If you appreciate Google Nest Wi-Fi but think your home needs an upgrade, there’s good news. FCC documents hint at a new Nest mesh Wi-Fi router integrating Wi-Fi 6e.
No ordinary rumour. Every wireless gadget sold in the U.S., including smartphones, earbuds, and wireless routers, must be FCC-approved.
Regulatory approval is a late step in product development, so the new Nest Wi-Fi router should be close to release. Because the FCC makes its materials public, you can learn about new goods and their launch dates.
“G6ZUC” is the model number for the next Nest router successor. Documents reveal it has Wi-Fi 6e, an upgrade from the prior generation.
The latest Nest router appeared when Wi-Fi 6 debuted, however it only supported Wi-Fi 5. Although it’s one of the greatest mesh routers, this seems like an error. Considering how easy the router is to use. Thankfully, the next model includes 6-GHz spectrum.
Wi-Fi 6 is faster and more responsive than Wi-Fi 5, while 6e adds another layer. Wi-Fi 6e can carry more data at reduced latency by using greater electromagnetic spectrum, boosting device connectivity.
Price & Competition
Google Nest Wi-Fi routers cost $149/£129/AU$229 in the US, UK, and Australia. This wireless router connects to your modem or gateway and covers up to 2,200 square feet for 100 devices.
Paired with a Google “Point” range extender, the router costs $269/£239/AU$399. The Point also doubles as a Google Home speaker with changeable microphones and 360-degree speakers.
In the US and Australia, Google is providing a three-pack for $349/AU$549 (not in the UK), which will cover up to 5,400 square feet (502 sq metres) and include the same Google Assistant functionality as the Point devices.
Unfortunately, it looks that Google only offers its beige “Sand” and light blue “Mist” hues in the US.
How does Google’s new home networking rival, Amazon, compare? Amazon’s entry-level Eero mesh system is $99 (£99, about AU$140), but its router alone only covers 1,500 square feet (139 sq metres) compared to the Nest Wifi router covering up to 2,200 square feet (204 sq meters).
Amazon sells a three-pack of new Eero products for $249 (£249, around AU$361) that covers up to 5,000 square feet (465 sq meters). Google’s Nest Wifi three-pack covers 5,400 square feet (502 sq meters).
Google Nest Wifi offers more flexibility and wider coverage than Amazon’s current Eero devices, and you can buy Nest Wifi Points separately to add to your existing network. Nest Wifi Point devices are Google Home speakers with microphones and a speaker on the bottom, whereas Amazon’s new Eero mesh network enables Alexa speakers.
Installing Google Nest Wi-Fi
Nest Wi-Fi is plug-and-play, while Google Home encountered a few glitches.
Nest router installation was easy. If you know how to set up a modem and router, most of the instructions will be familiar.
The Google Home app made setup easy. We already had a Google account, which made things easier, as Google takes you through each stage.
Modem, PC needed
Google Home, free on iTunes | Google Play
2/5 install difficulty (somewhat easy)
Installation issues: The Home app gave us an issue we couldn’t fix, and we had to restart our modem.
One inaccuracy left us baffled. The Home app prompted us to turn off Samsung Smart Switch, which we haven’t used since July 2019. Smart Switch transfers data from old to new phones.
Unsure of the problem, we tapped “Next” and kept on. Emoji needed.
Other than the one problem, we only experienced the opt-in or -out steps when Google asks for your and your device’s information. Two or three seems excessive. No.
After setup, Google shows you a summary of your network name, password, and devices. No worries if you forgot your network name or password. There’s a final reminder.
Nest Wifi eliminates Wi-Fi dead zones and brings Google Assistant to any room. It’s quick to install, gives excellent speed, and offers parental controls that block adult websites and let you define access schedules and suspend internet access with a button. You can manage your network using the same Google Home app, but it lacks virus protection. Advanced options require a separate app.
TP-Link Deco M9 Plus performs better if Google Assistant integration isn’t a priority. It costs $30 more than the two-piece Nest Wifi, but it offers better coverage and additional functionality.