Recently I switched to Google WiFi and quite happy with this new mesh router. After setting up with three mesh, there is no WiFi dead spot in my home, no buffer delay or drop-offs. And best of all, I can control my kid’s online time. Google WiFi is coming with an excellent app for iPhone and Android users. You can do pretty much everything with this WiFi app. It doesn’t matter how many mesh routers you have; you can control all of them with this WiFi app right from your Phone.
Lets us see a bunch of cool tips and tricks that you can do with Google WiFi router to get most out of it.
Google WiFi App
When you set up the Google WiFi for the first time, you have to download the WiFi app to configure the router. Not only the WiFi setup, you can do pretty much everything with this Google WiFi app.
Google did an excellent job of integrating all functions in this nice app. The first tab (Network Assist Tab) on the app brings the cards to show the different status of Google Wifi. This will show you the last speed test data, mesh device status and the number of devices connected, etc. The second tab (Network Tab) for internet information and the device connected to the network. The third tab (Settings Tab) is for device configuration and different network and device setting.
A Common WiFi Name
When we chose WiFi extender, we are supposed to assign a different WiFi name for the extended WiFi. For Google WiFi, it doesn’t matter, how many mesh devices you have. You can have a common network name for the office or home WiFi. This is pretty easy to manage from the app, and there are a lot of things you can do with these Google WiFi app. Also, the Mesh WiFi Router is not reducing the speed into half like other WiFi extenders. You can get the full speed while you connect any mesh network on the system.
Run WiFi Speed Test
When you suspect something going wrong or low WiFi speed, you can do a WiFi speed test right from the Google WiFi app. There is no need to depend on any third party website or app to perform the speed test on your WiFi network.
Google WiFi will perform the download and upload speed test and report back. To check the speed, go to Settings Tab > Network check > Tap on Internet. Google will start the network check at this point. There is one bonus feature on this; you can see the history of network speed for past 60 days. Select Network Tab > tap on Internet > Network Usage > Speed > See last 60 days internet speed history.
Test Each Mesh Speed
This will show you the signal strength of each WiFi mesh and the mesh speed of Google WiFi. You can move the mesh around your home or office for best reception and quality signal based on this test.
To check the mesh speed, go to Network Tab > Tap on WiFi Points > Test Mesh. You will get the result of network check after a few minutes. If you want to look at individual mesh speed, tap on the 3-dot menu on right top (2nd screenshot). Now select Details from the pop-up menu. Here we got 160MBPS for one mesh router and 133MBPS for the second one, that is far away from the base unit compared to the first one. You can adjust the position of the mesh devices based on this test for more quality network and performance.
Run Device WiFi Speed Test
The recent update on Google WiFi supports to test the device speed test that connected to the WiFi mesh. Based on this speed test, you can move around the devices or mesh to get the best speed and performance.
Open Google WiFi app > Setting Tab > Tap on Network check > Tap on Devices > To Test Wi-Fi. This will take awhile and populate a list of all connected devices with the maximum speed that can connect. Keep in mind, this does not have any relationship with your provider’s WiFi speed. This is the speed between with device and the mesh and gives you a better result to rearrange the mesh or device position for better performance.
Google Updated this feature on May 15, 2018, make sure you have updated version to get this feature.
Find Unauthorized Devices
Google WiFi App will show you the number of devices connected to the network. You can rename the device according to your choice and always have a look at the device list to see if there is an intruder device connected to the network. Open Google WiFi app > Network Tab > Tap on Devices > See Devices Connected. Once you find any device that can’t recognize, you can block the anonymous device as the first step. Then you can change the WiFi password to a new secured one.
Get Device IP and MAC Address
I often required to get the IP address of my printer to check the settings and update the firmware. You can get the connected devices IP address and MAC address with Google WiFi app.
To get the IP or MAC address of the device connected on your network, open Google WiFi app > Network Tab > Tap on Devices > Devices > Tap on a device > Open Details Tab to see the IP and MAC address of that particular device. The Google WiFi will select 2.4GHz or 5GHz connection automatically based on the device capability. You can see this connection information of individual device at there.
Find Device Bandwidth
This very helpful feature to find out the culprit when you are using a metered or limited bandwidth internet connection. You can check each devices bandwidth usage for a different period of the day, seven days period and the maximum you can see for 60 days. You can see each device bandwidth usage, right from the device list itself.
To see the device bandwidth usage, open Google WiFi app > Network Tab > Tap on Devices > Devices > Tap on a device > Open Usage Tab. You can see a snapshot of all devices bandwidth usage right from the device list as shown in the screenshot above.
Prioritize WiFi Speed for Devices
When you have too many devices connected to the network and see NetFlix movie is buffering, you can prioritize the device from the device list. Once set the priority for one device, Google will dedicate the bandwidth to that device with more priority than other devices to perform better.
Open Google WiFi App > Network Tab > Tap on Devices > Devices > Tap on a device > Tap on Green Icon On bottom Right of the screen. You can prioritize any device from the list for one hour, two hours or four hours of time.
Control Individual Device’s WiFi Connection
To control the individual device connection device is my favorite feature of this Google WiFi App. As you prioritize the device for WiFi, you can control any devices WiFi connection from the network. You can pause the WiFi to any particular device for a period or until you resume back again. When you want to give kids a break from their online activity, you can pause their device from using the internet.
To pause a device, Open Google WiFi App > Settings Tab > Family WiFi > Devices > Tap on Device > Tap on Pause Button > Add an End Time. You can group and label a bunch of devices to pause altogether or schedule internet off time for bedtime or dinner time.
Block Adult Sites Automatically
Google can block millions of Adult Sites using Google’s SafeSearch technology that helps to block adult sites automatically. You can take advantage of this Safe Search Technology with Google WiFi by turning on Site Blocking.
Go ahead to Google WiFi App > Settings Tab > Family WiFi > Site Blocking > Select the Group > Turn on Site Blocking for Each Label. If you want to get more powerful sie blocking, you can use OpenDNS and change the Google WiFi DNS to Open DNS Server IP number (220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 for IPv4 access). Please see the exclusive article for Google WiFi users to Block Websites on Google WiFi Router.
Schedule WiFi On/Off Time
When you want to control Kids online time, you can group them and set a schedule for Internet usage. You can set the time for each label and schedule to turn off internet automatically.
Open Google WiFi App > Settings Tab > Family WiFi > Scheduels > Select Label/Group > Set On/Off Time for WiFi.
Share/View WiFi Password
Sometimes we forget the WiFi password that we set for WiFi network. Google allows viewing your WiFi password direct from the app. You can see WiFi password from Google WiFi > Settings Tab > Show Password.
You can share the password with your family member or colleague using the chat app or any other sharing platform from Android or iPhone. This is pretty easy. Keep in mind; the password is sharing in plain text. It is not encrypted or masked, and we encourage to use the latest feature of iOS to share WiFi password to keep security.
Add Network Managers
You can add multiple network managers to control your WiFi. WGne you want to allow your spouse to control Kids online time, this is a trouble-free, easy solution. Open Google WiFi App > Settings Tab > Network & General > Managers > Tap Right Bottom Corner > Enter the Name/Email. Google will pick the name and email address from your contact list to add as Network manager.
Control Individual Mesh Routers
You can connect as many as devices in the mesh network to improve the performance of the WiFi connection. The good thing about the Google WiFi is, you can control the individual mesh devices independently.
Open the Google WiFi App > Settings Tab > Network & General > WiFi points > Network device Settings > Select the mesh device. You can change the device brightness, restart individual mesh, move the location of the device for more quality network, etc. You can get the device IP address and status of connection under device details.
Reserve IP for Devices
You may need to use Static IP for some printers security cameras in your home. You can create DHCP IP Reservation for the devices connected to your network. Open Google WiFi App > Settings Tab > Network & General > Advanced networking > DHCP IP Reservations > Add button > Select Device > Set manual IP.
Control from Outside WiFi Network
Whether you are traveling outside or not at home, still you can control Google WiFi home network from outside. As long as you logged into the Google WiFi app with the Google credentials, you can use the app and control any device from outside. You don’t need to be in the home to control WiFi or Kids online time. As long as your mobile connected to WiFi or mobile data connection, you can use all perform all the controls of Google WiFi app.
Set Guest Network
This comes very handy when you want to arrange a party at home. There is no need to share the WiFi password with your friends. You can create a guest network from Google WiFi app > Settings > Guest WiFi > Next > Guest WiFi name > Guest Password. You can share this password with your visitors and change when you finish the party. All your home connected devices will be secured, and the Guest connected devices can’t access your main WiFi network devices.
When you want to control Kids’ online activity and want to have more quality of WiFi network, Google WiFi is going to be your best bet. Instead of checking the settings and controls form web-based app for traditional routers, Google Wifi bring all these on your mobile app. The beauty of this app is you can control and change any settings even from outside the WiFi network. You can check the status of devices connected to your WiFi network, and the active devices on a certain time, everything you can get right from the app even when you are away from home.