Test Wi-Fi speed to devices on your network

With network check, you can test the connection speed between your Wifi points and one or all wireless devices connected to those points. 

The results will appear in megabits-per-second (Mbps). This is what we usually think of when we hear 'Internet speed'. 

A few things to note:

  • This test is only for devices connected wirelessly to your network; it can’t be run for devices connected via Ethernet cable.
  • Results measure your devices’ connection speed to the nearest Wifi point, not their connection to the Internet itself.

Here’s how to test the Wi-Fi speed to all connected devices on your network:

  1. Open the Google Wifi app.
  2. Tap the  tab, then Network check.
  3. On the network check screen, tap Test Wi-Fi.
  4. We’ll test one Wifi point at a time, showing speeds for each device connected to that Wifi point. A tick mark will appear next to the device name when the test is complete.  This should take about three seconds per connected device. 
  5. You’ll see the speed results for each device in large text at the top of the screen and next to the device name below. If the speed next to the device name appears in green, your Wi-Fi connection is great. Learn more about what the results mean.
  6. The speed results at the top of the screen will fade when the next test is underway. You’ll still see the results next to the device name below.

    Test Wi-Fi speed to wireless devices
  7. Once all tests have completed, tap Redo to run the tests again. When you’ve finished, tap Done.
     

To test the Wi-Fi speed to a single device:

  1. Open the Google Wifi app.
  2. Tap Devices.
  3. Select the device that you want to test.
  4. Tap the three dot menu in the top corner   > Test device speed.

What the results mean

As each test completes, we’ll show the Wi-Fi speed to your devices in megabits-per-second (Mbps). 

Even if you don’t know what the numbers mean, you can tell whether your devices are getting the speed that they need by the colour of the numbers:

Colour 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 that 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.

General rule: If you have a good Wi-Fi speed and you're happy with your download speed, you're fine.

Improve your Wi-Fi speed

Wi-Fi speed can vary depending on a few things: Distance from your Wifi point, which Wifi point you're connected to (if you have more than one), your device’s hardware, the frequency it’s 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 point,
  • move your Wifi point to a more open/unobstructed location or 
  • move your Wifi points closer to each other. 

On some devices (particularly older models) Wi-Fi speeds may be limited by the actual hardware.

Why your Wi-Fi results might be lower than expected

Here are a few reasons why your Wi-Fi results might not be higher:

  • You’re far from your Wifi point(s).
  • Your environment is congested due to traffic on your Wi-Fi network, on your neighbour's' Wi-Fi networks or from other sources like microwaves or baby monitors.
  • Your device is connected on 2.4 GHz channel, which won’t achieve speeds as fast as the 5 GHz channel.
  • Your device does not support the latest Wi-Fi standards. Speed is dependent on both the Wifi point and the device that is connected to it. If you’re using an older device, it’s likely that it won’t support the latest standards for the fastest speeds.

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