Introducing Google Wifi
We are excited to announce Google Wifi, a home Wi-Fi system that provides reliable Wi-Fi coverage in every nook and cranny of your home.
Google Wifi FAQWhat’s Google Wifi? How does it work?
What's Google Wifi?
Google Wifi is a new type of home Wi-Fi system that replaces your router for seamless coverage throughout your home.
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.
With Google Wifi, you can place multiple ‘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.
Do I need a modem?
Google Wifi replaces your existing router. If you have a modem + router combo from your Internet service provider, your main Google Wifi point will connect to that device, and you will have to turn off its Wi-Fi functionality.
Google Wifi is built on our new mesh Wi-Fi technology. Within our 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.
What other cool things does Google Wifi do?
On top of great coverage, we’ve built a feature called Network Assist. Network Assist actively manages and optimizes your Wi-Fi network behind the scenes so you don’t have to.
It keeps your signal strong, even as you roam throughout your house by intelligently transitioning you to the best Wifi point and the right Wi-Fi channel to avoid congestion.
How many 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.
How many Wifi points can connect to one another?
You can use as many Google Wifi points as you need to cover your home. We recommend placing them about 2 rooms away from one another for the best signal.
Where can I get Google Wifi?
Google Wifi is available online and in stores. Look for it at:
- Google Store
- Best Buy
How much does it cost?
- A single Google Wifi point: $129
- 3-pack: $299
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 it?
Nope! You can purchase Google Wifi and get setup without an OnHub router.
Are Wifi points wireless? Do I need an ethernet cable?
Your primary Wifi point needs to be connected to a modem with an ethernet cable. Additional Wifi points do not; they only need to be connected to a power outlet.
Can I use it with non-OnHub routers?
No. Google Wifi is only compatible with Google Wifi and OnHub devices.
Will it work with IoT devices?
You bet. All your connected devices can connect to a Google Wifi network. We also 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.
Can I use it 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. Google Wifi uses our new ‘mesh’ Wi-Fi technology -- multiple Wifi points work together for fast reliable coverage throughout your home.