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Google announces OnHub Wi-Fi router

With all the hassle of setting up your Internet router — from routing the cables to establishing a working connection, it’s not really an exciting task whenever you get a new one. Google aims to minimize that by announcing the OnHub Wi-Fi router that aims to provide a really easy solution in setting up a connection at home.


Partnering with TP-Link, the OnHub router has a tall, cylindrical design which is designed not to be hidden behind TVs or down on the floor where signal interference is common. By making it look attractive, Google aims for users to position the device somewhere without obstruction that would yield better performance.

The device has 13 antennas — 12 of which for signal and one for checking the strength of the signal within the area. According to the company, here’s how OnHub works during installation:

“OnHub searches the airwaves and selects the best channel for the fastest connection. A unique antenna design and smart software keep working in the background, automatically adjusting OnHub to avoid interference and keep your network at peak performance. You can even prioritize a device, so that your most important activity — like streaming your favorite show — gets the fastest speed.”

To help in setting up and managing your Wi-Fi, there is a dedicated app called Google On that shows some important details like how much bandwidth is being used up by the devices and at the same time troubleshoots issues with the Wi-Fi.

OnHub is in an exclusive partership with TP-Link..for now. Google says it will also be producing their routers with ASUS as their second partner soon, so watch out for that. The Google OnHub is already available for pre-order for $199.


Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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