Google Wifi will soon have a feature that shows which device in your home is struggling to connect

Google is rolling out a new feature to its Google Wifi router that will let you see how each individual device is doing on the network, the company announced today. The feature is supposed to help you troubleshoot what devices in your home are suffering from poor Wi-Fi coverage.

The new feature will basically run a speed test on each device and the idea is that you can then move any device that’s struggling to connect closer to your router, or move your router closer to your device, since it’s mesh Wi-Fi.

Google says on average, there are 18 connected devices on each Google Wifi network, meaning it can get complicated tracking each device’s connection status. The new feature is set to roll out within the coming weeks to all users of Google Wifi through the Wifi app.

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I love me some google wifi, especially being able to troubleshoot other networks I have set up.

I’m actually curious how they’re doing this. For instance, how does the Google Wifi router tell something like a Sonos speaker to try to download something as fast as it can to measure the speed? The way it’s shown in the blog post, it’s not passively observing device speeds over time, but actually running a test on each device in real-time.

My guess is that it is a combination of passive and active data collection. It always knows the basics, like signal strength and it can passively monitor transfer speeds while the device is in use. Toss in some large packet pings and it can generate a pretty good picture of the performance without needing to know how to talking to the device’s higher OSI layers.

While this is pretty neat, what I would want is something that is likely not easily possible. Besides seeing how good of a signal the phone is seeing, I’d like to also see the statistics for:

  • How many packets got dropped due to no acknowledgement from router (maybe due to signal strength and maybe due to interference from another device on other side of house that router can see but current device cannot)
  • How many packets were dropped due to interference with a device that is visible to current device.

My Google Wifi is one of the best tech purchases I’ve made in a long while. Only feature I wished it had was router-based VPN capabilities.

Agreed, as someone who is always somewhat skeptical of Google I will say they nailed wifi down. I’ve been using their mesh system for about a month and it’s been flawless and I’m getting signal in places I didn’t have with my Asus Router. I really like their interface on the app as well, being able to see how much data each of my 20+ connected devices are using is awesome.

Yeah.. I get that they are going for simplicity and ease of use but it would be great if they could add some goodies for the power-users who like to fiddle..

Nah. While I see a point in adding well managed advanced features, like native VPN, there are endless options for devices where you can tinker. If there was a toggle that could improve performance, I expect the device to be smart enough to manage that for me.
Like it or not, the future of routers are as "appliance" devices. It needs to "just work" with minimal fuss.

That and a web accessible interface. Other than those two gripes, the thing is perfect.

We bought the first Google router, the OnHub from TP-Link when it first came out. It felt a little expensive when we were spending 2x the price of the other routers in the store, but it’s so completely trouble-free and the app is so useful it’s come to be one of the best pieces of household tech we’ve ever bought and worth every penny. And it’s nice that I can add a Google Wifi puck or 3 later on.

I have the eero pro system and was seriously contemplating the google WiFi system. Are they both pretty comparable. Would there be a compelling reason for me to switch?

I have seen reviews where at least for coverage they are similar. I think the eero pro may have a few things that are lacking with Google but for me at least, I paid 258$ for Google’s where the Pro is around $500. Googles wifi is one of the best deals for a mesh system.

I had a TP-Link 3150 and swapped it out for a Google WiFi system. Best purchase I’ve made. The TP-Link wasn’t a bad router but I did notice a small amount of signal loss upstairs. Which bothered me because before the TP-Link I had a Time Capsule with an Airport Express upstairs and never had an issue other than the fact that the Time Capsule only maxed out at 100MB (it was getting old). Once I installed Google WiFi, I couldn’t find a single place in the house that wasn’t getting near max speed. I really like being able to monitor all my devices in real time. Having a crap load of smart devices, this thing is just amazing. No, it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of other routers but in the end I just needed something that could deliver consistent WiFi to everything in the house. Oh, and the priority control is the best.

google wifi is all good and all but i just dont like my hub having to talk back to google for it to operate…in the light of all the privacy issues this seems nuts to me.

What do you mean? Another than router management, there’s no ‘talking back’ to google..

I love my Google Wifi. It really has made my home wireless so much more simple and practical.

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