Google Wi-Fi vs. Google Nest Wi-Fi
You’re looking into upgrading your old Wi-Fi to a Google Wi-Fi, but you do not know if you want to stick with Google Wi-Fi or pay the extra money for Nest Wi-Fi. Google Wi-Fi offers better Wi-Fi coverage than its competitors for a better price. On the other hand, Google Nest Wi-Fi is more expensive than Google Wi-Fi, but it does have better features and have different add-ons.
Here is a comparison between the two Wi-Fi devices:
|Google Wi-Fi||Google Nest Wi-Fi|
|Wi-Fi Coverage||Up to 1500 sq ft||Up to 2200 sq feet|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||AC1200 per point||AC2200 per router|
These two Google Wi-Fi systems are both good, but the price, performance, and specs can persuade you into purchasing one over the other. Keep reading to understand the different add-ons and features that each one offers and to help you choose the perfect Google Wi-Fi for you.
The Difference Between Google Wi-Fi & Google Nest Wi-Fi
Regardless if you choose to purchase Google Wi-Fi or Google Nest Wi-Fi, you will still be purchasing a good quality Wi-Fi system.
Here is another comparison between the two systems and how they differ:
|Google Wi-Fi||Google Nest Wi-Fi|
|Number of Devices||Up to 100||Up to 100|
|Performance||Multiple simultaneous 4k video streaming||Multiple simultaneous 4k video streaming|
|Max Speed||Up to 1.2 Gbps||Up to 2.2 Gbps|
|Colors||Snow||Snow, mist, or sand|
Now, let’s get more into detail on what you can do with Google Wi-Fi versus Google Nest Wi-Fi.
If you are looking into purchasing the Google Wi-Fi, Google offers two options on their website. You can buy the router alone for $99 or you can purchase the 3 pack that comes with 1 router and 2 Google Points for $199.99.
Inside of the 3 pack bundle, one of the devices will act as a router that is connected to the model while the other 2 will act as Google Points to help increase your Wi-Fi coverage and internet speed within your household.
One advantage to the Google Wi-Fi is that the 2 Google Points that come in the bundle still have ethernet connectors whereas the Google Points that come with the Google Nest Wi-Fi does not. This can be a big advantage for some people because they can plug in devices, such as a PC or console, directly into the Google Point allowing those devices to obtain Wi-Fi.
Google Nest Wi-Fi
The Google Nest Wi-Fi is the newest mesh Wi-Fi edition that Google is selling with a new modern and rounder design that comes with 3 different colors.
Google offers a few deals for the Google Nest Wi-Fi:
|Router + 1 Point||$269|
|Router + 2 Points||$349|
|Add- on Point||$149|
The Google Nest Wi-Fi also has newer technology allowing it to perform better with multiple devices than the Google Wi-Fi. Another new part to the Google Nest Wi-Fi that the Google Wi-Fi lacks is a built in speaker. This built in speaker allows you to listen to music and podcasts and gives you access to Google Assistant.
Google Point Add-On
A Google Point is a satellite that you can purchase with your Google Wi-Fi or Google Nest Wi-Fi as an add-on. This will help extend your Wi-Fi connection throughout your home to cover any of the “dead spots”, locations in your house that do not get good Wi-Fi connection because it is not in range of the router, and improve your connection to your devices.
Here is another table of the performance of both the Google Wi-Fi and the Google Nest Wi-Fi with the Google Point added:
|Google Wi-Fi with Multiple Points||Google Nest Wi-Fi with 1 or more Points|
|Max Coverage with Google Point(s)||3 Points: up to 4500 sq ft2 Points: up to 3000 sq ft||2 Points: up to 5400 sq ft1 Point: up to 3800 sq ft|
|Max Speed with Google Point(s)||Up to 1.2 Gbps per Point||Up to 1.2 Gbps per Point|
A great advantage to this is that you can add-on as many of the Google Points you want depending on how large your home is.
Is It Worth Upgrading Google Wi-Fi to Google Nest Wi-Fi?
Now that you know a little more about the differences between Google Wi-Fi and Google Nest Wi-Fi, you may be wondering, is upgrading to Google Nest Wi-Fi worth the money if you already own Google Wi-Fi?
It would be worth the money if you are moving to a bigger home or there are more devices being connected to Google Wi-Fi. Since Google Nest Wi-Fi does have newer technology built into it, the more devices being connected will not hinder its performance.
Google allows forward and backward compatibility with its Wi-Fi systems so it will be easy to set up again if you do decide to upgrade your Wi-Fi
Conclusion: Is Google Wi-Fi or Google Nest Wi-Fi Better?
The truth is, the Google Wi-Fi and the Google Nest Wi-Fi are both good devices to use as your source of Wi-Fi. They both have good and reliable built-in technology that will give you high speed internet connection, good coverage around your home, and offer additional add-ons to help increase your Wi-Fi coverage.
As a general rule, determine how many devices need internet connection and the square footage of your house. This will help in choosing which Wi-Fi is perfect for you.