Google WiFi is a home mesh Wi-Fi system and it is particularly designed for home use. This WiFi router is quite similar to the Linksys Velop, Netgear Orbi, and Eero Home WiFi systems. You can use Google WiFi in a small office with a few employees. However, if you are planning to use Google WiFi for a large office with 30-40 employees then it’s not an ideal option.
Google WiFi is a mesh network so it uses a number of overlapping nodes to create a strong, consistent WiFi network in the home. You have to plug it directly into the modem and then you can add others around the home. You have to ensure that the Google WiFi is placed in an area that covers the whole house or office.
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- 1 Features Of Google WiFi
- 2 Requirements To Use Google WiFi
- 3 Specification Of Google WiFi
- 4 How To Setup Google WiFi
- 4.1 Step 1: Locate A Spot For The WiFi Point
- 4.2 Step 2: Plug In The Primary Wifi Point
- 4.3 Step 3: Download The Google Wifi App
- 4.4 Step 4: Find And Connect Google Wifi Point
- 4.5 Step 5: Choose The Wifi Point’s Location
- 4.6 Step 6: Set Up WiFi
- 4.7 Step 7: Set Up Additional Wifi Points (If Required)
- 4.8 Step 8: Review The Network
- 4.9 Step 9: Install The Software
- 4.10 How To Update Google WiFi Software
Features Of Google WiFi
1. Google WiFi will replace your traditional router and it will provide seamless, reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home
2. With Google WiFi, you can quickly set up multiple Google WiFi devices to bring the internet where required and where you want
3. Using Google WiFi you can bring internet to your office, living room, garage, or basement
4. Google WiFi has used mash technology so once the mesh network is set up the Google WiFi points create a high-powered connection and work together to create a strong network connection
5. Google WiFi can be used as a standalone system or be combined with Nest WiFi for additional coverage
Requirements To Use Google WiFi
1. A modem
2. Internet service
3. A Google Account
4. A Mobile Device
a) An Android phone running Android 6.0 or later
b) An Android tablet running Android 6.0 or later
c) An iPhone or iPad with iOS 12.0 or later
5. The latest version of the Google Home app
6. Ethernet cable
7. Power adaptor
Specification Of Google WiFi
1. Wireless Connectivity: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, AC1200 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi (expandable mesh; dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz, TX Beamforming); Bluetooth Smart ready
2. Processor: Quad-core ARM CPU (each core up to 710MHz)
3. Memory: 512MB RAM
4. Storage: 4GB eMMC flash
5. Beamforming: Implicit and Explicit for 2.4 & 5GHz bands
6. Ports: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports per Wifi point (1 WAN and 1 LAN port each)
7. Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.7 inches (106.1 x 68.7mm; D x H) each
8. Weight: 12oz (340g) each
How To Setup Google WiFi
The setup process of Google WiFi is very easy. Follow the below steps:
Step 1: Locate A Spot For The WiFi Point
The primary Wi-Fi point has to be connected to a modem. You should keep the Wifi point in a plain view like on a shelf or TV stand.
Step 2: Plug In The Primary Wifi Point
You have to connect the Ethernet cable to the WAN port of your Google Wi-Fi point. Then you have to connect the other end to the modem. Now connect the Google WiFi to a power outlet. If the Google Wifi slowly flashes blue then it indicates that Google Wifi is powered on and ready for setup.
Step 3: Download The Google Wifi App
Step 4: Find And Connect Google Wifi Point
After logging into your Google account, follow the instructions to connect it to the Internet. The app will automatically find your Wifi point. Now point your phone’s camera at the QR code on the base of your Wi-Fi point and it will automatically connect your phone to your Google Wi-Fi point.
Step 5: Choose The Wifi Point’s Location
Now you have to choose the Wi-Fi point’s location from the app. It will help you identify the point later. You can also make a custom label. After choosing the location click on the “Next”
Step 6: Set Up WiFi
Now you will be asked to create a name for your Wi-Fi network. Give a name and then select Next. Now give a password for your network and then tap “Create”
Step 7: Set Up Additional Wifi Points (If Required)
If you have more than one Google Wi-Fi points, then you can set up additional Wifi points according to your requirements. First, select how many more you need to set up, and tap “Next”. Now hold your phone close to your Google Wi-Fi point and tap Add Wifi point. Once the point is added, select “Test Now” to check the strength of that Wi-Fi point. It will help you decide whether you should keep the point or move Google Wifi to a new and better location.
Step 8: Review The Network
Once the setup is completed you will see an overview of your Wi-Fi network and all the other Wi-Fi points that you have created or the setup.
Step 9: Install The Software
Once you have completed setting up the Wi-Fi points, the app will download and install the Google Wifi software. This software includes the latest features and security for Google Wifi. It might take up to 10 minutes to download the software depending on the internet connection. Once the software download is completed your Wi-Fi points will restart and your WiFi network will be down until the Wi-Fi points fully turn on. Finally, Google Wifi is ready to use.
How To Update Google WiFi Software
Google constantly releases software updates for Google Wifi to provide better security and performance. The best things about these updates are they are automatically downloaded and applied to your system. It means there are no manual updates of this software required, which is very convenient. So if you want to know the current version & release notes of the software update then follow the below steps:
1. Frist open the Google Wifi app
2. Now tap the icon on the right of the screen
3. From the available options select “Network & General”
4. Then select “WiFi Point”
5. Now you will see the software version at the top of the app
6. If you want to see the full release notes then click on “More Details”
Magalie D. is a Diploma holder in Public Administration & Management from McGill University of Canada. She shares management tips here in MGTBlog when she has nothing to do and gets some free time after working in a multinational company at Toronto.