"Google's WiFi Nest is a splendid secret networking system. It is also a smart speaker."
Simple installation and installation
Google Assistant integration
Possibility of extending coverage
Modern point fits into any decor
To some extent expensive
Single ethernet port
The review was last updated by Digital Trends editor John Velasco on 25/3/2020.
For the average Joe, getting online services at home means either calling a local service provider or browsing the web to find the best deals around. Once there is something worth registering for, a technician comes out for the installation. You are usually ready in a few summary. Most people never worry about replacing a router – unless they need more coverage.
There Google Nest Wifi comes to life with its coverage and consistency at home. Basically, Nest Wifi aims to do the same thing as most Wi-Fi Mesh routers, but Google's interpretation offers some notable features that continue to focus the company on providing multifunctional smart home devices.
Originally priced at $ 269 for a startup package when it launched in autumn 2019, consisting of a router and access points, Nest WiFi received a lot of sales. Aptly now, in fact, the same configuration can be bought for $ 199 via Google directly.
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to set it up
Routers can be overwhelming to set up, especially for those with no network background. Google makes the process painless and simple with the instant start guide included. I had my honest share of frustration with overly complex router settings, but this was without a doubt the simplest to start and run.
Using the Google Home app on my Android smartphone, I was directed to connect the WiFi Nest router to the existing Xfinity xFi Gateway modem using the built-in Ethernet port.
John Velasco / Digital Trends Once I'm done setting up the apt SSID and password for my network, connecting to the Nest WiFi dot required me to record the QR code on the drive using the Google Home app. From there, it automatically communicated with the router to make the eye network.
While I appreciate Google's deal with to the installation process, anyone who has configured other network-based networks will not find it unique or unusual. For example, Netgear's Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi system has a similar installation process. Mesh networking is all about ease of use, and Google's competitors at Netgear and Linksys have not been caught off guard.
The real key to Google's deal with is Google's trademark. Nest WiFi maintains the look and feel of the company's software. If you use a Pixel phone or have another Google home device, Nest WiFi will be known from the beginning.
Finally, a smarter application
There is small like given to routers in all-purpose. Once installed, they usually remain hidden behind an office or entertainment system and are over and done unless a problem arises. Here, Google Assistant's integration into Wi-Fi shows that the company is adopting the multifunctional side of its devices.
Not only is the Wi-Fi hotspot useful for extending home coverage, but it can be used to do the same thing with all of Google's smart speakers. It basically doubles as a Nest Mini speaker, allowing it to play music, access Google Assistant, and even control other together smart home gadgets via voice actions.
Language of music, it's a slight step forward from the Nest Mini's intuitive bass signal productivity, making a smidgen more meaningful and lovely to the ear. Similar to the Nest Mini, proximity sensors can detect when you are near and the LEDs at the top of the unit will light up. Even better, I like how the LED ring around the body lights up every time you spot the Google Assistant.
Reckon, it's $ 149 a pop, versus a meager $ 50 for the Nest Mini. The Nest WiFi access point is the router first, the smart speaker second. Still, it's nice to see it functioning as more than just an access point for an eye network.
Pricing is equivalent to its rivals, considering that the additional satellites for Orbe's and Sungear's Eber grid systems have similar MSRPs. By leaving the material duplicated as a smart speaker, Google offers greater value.
Blanketing dead zones
I live in a small compartment that is about 1,100 square feet, so that my existing xFi gate manages to take in most places, though the remote areas may be incomprehensible. The worst parts are in my bedroom and bathroom, where I tend to see poorer Wi-Fi connectivity, usually in about one or two bars. The indicate must pass through two walls and other obstacles.
The Nest mesh system covers areas with sufficient coverage without compromising process speed while exploiting the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands for optimum performance. I'm still able to reach speeds of about 900 Mbps below and 40 Mbps above, which is similar to what I have when I'm in the same room with the Xfinity xFi gateway. For those remote areas that haven't gone far enough, it's splendid to see my tie speed now maintained.
John Velasco / Digital Trends The advantage here is the extra range of my Wi-Fi network. Although it doesn't drastically change my current setting, I can delight in better Wi-Fi in the extreme corners of my home, which makes for a more reliable tie overall.
The router itself provides coverage of over 2,200 square feet, with each Wifi point adding an additional 1,600 square feet. The advantage here, of course, is that you can adjust the setting accordingly to provide adequate coverage throughout the home. Of course, this is not something you can achieve with most routers unless they are designed with networking in mind.
For evaluation, the 2nd generation Eero Pro gate covers 1,750 square feet, with each width capable of covering 1,500 square feet. Even more impressive, but, is Netgear's 3,500-square-foot coverage with Orbi Router and an additional 2,000-square-foot coverage with each satellite.
Overall, Google's WiFi Nest is not the most technically capable option. But, the average American home is just under 2,500 square feet. This means that a WiFi Nest router with an access point should be sufficient.
Room for more extension
Google's deal with to this is simple and simple networking, which I believe is achieved here with Nest WiFi. But, those who want well ahead controls and features will be disappointed by the small offers here.
Sure, there's access to features like setting up a visitor network, parental controls / restrictions, and even transfer hierarchy, but you won't find any other well ahead features that serious networking farmers like – such as MAC address filtering, and dynamic DNS. There are eye systems that offer these features, but the costs associated with them are higher.
John Velasco / Digital Trends Another thing that can frustrate people is that Nest's WiFi router only has one Ethernet port. This means that you will need to buy an Ethernet hub if you need to connect several devices to the network. The majority of Wi-Fi mesh routers tend to offer a single Ethernet port, but then you have some, such as the Linksys Max-Stream AC2200 router, which are more generous with the four ethernet ports.
Although I appreciate the Google Assistant integration into the Wi-Fi hotspot, it would be really useful to have an Ethernet port – but unfortunately none.
Since it is stationary, one should not worry that it will go terrible. In this case, there is a one year limited warranty covering defects.
Google Nest WiFi can be on the expensive side at $ 199, but it's better than the original cost of $ 269. Google Assistant integration adds value, but it's still one of the simplest eye systems to set up and take in the whole your home.
Are there better alternatives?
If you're looking for something cheaper with the same extended range, then you'll want to consider alternatives – like the $ 160 Netgear Orbi for the same configuration. While Netgear's grid system offers more range, it doesn't have the smart assistant feature you have at Nest Wifi.
Another option is Amazon's new eero router, which at $ 100 for a package of 1, is a bargain ($ 250 for a package of 3). These two options offer the same simple setup as Google's Nest Wifi.
If you want more well ahead setup options, consider the Linksys Velop MX5300 or the Netgear XRM570 Nighthawk Pro Making a bet WiFi Router. They are significantly more expensive than $ 400 each for the routers themselves, but you have well ahead networking controls and several Ethernet ports on hard-wired devices.
How long will it last?
Since the router and the Wi-Fi hotspot are going to stop, they should last several hours uninterrupted – like any networking device.
If you buy it?
Yes. Not only will you be able to extend Wi-Fi coverage, but the Nest Wifi system can be used to control the various together devices in your home.