Nest Wifi blankets your whole home in fast, reliable Wi-Fi.¹ With up to 3800 sq. ft. of coverage, it automatically updates itself to get new features and help your network stay safe. And Nest Wifi points have a speaker with the Google Assistant for extra help around the house.
Scalable whole home Wi-Fi system
Provides up to 3800 square feet of fast, reliable Wi-Fi coverage for your home. Handles up to 200 connected devices, and fast enough to stream multiple 4K videos at a time.¹
Features two wireless bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz) for faster wireless performance.
Up to 2.2 Gbps data transfer speed
For fast, efficient operation.
Access point with built-in Google Assistant
Allows you control smart home devices, play music, manage your Wi-Fi network, and more, using your voice.²
Focuses signals directly to compatible wireless devices to help ensure dependable connectivity.
Wi-Fi protected access
Protects your network against hackers and eavesdroppers.
Manage your family's Internet use
Keep track of your family's screen time - pause the Internet on your kids' devices at bedtime or during homework hours.
Google Home app
Makes it simple to share your password with guests and prioritize devices on your network.
¹ Home size, materials and layout can affect how Wi-Fi signal travels. Larger homes or 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.
²Controlling certain devices and features in your home requires a compatible smart device.
If you are still using the wifi router provided to you by your internet service provider, chances are (unless you live in a very small house or apartment), that you are not completely happy with your wifi performance. Your signal can be strong in one room, and non-existent in the next. You may wish to sit “here”, but you can’t get a signal unless you move a few feet over “there”, where you don’t want to sit. You may have tried wifi repeaters or extenders in the past, but they basically just create a second network in your home with slow speeds and similar dead zones, forcing you to switch back and forth.
Enter the Google Nest wifi router and “point” (what they call an extender). These small, semi/almost round devices that can fit in your hand create what’s called a “mesh” system where by connecting the Google router to your existing router, you can transfer the wifi functions to it, allowing it to send out stronger signals in both the 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz frequencies simultaneously. The “point(s)” (very slightly smaller than the router itself) are set in other areas of your home, picking up the signal from the main Google router, and boosting them even further. Nicer still, they do not create a separate network in the same way older models do, but instead, extend the one you have.
If you buy a pair (one being the main router and the other the point device), you have three choices of colors, but the router is always white – the point comes in three colors… Mist (a very pale blueish color), Sand (which to me looks Pink), and Snow (white). For large homes, you can also get a router and two points sets. You need to install the appropriate Google Home app to set the system up, and instructions for doing so are simple and included in the app, which works on Apple devices and Android. Provided there are no unforeseen hiccups, you should be up and running within minutes. I know a couple of other people with these devices aside from myself, and one of them did not even need the extra access point – the Google router alone provided stronger and faster wifi than their older one did. One of them has a multi-level home and they did use the point on another level, which did boost speeds and reliability in that area. For myself, the router speed dropped off once it reached the other side of the single level ranch style house, but the overall STRENGTH of it was stronger than my older model… no dead spots.
Side-note: Your access point should you decide to use it, also doubles as a Google Assistant device, where you can ask it a variety of questions, control lights, and more with the appropriate equipment.
I do recommend this system, but there is one warning involved – if you have some types of security cameras, doorbells, and devices that ONLY run on a 2.4 ghz frequency, some people can have an issue where they won’t connect, or they won’t stay connected, to a mesh system like this because it transmits on both 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz at the same time. They get confused it seems. Now, RING (doorbells, cameras, etc) tech support can walk you through how to get around this. If you are lucky (very lucky) you can get a tech at ARLO to do this, too. Your success will vary and you may have to make more than one call if you do run into this issue, so just be prepared knowing that you MIGHT have to do this to ensure all of your devices work with it. Waving a finger at these other device makers though, they need to get with it and update their devices to work on all wifi frequencies, and better be able to detect, connect to, and maintain connection to, mesh networks. It’s not always the router’s fault – many times it’s the device makers not keeping their devices updated, and one rep with one of these companies even admitted to me they are behind in catching up to working with mesh networks.
My one big complaint about the router itself, and it is a big one as others have pointed out, is that the Google router only has one “out” ethernet port on the back for extra devices. That’s it. Camera systems like Arlo require you plug their own hub into one of these. Perhaps you have smart bulbs that come with a small hub as well that need a port, or home phone service, etc. In my opinion, there really is NO excuse for Google only putting one extra ethernet port on this device. Just be aware of this because if you have various things that you currently have plugged directly into your old modem, you may need extra equipment if you are going to use this one to replace it entirely – and the point device has NO ethernet ports. It’s for this reason I won’t give this 5 stars, and really, would drop it to 3 ½ if I could. Yeah – big booboo, Google.
Otherwise, yes, it’s a reliable system for those willing to do the tech call work to perhaps get some of their devices to work with it. But you will most likely be rewarded with a stronger wifi signal over greater ranges.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Simplified WiFi to Boost Your Connected Home
With internet usage and connected home devices increasing so much in your typical household, the need for high quality routers have become more common. I believe that the best form of achieving this is through a mesh router system and Google has really made an achievement with their new Google Nest Wifi Mesh System.
- The design of the router and the point are very appealing. Everything is smooth, seamless, and its meant to be that way. Google did this on purpose to encourage users to have them out in the open as opposed to tucked away. The router will work much better being out in the open so it’s a good choice to make them beautiful!
- Set-Up was very easy. As expected, Google makes everything feel so simplified and straight forward. It was a clean process and I was very pleased with the set up!
- This package features a Router and a Point, which is very common for mesh systems. The Router plugs in directly to your modem so that it gets the hard wired internet source. Then the Point can be placed elsewhere in the house and it just requires power. The system works together flawlessly and really provides a strong boost of internet across multiple levels of your home. It is worth noting that the "Point" isn't as strong as the Router, which seems obvious, but I had no issues as the Point delivered much stronger internet than I previously had to an almost dead internet area of my home.
- The Point makes up for its subtle lack in power, by doubling as a Google Nest Speaker as well and it sounds great! Once again, this encourages you to place it out in the open but the speaker sounds great, has all the same functionality as a Google Nest Mini, and even has a colorful ring to it.
- Lastly, Google really makes this WiFi very easy to manage and just makes it feel so much more accessible than any other WiFi system I have used. By integrating this into your Google Home App and Google Assistants, there are plenty of perks you enjoy. This includes checking connection speeds, setting up Guest networks, see what devices are on it, prioritize which devices are more important for WiFi, and even turn off WiFi for devices aka devices your kids are using. I also really enjoy that you can use a Google Smart Display device to show what your speed tests are or display password information easily.
- The biggest complaint I foresee people having is that the router only has 2 Ethernet ports. One being for the input and one being for output. Sure there are ways around this issue but it would be nicer to have more ports.
- At the time of this review, you really need two apps to access every feature for these routers: The Google Home app and the Google WiFi app. Eventually, Google will merge these two apps into one but for the time being you will have to have two apps if you really want to utilize all the features - although this isn't necessary.
- This mesh system does not support WiFi 6. It seems odd considering WiFi 6 is moving forward as the latest and greatest in home consumer WiFi, but Google opted against including it in this system.
- This system is an all-around win-win for home internet users. On one hand it can be simple and out of the way for you minimalists while providing easy controls when needed. On the other hand, it can be a welcomed addition to you heavy smart-home users by providing a well-integrated Mesh WiFi system that works so well with your other devices. Google knows how to make high quality products, with comfortable ease of use, at reasonable prices compared to what others offer - this Google Nest Mesh System is no exception and will keep you happy.
I would recommend this to a friend
Ease of Use
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Superb Wifi Speeds and Coverage
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
I've had the Asus Ac 5300 for about 2 years. Great router for gaming, but doesn't cover the 5,000 sq ft that it advertises. Maybe it does, but my walls are insulated with foam and I was hardly getting a bar in my garage area (2900sq) to connect my 2 garage doors to wifi. I made a decision to buy another Asus router to mesh. I bought the AC 2900 and it really changed the game, but now I was about $500-600 invested. The routers didn't look attractive at all since we moved to a newer modern home so I invested in these tiny Google routers and boy are they a game changer. Now I don't worry about updates or any problems what so ever. I am very glad I finally made the move to this new system after many years with Asus. They are worth every penny and more! I highly recommend these to anyone that wants superior wifi coverage and speeds.
Recently moved from a small one-bedroom apartment into a house, so the drop in WiFi signal from one end of the house to the other was surprising. Our internet speeds are 200 Mbps down/ 10 Mbps up and we receive that while in the room with the router. Moving to the other end of the home where we sleep and that signal would drop to around 30 mbps down and 8 Mbps up.
After purchasing this kit, the router is still on one side of the home, we have one access point in the middle of the home in our library and another in the primary bedroom and we maintain the 200 Mbps down / 10 Mbps pretty much everywhere in and around the home.
We're already a decently heavy Google household so the fact that the access points double as voice assistants is pretty handy as well.
The largest con to the Nest Wifi router is the fact that it only has one ethernet port. This is fine, because an 8 port Gigabit Ethernet switch is like $25 at most. But I can see how people who aren't necessarily tech-savvy have no idea what a network switch even is.
The other con is the lack of choosing what WiFi network to connect to (whether it be 5 Ghz or 2.4 GHz). For the most part, the automation works well, but there are a few times where my partners desktop will only connect to 2.4 Ghz and it leaves her with a slightly slower connection. Overall kinda minor, as it quickly adjusts, but still an inconvenience.
With that being said, I still think this Mesh Router from Nest is the go-to option for those who are already a Google household. So far, the issues presented are minor at best, but I would highly recommend picking up a network switch with this router to ensure you have enough Ethernet ports available.
We were looking to extend our gigabit wifi coverage and already owned the previous generation Google Wifi mesh extenders, so I figured upgrading to the Google Nest Wifi made sense as the old version had served us well. These newer ones perform as advertised: stronger coverage over a wider area thanks to the updated hardware in the current units! We upgraded to whole home security cameras, so I wanted to ensure we didn’t see any dropouts or higher battery drain due to poor wireless speed/strength, and so far I’m happy to report they are working out great.
A big positive for me was the hardware microphone mute for these units. Honestly I would have preferred being able to buy these without the built-in microphone/voice assistance feature just out of privacy concerns, but being able to disable it manually on the hardware itself and see the LEDs on the bottom of the points change to Orange/Red to show the mic is disabled once you flip the switch is handy.
The biggest negative I have for these was that the setup was not flawless, and even required me to reach out to support as it wasn’t anything that could be fixed through standard troubleshooting like power cycling or doing a factory reset and redoing the network setup from scratch.
The other issue I had was trying to add my old google wifi units as access points since their documentation notes the old ones could still be used as long as you didn’t try to exceed their recommended “limit” of having no more than 5 access points connected to a single router. After factory resetting the older units and trying to add them to the mesh network, I noticed considerable issues with signal degradation as it seemed like it was actually introducing interference rather than boosting signal coverage in other areas of the house. The new Google Home app that lets you control/monitor your network is pretty good overall as well, aside from returning a lot of “Unnamed Device” names for the hardware found on our network - I don’t recall the old “Google Wifi” app having the same issue.
Slight negatives aside, I am still quite pleased with the newer Google Nest Wifi mesh router and access points - the speeds are solid, they transmit fairly well throughout the walls and home in general, and aside from the initial setup hiccups, they’ve been performing flawlessly ever since. Overall, I’d highly recommend the Nest Mesh router/points system and since the rating system doesn’t allow it, I’d note that if possible I’d give this one 4.5 stars out of 5.
Hi Matt, thanks for sharing your review with us. We're sorry to hear that your experience with setting up your Nest Wifi was difficult. The Nest Wifi is compatible with the older Google Wifi and shouldn't interfere or degrade your signal. We would still want to take a better look at your device so we can help identify the cause and provide you with some assistance in improving your experience. Please reach out to our support specialists by contacting us on our Google Help page here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best Router I have ever used!
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Paired with Arris Surfboard 3.0 (also reviewed), the best wifi service I have ever experienced. I highly recommend this pair. I used to have cable company modem and could not have more than 3 devices connected at once without the frustration of lagging.
With my Arris Surfboard and Google Nest pairing, I have had as much as 12 devices connected at the same time and no lagging. I am so happy I no longer have to constantly get stressed about my wifi signal like before ^_^
I normally do not review products unless they blow my expectations away. This product with the Arris surfboard pairing did exactly that. Absolutely phenomenal!!!
Google - Nest Wifi AC2200 Dual-Band Mesh Wi-Fi System (2-Pack)
Google’s Nest Wifi system has been a huge upgrade from my (fairly old) ASUS RT-N66U. One of the biggest differences has been going from a single-router to a mesh system with multiple access points to cover more square feet around my home. Initially I bought the 2-pack (Router and AP) but ended up expanding to another AP due to how satisfied I was with the product.
Setting up the system is bar-none the easiest I’ve had to setup. Using Google Home’s app, it’s all automated and straight-forward as you go through the prompt. The only issue I had (which is definitely due to my laziness) is I shared the same SSID and PW with my current router and the new Nest...so of course I had issues getting it all paired up. But after I worked that out, the drop in was almost flawless.
Speeds have been considerably faster on all of my WiFi devices (which I have quite a bit of) and I haven’t experienced any dropoff or inconsistent speeds since my installation. Arguably some of this could have been attributed to how WiFi signal dips as it goes through walls or other channels my neighbors are using...but nonetheless it has resolved a lot of what I was hoping it would fix.
One personal gripe I have (which is a nonissue for most) is the hardline capabilities of the router itself. If hardline is required, you will have to get an unmanaged switch to fork the connections to allow for things such as ethernet runs or Powerline ethernet (which is how I hardline my computers in separate rooms). Unfortunately there’s only one output of ethernet on the back of the router, so some creativity might be involved with transitioning to this router.
Onto the aesthetics, I don’t think there are many mesh systems that are as sleek and provide as much features as the Nest. Having a built-in Google Home essentially replaces the current Google Minis I have spread across rooms. Not just that, but the AP is pleasing on the eyes wherever they’re placed.
*****Quick Features & Specs*****
Each AP covers around 1600sq ft
Dual-band 2.4 and 5GHz channels
Built-in Google Assistant
Ease of setup via Google Home App
Lots of management options for the router (IE parental rules, or limiting bandwidth)
*****What's in the box*****
Nest AC2200 Dual-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Router
Nest AC1200 Dual-Band Access Point
Ethernet Cable (6.5ft)
Power Adapter (2x)
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
As a longtime owner of the previous generation Google WIFI, I’m definitely impressed with this surprising update. Setup was a breeze and the results speak for themselves.
The previously required Google WIFI app still has a place when needing advanced routing features like reservations, port forwarding, etc... However, it’s no longer a requirement. You can see critical information, manage family WIFI settings, see devices and retrieve passwords from within the Google Home app, along with all your other google smart home integrated products.
With the 2 unit kit, one router and one access point, I was able to cover my entire home without issue. The documentation claims that 2 units can handle up to 3800 square feet – so no surprise my 2000 + backyard was no issue. Placement is key, so make sure take consideration when setting them up.
The icing on the cake, at least for me, is that the access points are also Google Home Minis. What a great extra little feature for people like myself who have one in every room. I was able to place the access point in the back of the house and finally finish my full house audio setup.
CNETRating, 4 out of 54.0Ry Crist on November 29, 2019
Google Nest Wifi reviewWhen I first pulled the lid off of the Google Nest Wifi box, the whole thing slipped out of my hands and the hardware inside toppled right out. I could only watch in horror as Google's marshmallowy mesh router thunked to the ground and rolled
Google Nest Wifi ReviewWhen we reviewed the original Google Wifi mesh system in 2016, it earned high marks for its aesthetics, ease of use, and overall performance. Google's new two-piece Nest Wifi system ($269) follows suit, along with offering a few nice upgrades,
A:AnswerYes, Google Nest WiFi can work with your system. But NVG599 is a modem/router combo and you would need to put it in bridge mode or disable its Wi-Fi functionality in order to set up Nest WiFi as your primary router and create a mesh Wi-Fi system throughout your home.
A:AnswerYes, it can. I found myself in the same situation but felt that leaving the old Google Wi-Fi as the main router was defeating one of the greatest benefits the new Nest Wi-Fi solution offers: much better bandwidth if the Nest Wi-Fi Router is used as the main router.
To do this, I Reset the old Google Wi-Fi using an option in the old Google Wi-Fi app - which you have to do if you plan on adding the old units into this new environment. I then added the Nest Wi-Fi Router in as my main router using Google Home and named the network exactly the same as my old network - to include the same password. By calling this new network the same as the old and by using the same password, all your devices will immediately connect to the new network - albeit, with new IP addresses. I then set up the Nest Wi-FI Point using Google Home, followed by adding two of the old Google Wi-Fi units. In doing this, I now have the Nest Router as my high-performance router (much faster than the old one), and a total of 4 devices, i.e. Nest Router, Nest Point, and two of the three Google Wi-Fi units. I didn't need the third so I'm keeping it aside in case one breaks.
Still, you can add the new Nest devices into your old network configuration if you want but will miss out on the benefits the new Nest offers.
A:AnswerYes and no. If your modem is easily accessible, has an empty port AND a close by electrical outlet and there is an outlet where you want to locate the hub - you could be up and running in 10 - 15 minutes.
It took me about 30 minutes as I needed a ladder, had reroute a long extension cord to reach an almost inaccessible outlet for the main orb, and find an asthetically suitable location with an outlet for the second.
Our than that it is super easy. Plug in the network cable and power, load an app on your phone, name the new network and password, answer some simple questions, push a button and wait a few minutes and you're up and running.
Our house is over 3300 square feet, two stories and the property is long. We now have very strong wifi throughout the house and property. Works very well for us.
A:AnswerYes, I have over 5000 sq ft, 3 level home. The router is located on the upper third level floor, one point on the first and second level ; The 1st level floor is 12 ft cement block walls and wifi is great on all three levels.
A:AnswerThe router has a single ethernet port for hardwiring. It has two ports, one port is required for connection to a cable modem. Additional ports can be added to the system by adding a second router as a node. Please note that the speed is limited on the ethernet ports. I could not get more than 120-130 mbs on a hard wired connection using 1 gb Xfinity service. Apparently a known problem.....check out the user forums on this router.