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jeffinmass
Community Member

I'm just a little confused - I listened to the video to help install the google wifi and they show the required equipment to install.   From your information:

1) What Google Wifi does (and why it's cool)

  • Google Wifi is a home mesh Wi-Fi system that replaces your traditional router and provides seamless, reliable Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home.

2) Please listen to the first 30 seconds which states that one of the google wifi units must be plugged into the modem/router.  

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Juzdu
Silver Product Expert
Silver Product Expert

What's your question though? Google Wifi is a router, not a modem, so you'll still need your provider's modem, which you plug into the WAN port on the Google Wifi router.

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Thanks so much for the clarity - have a nice weekend.  Jeff

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Juzdu
Silver Product Expert
Silver Product Expert

What's your question though? Google Wifi is a router, not a modem, so you'll still need your provider's modem, which you plug into the WAN port on the Google Wifi router.

jeffinmass
Community Member

I'm just wondering why I need my modem - which casts wirelessly as well as the google wifi units?  It appears I will be sitting two wireless units sitting together (the modem from Verizon and google) to cast wirelessly - this doesn't make sense?  

Thanks so much for the clarity - have a nice weekend.  Jeff

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi, jeffinmass.

It looks like Juzdu was able to give you some good info and help you out here. I just wanted to check up and see if you were all set. If you need anything else before I mark this as resolved, just let me know.

Thanks,

- Jeff

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi again, jeffinmass.

I'm just checking in again to see if you still needed some help on this or if you're all set.

Thanks,

- Jeff

Tuzza
Community Member

Google or Nest WiFi only replaces the LAN side, as Juzdu says you need a modem to form a bridge to your internet provider. Ideally log onto your Internet providers router, the admin password is usually on the card on the back, and turn off the wireless settings. Being a mesh system, your device (in theory) should automatically be connected to the strongest access point. If you leave the WiFi broadcast from your internet providers router, even if you broadcast the same SSID you will have to disconnect manually from the router to connect to the mesh. ie walking around with a phone, on the mesh you should be redirected to the strongest mesh point. If you are connected to your internet providers routers, your signal with just weaken.

 

EdwardT
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi jeffinmass,

 

Just checking in to make sure that you've seen our response. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns as I will be locking this in 24 hours.

 

Thanks,

Edward