Google Wifi (x2) ; Nest Point (x2) ; or Nest Router & Point

newhome1
Community Member

Reaching out for advice on what to get. Moved into a 'smart home' that is 2200 sqft (main/upstair) with roughly 1000 stft unfinished basement. The basement is where the modem, router, & switch currently area. Modem: basic internet service provider 'free' modem ; Router: Gen 1 Google Wifi ; Switch: Linksys 8-port. I feel like I need at least another access point/router on the main or upper level for there is spotty wifi signals throughout the house since router is in the basement. So asking to see what might be my best options. Whether to just get one/two more Google Wifi Routers, since the rooms I'd be plugging them into could be hard-wired (with ports already available & live, with the switch); get just a Nest Router; get a Nest Router/Point combo; or get two Nest Points. Very torn on what might be the best option for me.

Thanks for the help & input!

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MichaelP
Diamond Product Expert
Diamond Product Expert

Hello @newhome1 

If you have wiring in place, I would lean towards adding a couple more Google WiFi units in locations that can be connected via Ethernet back to the LAN port on the primary Google WiFi unit you already have. This will let you place them further away from the primary (which, being located in the basement, isn't in an ideal location for a pure mesh interconnect) and will allow them to dedicate their 5GHz capacity to client traffic. In addition, use that wired network for as much other equipment as you can (any streaming video devices, gaming consoles, fixed computers, etc.). That will help preserve as much WiFi capacity as possible for mobile devices and anything that can't be wired. That's what I would do, anyway (and my home is very similar to what yours sounds like – 1990 sqft main + second plus an unfinished basement where my modem, primary Google WiFi, and core Ethernet switch are located).

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MichaelP
Diamond Product Expert
Diamond Product Expert

Hello @newhome1 

If you have wiring in place, I would lean towards adding a couple more Google WiFi units in locations that can be connected via Ethernet back to the LAN port on the primary Google WiFi unit you already have. This will let you place them further away from the primary (which, being located in the basement, isn't in an ideal location for a pure mesh interconnect) and will allow them to dedicate their 5GHz capacity to client traffic. In addition, use that wired network for as much other equipment as you can (any streaming video devices, gaming consoles, fixed computers, etc.). That will help preserve as much WiFi capacity as possible for mobile devices and anything that can't be wired. That's what I would do, anyway (and my home is very similar to what yours sounds like – 1990 sqft main + second plus an unfinished basement where my modem, primary Google WiFi, and core Ethernet switch are located).

EdwardT
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi folks,

 

@MichaelP, thanks for the help!

 

@MichaelP, how's it going with your Google Wifi? Still need our help?

 

Thanks,

Edward

EdwardT
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi newhome1,

 

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

EdwardT
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi newhome1,

 

I'm 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