How many Google Nest or Google Wifi points do I need?

Since Wi-Fi relies on so many variables, there’s no simple formula. Here are some things to consider:

Home size

The bigger your house, the more points you'll need to have whole-home Wi-Fi coverage. 

Here’s an estimate of how much Wi-Fi coverage you’ll get with a Google Nest Wifi or Google Wifi system:

Google Nest Wifi* Google Wifi**
Nest Wifi router (standalone) 1-2 bedroom homes One Google Wifi point Up to 85 sq. metres
Nest Wifi router + one point 2-3 bedroom homes Two Google Wifi points 85 - 170 sq. metres
Nest Wifi router + two points 3+ bedroom homes Three Google Wifi points More than 170 sq. metres

*Google Nest Wifi requires a Google Nest router and is compatible with both Google Nest Wifi points as well as Google Wifi points. The Nest Wifi router can cover a 1-2 bedroom home. Each Nest Wifi point can cover an additional 1-2 rooms.

**The above recommendation for number of Wifi points is just a guide; home materials and layout can affect how Wi-Fi signal travels. Homes with thicker walls or long, narrow layouts may need extra Wifi points for full coverage. Strength and speed of signal will depend on your Internet provider.

As a general rule, points work best when they’re no more than two rooms away from each other. For example, if the far end of your house has weak Wi-Fi, don’t put a Wifi point in that exact spot. Instead, put it partway in that direction. Try to place it in an elevated position, like on a shelf.

Home construction

Points work best when they can see each other with a clear line of sight. Barriers such as heavy furniture and walls made of thick concrete or brick can influence Wi-Fi performance. With additional points, it will be easier to strategically place them in a way that avoids obstructions.

Neighbourhood Wi-Fi congestion

Crowded Wi-Fi areas such as apartment buildings can result in crowded Wi-Fi channels and reduced Wi-Fi performance. In these environments, the closer you are to a point, the better your Wi-Fi performance will be.

Maximum number of points

We recommend a maximum of five Wifi points in a single network.  Adding more may be detrimental to Wi-Fi performance.

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