Google filing with FCC reveals upcoming Nest Wi-Fi 6E router with Thread

According to a new FCC filing, Google looks set to launch an updated Nest router later this year equipped with Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth Low Energy and Thread mesh network radios. It has the model number A4R-G6ZUC, which is similar to IDs assigned not only to the previous Nest Wifi, but also to the Nest Mini, Thermostat and even the Google Glass.

In June, a source confirmed: 9to5Google that a new Google/Nest router was on the way, and now the outlet says it’s confirmed it’s the model number for that device.

The internal and external photos of the submission remain confidential and undisclosed, 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 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 offering faster speeds. Even if you don’t have many devices that can connect at 6 GHz yet, the band can be used to backhaul local communications between access points, taking some of the noise out of the network, which can improve performance for other connected devices. .

While the theoretical top 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 faster speeds in real life situations, perhaps 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 have taken over Mini Thread — part of the smart home interoperability standard that Google has adopted, known as Matter. Thread can create a dedicated network for smart home devices, making them more reliable and responsive, regardless of manufacturer.

The new WiFi 6E Google/Nest router may be released at the end of this year. The current Nest Wifi package comes with a router and a single point of mesh and regularly sells for $269, but the price could rise like the competition this time around. For example, TP-Link’s mesh Wi-Fi 6E option also comes in a pair for $299, and Amazon’s Eero Pro 6E costs $499 for a pair.

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