Hello - I have two Nest routers and would like to connect them via Ethernet cable. Can I connect directly from the secondary router to the primary? If so, does the Ethernet cable go like this: Primary Router (LAN port) => Secondary Router (LAN port)? Or do I need a switch to do this?
Yes, you can connect a Nest WiFi Router as a secondary (point) to another Nest WiFi Router (primary). The primary should be set up first and connected to your internet service. Then, the secondary Nest WiFi Router should be set up and added as a wireless mesh "point" nearby. Once it's working that way, you can connect it to the primary's LAN Ethernet port either directly or through one or more inexpensive unmanaged Ethernet switches. You should be able to use either of the Ethernet ports on the secondary Nest WiFi Router, but I tend to stick with the WAN port there for consistency. Once you've done that, open up the Google Home app and take a look at the details for that secondary Nest WiFi Router. In particular, you want to make sure the "connection type" shows as "wired" when it's connected via Ethernet. If it still shows as "mesh", then check your cabling.
Also, once you have it showing as "wired", run a mesh test. Then, find a WiFi connected device that is currently connected through the secondary Nest WiFi Router. In the Google Home app, find that device and look at the "Info" tab and scroll to the bottom where the different speeds are shown. The first number there is how fast the primary Nest WiFi Router can talk to the internet, but there should be a second number (and at least a place for a third). The second number will show how fast that secondary Nest WiFi Router unit can talk to the primary via Ethernet. This should be several hundred megabits per second. If it only shows 100Mbps, then check your cabling, since that would indicate the Ethernet link isn't managing to negotiate a full 1Gbps connection speed.
I hope some of this helps. Here's a support page with even more information: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7215624?hl=en
Hi Michael, I currently have a Google Nest system with one router and 4 points. I want to add a Heos AV system to my wifi network but it can only use a hard wire ethernet connection and it is no where near my router and hard wire ethernet connection is not possible. My question is: what is the best way to wirelessly connect the Heos AV hardware to my wireless network? Could I buy another Google Nest router, set that up as a point and then use the ethernet connection of the second router to connect to the Heos hardware?
I tried an internet adapter but after reading the info on the adapter and Google, I found out that Google Nest does not support WPS which is what the adapter I have uses to connect to wifi networks. Any recommendations would be helpful. Thank you. JVR
This is a little different from what the OP was asking, but there are a few options I can think of. Yes, you could buy another Nest WiFi Router unit and set it up as if it was a Nest WiFi Point, and then use its Ethernet ports for nearby wired devices (like your Heos AV system). That would probably be the most expensive option, though. A less expensive option would be to pick up a Google WiFi unit and set it up the same way. These are less expensive than Nest WiFi Router units, and while they have lower performance WiFi radios, they should be fine for this purpose.
All of that said, a "travel router" might be the least expensive option. These are very flexible, and can be set up as WiFi clients with Ethernet ports on them. They shouldn't require WPS for setup and configuration, but because they support so many different modes, you'll need to study the documentation to make sure you have it configured the right way.
Assuming you only have two Nest WiFi Router units, one primary and one secondary, it looks like one of those secondary (point) "Nest Wifi router" entries is a "ghost" from a previous failed setup. You used to be able to clear that up by doing a factory reset of the ghost entry from the Google Home app, but I seem to recall that is no longer working. I don't know if that causes a problem with doing a mesh test, but if it does, you may need to factory reset the whole system and set it all up again (which I would find fairly disappointing if I were in your position). What happens when you tap the "Test mesh" link on that screen? Does it fail immediately, or does it actually run, but give an error due to the "ghost" point? If the latter, I would probably live with it myself, at least until I had another reason to reset and reconfigure the whole system again.
Just one quick final check in here since activity has slowed down. We'll be locking the thread in the next 24 hours, but if you still need help, I would be happy to keep it open. If there's more we can do, just let me know.