In June, rumors started circulating that Google was about to release a brand new future-oriented Nest Wifi router with Wi-Fi 6E. Now, it looks like this device has just received FCC approval, which bodes well for an upcoming release.
A brand new device unknown to Google showed up to the FCC this week with model number “G6ZUC,” which 9to5Google says is a new Nest Wifi device. Looking at the FCC documents, it’s only listed as a “wireless product”, but it’s more than likely a new router.
For those wondering, Wi-Fi 6E is a wireless milestone and upgrade, and many were frustrated when the previous Nest Wifi didn’t even support the Wi-Fi standard. Fi 6. However, it seems that this new model will be much more future proof.
The Wi-Fi 6E standard builds on the existing Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard and allows the use of the 6 GHz spectrum while providing improved speeds, reduced latency and more. Additionally, the ability to access the all-new 6GHz spectrum should help eliminate network congestion and interference from other devices, whether it’s yours or your neighbours’. With Wi-Fi 6E, users will have a wider spectrum, more channels, faster speeds, and several other improvements.
Internal and external photos of the depot remain confidential and unlisted, but they detail the on-board wireless technology as well as an “internal proprietary antenna solution consisting of 6 antennas”:
- 2 x 2.4 GHz/5 GHz dual-band antennas for Bluetooth, Thread, 5 GHz Wi-Fi Primary
- 2 x 5 GHz Wi-Fi Diversity antennas
- 2 dual-band 2.4 GHz/6 GHz antennas for Wi-Fi
Compatible for the connected home
Since the release of the original Nest Wifi, connected home devices like Apple’s HomePod mini have adopted Thread — part of Google’s adopted connected home interoperability standard known as Matter. Thread can create a dedicated network just for connected home devicesmaking them more reliable and responsive, regardless of manufacturer.
However, we don’t know when Google’s new Nest Wifi might arrive. FCC documents mention privacy for 6 months, which suggests it might not arrive for some time in early 2023. That said, Google might release its next-gen router around the same time as its upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones, the Pixel Tablet, and a new Pixel Watch later this year.