AT&T WiFi Calling and Google WiFi Don’t Work, but here’s the fix
Do you have a Google Wifi system and an iPhone on AT&T? Are you dependent on WiFi calling in your home because there is little to no cell signal? Have you discovered that WiFi calling on Google Wifi doesn't really work or works for a few hours and then stops? Me too!
I recently had extensive, multi-day conversations with the folks at Google Support (Twitter: @madebygoogle) and together we did a LOT of troubleshooting, but my problem was never fixed. They were really nice folks, though! I was worried that this was just a fact of life with a mesh network. Thankfully, it’s not.
So what’s the solution? Dump your Google Wifi system and buy an eero. Not only does eero work flawlessly with AT&T WiFi calling, it also performs MUCH better than the Google WiFi system. Coverage in my 3000+ sqft house is great and I no longer experience buffering on any of my devices.
There are a few downsides, however…
- While most folks report that setup is a breeze, it relies on a cell connection for easy setup. As I mentioned, I don’t have a cell connection, so setup was definitely trickier. I wanted to use the same network name as before to avoid reconfiguring a dozen or more devices, and that made setup even more complicated.
- Content filtering is only available with an eero plus subscription. This is a real bummer for anyone with a family as you will almost certainly want to enable safe browsing. Google’s content filtering is free and easy to configure. On the plus side (no pun intended) the eero plus subscription comes with several added services included, the best of which is a family account with 1Password. Oh, and did I mention ad blocking at the router level? Pretty sweet.
- OK, there are really only two downsides and the second one barely qualifies as a downside. So, really, you should just buy the darn thing.