Can You Use Two Google Nest WiFi Routers Together?

I have always wondered why Google sells a Google Nest WiFi Routers package with two routers along with a single router and multiple points.

Outside Google and the whole smart home situation, it doesn't make sense to install two WiFi routers connected to a single modem, when Points are available.

So I decided to satisfy my curiosity by checking and eventually implementing a similar setup, and gauge the positives and negatives of such a setup if it is possible.

It is possible to use and interconnect multiple Google Nest WiFi routers to form a mesh network and control them all using a single Google Home account. This also provides an increased range in mesh networks, compared to using a single Google Nest WiFi router and Google Nest Point.

You Can Use and Even Connect Two Google Nest Routers Together

You Can Use and Even Connect Two Google Nest Routers Together

Fortunately, the question can be answered with an astounding yes, as long as you have a modem.

The most rudimentary way to use two Google Nest WiFi routers together is to use them with different connections from different Internet Service Providers.

This can also be done, and both will link and work seamlessly using the same Google Home connection.

Thanks to Google's seamless Home ecosystem for their smart home devices, Google Home devices are certified to work with and improve functionality with other certified devices.

In fact, Google lets you do a lot of extra stuff if you pair and connect to Google Nest Routers together, instead of a router and multiple Points.

For instance, a second Google Nest Router can act as a Google Nest Point, but with added effective range and options to add further Points or Routers too.

Every Google Nest Router connected to a primary Nest Router can extend the range by 2200 sq feet, while every Google Nest Point connected can extend to 1600 sq feet.

This means that the implementation of a mesh network for larger houses or workspaces is even better when using multiple routers, and users have an option to mix and match.

That being said, a Google Nest Point is still substantially cheaper than a Google Nest router, so if you only want the mesh network functionality, money is better spent there.

How to Chain Multiple Google Nest WiFi Routers to a Single Modem

How to Chain Multiple Google Nest WiFi Routers to a Single Modem

Google Nest WiFi routers are mesh systems and therefore can be chained together to extend the range and link speeds in connections.

Thanks to Google's implementation of the latest WiFi tech and software algorithms, the Google Nest WiFi routers are smart enough to adapt and improve upon multiple connections.

In fact, a single Google Nest WiFi router connection is touted to handle up to 200 connected devices at once without a hitch.

That being said, this is just an extreme case boasting its capabilities and real-world use will nowhere be close to 200 active device connections, at least in 2022.

There are two primary ways two Google Nest WiFi routers can be interconnected in a linear chain fashion to establish a single connection across a wide area:

  • Using a hardwired connection between the Google Nest WiFi routers, with the help of ethernet cables.
  • Using the WiFi signal from the primary Google Nest WiFi router to pair the second router wirelessly.

The easiest and the cleanest way to pair two or more Google Nest WiFi routers is to connect them wirelessly.

In order to wirelessly pair a second Google Nest WiFi router to a primary Google Nest WiFi router, simply follow the steps given below:

  • Pair and connect the primary Google Nest WiFi Router to the Google Home app on your primary Google Home device, which can be a smartphone or tablet running Android or iOS.
  • Make sure that your internet modem is properly connected to the primary Google Nest WiFi Router using an ethernet cable.
  • Open the Google Home app on the primary device.
  • Tap on the Add button on the home screen.
  • Select Set up device.
  • Click on New device.
  • Turn on the secondary Google Nest WiFi Router and wait till the Google Home detects the router.
  • Follow through with the connection process by tapping Yes when prompted to set the device as a node.

The downside to a wireless connection is that the secondary Google Nest WiFi Routers need to be in close proximity to the primary Google Nest WiFi Routers for the best results.

In order to bypass this limitation, you can use the hardwired methods, where an ethernet cable can be used to pair the connections together.

To hardwire a second Google Nest WiFi router to a primary Google Nest WiFi router, simply follow the steps given below:

  • Pair and connect the primary Google Nest WiFi Router to the Google Home app on your primary Google Home device, which can be a smartphone or tablet running Android or iOS.
  • Make sure that your internet modem is properly connected to the primary Google Nest WiFi Router using an ethernet cable.
  • Using an ethernet cable, connect the ethernet port of the primary Google Nest WiFi Router to the ethernet port of the secondary Google Nest WiFi router.
  • Continue with the chain if you have multiple routers.


This is by far the messiest of the two forms of connections between two Google Nest WiFi routers, plus it is more expensive and hard to maintain, thanks to the added complexity.

But this is the most technically sound of the two methods, giving the best data speeds and connectivity possible provided by your ISP through your internet modem.

Can't Use Two Google Nest WiFi Routers Together? How to Fix

Can't Use Two Google Nest WiFi Routers Together? How to Fix

If you still face problems with using and connecting two Google Nest WiFi Routers together, the problem might be with the router hardware itself.

Issues like a misconnection can happen between the two Google Nest WiFi routers even if one of the routers has a hardware fault that needs to be solved as soon as possible.

Check the Hardware and Cables

The state of hardware of the Google Nest Routers is an important factor to consider when it comes to connecting two or more Nest Routers together.

If there are any signs of wear and tear that resulted in rupturing the outer shell of the Google Nest Router, it can potentially cripple the functionality of the device.

An unintended opening can lead to dust collection on the interior of the Google Nest Routers over time, leading to malfunctions of the internal components.

Check for any openings on the body of the Google Nest Routers. If you notice any red flags, contact Google and get the device cleaned and fixed.

Just as important as the hardware are the cables and connections used to pair and link multiple Google Nest Routers together.

Since cables act as lifelines to the communication of the Google Nest Routers, a disturbance at one part of the communication can cancel the entire channel of data transfer.

So make sure to check the cables as well as the ports that they are being connected to.

If you notice any tears on the cables, get them replaced as soon as possible for the best results.

Power Cycle the Google Nest WiFi Routers

A power cycle, contrary to its intimidating label, is a simple process of rebooting the internal components of the Google Nest Routers, to work its best as intended.

A simple power cycle can do wonders to the hardware components and is in fact the most popular troubleshooting tactic used by technicians for any malfunctioning device.

Sometimes, there can be an imbalance of charges within the internal components of a device that's regularly plugged into power, like the Google Nest WiFi routers.

What a power cycle basically does is get rid of all internal charges within the system including the unbalanced ones, and charge the system back to full in a balanced manner.

But before moving on to doing a proper hardware reboot of the Google Nest Router, it is best recommended to do a traditional software reboot first.

A software reboot can wipe out all temporary cache data, including any nonpermanent bugs that might have entered the system, from a system update or during normal tasks.

In order to perform a proper software reboot on your Google Nest WiFi routers, simply follow the steps given below:

  • Pair and connect the Google Nest WiFi Routers to the Google Home app on your primary Google Home device, which can be a smartphone or tablet running Android or iOS.
  • Open the Google Home app on the primary device.
  • Select the Google Nest WiFi router to perform the software reboot.
  • Select the Settings option.
  • Tap on the menu button from the resultant screen, situated in the top right corner.
  • Tap on Reboot.
  • Do this on all Google Nest Routers.

Now that the software reboot has been performed successfully, it is time to move on to the hardware reboot of the Google Nest Routers.

In order to perform a proper hardware reboot or power cycle on your Google Nest WiFi routers, simply follow the steps given below:

  • Unplug the Google Nest WiFi Router from the wall socket.
  • Wait for a full minute and let the Google Nest WiFi stay powered off.
  • Plug the Google Nest WiFI Router back into the wall socket.
  • Wait for a full minute and let the Google Nest WiFi stay powered on.
  • Do this on all Google Nest Routers.

Factory Reset the Google Nest WiFi Routers

If the above steps fail, then the only option from the user end is to perform a proper factory reset on your Google Nest WiFi routers.

A factory reset is bound to clean out all potential bugs that might have accumulated during the user usage lifespan and reset your device to just like when you first bought it.

But in the process of cleaning out the bugs, it will also unlink your device with your Google account and delete all user data on the device.

In order to perform a factory reset on your Google Nest WiFi routers, simply follow the steps given below:

  • Pair and connect the Google Nest WiFi Routers to the Google Home app on your primary Google Home device, which can be a smartphone or tablet running Android or iOS.
  • Open the Google Home app on the primary device.
  • Tap on the WiFi option.
  • Select the Settings gear option.
  • Tap on Factory Reset network.
  • Confirm your selection by selecting Ok.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Google Nest devices are a widely compatible ecosystem that works especially well with its own Google products.

But with the smart home tech still being in its infancy stages, questions and more importantly, issues are bound to pop up constantly.

If you still face issues with using two Google Nest WiFi routers together, it is best to contact Google Support and gain the assistance of their technicians to help you set it up.

I hope my article on whether you can use two Google Nest WiFi routers together has been a helpful read and has aided you with the same.

Have a good day!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you use a Google Nest Point as a Google Nest WiFi Router?

Google Nest Point cannot be used as a replacement for a Google Nest WiFi router, as it merely acts as an access point to the WiFi connection provided by the Google Nest WiFi router, and amplifies its range.

How many Google mesh networks can I have per Google account?

The Google Home app can support up to five homes per account, with each home supporting up to 200 devices per WiFi connection.

Do Google Nest WiFi Routers have inbuilt speakers for Google Assistant?

Google Nest WiFi routers don't have an inbuilt speaker or microphone to communicate with the Google Assistant, but the Google Nest Points do have the speaker functionality built-in.

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I started Blinqblinq to give reliable tech advice to anyone who needs it, for free! If you have questions on anything tech-related, feel free to contact me.

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