How to Setup Google Nest WiFi
A while back, the router market was dominated by established names like TP-Link, Netgear, Linksys, and Asus. Google wasn’t in the conversation, and they didn’t have a competitive gadget or an actual hardware segment for that matter.
Fast-forward to 2021, and Google has the best-selling WiFi router in the US thanks to the status of the Google WiFi mesh system, which rolled out in 2016. Google WiFi became even more popular than the Eero line of devices which popularized mesh WiFi.
Today Google WiFi has changed its name, and the lineup is commonly known as Google Nest. These compact mesh WiFi router units can fill up your home with a robust WiFi signal. They even have an inbuilt Google Home speaker, which you can give commands via Google Assistant.
Mesh WiFi kits are meant to be expandable, and you can have a couple of them depending on the size of your home. This setup can handle multiple devices meaning you can use WiFi in the kitchen, lounge, and elsewhere. First, let’s look at the setup process of Google Nest WiFi.
The Steps of Setting Up Google Nest WiFi Include:
- Start by placing the Nest router and the access points where you want them to be. Note that the Nest WiFi router is the only device in the kit with LAN ports; therefore, you should place it near your modem.
- Then connect the Nest WiFi router to your internet modem using a LAN cable.
- Next, launch the Google Home App on your device. You can get it on the Apple App Store for iPhone users and Google Play for Android users if you don’t have the app.
- On the home screen, click on the plus sign (+) in the upper left corner.
- Next, click on “Set Up Device” in your home.
- Then select “New Devices.”
- On the next screen, the app will ask you to select a home or create a new one if you’re not on Google’s ecosystem. Complete the entire process and click on “Next.”
- At this point, the app will take a couple of minutes to search for devices. If your Nest WiFi router appears on the screen, click on “Next.”
- Your smartphone camera will launch, and the Google Home App will ask you to scan the QR code on the backside of the Nest router.
- Once you’ve scanned the QR code, a prompt should appear asking if you’d like to connect to the Nest WiFi network; click on “Join.”
- Then App will confirm your router is connected and then check if your internet is active.
- If you haven’t connected the LAN cable, the app will ask you to check if it’s plugged in. After plugging it in, click on “Next.”
- You’ll need to create a WiFi name and add it, then click on “Next.”
- You’ll also need to create a passcode to secure your WiFi link, then click on “Next.”
- At this point, you’ll be asked if you want to share your anonymous usage data. Click on “Yes” to opt-in or “No” to opt-out.
- You’ll also be asked if you want to use Nest Cloud Services. This is vital to use some services such as Family WiFi or Guest Network. Click “Yes” to opt-in or “No” to opt-out.
- The Home App will ask where your router is situated. Pick a location and click on “Next.”
- At this point, the Home App will check for firmware updates, and if there’re none, it will create your WiFi network.
- Once again, you’ll be asked to join a WiFi network. This time use the credentials you had set up earlier and click on “OK.” The setup is now complete.
How Do You Set Up a Nest WiFi Hub?
There’s a good chance that you’d like to set up one or more Nest WiFi access points alongside your Nest router. You can do this at the end of the Nest WiFi router setup. Extra access points come in handy if you have a weak connection in certain parts of your home.
Setting up an access point is the same as setting up the Nest router, but the process is complete as soon as you scan the QR code and pick the access point’s location. You won’t need to enter your WiFi user name and password because the link is already active.
Setting up Google Nest WiFi is a pretty straightforward process, primarily if you already use other Google devices. However, even if you’re not on Google’s ecosystem, the process is still relatively easy if you prudently follow the steps illustrated above.