After our June story of Google developing a wifi six router, the rumored product has since been revealed as the “Nest wifi Pro.” More than a month after it debuted before the FCC, B&H is selling what it calls the “Google Nest wifi Pro 6E Router.” In all likelihood, it’s simply “Google Nest wifi Pro,” and the product website confirms that it employs wifi 6E, the newest available networking standard capable of up to 9.6Gbps under perfect conditions. Additionally:
The core difference between Wi-Fi 6 and 6E is the use of a third range of bandwidth, roughly between 6 GHz and 7 GHz. Generally speaking, Wi-Fi 6E shouldn’t have a direct impact on the potential speed of your home/office network. Instead, that 6 GHz band is typically less crowded, meaning there’s less potential for home devices to interfere with one another.
A single Nest wifi Pro router costs $199, compared to $169 for a Nest wifi in 2019 and $99.99 when Google reintroduced wifi in 2020. The latest iteration of the Nest router supports wifi five at rates of up to 2.2Gbps.
The Nest wifi Pro is available in Snow (white), Linen (light brown), Fog (light blue), and Lemongrass (pale yellow/green) and can be purchased in 2-packs for $299.99 or 3-packs for $399.99. The upcoming Pixel 7 and other recent items, such as the Pixel Buds Pro and the Nest Doorbell (battery), share this shade. As far as physical design goes, we know nothing else.
In the meantime, there is no mention of the point anywhere on the listings. The fact is both a network booster and a Google Assistant speaker. With this, Google is going back to its original plan of selling only one router, the Google wifi. The current price of a Nest wifi router and access point bundle is $269, so the savings from using a single piece of hardware is not huge ($50). The trade-off is that each room is equipped with an Ethernet port.
B&H’s listing for Google’s Nest wifi Pro incorrectly states that it is a “New Item – Coming Soon.” In addition to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro and the Pixel Watch, its release is anticipated for Google’s Made by Google event on October 6.
This new wifi router may join the 2nd generation Nest Doorbell (wired) that we leaked last week at the event that Google has said to expect Nest hardware from.