Asus Google OnHub Router
The internet giant Google is basically a software company, but it has been trying to enter the hardware market from the last many years. Every year the popular search giant adds a new member to its Nexus series of smartphones. Read also Best Tips for Buying a New Router This Year.
Fiber Optics to Router
Until now, Google has been quite successful in attracting customers to its products and now the brand wants to make a bigger move. You might have heard the news of Google Fiber being launched in the US a couple of years back. That internet service is still working and offers speeds up to one GBPS. Unfortunately, Google Fiber is not available in India.
Recently, the brand launched a router focused on those people who do not know much about networking. This amazing product is called OnHub router and yes it is available in India. You can head over to online market places like Amazon and Flipkart for purchasing it. But to take this device, you will have to spend a whopping 24999 rupees.
Indian market is much different from that of the United States. I am really beginning to question whether the customers will think of purchasing this router or not because 25,000 rupees is a lot of money for a router. In this amount, one can easily take home good quality 25 budget routers. But before coming to any conclusion let’s discuss what this super-hyped product has to offer.
Two Variants: As we all know, Google does not manufacture anything on its own. It hires other hardware companies to make products. For the OnHub router, Google hired not one rather two companies i.e. Asus and TP-Link. The TP-Link made variant is not available in India so I am not going to focus on that. Besides, we all know how great customer service is offered by TP-Link when you call them. Moreover, the Asus made OnHub is a recent one, so it packs more features inside.
Super Premium Outer Shell
Before seeing this router, I did not even know that routers can also look so cool. Google has done a really nice job on the front of ergonomics. This router comes in a unique cylindrical shape and is wider at the bottom. Its outer shell has got a glossy black finish that just enhances the beauty. Also, the OnHub features a lighting system at the base that makes it look really awesome. It does not come with any weird looking external antenna. Google is even giving two years of warranty on this product, which is more than what other router brands are offering now.
Easy Setup: The primary objective of Google behind making this router was to make wireless setup easy for the end users. And, it has achieved quite a lot success in this area. You do not need any kind of expertise to use or setup the OnHub router. In fact, users do not even need to open the router page at all.
After connecting the wires and powering on the device, all you have to do is install the “Google On” app on your smartphone. This app will communicate with the router on itself and do the whole setup automatically. More interesting thing is that this router improves its performance depending on the usage. There is even a speaker on this Google designed Asus device that guides the end user in a very helpful way.
The end users can use the smartphone app to create simple passwords. It also gives a special option to share the wireless passwords with friends using the internet-based services, but I insist avoid doing that.
Remember, there is some limitation to this app based setup. Not everyone owns a smartphone. Does this mean a customer will also have to purchase an additional smartphone just to do the setup?
Inside the outer shell, the Google OnHub features six 2.4 GHz and six 5.0 GHz antennas. The best thing is this router is capable of choosing the best frequencies even if you are located in a congested area. It has got an additional radio antenna that senses the congestion and decides the best frequencies. Moreover, it also offers simultaneous 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz connectivity. The router can also be used in bridge mode if you just want to expand the range of your wireless network.
At the heart of this device sits a 1.4 GHz processor. To make things easy, Google has also equipped it with 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of flash storage. No matter how many devices are connected to this router, it will never lag even for one second.
Gigabit Connection: The Google OnHub router supports Wireless AC standard, which means it can transfer data at speeds up to one gigabit. This feature will certainly impress gamers and people who depend on high internet usage. It is an 802.15.4 (ZigBee) ready device and also comes with Bluetooth connectivity.
Unfortunately, you only get a single LAN port on the back. This means you will have to purchase an additional hub for connecting wired devices. The router also comes with one USB port, but you cannot use it for data sync or peripheral connectivity. Customers will have to live with a hope that one day Google will push an update that will make this port usable.
Hand Wave Feature: One of the main attractions of this router is the hand wave feature. A special proximity sensor, placed on the top of the router is capable of sensing the direction in which you are waving the hand. This feature is used to set a particular device, which is connected to the router on priority mode. Just wave your hand in the direction of that device and it will get more speed than other connected devices.
Good for Smart Homes
If you are planning to use modern smart devices for your house, then there cannot be a better wireless hub than this Google router. It will connect and manage all types of devices flawlessly. In addition, you will not have to do any kind of tricky set up to connect a specific device to the internet.
Not Great For Professionals: For people who are not familiar with modern technologies, this Asus device seems to be a perfect choice. However, pro users will find it a lot disappointing on the front of customization. You do not get many options to play with. The app interface does not allow the users to set up advanced options that are generally available on the admin pages of other routers.
- Devices can be prioritized with hand waves
- Total of 12 antennas
- Senses the congestion and decides the best settings
- Offers a great connectivity range
- Easy to setup and easy to connect
- Comes with a really long and flat LAN cable
- Wireless AC standard support
- Dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM
- Looks amazing
- 2 years of warranty
Cons: Limited settings are available to the users
Verdict: The Google OnHub router is quite appreciable as a device that helps users in their everyday lives. It reduces user’s headache and let them focus more on productivity related tasks. More than anything, it is a device that makes your home or workplace smart. It can decide which settings are perfect for a user and support the modern standards. However, these features do not justify the price at which it is currently available in India. I do hope in coming days, its price will be slashed down.
|Dimensions||7.94 X 5.03 X 5.20 inches|
|Bands Supported||2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz|
|Antennas||6 X 2.4GHz And 6 X 5.0GHz|
|Ports||1XLAN, 1XWAN and 1XUSB|
|Flash Memory||4 GB|
|Wireless Network||Up To Wireless AC|