New information regarding the upcoming Google/Nest Wifi mesh router, including the addition of Wi-Fi 6 and a return to the simplicity of the first Google Wifi, has been revealed by a source.

The Google Wifi series, which debuted in 2016, aims to provide a reliable and quick internet connection throughout the entire home. Mesh networking powers this experience from the inside out, but Google generally does a terrific job of making setup as straightforward as possible.

The original Google Wifi (and its 2020 rerelease) used the same hardware for both the base router that connects to your modem and the mesh points that expand your network’s signal, which contributed to this simplicity.

The Nest Wifi system was added to the line in 2019, which significantly complicated things because it had two different pieces of hardware. These included the basic Nest WiFi router and the Nest WiFi point, which was brilliantly designed to act as a Google Assistant speaker (and did so quite well).

A source claims that the company’s upcoming router will include a return to the cohesive design of the first Google Wifi. Depending on your home’s demands, you may purchase the new Nest Wifi in packs of one, two, or three. We have not been able to establish whether the new router, like its predecessor, will come with a Google Assistant smart speaker.

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Right: Google Wifi | Left: Nest Wifi router and add-on point (2020) After Wi-Fi 6 was formally introduced, Nest Wifi quickly became obsolete in the opinion of networking enthusiasts. Wi-Fi 6 was accepted by the Pixel series with the Pixel 6 generation, but the iPhone 11 marked the start of the standard’s wider public use. The new devices will reportedly benefit from Wi-Fi 6 and possibly Wi-Fi 6E, according to the source.

The greatest data speed that a Google Wifi router powered by Wi-Fi 6 might deliver to all of your connected devices is 9.6 Gbps, a significant increase above Wi-Fi 5’s maximum speed of 3.5 Gbps. Wi-Fi 6 is geared for the realities of the smart home, which is having numerous devices in close proximity and on the same network, in addition to these raw speed enhancements that internet providers now need to keep up with. You’ll gradually notice benefits throughout the network as you update individual devices to ones that support Wi-Fi 6.

Wi-Fi 6E, a feature that has not yet been officially verified for the upcoming Google/Nest WiFi, adds a third band of signal to the mix. Wi-Fi routers have connected up until this point in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. These ranges have gotten busier over time, especially in cities. Wi-Fi 6E makes advantage of the 6 GHz frequency to minimize potential interference.

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Although Wi-Fi 6E wouldn’t directly affect your maximum connection speed, it should bring your home network closer to its ideal state. Furthermore, you don’t need to worry much about the specific advancements of Wi-Fi 6 and 6E because the Google WiFi series has always been designed to make things simple.

Additionally, according to rumors, Google’s next mesh network may come in a variety of colors, much like the Nest Wifi did before it. The new product is anticipated to feature comparable colors to other Nest and Google products coming out this year.

It would make sense for this Wi-Fi 6 enabled Nest Wifi successor to be introduced during the Pixel 7 event this fall, given that every prior Google Wifi product has launched around the end of the year.

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