The Mountain View giant has just introduced its new mesh Wi-Fi router. Compatible with the latest standard, it promises ease of use, performance optimization thanks to AI, and a new frequency band, all for an acceptable price.
The rumors were right, except on one point. Google did not wait for its conference hardware of the fall which will take place on October 6th to unveil some of its new hardware. Thus, in a thread on Twitter, and alongside a new connected doorbell, in particular, Google has lifted the veil on its new mesh Wi-Fi router.
Who’s ready for the new #NestWifi Pro with Wi-Fi 6E? The new high performance mesh Wi-Fi system is the perfect foundation for your connected home.
—Made By Google (@madebygoogle) October 4, 2022
For the record, a mesh Wi-Fi network is based on at least two interconnected routers which will cover all or part of a space with a single and unique network. Users will move seamlessly from one coverage area to another, without having to worry about entering a new SSID or password. Since their origin, compatible mesh routers have taken the opposite view of conventional routers, and rely on great simplicity of installation and use, even if it means sometimes limiting access to certain functions.
A neat design, all in discretion, and the best of Wi-Fi
In this case, this simplicity seems to materialize before our eyes when we observe the round and ascetic design of these new relatively compact routers. They are indeed 13 cm high, 11.7 cm wide and 8.5 cm deep, and can find their place in a designer interior without swearing. The height of the assembly allows Google to insert a good set of 2×2 antennas in 6 GHz, 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz. Their performance in transmission and reception will obviously be boosted thanks to “intelligent” algorithms, as has been the case with success, it must be recognized, on previous generations.
According to Google, the intelligence could also be found in the ability of routers to identify and possibly solve some small problems. So if your network isn’t performing well enough because of a faulty Ethernet cable, the Nest WiFi Pro will let you know. It’s up to you to buy a new cable and change it, of course.
Anyway, after shining with its Google Wi-Fis at the start of the wave of mesh Wi-Fi routers (802.11ac, at the time), and after missing out on updates to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Google announces its Nest WiFi Pro, compatible with the latest iteration of the wireless standard: Wi-Fi 6E.
Taking advantage of the major technological innovations of Wi-Fi 6, its version Extendedhence the E, adds a real third frequency band in 6 GHz, in addition to the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.
Stamped AXE4200, these Nest WiFi Pro can therefore offer up to 4.2 Gbit / s of cumulative theoretical downlink speeds. Google is therefore not aiming for the top of the range and the highest performance, but this is not necessarily serious. Why ? Because blazing-fast local Wi-Fi is only really relevant if the incoming connection is up to snuff, and with the performance promised, even fiber subscribers should be happy.
Good news for those who want to be sure to have the best speeds, moreover, each router offers two Ethernet ports. They are only Gigabit, not 2.5 Gbit/s, as is the case on high-end Wi-Fi 6E models, more and more often, but it will allow you to connect a wired console, by example, to benefit from the best ping and the fastest connection speeds.
The software to stand out
In an environment populated by many competitors, Google has another asset to distinguish itself: software. In addition to the performance optimization algorithms, the Nest WiFi Pro comes with the Home application, which is used to configure and manage them on a daily basis. It also makes it possible to monitor the access of the devices of the different members of the family thanks to a parental control function. And the good news, unlike some competitors, is that these functions are free. It will just be necessary to see what they give on a daily basis.
But beyond the security of your network and your loved ones online, Nest WiFi has another advantage: they are compatible with Matter. This protocol, co-developed by dozens of big names, including Google, promises to establish a simple and secure foundation to serve your home automation ambitions. In this case, the routers also integrate a Thread border router, other widespread home automation standards, which will guarantee backward compatibility with certain existing products.
Sold individually for 219.99 euros, the Nest WiFi Pro obviously makes sense when you combine two. The pack with two routers is sold at 329.99 euros. Which is a nice sum, but relatively affordable in the small world of Wi-Fi 6E compatible mesh routers. For now, the Nest WiFi Pro is only pre-orderable, but will be available from October 27.