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➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: Google’s Nest Wifi Pro
📶 Google’s new mesh router with faster Wi-Fi 6E and Matter support
🔗 Connect up to 300 devices and 6,600sqft with the three-pack
🙅♂️ Isn’t compatible with older Nest Wifi nodes and no speaker support
🌈 Colors: Snow, Linen, Fog and Lemongrass (all natural earth tones)
💰 Price: $199 for one, $299 two, $399 three
📆 Release date: October 27, but pre-orders started on Amazon
Nest Wifi Pro is Google’s first Wi-Fi 6E router and its mesh router deserving of the ‘Pro’ name. Google calls Wi-Fi 6E the biggest upgrade to Wi-Fi since 1998. In addition to the faster (and less crowded) 6GHz radio band, the newly announced Nest Wifi Pro supports the new Matter smart home protocol and connects up to 300 devices over 6,660sqft – if you buy into the three-pack.
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The Nest Wifi Pro is already on sale at Amazon for $199 and on the Google Play Store, though the actual delivery date is October 27. You can buy the two-pack for $299 and max out with the three-pack at $399. It comes in four “natural earth tones,” according to Google: Snow, Linen, Fog and Lemongrass.
There are some downsides to this upgrade: Google Nest Wifi Pro won’t work with past Nest routers, meaning those 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) routers can’t act as nodes to further extend your internet connection on the cheap. You’ll need that three-pack to achieve the full 6,600sqft and cover the entire home.
Also, the new Nest Wifi Pro won’t act as a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker for your budding smart home. You’ll have to rely on a Google Home mini or Google Home Max, the latter of which has a built-in screen and has been infinitely more useful vs the old Nest Wifi anyway. Nest Wifi Pro has a one-task: being a speedy mesh router with next-generation standards.
Nest Doorbell Wired and Pixel 7
Google also took the wraps off of its latest doorbell camera under the Nest brand. The Nest Doorbell Wired (2nd Gen) costs $179 and is about 30% smaller than the battery-powered version. Using existing doorbell wires, this always-on doorbell camera can record up to 10 days continuously and has an improved camera with HDR, according to Google.
The Nest Doorbell Wired (2nd Gen) comes in four colors: Snow, Linen, Ash and Ivy and is on sale now through Amazon.
This won’t be the only big Google news dump this week. The Google Pixel 7 release date will be announced on Thursday, along with the Google Pixel Watch release date. Rumors claim that the Pixel 7 will arrive on October 13 starting at $599.