Google Wifi

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Availability

Since this product is advertised on Google, this model is currently being manufactured.

Performance

Wireless Performance Explained

Advertised Speed

Since Google doesnt advertise it’s specifications, we don’t know the maximum supported speeds. We do know that it comes with 2 spatial stream capable radios.

Advertised Speed of 5Ghz band

Theoretical 802.11ac speed on 5Ghz band (using 80Mhz channel, 256-QAM, 400 ns GI):

  • 2 spatial streams x 433.3 mbps/stream = 866.6 mbps

Warning

This is classified as a “Low-Performer” 802.11ac wifi system. If higher performance is needed, consider upgrading to a “Top-Performer”. Read: What’s the fastest 802.11ac (wifi5) wifi system possible?

Security

  • WPA2-Personal (128-bit encryption)
  • WPA2-Enterprise (128-bit encryption)

Firmware Changelog

Does this support automatic firmware updates? Yes.

Tip

This model updates firmware automatically. There’s no setting for you to change. Google pushes updates via the cloud roughly every six weeks.

10718.111.0 (2018-10)

  • IPv6: Support for devices on the guest network
  • IPv6: Disabled by default on PPPoE networks to maximize compatibility
  • ISP DNS available in app
  • General stability & performance improvements

10452.90.53 (2018-08)

  • General stability & performance improvements.

10452.90.12 (2018-06)

  • IPTV Multicast routing support
  • IPv6: Support for devices on the guest network
  • IPv6: Connection validation for IPv6 networks
  • IPv6: Disabled by default on PPPoE networks to maximize compatibility
  • Diagnostics: Enhanced reporting
  • General stability and performance improvements

n/a (2018-05)

  • Network check: Test the connection speed between your Wifi points and all your wireless devices
  • General stability and performance improvements

10032.86.2 (2018-02)

  • App shortcuts: Long-press the Google Wifi icon on your phone’s homescreen for quick access to network check and Family Wi-Fi
  • Packet queueing: Improved performance of voice and video calls via advanced packet queueing control
  • PPPoE: Improved support for PPPoE networks
  • General stability and performance improvements

9901.53.2 (2017-11)

  • Family Wi-Fi: Delay a schedule for 30 minutes, even after it starts
  • Advanced settings: Customize LAN settings, including router IP, subnet, and DHCP address pool
  • IPv6 updates:
    • Client IPv6 addresses are now displayed in device details
    • Support for custom IPv6 DNS
  • Security: Fix for KRACK vulnerability only seen in Google Wifi recovery mode (Google Wifi doesn’t use the KRACK compromised mode for normal operation)
  • General stability and performance improvements

9765.65.2 (2017-10)

  • Site blocking: Using Google’s SafeSearch technology, restrict devices or groups of devices from accessing adult websites
  • Network optimization for time-sensitive data streams: Real-time traffic, such as voice calls and video calls, will perform better
  • IPv6: Prefix displayed and custom DNS supported
  • General stability and performance improvements

9460.40.7 (2017-08)

  • Network Check: Improved Internet speed test accuracy
  • General stability and performance improvements

9460.40.5 (2017-06)

  • IPv6: You can now enable Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on Google Wifi
  • Family Wi-Fi: Warning appears when you try to pause your own device
  • Device names: Ability to delete a custom name you previously created for a device
  • Network Check: See detailed results of your mesh speed
  • General stability and performance improvements

9334.41.3 (2017-05)

  • General stability & performance improvements
  • Family Wi-Fi: Skip or delay an upcoming schedule or end an active schedule early

9202.35.8 (2017-03)

  • Family Wi-Fi: Schedule the devices in your labels to pause automatically whenever you want without lifting a finger.
  • Wired Wifi points: Connection status shows if Wifi points are connected via mesh or Ethernet
  • Mesh: Routing and stability improvements
  • DNS: Fix for incompatibility with some third party parental controls
  • General stability and performance improvements

9202.35.8 (2017-02)

  • General stability and performance improvements

8872.40.14 (2016-12)

  • General stability and performance improvements

8872.40.9 (2016-12)

  • Mesh networking: Connect multiple Google Wifi points or OnHubs together wirelessly to form a single mesh network with expanded coverage
  • Mesh network check: Test the connection quality between the Wifi points in your network
  • Client steering: Automatically transitions your devices across multiple Wifi points for the best signal
  • Family Wi-Fi: Pause the internet to a specific device or group of devices for a designated period of time
  • Automatic device naming: Improved support for more types of devices
  • General stability and performance improvements

8530.71.2 (2016-10)

  • General stability and performance improvements

8350.53.0 (2016-08)

  • Home control and Philips Hue: Set up control of your Philips Hue lights in the Google On app, and anyone connected to your OnHub will be able to control them from On.Here.
  • Network check: The Internet and Wi-Fi speed tests have a brand new look. Results are easy to understand and provide helpful tips on what you can do with your speeds.
  • Email notifications: Now you can edit email notification settings via the app.
  • Data usage numbers now only show WAN (internet) usage
  • General stability and performance improvements

8172.46.0 (2016-06)

  • General stability and performance improvements

7978.51.1 (2016-05)

  • General stability and performance improvements

7978.51.0 (2016-04)

  • IFTTT integration: This gives you creative control over OnHub and other devices. Setup at IFTTT.com/Google_Wifi
  • Device list now shows usage data for wired devices
  • Updated device usage graphs in the app
  • General stability and performance improvements

7834.55.0 (2016-03)

  • The ability to see past Network Check results
  • Improved Priority Device performance
  • Improved Wi-Fi performance via automatic Band Steering
  • Guest Wi-Fi with Device Sharing now supports more types of devices
  • General stability and performance improvements
  • An easier process of connecting multiple OnHubs

7647.82.0 (2016-02)

  • Security bug fix (CVE-2015-7547) in a commonly used C language library called glibc
  • Additional bug fixes

7647.72.0 (2016-02)

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Setup a separate network just for your guests
  • Device names: Now you can give your devices custom names
  • Improvements to priority device performance
  • General stability and performance improvements

7390.62.8 (2015-12)

  • A security update removing Symantec Root Certificates
  • Small bug fixes

7390.62.2 (2015-11)

  • Improved client device naming
  • Antenna optimizations
  • Expanded use of 5GHz channels
  • Improved port forwarding performance
  • General stability improvements

7077.122.4 (2015-09)

  • Run a network check
  • Invite someone as a manager
  • Set a priority device
  • Adjust OnHub’s light brightness
  • View live and historical information about connected devices
  • View live and historical information about your Internet usage