The FCC receives the new Nest WiFi, which includes Wi-Fi 6E.

With the new model of Google’s Nest WiFi mesh router appearing at the FCC and displaying its Wi-Fi 6E connection, the company has moved one step closer to the release of the updated model.

A gadget having wireless connectivity must need permission from a number of regulatory organizations, including the US FCC, before it can be made available worldwide. Fortunately for us, the FCC makes some information about each newly certified gadget publicly available, however the most intriguing specifics are temporarily accorded confidentially.

As was the case earlier this month, most recent Google device cases left us to guess what the new device would be based on the existing hints. However, we now have some additional knowledge regarding the relevant device.

We have confirmed that the new Google device with the model number G6ZUC that was announced today is the follow-up to the Nest WiFi router. The addition of Wi-Fi 6E connection is the router’s main update, and the revised listing provides explicit confirmation of this.

Despite being released about the same time that Wi-Fi 6 devices started to appear, the earlier Nest Wifi system only supported the outdated Wi-Fi 5 protocol. Google is obviously fixing the missing spec, which theoretically could increase the connection speed of your network to 9.6Gbps while also supporting Wi-Fi 6E.

The use of a third bandwidth range, generally between 6 GHz and 7 GHz, is the primary distinction between Wi-Fi 6 and 6E. Generally speaking, the potential speed of your home or workplace network shouldn’t be directly impacted by Wi-Fi 6E. Instead, the 6 GHz band is often less busy, which means there is less risk of interference between home devices.

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The technology is actually perfectly suited to being used in a Nest Wifi mesh router, even if direct support for Wi-Fi 6E is still quite limited at this time even though the Pixel 6 series and the majority of top Android phones from 2021 and newer are supported. The primary router should receive a clearer signal from the extension points if they can connect via Wi-Fi 6E, enabling better backhaul.

However, it’s unclear if Google plans to sell specialized Nest WiFi hotspots that support Wi-Fi 6e. There hasn’t been any indication in the Google Home applications code of a new Nest Wifi point with speakers; instead, there has just been proof that Google is working on this new Nest Wifi router. To create a mesh network, you should be able to join several routers together, just like you could with the Google Wifi before it.

According to the attached documents, Google has requested that specifics of this Nest Wifi router be kept hidden by the FCC for the next six months. This strongly suggests that it will likely be released by the end of the year, possibly at an event with a Nest or Made by Google theme.

Google hasn’t yet disclosed any hardware events for this autumn. Despite this, the firm had a lot to tease in May with the announcements of the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Watch, and Pixel tablet, all of which are expected to be available by the end of the year with the exception of the last.

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