What Is Google Nest Wifi?
Before we dive into whether or not Google Nest Wifi can really deliver faster internet speeds, let’s briefly discuss what it is. Google Nest Wifi is a wifi system that uses mesh networking to provide better coverage in your home. Pretty simple definition. It comes with a Google Nest Hub, which is a smart display with a built-in Google Assistant. This acts as a smart speaker, a smart speaker is a great way to have easy access to the internet and all of its benefits. With just a voice command, you can have music playing, the news read to you, or even control your other smart devices in your home. Plus, many speakers now come with built-in WiFi, so you don’t even need to be near your router to get connected. You can use the Google Nest Hub to see who’s at the door, control your smart devices, and more. When it comes to home automation, a Google Nest Wifi is a tremendous piece of hardware and software that is relatively inexpensive compared to what it offers in benefits and value.
Some of the features we love about Google’s Nest Wifi (2nd Generation 3 Pack):
- Coverage of up to 6K+ square footage
- Reliable internet connection (if one access point goes out devices auto-connect to another)
- Ability to create Guest Networks for Wifi (no more sharing passwords to your home network)
- Parental controls (love Google’s network controls on the app, manage and schedule time for your children, set up content restrictions, pause WiFi with ease)
- SafeSearch option by device (enable for kids’ devices, don’t have to for adults)
- Can handle up to 200 devices connected to your network with minimal effect on speeds
- Ability to prioritize devices on your network (which ones get faster speeds and which ones get throttled back)
- Optimal Security (each one comes with an advanced security chip to help keep your home network and data safe)
Mesh Networking? What Is That?
Don’t let these fancy technobabble terms scare you away. Mesh networking is a type of wifi network in which each node (device) not only acts as a router for your devices within its range but can also relay traffic for other nodes on the network. It’s super cool technology. This makes mesh networks very reliable and resilient since if one node goes down, the traffic can still be routed through other nodes on the network.
Mesh networking is becoming more and more popular lately, especially with the rise of smart home devices and further advances in home automation. They are almost a must-have if you want the most efficiently run home automation system. With mesh networking, you can have a whole-home wifi network that is much more reliable than traditional routers. Plus, it’s becoming easier and easier to set up mesh networks thanks to new mesh-enabled routers and apps like Eero or Google Wi-Fi.
If mesh networking is something you want to invest in and you’re just not sold on Google’s Nest Wifi, we highly recommend checking out the Netgear Orbi Pro, the Eero Pro 6, or the Gryphon Ax as these mesh router systems are top of the line in this market BUT are really easy to set up. Another choice on a lower price point would be the TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System. With each of those mesh WiFi systems, you’ll get large square footage coverage, blazing-fast gigabit speeds, and amazing options to protect your smart home.
Google Nest Wifi For Faster Internet Speeds
So what you really want to know is: Can Google Next Wifi actually make your internet faster? One of the bigger problems with internet speeds is where your router or modem is located in the home. In many cases, your internet service provider places these in the most conspicuous places where the signal will be rife with interference. Walls, concrete, brick, insulation, wiring…many things in your home can interfere with your internet signal. A mesh WiFi like the Google Nest Wifi broadcasts the internet signal in your home and evenly distributes that signal for optimal coverage. You can score one of these devices HERE for one access point or HERE for more. Our house is a decent-sized home, so we opted in for three access points. I’m glad we did because I get optimal internet signal just about everywhere. They are super easy to set up. You download the Google Home app and it literally guides you through the whole process. Even when you might experience a setback in the setup process the Google Home app does an awesome job reconciling and troubleshooting the issue.
So I had a better internet signal, but what about speeds? Once we got the Google Nest WiFi up and running we immediately noticed a better connection and faster speeds. I tested the connection and speeds in just about every location in my home and was able to access fast internet just about everywhere (definitely in areas where I hadn’t even been able to secure a connection previously). Aside from delivering better, faster internet speeds throughout your entire home like we mentioned earlier, the Google Nests are smart speakers, the system allows you to set up a guest network (which can also help keep your internet speeds fast), and has some of the best parental controls for a home network. If I’m in need of hogging all the internet for an important Zoom call with a client, I can quickly disable the internet for all devices so my laptop is the only device pulling from our internet. It’s an awesome feature. Back to the question of “Can Google Nest Wifi make my internet faster?” In most situations, absolutely this cool mesh Wifi system can make your internet faster.