This is a quick and easy Google Nest WiFi guide to setting up your new mesh network! We’ll be explaining what Google Nest or Google WiFi is, why you might want it, and how to get everything up and running. If you’ve ever wondered about wifi mesh or what is a Google Nest Hub, or what is Google Nest mini, stay tuned.

Google Nest WiFi routers make high speed connections a breeze.

But first, let’s get you up to speed on wifi, mesh networking, and how this all works before and after you install a mesh system in your house.

Here we go.

What is WiFi Mesh Networking?

So you keep hearing the following terms: mesh, or wifi mesh, or mesh networking; but what exactly is wifi mesh networking? In a brief sentence, it is a system of wireless devices spread throughout your home that connect to each other and through the internet to give you a reliable internet connection from all corners of your home.

Your Typical Home Internet Installation Appointment

For most home internet installations, providers like Comcast, Verizon, Charter, etc. will go through the following steps to get your internet connection up and running:

  1. Find an outside source to connect to their backbone network
  2. Run a line from that source into your house – this could be coax line from the nearby cable splitter if you’re getting cable service (Comcast, Charter, etc.), or a fiber optic line in the case of Verizon FIOS or other fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) providers.
  3. Ask you where you would like the router to be installed (what room in your house), and likely recommend it be a centralized point in the home.
  4. Install a cable modem/wireless router or fiber termination device plus wireless router on the other end of the cable.

Congratulations! You now have WiFi!

But all WiFi isn’t created equal? Your internet provider has given you connectivity, and likely, 80-90% of your home has a usable connection. However, the farther you move away from the wireless router, the worse your internet connection becomes. I’m sure we’ve all experienced this.

What problem does a WiFi Mesh system solve?

You probably have locations of your house where the connection is spotty or, maybe it doesn’t work at all. This means that the router is too far away from that location to provide reliable coverage.

Many WiFi extender solutions flew into the market to help solve this problem as WiFi first became mainstream. They still exist today.

The ranges of wireless routers were not as ubiquitous as they are today. They had fewer antennas to provide coverage to multiple devices. And the wireless frequencies used didn’t provide as much bandwidth to devices as they do. Enter the WiFi extender.

The problem with extenders is they typically require their own separate installation, both on the extender software, as well as your router. Or, worse, and more likely, they run a separate wireless network (SSID) that you have to manually join when you’re out of range of your normal WiFi router. All of a sudden, you have 2 (or more) wireless networks in your house when one network should do.

Worse, the range of extenders is likely to be much shorter than your home router. You’ll have to change the SSID you’re joined to if you change rooms, or walk between rooms (in the case of your phone in your pocket that’s using your WiFi connection instead of its cellular one). Without knowing it, your connectivity could fade or completely drop and you might miss that important call you’ve been expecting.

Additionally, since extenders and home wireless routers don’t usually work together, they interfere with the quality of the other due to radio frequency overlap. Without getting into too much detail, wireless frequencies used for home networking are unlicensed, and overlaps from nearby devices using the same or adjacent frequencies can wreak havoc on performance. If you’ve ever lived in an apartment building with lots of other wireless routers above, behind, below, and next to you, you’ve experienced this.

Do yourself a favor. Avoid wireless extenders at all costs!

What is Google Nest WiFi?

Say hello to wireless mesh networking.

Ever wanted to watch a YouTube video in high def only to get stuck on buffering? Google Nest (Google WiFi) mesh network aims to make those woes a thing of the past by extending your home WiFi coverage using wireless mesh technology. You can say goodbye to your traditional router and hello to faster internet with Google Nest WiFi, and, as long as you have an Internet Service Provider and a router/modem, you’ll be good to go. 

What does Google Nest WiFi do?

Google Nest WiFi is a home mesh Wi-Fi system that replaces your traditional router and provides Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. You’ll still need an Internet Service Provider, a cable modem, and/or router to finish off your connection.

Google’s system uses a Google Nest Router and 1 or more mesh connection Points. Your broadband connection is transmitted from the Hub and passed along by the Points so that your entire home gets an even and reliable connection. Yes, even in that one bathroom. It’s also useful if you like using many devices. The Nest supports hundreds of devices at once, so even if you have a lot of electronics, you’ll get a great connection. 

How much does Google Nest WiFi cost?

The router itself is $169 and can cover up to 2200 square feet. Google also sells a bundle with 1 Point for $269, covering up to 3800 square feet, and a second bundle with 2 Points for $349 covers up to 5400 square feet. Additional Points are available for $149 each.

Ready to make the switch? Our Google Nest WiFi Guide will show you how. 

NOTE: Google Nest vs. Google Wifi – What is the difference and why is Google Nest/Google WiFi known by two names?

The first generation Google WiFi came out in 2016, but Google changed the name to Google Nest WiFi in 2019 when it launched the second generation model. Don’t worry; our guide will work for both devices.

How do I get started with Google Nest WiFi?

You’ll need a few things to get started. First, the Nest Router itself and as many connection points as you want. Then, you need one of the following mobile devices:

  • Android phone running Android 6.0 or later
  • Android tablet running Android 6.0 or later
  • iPhone or iPad with iOS 12.0 or later

Download the latest version of the Google Home app through the Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS). Lastly, you will need an Internet Service Provider and a Modem, which Google doesn’t provide. 

Got all those things? Let’s go!

How to set up a Google Nest WiFi Router: 

  1. The Google Nest WiFi comes with an ethernet cable. Plug the cable into the Google Router through the WAN Point (blue-green globe)
  2. Connect the other side of that cable to the modem.
  3. Plug the Google Nest WiFi into a wall socket with the included power cable.
  4. Wait 90 seconds. Your Google Nest WiFi will slowly pulse blue. This means that your Nest is ready to be set up in the Google Home app.
  5. On your device with the Google Home app, open the Google Home app. Tap “Add” > “Set up device” > “New device”.
  6. Choose the Home option.
  7. The app will automatically find your Google Nest WiFi Router. Tap yes to continue.
  8. There is a QR Code at the back of your device. Scan it to verify your Router.
  9. Tell the app what room your Router is in, then set up a name and a strong password.
  10. The app will prompt you several more times. It takes several minutes to set up the network.

Setup is done! Now your Google Nest WiFi Router is ready to use!

How to set up a Google Nest WiFi Connection Point:

  1. On your device with the Google Home app, open the Google Home app. Tap “Add” > “Set up device” > “New device”.
  2. Choose the Home option.
  3. The app will automatically find your Google Nest WiFi Connection Point. Tap yes to continue.
  4. There is a QR Code at the back of your device. Scan it to verify your Connection Point.
  5. Your device is now connected. The app will prompt you several more times; once you complete the form, your Point will now be online.

Your Connection Point setup is now complete! I hope you found this Google Nest WiFi Guide useful.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to reconnect Google Nest WiFi Router to internet?

  1. Unplug the ethernet cable (if it’s plugged in).
  2. Plug the ethernet cable back in.

This will force the Router to reset its connection, which should reconnect your Router to the internet.

How to reset Google Nest WiFi Router?

  1. Unplug the router from the power socket.
  2. Plug the Router in again.

This will force the Router to restart, which will reset it.

For more information, check out our longer and much more detailed version of resetting your Google Nest WiFi router.

Why is there still no internet connection?

If both devices are plugged in and there is no WiFi connection, make sure there is no service outage in your area from your Internet Service Provider.

A common cause of internet loss is a failure in the ethernet cable. Purchase a new ethernet cable and attempt to connect to the internet again.

If both do not resolve the issue, it is likely a hardware issue from the modem or the Google Nest WiFi Router. In both cases, feel free to ask a question on Sage and get help from our expert community.

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