Google seems poised to launch an updated Nest router later this year, equipped with Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Thread-mesh network radios. according to a new FCC filing. It has the model number A4R-G6ZUC, which is similar to the IDs assigned not only to the previous Nest Wifi but also to the Nest Mini, the Thermostat and even the Google Glass.
The internal and external images of the file remain confidential and unlisted, but break down the wireless technology on board and an “internal proprietary antenna solution consisting of 6 antennas”:
- 2 x 2.4GHz / 5GHz dual band antennas for BT, Thread, 5GHz Wi-Fi Primary
- 2 x 5GHz Wi-Fi diversity
- 2 x 2.4GHz / 6GHz dual band antennas for Wi-Fi
Unlike their Wi-Fi 6 predecessors, Wi-Fi 6E routers feature a new 6GHz band — in addition to 2.4GHz and 5GHz — for compatible devices to connect to. Reducing signal interference and providing faster speeds. Even if you don’t yet have many devices that can connect to 6GHz, the band can be used to carry local communications between access points, removing some of the noise from the network, which will improve performance for other connected devices can increase.
While the theoretical maximum speed of 9.6 Gbps is unchanged from Wi-Fi 6, the new spectrum should allow devices to use the maximum channel size allowed and achieve higher speeds in real-world situations, perhaps around 1-2 Gbps with lower latency than you are used to from a wireless connection.
Since the release of the original Nest Wifi, smart home devices like the HomePod Mini have taken over Thread—a part of the smart home Interoperability standard that Google has adopted as a matter. Thread can create a dedicated network just for smart home devices, making them more reliable and responsive regardless of manufacturer.
It’s possible that the new Google/Nest Wi-Fi 6E router will launch by the end of the year. That current Nest Wifi The package comes with a router and a single mesh point and costs $269, but the price could go up this time like the competition. TP-Link’s Mesh WiFi 6E optionfor example, there is also a pair for $299 and the Eero Pro 6E from Amazon costs $499 for a pair.