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Download Nest WiFi Configuration

dustinkirkland
Community Member

I would like to download a copy of my Nest WiFi configuration.

Specifically, I'd like to download a file that contains the mapping of MAC addresses to IP addresses to Names that I've setup.

I can't find any easy or obvious way to export it from the Google Home app.

I downloaded my history for both the Home app and the Nest app from takeout.google.com, but I'm still not finding this information.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, Dustin

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MichaelP
Diamond Product Expert
Diamond Product Expert

Hello @dustinkirkland 

I did a little digging into the diagnostic dump, and it looks like even inside that file, the MAC addresses have been anonymized to a certain extent. It seems like Google has taken significant steps to preserve privacy by not storing MAC addresses in the cloud, and since diagnostic dumps can be sent to Google for analysis, they are also sanitized. I guess I'm glad to see Google take privacy seriously, but it can make some of the more unusual use-cases like yours more difficult.

dustinkirkland
Community Member

Yeah, I don't think my use case is all that unusual.  I need to switch out my Nest WiFi router, with a different Nest WiFi router.  I want to do so, but without losing any / all of my settings.  I've searched around and many people are struggling with this, when upgrading from Google WiFi, to Nest WiFi.  In my case, I'm sticking with Nest WiFi, but I want my settings to persist, when I replace my main router.

EdwardT
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi folks,

 

@MichaelP, thanks for the help as always!

 

@dustinkirkland, we appreciate people who are keen on sharing with us their thoughts.  We're always looking for ways to improve and we'll take this as feedback. Let us know if you have any questions — we'd be happy to help.

 

Thanks,

Edward

 

 

EdwardT
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi dustinkirkland,

 

It's me again, I wanted to check back in to see if you have other questions and concerns. Feel free to let me know if you do.

 

Thanks,

Edward

 

Not really, other than I hope the Nest WiFi product managers take this as product feedback and feature request and user journey....

 

As a Nest WiFi administrator, I would like to export my complete network configuration, especially the mappings of MAC addresses to configured named devices, as well as my port mappings and any static leases, in order to more easily replace a device in the future.

This seems like a perfectly reasonable and easy to accommodate request through Google Takeout.

 

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey, dustinkirkland.

Thanks for sharing your feedback. I will pass your comments along to our internal teams and let them know why this would be a useful feature for you and others in the community. I appreciate the input.

Thanks.

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey, everyone.
It looks like we've slowed down here again. We'll be closing up the thread unless anyone else has any input or needs anything else. If so, just let me know and we can keep this open a bit longer.
Thanks.

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi, everyone.
As we haven't had any activity here recently I'm going to go ahead and close the thread. If you have more to add, feel free to start a new discussion.
Thanks