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Add Router as a new point

MHand
Community Member

Few weeks back, I successfully setup Nest Router with 2 Points.

Now, I need to setup 2 additional Routers (to be on the same network), because I have 2 devices that needs an Ethernet connection (because Points no longer have Ethernet port).

I’m having difficulties, because everytime I try to add the Router, the Google Home app is asking for the Bluetooth?

I just need to connect these 2 Routers as 2 ‘additional’ Points, so that I can connect physical devices to their Ethernet ports.

Thank you.

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Davy123
Community Member

I wouldn't add routers to an existing network; it can cause all sorts of problems.

Could you not just add two Google WiFi (not Nest) units instead? They have Ethernet out ports.

MHand
Community Member

Davy,

Can you help me with specifics: are you talking about Mesh? If not, please clarify of which system.

1. Is it compatible with the current Nest WiFi? Just add on to my existing network?

2. I’m still confused on why on the setup app, it’s asking for Bluetooth instead of it searching and scanning the QR code?

again, thank you.

Davy123
Community Member

MHand, Google state that Google Wi-Fi units are compatible with Google Nest routers. i.e. you can add a Google Wi-Fi unit as a secondary access point to a network managed by a Nest router. They dont have the range of a Nest access point but it seems that you are not needing increased range.  You can pick them up quite cheaply on eBay if you want to try them out.

olavrb
Gold Product Expert
Gold Product Expert

Nest Wifi routers can be added as mesh points, no problem. In fact, I use 2x Nest Wifi routers in wireless mesh myself.

See following documentation on how to set it up:

But be aware, too many Nest Wifi pucks too close, will cause issues. Even if you're just using them for adding ethernet ports to other devices, they will still broadcast.

I'd consider replacing the add-on points with the routers if I were you. And sell the add-on points.


I don't work for Google. I'm here to help and learn more.

MHand
Community Member

Thank you.

I’m still confused of how come everytime when I try to add ‘new device’, the google home app is asking for Bluetooth instead of it trying to ‘find’ it and/or scan the QR code?

2. Is it better using google WiFi 1st model or google nest?

thanks again!

Davy123
Community Member

This is interesting, I recommend adding 2 Google Wi-Fi access points which would provide a mesh and have 2 Ethernet ports each, and olavrb recommends adding two Nest routers. I would definitely go with olavrb - a silver product expert!

If you dont need a mesh then how about Wi-Fi to Ethernet adapters for your two devices that dont currently support Wi-Fi?

MHand
Community Member

Honestly, I’m a bit technically challenged when it comes to networking.

I’m wondering again: when adding new device, have you’ve ever encountered Google Home is asking for a Bluetooth instead of it trying to find and/or scan the QR code?

thanks again!

Davy123
Community Member

MHand, I find that the installation process is a bit hit and miss. Sometimes its done by Bluetooth; sometimes it asks for the QR code; sometimes it asks for the QR code and then refuses to scan it.

MHand
Community Member

Goodness gracious, that is insane!
How can it be acceptable in this day and age? So do I just need to keep trying to ‘setup new device’?

Can this be communicated to Google some how so they can fix it?

With your advise, I think I will get the GWi-Fi (1st gen) and try to set it up as additional points.

Thanks again!

Davy123
Community Member

MHand, just to clarify a little ....

Google make two Wifi products; one is called Google Wifi the other is called Nest Wifi.

Google Wifi, which is what you want, is now on its second generation. Gen 2 was a minor upgrade to Gen 1. I believe that Gen 1 had a 'G' sticker; Gen 2 has 'G' embossed on the top.

You dont say whether your two non-wireless devices are co-located. If they are close then you only need one Google Wifi device cos it will have two Ethernet ports.

The Google Wifi pucks can be programmed to act as either routers or access points. Obviously, you need to set them up as access points.

When setting up, keep the same SSID network name and password else you will have to set up all your wireless devices for a new network.

Setting up additional access points is fairly easy (when it works) so good luck.

 

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey, MHand.

It looks like things have slowed down a since the last replies, but I wanted to check up on things and see if you were able to get things worked out or if you still needed some assistance here.

Thanks.

MHand
Community Member

Yeah, I gave up and return the WiFi back.

but I truly appreciate all of your help.

thanks again!

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Thanks for the update, MHand. I'm sorry we weren't able to get that resolved for you. I'll go ahead and close up the thread, but if you need anything else, please feel free to start up a new discussion.

Thanks.