Introducing Google Wifi
The Wi-Fi in your home should be fast and seamless, so that you can enjoy everything that the Internet has to offer. That’s why we designed Google Wifi. Note: Google Wifi is the previous version of Google Nest Wifi.
What Google Wifi does (and why it's cool)
- Google Wifi is a home mesh 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 a modem to connect to the Internet.
- You can quickly set up multiple Google Wifi devices (we call them 'points') to bring the Internet right where you want it –your office, living room, garage or basement. 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, the Google Wifi points create a high-powered connection and work together to make sure that your devices stay on the clearest channel with the fastest bandwidth. 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 film 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 adaptor 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 points are wireless; they only need to be connected to a power socket (although they can be connected to each other via Ethernet, if you prefer).
Note: If you have a modem and router combo from your Internet Service Provider (ISP), you'll need to connect your primary Google Wifi point to that device. To ensure that all of your devices are connected to Google Wifi's network, we recommend that you either turn off your modem and router's Wi-Fi functionality or set your devices to 'forget' your previous network.
- Broadband connection to your Internet Service
- A Google Account
- The latest version of the Google Wifi app on Android or iOS.
Note: We strongly recommend purchasing Google Wifi from the country where you'll be using it. Since wireless regulations vary by country, you may experience compatibility issues if you move your Wifi device(s) to a different country, and Google will be unable to offer support. If you're setting up a mesh network, we recommend purchasing all of your Wifi points in the same country.
Frequently asked questions
Take a look at 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 that 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 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 optimises your Wi-Fi network behind the scenes so that 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 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 Home and Google Wifi apps, you decide when your children have access to the Internet on their devices. Pause Wi-Fi on your children's 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 Nest Wifi, 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 metres of Wi-Fi coverage*|
|1||140 square metres.|
|2||140–280 square metres.|
|3||280–420 square metres.|
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?
Can I use Google Wifi as an extender?
Does the Google Wifi app turn my phone into a wireless hotspot?
Will Google Wifi work with IoT (Internet of Things) devices, such as smart light bulbs?
Are Google Wifi points wireless? Do I need an Ethernet cable?
Yes! 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.
* OnHub routers are only available in the US and Canada.
Can I use Google Wifi with Google Nest Wifi?
Have more questions about Google Wifi? Contact us.