Routers have never been particularly exciting piece of technology, but now Google is trying to change that. It announced that it has created a router called OnHub. OnHub is supposed to be easy to configure and manage, have high performance, and be able to tie home accessories, with smart. The device looks much like a rider Echo – A cylindrical tower nothing special – but both devices are otherwise not alike; OnHub is purely a router, not a speaker or a way to access Google Now. It is supposed to go on sale from August 31 for $199.99.
Key selling point of OnHub really seems that is easy to configure and painless way to solve problems. It connects to iOS and Android phones through what appears to be a clean and elegant application that tells owners to OnHub number of connected devices and what kind of speeds they’re getting. Google says router circular design should allow it to have better penetration through a house (there are 13 antennas inside it); the router also automatically detect the best channel to transmit and includes support for 802.11ac and 5GHz Wi-Fi. These features are not necessarily unique, but OnHub certainly looks like it will be easier to use for anyone who does not care about the arcane features like port forwarding. OnHub was built in partnership with TP-LINK. According to Wired, a second router in collaboration with Asus is also in development.
Google also promises to bring new features to OnHub time to time. It is strange to see any hardware announced that will get software updates, it is a kind of market change existing routers. Although you can count on most home routers for firmware updates from time to time, installing them is usually a pain; OnHub it supposed to handle everything automatically. At this time, the router does not seem to have any other software functions surprising, but the way that Google talks about OnHub makes it seem that there may be some interesting experiments to come.
OnHub also supports Bluetooth LE and armor – new language of smart home Google – that eventually could allow OnHub to serve as a center for smart home. In that sense, it is likely that OnHub has more in common with echo what reveals: Echo was a simple device that has Amazon in homes, at which point they could expand and begin offering more services.