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;
How do I perform Google Mesh WiFi Router Setup?
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.
How can you do Google WiFi login?
- 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 un-check 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.
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.
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 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 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.
As you connect to OnHub, begin with the process of 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, if anything goes wrong, then the entire system can collapse. Or, the system could experience problems after the setup process when you begin using the device. So, make sure to perform the procedure diligently.
Frequently Asked Questions
1: How to install 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 installs successfully. 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 completes and you shall now connect your devices and browse the internet.
2: How To do Google WiFi Update after Google Mesh Setup?
Google constantly rolls out updates for Google WiFi, making sure that its software is up-to-date. Google WiFi will receive updates, which it downloads automatically and then, applies 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.
3: How do I access my Google router settings?
After setting up your Google WiFi Router, you will want to access the device’s settings, which you can by downloading Google WiFi app on your smartphone. The app is available for both Android as well as iOS device, so you can download the app and then, log into the app by implementing the steps from the section above. Once logged in, you can go to ‘Settings and Actions’ tab to access the settings.
4: Can Google WiFi be used with an existing router?
Yes, it is possible to use Google WiFi with an existing router. You can plug the Ethernet cable into one of Ethernet ports on your existing router. Then, Google WiFi will automatically power up. Meanwhile, you can download Google WiFi app on your smartphone or tablet to set up the device.
5: What is my Google WIFI password?
You must ensure that your network is secure. You need to create a strong Wi-Fi password, but for that, the default password needs to be changed. You can do all that by installing Google WiFi app. Once installed, launch the app followed by going to ‘Settings and Actions’ tab. After that, tap on ‘Show Password’ option. Swipe left to check guest network password.
6: How do I get my Google WiFi back online?
- Open Google WiFi app.
- Tap ‘Settings & Actions’ tab followed by ‘Network & General’.
- Tap ‘WiFi’ points.
- Now, you should tap ‘Restart Network’ and then, tap ‘Restart’ option.
- If you wish to restart a single device, then tap that device from ‘Network Device Settings’ option that you are looking to restart. After that, you need to press ‘Restart and then ‘OK’.
7: How do I reset my Google WiFi Router?
- Open Google WiFi app.
- Tap ‘Settings & Actions’ tab followed by ‘Network & General’.
- Tap ‘WiFi Point(s)’ under ‘Network’ option.
- Find and tap ‘Factory Reset’ option.
- You’ll see blue light flashing on WiFi point(s), which will turn solid blue.
- It will take a few minutes for the lights to switch from flashing blue to solid blue.
- As the process completes, the app will say ‘Reset is complete’ after which, Google WiFi point(s) will gently pulse blue to show the readiness of the device.
8: Google WiFi Support Contact Details
Are you facing issues while setting up your Google WiFi or WiFi login is not working? Don’t worry, you can get all the help you need by following this link – https://support.google.com/wifi/gethelp.
There is a community page as well, which you can visit to get solutions for any issue befalling Google WiFi. Here is the link to the community page https://support.google.com/wifi/?source=need_more_help.
Subscribe to Google WiFi YouTube channel for more assistance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=Dfa1vyMM2DE