Google WiFi is Google’s internet enthusiast kit that promises everyone great ease of use, high data transfer speed and larger connectivity of around 400 plus square meters of area. Launched in 2016 in the US, the device is compatible with the latest network protocols and can be a great solution for those dealing with bad Wi-Fi internet coverage at home or office. Google WiFi is the evolution of the brand’s earlier home appliances, OnHubs. What differentiates Google WiFi service with other routers is the number of devices. Where a router is a single device, Google WiFi is a pack of three devices.
Google WiFi works as a router divided into three. When it comes to Google WiFi installation, it should be kept in mind that it isn’t a single device that you are installing, but three or more devices and that too at different points of the house to ensure and improve wireless network coverage. Google WiFi is basically a mesh Wi-Fi system, which works in a pack of three or more devices. One of the devices is made a hub while others work as nodes. The motive behind such an arrangement is to expand the internet range within the premises without having users to change from one network to another.
To proceed with the Google WiFi Router Setup, you need two things:
- An iOS or Android mobile device, such as smartphone or tablet, which should be connected to the Internet;
- A Google account;
Google WiFi Setup – The Entire Process
Setting up Google WiFi is a pretty straightforward process. Unlike most routers, there is no web-based interface. The new Wi-Fi system can only be set up and controlled via the new Google WiFi mobile app. Once set up, Google WiFi will stay connected to Google at all times and sign in to your Google account whenever you use it.
Here are the details of how to set up Google WiFi for the first time.
Locate an ideal spot for your Wi-Fi point:
The process begins with connecting your existing modem to the primary Wi-Fi point. This will be done by using an Ethernet cable.
Power up your primary Wi-Fi point
- The next step will be to connect the Ethernet cable to the WAN port of Google Wi-Fi. The other end of the Ethernet cable is going to be connected to the Ethernet port on the modem.
- Now, you will have to connect Google WiFi to the AC mains. Turn on the switch and you will see a blue light appearing on the device. It’s blinking indicates that the device is on and ready for setup.
- Identify the right location for your Google WiFi where the signal is not hindered by anything. The device should be in a clear line of sight with the devices you want to connect it with.
Download Google WiFi App and Login Account:
- On your Android or iOS device, download the Google WiFi app, which is free to download.
- There will be an option labeled as ‘share anonymous usage stats and crash reports’, which you can check if you want to share those reports or uncheck if you don’t.
- Now, click ‘Get Started’ followed by entering your Google email ID and its password to initiate the Google WiFi login process.
Locating & Connecting Google WiFi Point:
- Once you’re done with the initial process of Google Router setup, it’s time to move onto the Google WiFi app. So, launch the app on your iOS or Android device and follow the instructions to connect the application to the web.
- You will be asked to scan the QR code followed by which, the app is going to find the Wi-Fi point automatically.
- Point your iOS or Android device’s camera at the QR code provided at the base of Google WiFi when prompted. Doing this will allow your iOS or Android device to connect to Google WiFi.
- Finally, select your Google WiFi point location in the application.
In order to identify the location of your Google WiFi point, make sure to select the location in the application, as then, you will be able to find out the location a lot easier. If possible, create a custom label to ease up the things. When you are done with everything, tap ‘Next’. If you come across any issue until this step, then consult Google WiFi help facility for quick and precise assistance.
How To setup Wi-Fi?
- Begin with giving a name to your Wi-Fi network and once that is done, tap ‘Next’.
- Generate a new password followed by tapping ‘Create’.
- If you want to turn on the cloud services, then tap the option that says ‘Yes, I’m In’. As you do so, you will permit Google to collect, store and check out the data of your network along with devices in order to provide you with better real-time network details, better performance, and other elements. If you don’t wish to turn on the cloud services, then tap ‘No, Thanks’.
Setting up Additional Wi-Fi Points:
The reason behind setting up additional Wi-Fi points during Google mesh setup is that the existing Wi-Fi points are incapable of delivering an optimum internet cover. You have the option of selecting the number of Wi-Fi points that you wish to set up. When you are done finalizing that number, tap ‘Next’. After that, you need to place a Wi-Fi point at a distance, which shouldn’t be longer than two rooms because if it is, then the Wi-Fi Point won’t work efficiently. Along with that, you need to place the Wi-Fi point in an open space where they can easily spread the internet signals. Once you identify the best spots for your Google WiFi, you can plug in the Wi-Fi point into the power outlet and go through the instructions provided in the app.
- You should hold your Android or iOS device close to Google Wi-Fi Point. If you have, then you need to tap ‘Add Wi-Fi point’.
- Once you have added the Wi-Fi point, tap ‘Test Now’ to check the strength of the Wi-Fi connection and to know if the current location is good or if the device needs to be moved to a new location.
Reviewing Internet Network
After all the Wi-Fi Points are properly setup, you will see a small glimpse of your Wi-Fi network and all the Wi-Fi points that you’ve set up on the app.
Installing Google Wi-Fi Software
Once you set up the Wi-Fi points, the app will download and install Google Wi-Fi software, which includes the latest features and security elements. The installation can take up to 10 minutes so wait until the software is fully installed. Once it is, all the Wi-Fi points will restart and the Wi-Fi network stops working, but only for a couple of minutes. As the system restarts, Wi-Fi points along with the Wi-Fi network will begin to work again. On your Google WiFi, a solid teal colored LED will glow, which will indicate that all Wi-Fi points are working. With that, your Google home WiFi setup is done and you shall now connect your devices and browse the internet.
Google WiFi Update – How To Do It?
Google constantly rolls out updates for Google WiFi, making sure that its software is up-to-date. Updates received for Google WiFi are automatically downloaded and applied to the system. There is no need to manually update Google WiFi, but in case, you are unable to receive any updates for your Google WiFi, then you should get in touch with experts to find out why and also to fix the problem.
Google OnHub Setup – Complete Process
To set up OnHub, you need
- A Google Account.
- Android or iOS Device.
- Broadband Connection
- Download the Google WiFi app on your device. If you already have the app installed on your device, then open it.
- Now, Plug in your OnHub at the right spot where the signal strength is at its best. Place the device on a TV stand or shelf.
- Connect the power adapter to the OnHub with its other end going into the power outlet. Turn on the power and you will see a light blinking on the device.
- Now, connect the Ethernet cable provided with the unit on the Ethernet port of the device with its other end going into the Ethernet port of the modem.
- Launch Google WiFi app and then, you will see easy-to-follow steps to set up your Wi-Fi network.
For an Android device:
Google WiFi app is going to find your OnHub automatically after that; OnHub will send a setup code to your mobile device using an audio tone. You will now be connected to OnHub, you need to create your Wi-Fi network. Now, you should create a network name and password if prompted in the app and then, allow the app to complete the setup. Then, connect your devices to the newly connected Wi-Fi network. During setup, you will find that OnHub downloads and installs a software update, so wait until that happens.
For an iOS device:
Note down the setup name and code given on the OnHub’s base. Now, on your iOS device, leave the Google WiFi app when prompted and then, go to the iOS device’s Wi-Fi settings. You will have to select OnHub’s setup name from the list of available networks followed by entering the setup code as the password.
You will now be connected to OnHub, so proceed with creating your Wi-Fi network. On Google WiFi app, create a network name and password and allow the app to complete the setup. Then, connect your devices to the newly connected Wi-Fi network. During setup, you will find that OnHub downloads and installs a software update, so wait until that happens.
During Google mesh WiFi setup, anything can go wrong, causing the entire system to collapse. Or, the system could experience problems after the setup process when you begin using the device.
Let’s figure out the most common problems that are experienced in Google WiFi.
- Google WiFi not working
- Google WiFi not connecting to the modem
- Google WiFi not finding device
- Google WiFi not working with the new modem
- Google WiFi not updating
- Unable to perform Google WiFi mesh setup
- Unable to reset Google WiFi
- Can’t add Google WiFi point
- Google WiFi point not found
- Google WiFi not working
- Can’t add Google WiFi point
- Google WiFi point flashing orange light (no internet error)
- Google WiFi stuck adding to mesh network
- Google WiFi app offline
- Google WiFi devices not showing
- Google WiFi wrong QR code
- Google WiFi app not working
- Google WiFi no light after reset
- Google WiFi app crashing
- Unable to find the right settings for Google WiFi
- Can’t enable mesh networking on Google WiFi
While these are some of the most common problems arising in Google WiFi and its app, but there could be many more problems, which can halt the operation of the device. For any problem befalling Google WiFi, the best approach that you can opt for is getting assistance from Google WiFi support. Let experts guide you regarding the errors arising in this cutting-edge and complex networking device.