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With the updated Google Nest Mini (formerly Google Home Mini), Google introduced a new color – sky blue.

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Most Google Home
Households start with just one intelligent speaker or ad, but it certainly doesn't have to end there. Google Home (

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) and Google Nest Smart devices can do a lot more if you put them together than they can alone. Probably the most popular project is creating an audio system for the whole house.

Building a house-wide audio system used to be an expensive and complicated process that required professional installation and equipment. With Google Home, however, passing music through your entire home is only as expensive or difficult as adding a few more speakers to the mix.

Below are some points to consider if you want to get your hands on one of the new devices, as well as information on setting up speaker groups to enjoy house-wide audio as you add more smart speakers.

Should you get a Nest Wifi or Nest Mini?

The new Nest Wifi Mesh network router and Google's access points are practically child's play if you are already thinking about upgrading your current WiFi setup. The router itself can be controlled with voice commands from any of your Google Home devices, and the access points that transmit your wireless signal throughout the home can be used twice as intelligent speakers.

If you want to add voice control or audio to more rooms in your house, the updated $ 49 Nest Mini is the cheapest way. In addition, Google has significantly improved this update internally, which results in stronger bass reproduction and generally better sound compared to the previous model and makes it a fairly decent speaker – also for music.

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The Goole Nest Wifi system contains access points that also act as intelligent speakers and are available in three colors to complement your home decor.

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How to set up audio for the whole house with Google Home

You don't have to wait until you've equipped every part of your home with a smart Google Home speaker to create a multispeaker system. All you need is at least two devices that can receive audio from Google Home. These can be smart speakers or displays from Google Home, or a stereo with Chromecast or a TV (

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), either internally or with a plug-in dongle.

To set up a speaker group, do the following:

1. Make sure all of your devices are connected to the same network.

Second Open yours Google Home App.

Third Make sure you are on the Home Menu (tap on the small house icon in the lower left corner).

4th tap Add,

5th tap Create a speaker group,

6th Tap any device you want to add to the group. A check mark appears next to the selected markers.

7th tap NextEnter a name for the group you just created, and then tap to save,

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You can create as many groups as you want or need. For example, suppose you want a group that includes every speaker in your entire home, but you might also want to create separate groups for speakers on the upper and lower floors.

Once you've set up your speaker groups, playing music through all the speakers in a particular group is as easy as saying what you want to play and which speaker group you want to play. Example: "OK, Google, play reggae radio in the speaker group of the whole house." Alternatively: "OK Google, play Katy Perry on the speakers upstairs."

When you've got your entire audio system up and running, you should proactively address the privacy issues associated with smart home technology Change these Google Assistant settings to protect your personal information, If you're having trouble setting up your new devices, Here's how to deal with the three most common issues that Google Home faces, After all, Google Home may be playing the second violin after Amazon and Alexa Echo Smart speakers, but you can still use it to present yourself to your friends and family Only Google Home can do these three things,

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