Nest Wifi vs Google Wifi: Differences You Should Know

By Amit Chowdhry ● January 1, 2020

This is an overview of the Nest Wifi vs Google Wifi.

You may have noticed that Google sells a device called the Google Wifi system and the Nest Wifi. At first glance, it may be challenging to decipher what the differences are. Here is an overview of the Nest Wifi vs Google Wifi.

Right off the bat, we can confidently say that the Nest Wifi is essentially an upgrade to the Google Wifi system.

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Nest Wifi

The Nest Wifi is available as either a router or a point. You can connect the router to the modem to gain more of a coverage area. And the points increase the mesh even more. It’s also worth mentioning that the points have built-in smart speakers with Google Assistant integration.

The Nest Wifi features fast AC2200 speeds and a hardware microphone switch. But it does not have a speaker in the router. And it lacks an Ethernet port on the points.

You can buy the Nest Wifi and points here:

Google Wifi

The Google Wifi device is not as powerful (AC1200 speed) as the Nest Wifi device, but it is more economical of an option. And the Google Wifi system units have Ethernet ports. However, the Google Wifi device does not have a built-in smart speaker.

So the Google Wifi system is recommended for those of you who want to spend less, but still blanket more areas of a home or office with Wi-Fi.

You can buy the Google Wifi here:

Differences

Wi-Fi Compatibility:

Nest Wifi: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Google Wifi: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)

It’s also worth mentioning that the Nest Wifi and Google Wifi can be used with each other. This enables you to expand your Wi-Fi network to places with poor coverage without having to replace a unit you may already have.

Wi-Fi Speed:

Nest Wifi: AC2200 (max of 2,200 Mbps)
Google Wifi: AC1200 (max of 1,200 Mbps)

CPU:

Nest Wifi: quad-core 1.4GHz
Google Wifi: quad-core 710 MHz

Ethernet:

Nest Wifi: 2 (router), 0 (point)
Google Wifi: 2 each

Range:

Nest Wifi: 2200 sq ft (router), 1600 sq ft (point)
Google Wifi: 1500 sq ft

RAM:

Nest Wifi: 1GB router, 768MB point
Google Wifi: 512MB

Smart Speaker:

Nest Wifi: Yes for point, no for router
Google Wifi: No

This means you can use the points of the Nest Wifi for playing music, checking the weather, etc.

Colors:

Nest Wifi: snow for router and snow, mist, and sand for point
Google Wifi: White

Power Connector

Nest Wifi: Barrel Jack Power Connector
Google Wifi: USB-C