My current favorite mesh Wi-Fi network, Google WiFi, is getting an update that will make it easier than ever to diagnose issues with your home network.
One of the best features of Google WiFi is the excellent network checker tool. Previously it would test your speed and then make sure all mesh devices were working fine and within an acceptable range of each other. Now it will also test the signal strength for all your connected devices.
How it works?
This feature is ideal for fixed devices that don’t seem to have a strong connection to your network. Allowing you to determine if you need to adjust the placement of your mesh point to make sure it connects to the closest and strongest signal.
To get started, go to the Tools tab of the Google WiFi app and click on Network Check.
Once the test has started, you have nothing else to do but wait for it to finish. I have about 30 devices connected at one time and it took me maybe three minutes for the verification to complete.
When done, you’ll have a complete list of all the devices currently using your network, along with a handy signal strength icon. The list will be sorted by mesh point, so you can more easily see what’s connected where.
Become whole pork
Checking the device is also very helpful in giving you a breakdown of what is using your bandwidth.
In the list of results, you can see what is using the most bandwidth at a certain mesh point. If the numbers are higher than expected, you can try physically moving the device so that it accesses your network from another mesh point where it will have less impact … or in my case, ask your son not to stream Netflix on his phone and his laptop at the same time.
My only wish is to be able to access the list of results without having to run the network check again. Especially if the results make you move a bunch of devices, it would help to have an archived list so you can better compare the results.
I see dead spots
You can also run network checks for individual devices. In the Devices menu, select a device from the list and launch Test Wi-Fi Speed from the menu.
My favorite tip for this tool is to run it with my iPhone from different rooms in the house to see where the signal strength is weakest (and determine if the master bathroom really has the worst signal speed in the whole house. ).
Better Wi-Fi management with less effort
I already liked Google WiFi. The system is extremely simple to configure, easy to maintain, and provides clear information about the health of your network. This app update makes me love it even more.
If your app hasn’t been updated yet, keep an eye out for the app store of your choice, it should be available soon.