I have had a mesh Nest WIFI for about a year and everything has been great until about two weeks ago. I keep having issues with my WIFI points degrading in connection or dropping all together. Location has not changed.
Another issue - when I run a speed test on the router, I am seeing my full bandwidth; however, when i run a speed test on devise (phone, tablet, etc) I am seeing speeds sub 10M (I am on a fiber 500M connection).
I have to keep restarting my Nest WIFI Network (2 to 3 times per day) through app and that usually fixes the issue. I have restated my fiber modem, powered off the Nest Router and WIFI points and the issue keeps coming back.
Model: H2D - Software Version 13729.57.27
I'm having the exact same issue but I have a 1Gb cable connection. My firmware version and everything is the same. I purchased two Stadia controllers and signed up for Stadia Pro. It's only usable for a while after I restart my network. I have multi Google Hubs and GE C light bulbs... all which act up and can't be used when the network panics as you mentioned. Light bulbs are the worst to get reconnected after this stuff!
I've had a great experience for a year with this router and point. But I'm about done with it if it stays like this much longer! I was trying to hold out for a WiFi 6 upgrade of these... but I have my doubts now.
Hey, rbrowning and Creek Freak.
Sorry for the issues you're having with your network performance. I know that's really frustrating to have happening throughout the day with your network. Right now there's a known issues happening with a few members in the community reporting the same thing. Our internal teams are working on a fix for this and I'm hoping I have news to share on that front soon. For now, there are people who have had success doing factory resets on their network, but for others, we're simply waiting on that fix to roll out.
As I know more, I'll update the thread.
This has been going on for months and for months, we've heard that we'll hear something soon...
I run a small biz and host Zoom calls with clients. I lose 2-3 calls per day because of this issue. Bought mine in July and it was great until the last couple of months. Now it is useless. Actually using an old Linksys right now to be online, but the speed is too slow for Zoom. No Zoom calls today and needed to be productive, so using the old router.
If you have the option to return the devices and get something else, do it.
Same problem here. We will loose our internet out of the blue. Im within eyesight of the nest router. We have found that we can make a quick connect to the wifi on the internet router and all is good so i KNOW the the problem is with the google device and NOT our isp router or service. This is getting old.
Started having the same problem about 2 weeks ago... was fine until then and now DL is 1/2 what it used to be per the Google Home app.
Greenlight retested our fiber service and even replaced the ONT for free but no difference,
We know it's the Google Nest wifi, but Google tech support is blaming Greenlight.
Looking at these forum messages I'd say Google has a huge problem on their hands.
I'll give them a few more weeks them we'll be looking elsewhere for wifi.... which is too bad because we loved it when it was working correctly.
I'll echo the sentiment shared by other posters - roll back the updates to the point when things actually worked correctly!
Yeah, this happens every day now for me too. The thing that is making it useable and that will cause me to trash my Google equipment is the unpredictability. It doesn't matter if the network is "up" 95% of the time for someone who works from home and does a ton of Zoom with clients. I'm seeing that the 5% downtime (loss of about an hour and 15 minutes per day) invariably happens with critical clients on critical calls. The week of January 3rd is a critical one for me. If this continues for the next week, I'm off to Best Buy to replace it before then.
I have a theory - they are working with a PhD candidate in Psych. They keep slowy screwing up this for more and more users just to see how bad they can make it before people switch. Would be great to get solid data on customer retention/stickiness of customers even in the face of appalling failure!
It's been a while since I touched base here. While I don't have info on a fix yet, I did want to see if any of you had seen any improvement and if you have tried any new troubleshooting. If anything has changed, let me know. And as always, I will update with new info as soon as I have it.
Mine only got worse and started completely cycling on its own every so often. I had to abandon it Sunday and buy a new router. I'm not very happy about it being dead after 13 months of use either! I paid nearly $300 for the router and a node. I needed something dependable again so I could monitor my security devices.
I've been going back and forth w/ Alex in the Google Nest Customer Service group and after sharing numerous speed tests and Google Home app network status info, his only suggestion was to reset my DNS to static. I did so and rebooted the network, but we're still getting HALF the download speed we were getting beforehand.
We have a 500 Mbps fiber service and we were consistently in the high 400's for download and upload for 9+ months. Then in mid-December we starting noticing latency and speed issues on both of our laptops. That's when we found out that the download speed was reduced to the 200's (per the Google Home app), but showed only in the 100's (or even much lower at times!!!) on our laptops. Testing our iPhones showed very slightly higher DL and UL speeds than the laptops, but nothing near what we were getting previously.
Google tried blaming the ISP, but they tested their fiber line up to and into our house and thru the ONT. Everything was fine on their end. They even gave us a new ONT, but that didn't help increase speeds on the Google Nest wifi network .
Now that I retired yesterday and had to give my work laptop back, I bought a new laptop. It has a gigabit+ wifi 6/ethernet card and its still getting the crappy 200's DL and low 400's UL on Google Nest wifi.
BUT when i plug the new laptop directly into the ONT I'm getting a screaming fast 497 UL and DL!!!
Sent this along to Alex as definitive proof that the problem lies with the Google Nest wifi.
I really don't expect Google to do anything to address whatever's wrong with these Nest routers and mesh points. They seem to have been kicking the can down the proverbial road for almost a year based on other Google community posts. Even looking at other router options is frustrating because they all seem to have their own issues in some way or another. Why can't these propeller heads figure out how to make a simple, robust and consistently effective mesh router system???
Hey - you are right - these issues have been going on (if this forum is any indication) for at least four months without any real solution. Restarting (or resetting) after you lose connectivity and waiting for things to come back online doesn't work so well when you are in the middle of a client pitch over Zoom...
Try the Netgear Orbi system. It's not a true mesh, but I have acceptable speed, good range and ZERO issues with connectivity.
LIke cupidfallsfarm, below, my problem is gone because I gave up. I have also been using Netgear's system. This is my post in a different thread:
To see how often it is failing, I ran my dog's wireless collar tracker (it reports to me over the internet if he gets close to the boundary fence) through the Nest devices instead of my Comcast router last week. It notifies me with an email if it loses network connectivity:
No Communication from DogWatch Portal
######### via sendgrid.me
Fri, Dec 31, 2021, 1:57 PM (3 days ago)
Hi Robert, there have been no recent updates from your DogWatch portal at Home. Please make sure your portal is turned on and working properly. Give XX Pet Fence Company a call at XXXXX if you need assistance or have questions.
That was on NYE - there were 46 other notifications last week that the device couldn't connect to the internet.
Just FYI, I posted last week about giving up on Nest/Google and bought a Netgear Orbi router and access point. The downside is that the range isn't as good. The upside is that I'm getting about 100 MB/second about 60 feet away and it hasn't gone down once in 5 days!
I have no financial interest in any of them, but I'd suggest unplugging the nest, and instead of plugging it back in, pluggin in a new Netgear or Asus system... It is what I and a number of others have done.
Google is not going to fix this - it has been more than 4 months now for many people on here, and the only word from Google that entire time is that "we're looking into it."
My guess is it is either impacting a small percentage of users or not enough people notice it and they've figured they can ignore it given that it may cost more to fix than the value of the goodwill they'd get from fixing it.
NO! I have had to unplug 2-5 times a day in some cases. I have a nest router and one point in a 950 sq foot apartment. I recently switched ISPs thinking it would resolve, and it has not. This is CRAZY considering I spent hundreds on this "powerful mesh network". I bought it in Nov 2020 and don't suppose Google would refund me, or help me in any way. Not happy.
Sorry you joined the club Noway7299...
Google doesn't give a sh!t about probs with their mesh wifi (both with the original Nest and now with their new Nest "Pro" version). No fixes for the original in over 2 years now and then they release a new product with the same flaws!!! It's only after people like us have a prob and go searching for a fix that they find out the truth. Too bad most mainstream tech reporters still fawn over Gaggle as tech genius'. They must be getting paid off... Wish we could put a spotlight on Nest wifi's flaws to the general public so that more people aren't duped into buying their unsupported cr@p.
I had Google Wifi mesh first generation, 4 units - a large house, running for few years than upgraded to Nest Pro (4 units) last month and download speeds went up from ~150 to ~350 Mbps - Spectrum cable. Ping latency (to google.com) went up from ~17 to 30-50 ms. Then after few days to a week the speeds would become erratic and dropping to about 10 and I needed to restart mesh to "fix" it as well noted and described at this board. And cycles would keep repeating. My settings had IPv6 off and no priority WiFi device assigned. Also, I did make lots if IP reservations initially (about 10 reservations of 24 total wifi devices in my local wifi network) but last week I just kept IP reservations to 2 printers. It seemed to help with no need to reset mesh as frequently but my wife run out of patience and my 13 y old kid also complained of frequent freezes since we got the Nest Pro mesh about month ago.
I switched back to original google WiFi mesh yesterday and got lower speeds (150s) and lower ping latency too: 17 ms. 13 year old son got Xbox Fortnite ping down from 20-40 to 0 ms.
Nest Pro will go back to Costco and I hope to Google (3-month Costco
My next mesh uograde is going to be something else but not a Google device.
Same exact situation here. I’m 1 month into nest Wi-Fi pro and experiencing these problems. 2 more months for Google to fix this before I return it to Costco and revert back to the last gen nest Wi-Fi. Which mesh system are u looking at next? I tried Orbi and returned it as well. Internet kept dropping.
If you were to check my posting history here you'd see that my OG Google WiFi mesh had been rock solid for years; not especially fast, but dependable like an appliance. I wound up upgrading to Nest WiFi -- not much difference, but since I use Nest routers as nodes I have network jacks at each node and can plug my laptop in directly to the node near my desk. Again - solid for year. Then in September a firmware update kicked of months of instability, performance nose diving, then being great for a couple of weeks, then loads of instability... It seems that the mesh is stable now: no devices getting bumped off, but performance is back to the mediocre level it was at for several years with the OG Google WiFi. Max speed via WiFi to a device is anywhere from 80MB to maybe 150MB despite the base router being plugged into my (verified) gigabit FiOS connection that's typically 850 or more MB. The Nest node (router) near my desk is 1 floor down and about 9 feet across from the base Nest mesh router, and my laptop is plugged into the Nest node near the desk via CAT5; when things were good a couple of months ago I saw speeds at my laptop in the 650 to 700Mbps range. Then things got unstable, and once all the firmware updates stopped -- now still through today -- speed at my desktop is still no better than 450Mbps. Everywhere else in the house, WiFi only, speeds are 80 to 150Mbps max.
So - it's stable enough finally, but disappointing. I would have considered jumping to Nest Pro, but from all I see here it's the same situation or worse, so no...not spending my time and money in that direction.
I don't want to spend $1,500 on a Netgear 6E mesh... Part of me is hoping that Google's situation improves, although I'm skeptical at this point. I'm also reading Dong Ngo's articles... he was CNET's "router guy" 20 to 25 years ago managing product testing and review, and seems to be one of the most knowledgeable in media -- and particularly in this area. I'm seriously considering assembling a "DIY" mesh from compatible components -- sounds really promising for the money. See: https://dongknows.com/popular-diy-mesh-wi-fi-for-the-home/
I'd love to compare notes if anyone else is going down this path.