NAT does not affect Wi-Fi performance. But it can be an issue if you play online games or use IP address assignments, port forwarding rules, and UPnP.