Unlike the traditional method of having one router that supports Wifi for your entire home, Google Wi-Fi uses a mesh Wi-Fi system. The mesh network creates coverage that extends far behind what one router is capable of supporting.
It can be used to support your office, living room, garage, basement, and other rooms.
Multiple Google Wi-Fi devices work together to support Wi-Fi for your entire home no matter the size of your home.
It is very easy to set up Google Wi-Fi. You install the Google Wifi app on your Android phone or iPhone. Once you run the app, it will scan your home network to find your Google Wi-Fi device.
The first device acts as the same router and should be physically connected with a network cable to your ISP cable modem. Additional Google Wifi devices can be connected wirelessly. The configuration is mostly automated and requires minimal input from the user.
Google Wifi Specs
- Wireless Connectivity: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, expandable mesh, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Processor: Quad-core ARM CPU (each core up to 710MHz)
- Memory: 512MB RAM
- Storage: 4GB eMMC flash
- Ports: 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports per Wifi point (1 WAN and 1 LAN port each)
- Dimensions: diameter 4.1 inches x height 2.7 inches (106.1mm x 68.7mm)
- Weight: 12oz (340g)
How many devices do I need?
In depends on the size of your home. Each device covers about 1,500 square feet which is suitable for an apartment or a small home. If your home is larger, you can get more devices to form a bigger mesh. With three devices, you can cover about 3,000 to 4,500 square feet.
The app can test each device to measure the strength of the Wi-Fi signal. You want to make sure the signal is strong or put them closer to each other.
What if I have guests in the home?
You may have guests in your home that you don’t feel comfortable giving them access to your home network. Your NAS device may be connected to your home network.
Instead of having them be connected to your home network, you can have your guests attach to the guest network. This network is separate and does not provide access to your internal home network. It still requires a password to connect to the guest network but it gives an additional level of security.
If you have a NAS device where you share your music and videos to your other devices, it would be a good idea to reserve a static IP address for it. This way whenever the NAS device is turned off and on, it will always get the same IP address.
To reserve an IP address, go to the Google Wifi app and select the NAS device. It should have a dynamic IP address assigned to it.
Click on the Details tab to see the IP address.
Click the three dots at the top right and select Reserve IP. You can use the current IP address to reserve a new one. Click Next to reserve it.
You should see the word reserved next to the IP address in the Details tab.
The next time this device is turned on to the network, it will always have the same IP address.
The Google Wi-Fi system is not designed for advanced users because many of the customizations that you get with a regular router has been removed from the interface. Certain features such as MAC filtering, content filtering, and Dynamic DNS (DDNS) are not available.
Each Google Wi-Fi device supports one network port to attach your workstation or laptop via a network cable. If you require additional ports, they are not available.
However, there are some features that can be customized. If you want to do port forwarding, it is available. You can specify a connected device to forward a port internal to a different port externally.
How do I get Google Wifi?
Google Wifi can be purchased as a 1-pack from Amazon which covers up to 1,500 square feet. If you have a small home or apartment, then this may be enough.
If your home is a lot bigger, you can get the 2-pack which covers up to 3,000 square feet.
If you are lucky enough to have a home that is larger than that, you can get the 3-pack which covers up to 4,500 square feet.