Source: New Nest Wifi Will Introduce Wi-Fi 6, Plus

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, Google Wifi is designed to make a fast and stable internet connection available throughout your home. Under the hood, this experience is powered by the mesh network, but Google generally does a great job of making things as easy to set up as possible.

Some of that simplicity was in the hardware itself, as the original Google Wifi (and its 2020 re-release) use the same hardware for the base router that connects to your modem and the mesh points that extend your network’s signal. .

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In 2019, the line was expanded to include the Nest Wifi system, which even complicated things slightly by having two separate pieces of hardware. It was the basic Nest Wifi router and Nest Wifi point, which neatly 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 home’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 dated in the eyes of network 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 5’s 3.5 Gbps maximum. Beyond these raw speed improvements – which ISPs now need to catch up on – 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 across the entire 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 have 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.

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Picture: Wi-Fi Alliance

While Wi-Fi 6E would have none direct effect on your maximum connection speed, it 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 improvements to Wi-Fi 6 and 6E.

We’ve also heard that Google’s next mesh router could be released 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 released 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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