In the mid-August 2015, Google has officially entered into the Wi-Fi arena with its first production Google OnHub, co-developed with TP-Link. The Google OnHub is a dual band router with sleek form factor design that looks different from traditional routers.
The Google OnHub is an AC1900 router that is capable to provide Wi-Fi speed up to 1900Mbps on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band frequencies. It features a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory and 4GB of flash storage. For better performance, this router comes with six 2.4GHz antennas and six 5GHz antennas arranged in a circular pattern for maximum coverage in all directions. The OnHub is also equipped with Bluetooth and ZigBee antennas, but currently they are not enabled. Google says it plans to enable support for both features in the future.
The router has a light ring on the top of the device that serves as a status indicator for device connection. A green light indicates your device is connected and running Internet, while orange light means there’s a problem. There is a speaker at the top of router used for ultrasonic communication during setup.
The router initial set-up process is done through a desktop and mobile app named ‘Google On’. The OnHub app also gives information of connected devices to the Wi-Fi at any given time, and how much data each device is using. Using the mobile app, you can also share your Wi-Fi password with others, track your bandwidth usage, restart and configure this router, which means no more crawling on the floor to reboot a router.
The Google OnHub is available in market for $200 and has received positive feedback from users.