After a lot of connection problems, I bought powerline adapters to provide a wired backbone for my 3 Google Wifi pucks. They are located between the Lan port of the primary and the Wan ports of the 2 secondaries. Both the secondary puck show a cable connection in de settings (in the Google Home app).
Funny (frustrating) thing is that when I test my mesh connection, it still says "weak connection" on one of my Secondary pucks.
Doen anyone recognize this? Or better, does anyone know how to fix this?
Thanks! Greetings, Bram
This doesn't surprise me too much, unfortunately. The mesh test result seems to be a function of how fast a mesh point can talk to the primary. Unfortunately, power line adapters can have pretty widely varying performance, depending on where they are connected in a home. Typical 110V homes have two phases of power that can be bridged for 220V appliances. So, about half of the 110V outlets will be on one phase, and half will be on the other. Getting a power line signal from one phase to the other phase reduces the performance. I suspect your slow access point is on the other phase. You might try experimenting a bit with connecting it via different outlets in different rooms to see if you can find one that's on the same phase as the router.
Hi @MichaelP, thank you for your reply. I only have 1 fase in my house, so that's one hurdle I don't have to take ;-). De management tool of the PowerLineAdapaters shows the speed between the 3 PLA's (see screenshot). They are indeed significant lower (100-200MBps) than the max speed (1300Mbps); but still much better than a wireless-backbone.
@AbigailF : so my question still stands: why does Google WiFi does recognize that there is a wired connection (see screenshot: Verbindingstype: bedraad), but still qualifies my Mesh network as weak (see 3th screenshot)?
It looks like you're in a part of the world with 220V single-phase power, so yeah, that does help. However, it still has to get the signal across circuits, and that can still reduce performance (albeit, not as much as getting across phases).
It looks like one of them is only managing 97Mbps, which could easily result in a "weak" mesh test rating. Since the mesh test is a simultaneous stress test of all of the nodes, and since the powerline network is a shared channel, the more time that network spends trying to get traffic through to the slower node, the less time it has to get traffic through to the one that would otherwise have a higher mesh test result (i.e., the one getting 195Mbps through powerline). In normal operation, you will probably see reasonable performance from this system, since it's unlikely you'll be using the powerline to both simultaneously.
@AbigailF , yes indeed, but I asked them in my previous post.
But to be somewhat summarizing, I would like to know what the threshold is for Google WiFi to qualify the Mesh connection to be weak. Especially when it is a cabled connection with speeds around 100Mbps.
Hi again Bwam,
Our apologies for the late reply. The 'weak' mesh connection you're seeing is about the connection of the other points to each other and to the main Google Wifi router. It's not related to the speed of your wired connection. More details here.
Huh? All I'm talking about, is the connection between the other points and the main Google WiFi router (see my screenshots). Exactly those connections are the ones that I wired. And I'm still getting 'weak signal' warning on.
thank you for your reply. If 97Mbps is not enough to be not 'weak', what is the treshold then?
kind regards, Bram
Hello again Bwam,
My apologies for the late reply. There are 3 ratings: “Great,” “Good,” or “Weak.” It usually translates to different speeds. I’d like to isolate it further. What kind of Ethernet cables are you using for the Google Wifi points? Is it CAT5E or CAT6? If possible, try to switch the cables and check if there will be any change in the results. We’ll wait for your update.