A source has shared new details about the upcoming Google/Nest Wifi series mesh router, including the introduction of Wi-Fi 6 and a return to the simplicity of the original Google Wifi.
First unveiled in 2016, the Google Wifi series is designed to make a fast and stable internet connection available throughout your home. Under the hood, this experience is powered by a mesh network, but Google generally does a great job of making things as easy to set up as possible.
Part of that simplicity was in the hardware itself, as the original Google Wifi (and its 2020 re-release) uses the same hardware for the base router that connects to your modem and the mesh points that extend your network’s signal. .
In 2019, the range was expanded to include the Nest Wifi system, which complicated things a bit by having two separate pieces of hardware. It was the basic Nest Wifi router and the Nest Wifi point, which cleverly doubled as (an excellent) Google Assistant speaker.
According to a source, the company’s next router will see a return to the unified design of the original Google Wifi. As before, you’ll be able to buy the next Nest Wifi in packs of one, two or three, depending on your household’s needs. So far, we’re unable to confirm whether the new router will feature a Google Assistant smart speaker like its predecessor.
Shortly after the launch of Nest Wifi, it was outdated in the eyes of networking enthusiasts due to the official launch of Wi-Fi 6. The Pixel series adopted Wi-Fi 6 with the Pixel 6 generation, but the standard has began its wider public adoption with the iPhone 11 in 2019. The source confirmed that the new hardware will gain the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 and, potentially, Wi-Fi 6E.
In the best-case scenario, a Google Wifi router powered by Wi-Fi 6 might be able to deliver 9.6 Gbps of data to your connected devices, a huge improvement over Wi-Fi’s 3.5 Gbps max. -Fi 5. Beyond these raw speed improvements – which ISPs now need to catch up – Wi-Fi 6 is also optimized for the smart home reality of having many devices nearby and on the same network. As you update individual devices to those that support Wi-Fi 6, you’ll gradually notice improvements on the network.
Meanwhile, Wi-Fi 6E, an as yet unconfirmed feature for this upcoming Google/Nest Wifi, adds a third signal band to the mix. Until now, Wi-Fi routers were connected in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum. Over time, these ranges have become more crowded, especially in urban areas. To counter potential interference, Wi-Fi 6E uses the 6 GHz spectrum.
While Wi-Fi 6E would have none direct effect on your maximum connection speed, this should get you closer to a “best case scenario” for your home network. More importantly, since the Google Wifi series has always been designed to make things easier, you don’t need to think much about the exact upgrades to Wi-Fi 6 and 6E.
We’ve also heard that Google’s next mesh router could come in more colors, like the Nest Wifi before it. The new device is expected to have a complementary color scheme to other Nest and Google devices launching this year.
Given that all the other Google Wifi devices launched at the end of the year, it would make sense for this Wi-Fi 6-enabled Nest Wifi successor to be announced at the Pixel 7 event this fall.
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