Where to place your Wifi points
The location of your Wifi point is vital to reliable Wi-Fi throughout your home. But knowing where to put them is an inexact science. It depends on a lot things like:
- Home size
- Home construction type
- Where you regularly use Wi-Fi
- Placement of your Wifi points
The bigger your house, the greater your Wi-Fi coverage needs to be. And better coverage means more Google Wifi points.
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.|
*These coverage estimates are for homes with timber frames. Homes made of other materials may see different Wi-Fi coverage.
As a general rule, Wifi points work best when they’re no more than 2 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.
Note: We recommend a maximum of 6 points in a single mesh set up, which can cover up to 9,000 sq. ft. This is usually sufficient for the average home, although some have networks covering up to 13,500 sq. ft.
Primary Wifi point
Your primary Wifi point needs to be connected to a modem. This may limit where you place it, depending on where your modem is and the length of the ethernet and power cables.
If possible, place your Wifi point off the ground and in plain view, like on a shelf or TV stand. Ideally, you should choose a central location at eye level.
Additional Wifi points
The goal of a Home Wi-Fi system is to deliver strong Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of your home. To provide this coverage, the connection between each Google Wifi point needs to be strong as well. So make sure the Wifi points are evenly spread out but not too far from each other.
- Start at your primary Wifi point.
- Now think about where you want good Wi-Fi in your home. Place your next Google Wifi point about halfway in that direction. (As a general rule, no more than two rooms away from the primary Wifi point is good.)
If you live in a multi-story home, put your Wifi point in an open area and try to keep it clear of clutter.
- Find a nearby electrical outlet and plug in your Google Wifi point.
Repeat these steps for any additional Wifi points.
Perform a mesh test to see if one of your Wifi points has a poor connection. If it’s good, no need to move it. If it’s poor, try these recommendations.
- Line of sight: Google Wifi points perform better when they can see each other. Repositioning Wifi points to avoid obstructions like walls, doors, and aquariums can improve performance.
- Get off the ground: Lifting devices off the ground can greatly improve coverage.
- Consider your overall mesh: Wifi points depend on each other to provide great coverage in your home. In order to fix a particular “weak” Wifi point, you may need to move a different Wifi point in order to fix it.
If you do move a Wifi point, perform another mesh test to see if that location gives you a good connection.