With the launch of Nest Wifi, we have discovered that this new mesh system is backward-compatible with the prevailing Google Wifi, however if you happen to’re glad along with your setup and don’t have any plans to get a brand new Nest router or entry level, you’ll be able to nonetheless get slightly profit out of including your previous Wifi to the Google House app. That allows you to handle just a few issues from a central location and provides WPA3 safety to the Wifis.
Earlier than you get began with the migration, you must know just a few issues. First, OnHub gadgets aren’t supported within the House app so in case your community has considered one of these older routers, you’ll be able to’t do that. Second, community managers will likely be reset and you may want so as to add them as members within the House app. All members within the latter have the identical stage of entry. Third, some issues are solely accessible from the House app (renaming Wifi gadgets, organising new ones) however others require the common Google Wifi app (altering parental controls and a few community settings for eg). It is complicated sufficient, however there are just a few extra caveats that you must undergo in Google’s assist web page earlier than making the soar. I recommend you learn that fastidiously and ensure there are not any different deal-breakers for you.
With that stated, including your Google Wifis to the House app does not require a lot. You simply need to manufacturing unit reset considered one of your Wifi entry factors (important one or not) after which add it from the House app. That brings over your total community to the app.
Establishing Google Wifi within the Google House app.
If you’re completed, a brand new Wifi icon will present up among the many circles on the high of the Google House app. That is the place you will discover all of your community’s particulars and settings, with a built-in community velocity check.
Google Wifi community and router settings contained in the House app.
You’ll be able to see related gadgets and their present bandwidth consumption, change their names, and examine their MAC handle. There’s additionally an choice to set a precedence gadget in case you need your TV, for instance, to get the velocity it must stream 4K content material.
Related gadgets settings.
Additionally out there are just a few extra community settings like enabling Household Wi-Fi and a visitor community.
Extra options: Household Wi-Fi and Visitor Community.
Lastly, there’s one extra function you get within the House app that wasn’t accessible within the common Wifi app: WPA3 safety. It is a new safety commonplace that replaces WPA2 and needs to be backward-compatible with it. If you do not know what you are doing, I urge you to cease right here. In case you’re eager about studying about it, How-To Geek has a wonderful clarification. Google additionally clarifies that it is implementing a WPA3 transition mode for its routers, the place each WPA2 and WPA3 gadgets can be a part of the community, although some legacy WPA2 gadgets could also be incompatible.
Two of our tipsters managed to activate WPA3 with none points on their gadgets, however your mileage might range, so tread fastidiously. You do not wish to mess up your community and lose the flexibility to hook up with the router to revert the setting.
Enabling WPA3 safety.
Beside enabling WPA3 there are not any main advantages to migrating your Google Wifi setup to the House app, however there’s an attention-grabbing comfort issue. When you have a number of telephones and tablets and do not wish to set up the Wifi app on all of them, you’ll be able to maintain it on one or two, then make do with the House app on the others as that’ll present most important options.
- Anthony Maki,