Google Launches New OnHub Wi-Fi Router Made by Asus

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alphabet releases another super simple OnHub router.

Today, Google and ASUS announced that they’re working together on a version of OnHub which will run you $219.99, $20 more than Google’s original OnHub (TP-LINK).On Tuesday, Google announced, via the company’s official blog, the second member to its router or OnHub family, the, which assures internet users stable Wi-Fi connectivity.

The company originally teamed up with manufacturer TP-Link for its first-generation device, but today it’s expanding to add another partnership, this time with Asus. Google first launched its OnHub router series in August, attempting to make a router that’s easy to use and provides better Wi-Fi signal than what people are used to. This is important because in today’s technologically advanced world, people need constant online access, as they look to a Internet as a way to work, chat with friends, video call their family, stream music, and watch movies, etc. The latest OnHub is manufactured by Asus and, like the original device manufactured by TP-Link, features a distinctive cylindrical design and comes with faster Wi-Fi, easy set-up and simple management with the Google On app.

Well, it does have a nifty new feature called “Wave Control,” which lets you speed up your Wi-Fi for a specific device by waving your hand over the top of it. The sleek cylindrical router was designed to be a complete departure from the normal router — which is one of those appliances that nearly everyone has and probably never thinks about. The goal is to let you adjust how much bandwidth is too much in certain rooms of your home — do you need to have faster Internet in your kitchen when you’re going to spend more of your time in the living room? The router will also be able to select the best antennas to send Wi-Fi over depending on the location of the devices it’s connected to; that feature will also be rolling out to the original OnHub, which is made by TP-Link.

In addition to the new OnHub device, the company announced that it’ll be shipping the first software update for the devices which will help it intelligently decide which antennas to use to beam Internet your way…based on how you’re holding them, which room they’re in, etc. The new router, announced Tuesday, is built by Asus — one of the companies that also builds Google Chromebooks — and has the additional “Wave Control” feature.

That’s because obstructions — like walls — impact Wi-Fi signal, so if Google can convince people to put a router on a table in the middle of their house, it can probably provide a much stronger signal. The Asus OnHub will be available for pre-order later this week at a price of USD 219.99 on the Google Store as well as at selected retailers in the US.

To do that, Google is trying to design its routers to look like… well, it’s not entirely clear what they’re supposed to look like, but they at least don’t look like a typical router, which is something you really want to hide. Of course, there are still limitations to where you can put the router — it needs to be connected to an ugly cable box, after all — but Asus’ model at least looks like something you wouldn’t mind putting on a shelf, rather than beneath it. This is a big part of Google’s play to simplify setting up and using a router, and by all means, it should be much easier than dealing with the typical router options page. This new model is slightly larger but slightly lighter, has the same storage and ports (including only one LAN and one USB 3.0), and also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 5GHz networks.

According to Android Police, the Android owner said the router does not have the big antenna reflector or heat sink inside which is unique to TP-Link. Alphabet chief financial officer Ruth Porat specifically pointed to this group in the firm’s latest earnings call as one in which investors could expect to see a “growth agenda.”

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