Does Google nest improve Wi-Fi?

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

Slow Wi-Fi is one of the disappointing experience anyone can ever have. This slow Wi-Fi can make you load pages for hours which might make you loose some patience. 

Some of the most common causes of lagging Wi-Fi is;

  • Placement of the router
  • The strength of the Wi-Fi ( how many Mbps is your Wi-Fi connection
  • Number of devices
  • And, the quality of the router. 

Those factors aside, if you want to deal with your Wi-Fi speed issue, you can try out the latest technology from Google: Google Nest.

Google Nest connects to your existing router to provide you with the best Wi-Fi experience in your home. The Mesh network system allows you to connect multiple devices from any room and enjoy the same speed as the device closer to the router. 

Google Nest has some of the most amazing features which makes it suitable for people with large houses. Keep reading this guide to know why you should install Google Nest in your home. 

Does Google nest improve Wi-Fi?

Google Nest main aim I’d to improve the quality of your Wi-Fi connection. What happens is a primary node is connected to the main router which is placed in a central location in your house. From the primary node, you add more nodes which are places in other locations which have a poor connectivity. This way, the mesh formed creates a strong connection. 

You can use your Wi-Fi from any room without the need to transfer the router. Most people who have installed Google Nest in their homes insist that Google Nest Wi-Fi is 25% better than the normal Wi-Fi. This means you can stream recipes from your kitchen, others can stream Netflix in the living room, while others can be playing games from upstairs without burdening the Wi-Fi. 

Google Nest WiFi is meant to be expendable. This way you can add more nodes and points to the mesh to create even a more stronger connection. 

How does google nest Wi-Fi work

If you are wondering which type of Wi-Fi to install in your home, you are in the right place. Among all the available routers in the market, Google Nest Wi-Fi  the best option. Google Nest Wi-Fi has a speed two times than the normal Wi-Fi and a coverage 25% better. With this extraordinary quality, you can use your Wi-Fi to fulfill a number of functions. This video will give a number of function you can fulfill with your Google Nest Wi-Fi. 

Setting up Google Nest Wi-Fi is not that complicated.

All you need is to follow the set of procedure given by the user manual provided by the Google. Alternatively, you can install a Google Home app in from your Android or iPhone and follow the guide provided. 

To maximize the use of your normal Wi-Fi, connect Google Nest to your existing router. What you will do is connect the primary node to the main router. You can then connect multiple nodes to the one connected to the router. 

This different nodes strategically placed in your home acts as connectors. Which means every corner of your home will have a strong connection. This is what is called a mesh connection system. 

After the setting up your Google Nest Wi-Fi, you can start using the strong Wi-Fi from any room in your home. The connected routers are responsible of allowing devices to connect. You can add more routers to improve the connectivity. 

Google Nest Wi-Fi extender

Mesh devices or extender used to extend the range of the existing Wi-Fi may not work perfectly with your Google NEST Wi-Fi. The compatibility of the two depends on the type of devices. Although they may not work together, there are a few things you need to know if you need to add extenders to your existing Wi-Fi. 

  • When looking for routers, range extenders and devices to extend your Wi-Fi, you should pick the ones that support; AP Client mode, Client Mode, ProxySTA. 
  • Sometimes the extender does not require you to change the settings of the Google Nest Wi-Fi. Of this is the case, then the range extender can work with your Google Nest Wi-Fi. 
  • On occasions where devices such as laptops and smartphones are connected to the Google Nest Wi-Fi via an extender, they may not show up on the list of the connected devices on the Google Home app. If they show up, they may lose Wi-Fi connection. 

Due to the incompatibility of Google NEST Wi-Fi and range extender, some features of Google Nest might be affected. Some of this issues include;

  • DNS
  • Device list
  • Family Wi-Fi
  • Client speed test
  • Port forwarding
  • Guest Network-shared devices
  • IPv6
  • WPA3 interoperation 
  • QoS
  • DHCP IP reservations

Google Nest Wi-Fi speed test

When measuring the speed of the Wi-Fi, you measure the upload and download speed fro your router. You can also measure the speed of your Wi-Fi from Google Home App.

What you do when measuring the speed of your Wi-Fi from Google Home app is;

  • Open the Google Home app
  • Tap Wi-Fi then run speed test under network

What you need to know about Download Speed 

Download Speed is measured using mega-bites-per-second (Mbps). This is the amount of internet your network can receive from the internet provider. Download Speed determines how fast your Wi-Fi operates. If your Wi-Fi download speed is less, it means it is slow and if the speed is high, the speed is very fast. 

Here is what the download speed rating can 

100Mbps: stream 4k videos from several devices, connect to zoom, play online games.

50-99Mbps: Stream 4k videos, connect to online conferences, play online games with friends. 

25-49Mbps: Stream HD videos from multiple devices

13-24Mbps: Ideal for small home with fee appliances. Can stream HD videos from a number of devices 

7-12Mbps: The rating is okay. However, you can only stream HD videos from a single devices. Streaming from multiple devices will cause some buffering. 

3-6Mbps: Can only stream a single standard resolution video. Otherwise, buffering is experienced. 

Below 3Mbps: Ideal for web browsing. 

Your Google Home app calculates your Google Nest Wi-Fi by measuring the amount of data your router receives from the Google server on a given amount of time. 

Another type of speed you should test is the upload speed.

Upload speed is the measure of internet that can be sent to the servers. It is also measured in Mbps. Knowing the upload speed is ideal for online gamers, video and audio calls. 

Upload speed is determined by the speed of the internet from the provider. Even with the most powerful router but less Mbps, your upload speed will be lagging. 

You can find online test for upload speed. However, Google provides this speed tests. The upload speed is affected by the distance between the server and your home router.


Google Nest Wi-Fi can improve your browsing experience by like 50%. This is because Google Nest allows the additional of routers and points to the main router. The mesh created by this routers ensures each part of your home received the same strong amount of Wi-Fi connection. 

Although Google Nest is perfect, it does not support range extenders. Most extenders are not compatible with Google Nest which might result into some issues with some features of Google Nest. 

All the information you might need to know about Google Nest Wi-Fi is provided by the guide above

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