Google and TP-LINK introduce OnHub router to simplify WiFi2015-08-20 10:12 by Daniela
Tags: Google, TP-Link, router, OnHub
In an attempt to fight with all those ugly routers that don't work well, search giant Google has introduced the OnHub router that is expected to provide a more reliable, easy way to make Internet connectivity available around the home. The device will be manufactured by the networking hardware company TP-Link.
Classified as an AC1900 Wi-Fi router, the OnHub is rated to serve up to 1900 Mbps, supporting 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 1300 Mbps at 5 GHz. The price of the router is $200.
Enhanced aesthetics are one of OnHub's distinctive features. The company hopes that router's design is attractive enough that people don't mind displaying it out in the open. According to Google, the unattractive design of most of the routers that people use makes them want to hide the devices somewhere and this leads to poor signal and therefore bad performance.OnHub has subtle blinking lights and all its antennas are packed inside its black, cylindrical shell. The device also displays the Wi-Fi password if someone taps on it.
The router is powered by Qualcomm's dual-core 1.4 GHz iPQ8064 processor and 1 GB of DDR3L memory. It has 13 antennas - six 2.4 GHz antennas and six 5 GHz antennas positioned in a circular pattern for better coverage, and one congestion-sensing antenna just under the router's only speaker.
The router monitors the Wi-Fi environment in the home to find a WiFi channel with the least interference and even allows users to prioritize their devices. That way users will be able to watch Netflix with higher priority that regular browsing for example.
Thanks to Google's OnHub app, users can easily manage the router. Through the app, customers can do things like assign bandwidth priority to a specific device.The OnHub also supports up-and-coming IoT technologies including Bluetooth Smart, Google Weave and 802.15.4, helping cement a path toward future updates that could better integrate compatible devices into the connected home.
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