A Wi-Fi router is our gateway to the information superhighway. Once connected, Google tends to be our first stop. According to them, “we count on Wi-Fi more than ever to be entertained, productive, and stay connected, we’re streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle.” With that in mind, Google announced its newest product, the OnHub Wi-FI router.
Google, along with TP-Link, designed the router to be showcased instead of hidden away. They claim to have “replaced unruly cords and blinking lights with internal antennas and subtle, useful lighting.” I – and my wife – find it slightly resembles Amazon’s Echo.
The OnHub also provides consistent, high-speed transmissions. It scans available channels and selects the fastest to use. You can also select a device to be prioritized above others to ensure it gets the fastest speeds.
In the name of simplicity, the OnHub is controlled by an app that will be available for Android and iOS. The app will allow you to set up and manage the router. Additionally, it lets you run diagnostics and suggests solutions when issues arrive. It even allows you to text your friends the router’s password when they need to connect to your Wi-Fi.
Google states the OnHub will support Bluetooth, ZigBee, and Weave. They’ve also partnered with Asus to bring other OnHub devices to the market later in the year.