How to Set Up a Nest Wi-Fi

Getting started with the mesh network system

What to Know

  • Google's Nest Wi-Fi requires the Google Home app and an Android or iOS device with a camera.
  • To get started, open the Google Home app and tap the + symbol, then tap Set up device.
  • You can set up additional points at the same time as the router.

This article will explain how to set up Google's Nest Wi-Fi mesh network.

How to Set Up a Nest Wi-Fi

You should have a Nest Wi-Fi router, all access points (along with their power adapters), and the bundled Ethernet cable. You also need an Android or iOS device with a camera (you can't set up Nest Wi-Fi without one).

  1. Place the router and the access points in the locations you'd prefer to place them (these can be moved later), then connect them to power.

    The Nest Wi-Fi router is the only device in the system with Ethernet ports, so it should be close enough to your modem in order to connect the two. Nest Wi-Fi points don't have Ethernet ports.

  2. Connect the Nest router to your internet modem with the Ethernet cable.

  3. Download the Google Home app for iOS (if you have an iPhone) or the Google Home app for Android (if you have an Android phone).

  4. Open the Google Home app.

  5. Tap the + symbol in the app's upper left corner.

  6. Tap Set up device.

  7. Select New devices.

    Initial steps to set up Nest Wi-Fi system on an iPhone with Add Device, Set up a Device, and New Devices highlighted
  8. The next screen will ask you to choose a home, or, if you have never used Google Home before, create a new one. Complete this process and then tap Next.

  9. The app will spend some time looking for devices.

  10. The app will show the router was found and ask if you'd like to set it up. Hit Next.

    Adding a Nest router to your network on an iPhone in Google Home app
  11. Your camera will activate and the app will ask you to scan a QR code on the bottom of the Nest router. Follow the on-screen instructions.

  12. Once scanned, a prompt should appear asking if you'd like to join the Nest Wi-Fi's network. Tap Join.

  13. The app will confirm the router is connected and then proceed to checking your Internet connection.

    If it isn't found, the router will ask you to check if a WAN Ethernet cable is plugged in. Plug it in and then hit Next. Otherwise, skip to the next step.

    Steps to add Google Nest system to your modem in Google Home app with QR Code, Join, and Next highlighted
  14. You'll next create a Wi-Fi name. Add a name and then tap Next.

  15. Enter a password to secure your Wi-Fi network, then tap Next.

  16. The app will ask if you'd like to share anonymous usage data. Tap Yes, I'm In to accept or No Thanks to opt out.

    Initial steps to configuring your Google Nest system with Wi-Fi Name, Password, and Usage stats options highlighted
  17. Now you'll be asked if you want to use Nest cloud services. This is required to use some features, such as a Guest Network or Family Wi-Fi. Tap Yes, I'm In to accept or No Thanks to opt-out.

  18. The next step asks where the router is located. Choose a location and tap Next.

  19. Next, the app checks for firmware updates and creates the network. Wait for it to finish.

    Creating your Wi-Fi network with the Google Nest router in Google Home app with options highlighted
  20. You'll again be asked permission to join a Wi-Fi network, this time with the network name you'd entered earlier. Tap Ok.

  21. Setup is now complete for the router. However, you can add points if you'd like.

    Final steps to complete the Google Nest installation with Join and "Setting up multiple devices" highlighted

How to Set Up a Nest Wi-Fi Hub

There's a good chance you'll want to set up one or more Nest Wi-Fi points alongside the router. In fact, the app will ask you to do this at the end of the router setup.

Setting up a point is essentially the same as the router, but ends after you scanning the QR code and choosing a location for the point. Your Wi-Fi network is already active, so there's no need to choose a network name or password.

Can Google Nest Wi-Fi Connect to an Existing Router?

Yes, though likely not in the manner you hope.

The Google Nest Wi-Fi router can connect to another router over an Ethernet cable. This will let you use the Nest Wi-Fi with a wired router or wireless router from your Internet Service Provider.

However, Nest Wi-Fi does not support wireless or mesh connections with routers not part of the Google Nest Wi-Fi system. The Nest Wi-Fi router will always create its own, new Wi-Fi network, and that network will always be separate from other Wi-Fi networks in your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I connect a Nest video doorbell to Wi-Fi? To use your Nest Video Doorbell with Wi-Fi, make sure you have your wireless network name and password. Next, open the Nest app and tap Add to add your video doorbell. On the back of your Nest Doorbell, you'll find a QR code; scan it with your mobile device. Attach your doorbell to its spot. You'll see a blue ring around the button; tap Yes It's Blue in the app. Tap your doorbell's location in the app. Your doorbell will find your Wi-Fi network. Enter your password to complete the connection.
  • How do I reset my Google Nest Wi-Fi router? Be aware that if you factory reset your Google Nest Wi-Fi device, all your current settings and data will be deleted permanently. To perform a factory reset of your router and all points, open the Google Home app and go to Wi-Fi > Settings and tap Factory Reset Network > OK. To factory reset only your router, locate the factory reset button on your router, then press and hold it for 10 seconds. Release when you see a solid yellow light. The reset process can take up to 10 minutes. When it's complete, you'll see a pulsing white light on your router.
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