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Introducing Google Wifi

When it comes to Wi-Fi in your home, your time and effort should go towards enjoying all that the internet has to offer. That’s why we designed Google Wifi.

Google Wifi 3-pack

What Google Wifi does (and why it's cool)

  • Google Wifi is a new type of home Wi-Fi system that replaces your traditional router and provides seamless, reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. You’ll still need an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and modem to connect to the internet.
  • You can quickly set up multiple Google Wifi devices (we call them “Wifi points”) to bring the internet right where you want it - a guest room, workshop, or treehouse. For a refresher on Wi-Fi terms and concepts, check out our Wi-Fi basics.
  • Google Wifi is built on our mesh Wi-Fi technology. Once you set up your mesh network, each Google Wifi point creates a high-powered connection and they work together to determine the best path between points for your data. The result is fast Wi-Fi everywhere in your house, not just right next to the router. You can even roam throughout the house while on a video call or while streaming a movie without the signal dropping.

Requirements: What you need to use Google Wifi

In addition to at least one Google Wifi point and the Ethernet cable and power adapter that come with it, you need:

  • A modem. Google Wifi is a router, not a modem. Your primary Wifi point needs to be connected to a modem with an Ethernet cable (provided). Additional Wifi points are wireless; they only need to be connected to a power outlet (although they can be connected to each other via Ethernet, if you prefer).
         Note: If you have a modem + router combo from your internet service provider (ISP), you'll need to connect your primary Google Wifi point to that device. Then, we recommend that you turn off your modem + router's Wi-Fi functionality to ensure that all of your devices are connected to Google Wifi's network.
  • Broadband connection to your ISP
  • A Google Account
  • Google Wifi app for Android 4 and up or iOS 8 and up.

Frequently asked questions

Check out this list of common questions to learn more about Google Wifi.

What makes Google Wifi different?

  • Traditional routers weren’t designed for all the different ways we use Wi-Fi today. Walls and distance make it difficult for a single router to send a strong signal to every room in your home, resulting in slow Wi-Fi and dead zones.
  • Google Wifi is a new type of home Wi-Fi system that allows you to use the internet in more places in your home.
  • On top of great coverage, Google Wifi's Network Assist technology actively manages and optimizes your Wi-Fi network behind the scenes so you don’t have to. Google Wifi keeps your signal strong by intelligently transitioning you to the best Wifi point as you move throughout your home and the right Wi-Fi channel to avoid congestion.
  • Need more coverage? Place additional Wifi points in different rooms for fast Wi-Fi in every corner of your home. We recommend putting them out in the open, about 1-2 rooms apart.
  • With the Family Wi-Fi features available on the Google Wifi app, you decide when your kids have access to the internet on their devices. Pause Wi-Fi on your kids' devices on demand or on a regular schedule and automatically block access to millions of adult websites.

Will Google Wifi work with my existing setup?

  • Each Google Wifi point is a router that’s designed to work with your existing ISP and modem.

  • Google Wifi can create a mesh network only with Google Wifi and OnHub* routers. If you have a non-compatible router (such as a Cisco, Linksys, or Netgear router), it won’t mesh with your Google Wifi points.
  • Google Wifi will work with most connected wireless devices including tablets, printers, and smart appliances. Although most devices are compatible with Google Wifi, there are a few that aren’t.

Learn about setting up Google Wifi

*OnHub routers are only available in the US and Canada.

How many Google Wifi points do I need?

Wi-Fi signals depend on many factors; here’s an estimate of how much Wi-Fi coverage you’ll get with a Google Wifi system:

Number of Wifi points Square feet of Wi-Fi coverage*
1 1,500 sq. ft.
2 1,500-3,000 sq. ft.
3 3,000-4,500 sq. ft.

If you have a larger home, you can add even more Wifi points and they will all work seamlessly together. You may also need additional Wifi points if your home is long and narrow or has thick walls.

*These coverage estimates are for homes with timber frames. Homes made of other materials may see different Wi-Fi coverage.


Learn more about where to place your Google Wifi points.

How many Wifi points can connect to one another?

Use the square footage guidelines above to help you determine how many Wifi points you might need to cover your home.
For medium to larger homes, we recommend first setting up your network with a Google Wifi 3-pack. If you find that certain areas of your home still need additional Wi-Fi coverage, you can add additional Wifi points in those areas. You can have a max of 32 points in a mesh network, though it’s unlikely you’ll need anything close to that.
We also recommend placing your Google Wifi points about 2 rooms away from one another for the best signal.
Where can I buy Google Wifi and how much does it cost?

Where can I get Google Wifi?

Google Wifi is available online and in stores. Look for it at:

How much does it cost?

  • A single Google Wifi point:  $129
  • 3-pack: $299

Can I use Google Wifi as an extender?

Google Wifi cannot be used as an extender for your current router. Google Wifi replaces your router with one or more Google Wifi points.

Does the Google Wifi app turn my phone into a wireless hotspot? 

You'll use the Google Wifi app to set up, control, and monitor the Google Wifi mesh router system. The app alone doesn't provide a Wi-Fi connection.

Will Google Wifi work with IoT (Internet of Things) devices, like smart light bulbs?

You bet. Most of your Wi-Fi connected devices can connect to a Google Wifi network. See incompatible devices.

Are Google Wifi points wireless? Do I need an Ethernet cable?

Your primary Wifi point needs to be connected to a modem with an Ethernet cable (provided). Additional Wifi points do not; they only need to be connected to a power outlet (although they can be connected to each other via Ethernet, if you prefer).
Can I use Google Wifi with OnHub?

Yep! OnHub* and Google Wifi points can work together to create a mesh network. If you already have an OnHub, you can add a Wifi point to expand coverage to new parts of your home. It’ll use the same Google Wifi app and have all the same new features.

Do I need OnHub in order to use Google Wifi?

Nope! You can purchase Google Wifi and get setup without an OnHub router.

How do I manage my IoT devices with OnHub?

To help you manage your smart devices using OnHub, we created a simple website called On.Here that allows guests in your home (like your mom or babysitter) to control smart devices like Phillips Hue lightbulbs.

* OnHub routers are only available in the US and Canada.

Have more questions about Google Wifi? Contact us.

 

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