Test Wi-Fi speed to devices on your network

You can see the connection speed between your router or points and the wireless devices connected to those points. The results will appear in megabits-per-second (Mbps).

Note:

  • You will only be able to see results for devices connected wirelessly to your network.
  • Results measure your devices’ connection speed to the router or point they’re connected to, not their connection to the internet itself.
  • To test the speed between your devices and your router or points, you’ll need to use the Google Wifi app, even if you normally use the Google Home app to manage your devices. Download the app at the Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iOS).

Test speed of devices with the Google Wifi app

  1. Open the Google Wifi app .
  2. Tap the Settings and actions tab  and then Network & general.
  3. Tap Test Wi-Fi.
  4. We’ll test one point at a time, showing speeds for each device connected to that point. A checkmark will appear next to the device name when the test is complete. 
  5. You’ll see the speed results for each device.
  6. Once all tests have completed, tap Redo to run the tests again. If you’re finished, tap Done.

What the results mean

Color What it means
Green Your device has great Wi-Fi connectivity
Yellow Your device might be underperforming due to
lower Wi-Fi speed. 
Find out what you can do to improve it.
Red Wi-Fi connectivity may be limited. But don’t worry.
In many cases, this is because the device doesn’t support fast speeds. For example, smart thermostats and wireless printers fall into this category.

It’s important to remember that not all devices need fast Wi-Fi speeds to work as they’re intended. What matters most is that you can use the device in the way you expect.

If your results come back as “Skipped” or “Idle,” it means there wasn’t enough data for us to determine the device’s speed.

Overall performance also depends on internet speed

You can have the best router in the world, but if the internet connection provided by your ISP is slow, you’ll still have slow performance.

Improve your Wi-Fi speed

Wi-Fi speed can vary depending on a few things: the type of device you are using, distance between the device and your router or point, the frequency your devices are connected to, and physical barriers like walls in your home.

To improve your Wi-Fi speed, try one or more of these steps:

  • Move the connected device closer to your Wifi router or point.
  • Run a mesh test to confirm placement of your Wifi points. Try moving your router or point to a more open/unobstructed location and your router or points closer to each other.
  • Restart your network.
  • Contact your ISP to confirm your service is working properly.

Things that could affect your Wi-Fi speed

  • Your device is far from your Wifi router or point(s). Often, moving your device closer to your router or point will result in improved speeds.
  • Building materials and other objects located between your router and Wifi points or between your Wifi points and mobile devices may slow your connection. If possible, try to use your device within a clear line of sight to your router or point.
  • The internet speed from your provider may be currently slower than expected. Test your internet speeds if the results are less than you expected contact your internet service provider.
  • Devices connected on the 2.4GHz channel may not achieve speeds as fast as the 5GHz channel.
  • Some devices do not support the faster Wi-Fi standards. Speed is dependent on both the router or point and the device that is connected to it. If you’re using an older device, it’s likely it won’t support the latest standards for the fastest speeds.
  • There could be signal interference due to traffic on your Wi-Fi network, on your neighbors' Wi-Fi networks, or from other sources like microwaves or baby monitors.

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