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Google Nest Wifi
Google WiFi router.png
First generation Google Wifi routers
DeveloperGoogle
ManufacturerGoogle
TypeRouter
Release date
  • First generation (Google Wifi): December 5, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-12-05) (United States)
  • Second generation: November 4, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-11-04) (United States)
System on a chip
CPUQualcomm
InputSmartphone
DimensionsDiameter: 4.17 inches (106 mm)
Height: 2.70 inches (69 mm)[2]
Mass12 oz (340 g)
Websitestore.google.com/product/nest_wifi

The Nest Wifi, the successor to Google Wifi, is a line of mesh-capable wireless routers and add-on points developed by Google as part of the Google Nest family of products. The first generation was announced on October 4, 2016, and released in the United States on December 5, 2016. The second generation was announced at the Pixel 4 hardware event on October 15, 2019, and was released in the United States on November 4, 2019.

The Nest Wifi aims to provide enhanced Wi-Fi coverage through the setup of multiple Nest Wifi devices in a home. Nest Wifi automatically switches between access points depending on signal strength.

History[edit]

First generation[edit]

Android Police reported in September 2016 that Google was preparing to introduce a mesh-capable wireless router with enhanced range, along with its October 4 date of announcement and US$129 price point.[3][4][5] Google Wifi was officially announced on October 4, 2016, with expected availability in the United States in December.[6][7][8] The device became available in the United States on December 5, 2016,[9] in the United Kingdom on April 6, 2017,[10][11][12] in Canada on April 28, 2017,[13][14] in France and Germany on June 26, 2017,[15][16] in Australia on July 20, 2017,[17] in Hong Kong and Singapore on August 30, 2017,[18][19][20] and in Philippines on June 26, 2018.[21]

The first generation Google Wifi features 802.11ac connectivity with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels, 2x2 antennas, and support for beamforming. It has two gigabit Ethernet ports, and contains a quad-core processor with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB flash memory. Wi-Fi access can be controlled through a companion mobile app.

In 2020, Google relaunched the first-generation Google Wifi, with minor hardware changes and at a relatively lower price.[22]

Second generation[edit]

The second generation of the product was officially announced at the Pixel 4 hardware event on October 15, 2019, renamed as Google Nest Wifi as part of the company's shift towards its rebranding of all its smart home products to the Google Nest name. It adds a smart speaker equipped add-on point. Internally, a few changes were made, such as a quad-core 64-bit ARM CPU 1.4 GHz and a machine learning hardware engine for both the router and point, as well as IEEE 802.15.4 Thread support. The router has 1GB RAM and 4GB flash memory and supports AC2200 4x4 MU-MIMO whereas the point has 768MB RAM and 512MB flash memory and supports AC1200 2x2 MU-MIMO.

Feature comparison[edit]

Model Introduced 802.11ac Type Ethernet Ports Memory Speaker Thread
support
WAN LAN RAM Flash
First generation
Google Wifi 2016 AC1200 Yes Yes 512 MB 4 GB No
Second generation
Nest Wifi router 2019 AC2200 Yes Yes 1 GB 4 GB No Yes
Nest Wifi point 2019 AC1200 No No 768 MB 512 MB Yes

Reception[edit]

Technology websites Engadget and CNET praised the device's ease of setup, design and speed, but criticized its lack of customizable options, such as no settings for MAC filtering, content filtering, or Dynamic DNS.[23] [24] The Verge also praised its design and ease of use.[25]

Legal disputes[edit]

A legal dispute with SONOS required Google to strip out of its' code the ability to control the speakers with spoken commands. "[Google sues Sonos over smart speaker and voice control tech]". August 8, 2022.

Firmware Bricking Pucks[edit]

Buggy firmware updates have resulted in many users having their Google Nest Wifi pucks offline and their wireless network unreliable and lossy with > 50% packet loss. To date Google has not taken action to fix and resolve the issues.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Etherington, Darrell (April 28, 2017). "Google Wifi now available in Canada". TechCrunch. AOL. Archived from the original on April 29, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
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  15. ^ Hager, Ryne (June 26, 2017). "[Update: Now available in France and Germany] Google Wifi may be coming to France on Monday". Android Police. Archived from the original on June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
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  17. ^ Gao, Richard (July 17, 2017). "Google Home and Wifi will launch in Australia on July 20th". Android Police. Archived from the original on July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
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  19. ^ "Google Wifi brings cheaper mesh networking to Asia". CNET. August 29, 2017. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  20. ^ Ho, Victoria. "Google Wifi has come to Asia, 6 months after its debut in the U.S." Mashable. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  21. ^ "Google Wifi arrives in the Philippines". June 26, 2018. Archived from the original on August 9, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  22. ^ Li, Abner (October 6, 2020). "New Google Wifi quietly relaunched starting at $99". 9to5Google. Archived from the original on October 30, 2020. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  23. ^ Trew, James (December 6, 2016). "Google WiFi review: A hassle-free router comes at a price". Engadget. AOL. Archived from the original on April 22, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
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