Today Google announced that they are moving into the WiFi router market. The new router is produced through a partnership with TP-Link and it's called OnHub. Google is marketing OnHub as a router that is simple to setup, effortless to maintain, and highly reliable. Much like Apple's AirPort Extreme, the OnHub is a very tall router in order to integrate internal antennas, and it is managed via an app for your iOS or Android device. The mobile app will also allow you to see which devices are using bandwidth, and to apply QoS rules to limit devices from using too much. During setup it will automatically select the best channel for minimal interference, and can adjust on its own as necessary. Software updates are also automatically downloaded and applied, which makes it essentially self maintaining as long as Google's promise of reliable connectivity is met.

As far as specifications go, OnHub is marketed as an AC 1900 router which really says it's a 3x3 802.11ac router that which has a data rate of 1300Mbps on an 802.11ac link and 600Mbps on an 802.11n link. In addition to being a dead simple WiFi router, OnHub also comes with support for the major protocols which will be used by home automation devices, including Bluetooth Smart, Google Brillo/Weave, and IEEE 802.15.4. The OnHub router is available for preorder now from various retailers in the US, and both the blue and black versions cost $199

Source: Official Google Blog

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  • leetecit - Thursday, August 20, 2015 - link

    4GB storage? TPM chipset for home router? doesn't sound like the same term of wifi router. and I am curious 3x3 antena how to works with the reflector, 360 degree + directional signal? make me eager to see a real one ASAP. Reply
  • sonny73n - Friday, August 21, 2015 - link

    TP-LINK wireless routers have the best value IMO. They get even better with DD-WRT. This one is kinda expensive though but if you need speed, you gotta dig in your pocket a little deeper. I have 2 TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND ($45 each currenrly on Newegg) with DD-WRT, 1 for the main and 1 for wireless client bridge. They've been running flawlessly for over a year now. I had 1 TP-LINK before that with stock firmware and it ran with no hic ups for 4 straight years. This sorta reminds me of the old days with Linksys, Netgear, D-Link routers and a boat load of problems along with them. Reply

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