Google’s OnHub Wi-Fi router offers ‘better connections’

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Google has with partnered with TP-LINK to launch OnHub, a different kind of router for a new way to Wi-Fi.

The router is designed to be easy to set up and use and is claimed to offer users better wireless connections.

“During setup, OnHub searches the airwaves and selects the best channel for the fastest connection. A unique antenna design and smart software keep working in the background, automatically adjusting OnHub to avoid interference and keep your network at peak performance. You can even prioritize a device, so that your most important activity — like streaming your favorite show — gets the fastest speed.”

Like Apple’s Airport routers, OnHub aims to be as simple as possible. It has all the latest technologies inside, including the fastest chips and aforementioned powerful processor (a dual-core 1.4Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, to be specific), 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, but it uses an iOS or Android app for setup, administrative changes and troubleshooting. In Google’s words, “no more blinking lights.”

OnHub has been made to automatically download and install new updates to the router. OnHub will sell for $199.99 and is currently available for pre-order on the Google Store, Amazon, and other retailers in the US and will be available in retail stores in the US and Canada in the coming weeks.

OnHub also upgrades itself and it’s circular shape is not only inviting but intuitive, since it hides 13 antennas throughout the frame for better signal circulation. And when there is interference, OnHub changes to another channel automatically, on either the 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz range.

The router also supports the latest 802.11ac standard, which offers theoretical maximum speeds of 1.9Gbps using MIMO (Multiple In, Multiple Out) using both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies. It promises that streaming will be buffer-free, as long as there’s an internet connection that supports such speeds.

And, of course, there is one LAN port to connect a switch, if that’s still a necessity.

This will be just the first hardware product from Google under the OnHub brand as the company has revealed that it has partnered with ASUS for its next unrevealed OnHub product.


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