I've had a Nest Wifi Router for a few years (not Pro). Recently I started connecting more in my garage where coverage is spotty and impacted by weather, so I added a second router set up as a point, Much improvement for every device except my 2016 Macbook Pro on Monterey. The Macbook has a difficult time getting a stable connection from my garage. Chromecast on garage TV seems stable, my Pixel 6 pro seems stable. I've tried all the tips for resetting and restarting.
After multiple connections and drops, the Macbook finally seems to settle, but it's just annoying to spend 15 minutes every time I try to use the macbook in the garage to have this issue.
I debated getting a pro to replace existing Nest router since the Pro range seems greater, but saw the older routers for less than half its price so opted for a second router as a point Now thinking that was probably a mistake, but wanted to check for any additional troubleshooting tips before I give up and start over.
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It's hard to know exactly what's happening here, but my first question is where you have placed that new Nest WiFi Router unit as a point? If you put it in an area where devices were already struggling to connect, it may also be struggling to get a connection for itself, which can produce some strange behavior. Have you run a mesh test? You'll want to make sure that new Nest WiFi Router unit is getting a "great" mesh connection for itself. That may require placing it in between your primary Nest WiFi Router and the area you have clients.
The reason I'm asking about this is because one thing I know about Apple devices is that they support the 802.11k and 802.11v standards that Google/Nest WiFi products use to give clients hints about what access point and band to connect to. So, it's possible the laptop is trying to follow those hints while the other devices are just connecting to the strongest nearby signal they can find.
MacOS, iOS and iPadOS devices sometimes have issues with wireless reliability and Nest Wifi because of following settings on these devices:
HTTP Proxy: Set to "none".
Private IP Address (Mac randomization): Disable.
Thanks for responses. All things I had already tried/confirmed or settings I'd already reviewed and found set as suggested. I might have a faulty mac, a faulty router used as point, or both, but I am blaming the router used as point because the mac still connects fine in my garage with the point unplugged. Since the area is marginal, I am returning the router and getting a Nest Pro to replace my existing router. Hoping it will have just enough extra oomph to level out the performance of the garage chromecast and assistant speaker.
Thanks for the update. As we got our resolution here, I'm going to mark this thread as resolved. I'll be locking this thread if we won't hear back from you in 24 hrs. Should that happen, feel free to create a new one if you have more questions or have other concerns in the future.