Where to place your Wifi devices

The location of your Google Nest Wifi devices or Google Wifi points is vital to reliable Wi-Fi throughout your home. But knowing where to put them is an inexact science. It depends on a lot of things like:

  • Home size
  • Home construction type
  • Where you regularly use Wi-Fi
  • Layout of your home
  • Placement of your Wifi points

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 1 Google Wifi point Up to 85 sq. metres
Nest Wifi router + 1 point 2-3 bedroom homes 2 Google Wifi points 85 - 170 sq. metres
Nest Wifi router + 2 points 3+ bedroom homes 3 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 up to 120 sq. m. Each Nest Wifi point can cover up to 90 sq. m.

As a general rule, 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 5 Wifi points in a single mesh set up.

 

Nest Wifi router and point Where to set up Google Nest Wifi devices 

Nest Wifi devices include the Google Nest router and Google Nest Wifi points with Google Assistant speakers. You can also add Google Wifi points to your Google Nest Wifi network in the same way that you add Nest Wifi points.

Place your router

Your router 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 router off the ground and in plain view, like on a shelf or TV stand. Try to choose a central location at eye level.

Add a Nest Wifi point or Google Wifi point

To provide Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of your home, the connection between each point needs to be strong. Make sure the Nest Wifi router and points are evenly spread out but not too far from each other.

  1. Start at your router.

  2. Now think about where else you want a strong Wi-Fi signal in your home. Place your point about halfway in that direction, but no more than two rooms away from your router or another point.

    • If you’re setting up a Nest Wifi point, this location will also be where you interact with the Google Assistant.

    • Place your point in an open area and avoid placing it near other objects that will physically block your signal. 

  3. Find a nearby electrical outlet. Make sure the power adapter is connected to your point, then plug the other end into the outlet. If you’re setting up a Nest Wifi point, the point’s light will pulse to indicate that it’s powering on.

  4. Once you have set up your network, you can perform a mesh test to verify that your connections are strong, and              readjust the placement of your points as needed.

Repeat these steps for any additional points.

Google Wifi point Where to set up Google Wifi devices 

Google Wifi is made up of Google Wifi points. You can also add Google Nest Wifi points as additional points. The Google Nest Wifi point cannot be used as a primary point (router). 

Place your primary Google Wifi point

Your primary Google 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 point off the ground and in plain view, like on a shelf or TV stand. Try to choose a central location at eye level.

Add additional points

To provide Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of your home, the connection between each point needs to be strong. Make sure that the points are evenly spread out but not too far from each other.

  1. Start at your primary Google Wifi point.

  2. Now think about where else you want a strong Wi-Fi signal in your home. Place your next point about halfway in that direction, but not more than two rooms away from the primary point. 

    • If you’re setting up a Nest Wifi point, this location will also be where you interact with the Google Assistant.

    • Place your point in an open area and avoid placing it near other objects that will physically block your signal. 

  3. Find a nearby electrical socket and plug in your point.

  4. Once you’ve set up your network, you can perform a mesh test to verify that your connections are strong, and adjust the placement of your points as needed.

Repeat these steps for any additional points.

How to improve coverage

Once you’ve set up your devices, you can perform a mesh test to see if one of your points has a poor connection. If it’s poor, try these recommendations.

  • Line of sight: Points perform better when they can see each other. Repositioning points to avoid obstructions like walls, doors and aquariums can improve performance.
  • Get off the ground: Placing devices somewhere off the ground, such as on a shelf, can greatly improve coverage.
  • Consider your overall mesh network: Points depend on each other to provide great coverage in your home. In order to fix a particular 'weak' point, you may need to move a different point in order to fix it.

If you do move a point, perform another mesh test to make sure that location gives you a good connection.

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