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Does Google Nest Wifi bought in US (110 volts) work in UK (220 volts)?

chaitsv
Community Member

Hi,

I bought Google Nest WiFi with 2 access points in US and taking with me as a gift for family living in London. The UK voltage is 220 volts while in US its 110 volts. Will it work if I get a voltage converter / transformer in London? Is 220 volts supported by the Google Nest WiFI?

Thanks for the help!

cheers

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David_K
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

You will most likely be able to find a transformer or adapter so it can be connected to power.

The more important issue is the 5 GHz band is regulated differently around the world. Google Wifi and Nest Wifi units manufactured for use in the USA use the 5 GHz channel in a way that is not allowed in the EU and UK. WiFi units manufactured for use in the EU and UK use a different 5 GHz channel.

This means UK devices will only see those US units as 2.4 GHz and not 5 GHz. Since there's substantially more capacity on the 5 GHz band, because it uses wider channels, you do want to be able to use it if at all possible. Strictly speaking, US units should work and function in the UK but they will be slower, so that is something worth bearing in mind.

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David_K
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

You will most likely be able to find a transformer or adapter so it can be connected to power.

The more important issue is the 5 GHz band is regulated differently around the world. Google Wifi and Nest Wifi units manufactured for use in the USA use the 5 GHz channel in a way that is not allowed in the EU and UK. WiFi units manufactured for use in the EU and UK use a different 5 GHz channel.

This means UK devices will only see those US units as 2.4 GHz and not 5 GHz. Since there's substantially more capacity on the 5 GHz band, because it uses wider channels, you do want to be able to use it if at all possible. Strictly speaking, US units should work and function in the UK but they will be slower, so that is something worth bearing in mind.

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi, chaistv.
I just wanted to jump in real fast to see if you saw davidking's reply and to see if you still needed some help on this or if you were able to get it sorted out. If you are still needing some help, just let us know and we'll be happy to continue helping.
Thanks.

chaitsv
Community Member

Thank you Jeff/Davidking for the feedback, I returned the US version and purchased the UK version from the Google store Great Britain site.

cheers,

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Sounds great, chaitsv.

I'll go ahead and mark this as resolved. If you have any other issues or questions going forward, please feel free to open up a new discussion.

Thanks.