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Wireless weather station compatible with Google Nest Mesh

DVERTED
Community Member

Hi, What wireless weather stations are compatible with the Google Nest Mesh system. I have purchased 3 different wireless weather stations and none of them will connect to my Google Nest router. These weather stations apparently use the 2.4ghz band only to connect but the Google Nest router will not read them. The Nest router also will not let me set up a 2.4ghz only network. I'm sick of buying units that don't work and arguing with product sellers about the comparability problem of their products with Google Nest Mesh. Thanks

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DVERTED
Community Member

Hi All. The latest generation of the Google Home Nest Wifi system has the 'recommended' option to use WPA3 security setting. Problem is that some 'legacy' devices cannot connect to WPA3. I managed to connect my weather station to the Google Home Wifi but I had to switch off WPA3 to do it. Something that is not well know in the consumer space and not readily shared by the product sellers (for fear of lower sales I'm guessing). Whilst this resolved the issue I'm not happy that I had to 'degrade' my WiFi security setting from WPA3 down to WPA2. Looking to buy a better weather station with WPA3 compatibility. Thanks. David

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olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

I have a Netatmo Home Couch, it has been set and forget with my 2x Nest Wifi routers in wireless mesh since the day I bought it. So maybe Netatmo?


I don't work for Google.

Jhonleanmel
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey folks,

 

@olavrb, thanks for helping out.

@DVERTED, Thanks for posting ― let's see what's going on.

 

The Google Wifi point(s) uses the same name for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band networks. This means that the Wi-Fi network uses both radio bands. But keep in mind: while both bands can be used, the personal devices (a smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.) will connect to only one radio band at any given time. Nest Wifi, Google Wifi, or OnHub attempts to select the band that will deliver the best performance for your device. Currently there is no option to manually disable either of the bands or to connect to them separately.

 

Give these steps a whirl:

 

Create a hotspot with a mobile phone. However, 2 mobile phones are required:

Use the first device to create a hotspot (mobile phone).

 

How to set up a mobile hotspot:

  • Android
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap the Network & internet option.
  3. Select Hotspot & tethering.
  4. Tap on Wi-Fi hotspot.
  5. Set up the hotspot name and password the same as the primary network.
  6. Choose the AP Band > 2.4 GHz band > Apply
  • iOS:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Cellular. Tap the slider to turn Cellular Data on.
  3. Under Cellular, tap the slider to turn Personal Hotspot on.
  4. Tap the slider next to Allow Others to Join.
  5. Set up the hotspot name password the same as the primary network.
  6. To change the hotspot password, under Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi Password.
  7. To change the hotspot name, go to Settings > General > About > Name.

Use the second device to connect to the mobile hotspot.
Disconnect all of the Google Wifi or Nest Wifi points from the power outlet.
Connect the device to the 2.4 GHz band of the hotspot with the same SSID and password of the current network (case sensitive).
Once connected to the hotspot, plug in your primary Google Wifi point or the Nest Wifi router.
Turn off the hotspot and check if the device automatically connects to the Google Wifi network.

 

Let us know how it goes.

 

Best,
Mel

Hey there,

I wanted to follow up and see if you are still in need of any help. Have you had the chance to try the suggestion above? If yes, how is it?

Thanks,
Mel

Too complicated for setting up the weather station. I shouldn't have to do hotspots etc for what should be a simple set-up product. Thanks for the help though. David

Jhonleanmel
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi DVERTED,

 

Thanks for getting back to us. Are there other devices having this issue? If not, I suggest reaching out to your device's support on other workarounds they may provide.

 

Thanks,

Mel

Hi, I did have a smart plug that wouldn't work but it was an older model so I didn't use it anymore. All other devices work fine. I have pointed this issue out to the weather station manufacturer and suggested they include WiFi security compatibility in their product specs. Thanks. 

Jhonleanmel
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi DVERTED,

 

Thanks for the update. Let us know if you have additional questions ― we'd love to help.

 

Best,
Mel

Princesss
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello there,

 

We just want to check if you have seen our response posted above. Let us know if you have additional questions, otherwise we'll be locking the thread.
 

Best,

Princess

Princesss
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello there,

 

We just want to check if you have seen our response posted above. Let us know if you have additional questions, otherwise we'll be locking the thread.
 

Best,

Princess

Princesss
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi there,

 

Due to inactivity, I'll go ahead and lock this thread in 24 hours. Feel free to start a new thread if you need assistance with your Google Wifi and we'd be glad to assist you further.
 

Best,

Princess

EdwardT
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi folks,

 

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

DVERTED
Community Member

Hi All. The latest generation of the Google Home Nest Wifi system has the 'recommended' option to use WPA3 security setting. Problem is that some 'legacy' devices cannot connect to WPA3. I managed to connect my weather station to the Google Home Wifi but I had to switch off WPA3 to do it. Something that is not well know in the consumer space and not readily shared by the product sellers (for fear of lower sales I'm guessing). Whilst this resolved the issue I'm not happy that I had to 'degrade' my WiFi security setting from WPA3 down to WPA2. Looking to buy a better weather station with WPA3 compatibility. Thanks. David

olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

WPA3 enabled does not disable WPA2. So you could try to enable WPA3 again now that the weather station is connected.

"This setting allows both WPA2 and WPA3 devices to join your Wi-Fi network."


I don't work for Google.

Jhonleanmel
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey folks,

 

Thanks for the helpful response, @olavrb.

@DVERTED, we appreciate you getting back to us. Hope the previous post helped. Let us know if you have additional questions ― we'd love to help.

 

Best,
Mel

DVERTED
Community Member

Hi, I switched WPA3 back on on the Google Nest Router and the weather station lost connection. Its gone back to offline and cannot find the router. When switching WPA3 on and off the network resets itself and all devices lose connection. The instructions say it could take up to 10 minutes for some devices to reconnect but the weather station has been offline and trying to reconnect for several hours now. Going to take it back and get something else. David