Google appears set to release an updated Nest router equipped with Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Thread mesh network radios later this year, according to a new FCC filing. It bears the model number A4R-G6ZUC, which is similar to the identifiers assigned not only to the previous Nest Wifi, but also to the Nest Mini, the Thermostat and even the Google Glasses.
In June, a confirmed source with 9to5Google that a new Google/Nest router was on the way, and now the outlet says it’s confirmed that’s the model number for that device.
The depot’s internal and external images remain confidential and unlisted, but break down the onboard wireless technology as well as an “internal proprietary antenna solution consisting of 6 antennas”:
- 2 x 2.4GHz / 5GHz dual-band antennas for BT, Thread, 5GHz Primary Wi-Fi
- 2 x 5GHz Wi-Fi Diversity
- 2 dual-band 2.4 GHz / 6 GHz antennas for Wi-Fi
Unlike their Wi-Fi 6 predecessors, Wi-Fi 6E routers have a new 6 GHz band – in addition to 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz – for compatible devices to connect, reduce signal interference and deliver faster speeds. faster. Even if you don’t have many devices that can connect to 6GHz yet, the band can be used to bridge local communications between access points, eliminating some of the network noise that can increase the performance of other connected devices.
Although the theoretical maximum speed of 9.6 Gbps is unchanged from Wi-Fi 6, the new spectrum should allow devices to use the maximum allowed channel size and achieve higher speeds in real-world situations. maybe around 1-2 Gbps with lower latency than you’re used to from a wireless connection.
Since the release of the original Nest Wifi, smart home devices like the HomePod Mini have adopted Thread – part of the Google-adopted smart home interoperability standard known as Matter. Thread can create a dedicated network just for smart home devices, making them more reliable and responsive, regardless of manufacturer.
The new Google/Nest Wi-Fi 6E router may be released by the end of the year. The current Nest Wifi plan comes with a router and a single mesh point and regularly sells for $269, but the price could go up like the competition this time around. TP-Link’s Mesh Wi-Fi Option 6E, for example, also comes as a pair for $299, and Amazon’s Eero Pro 6E is $499 for a pair.