Google's OnHub

Google’s OnHub : Bad Wi-Fi Experiences Go Bye-Bye!

Wi-Fi router is an essential point in internet life for most of us.  They are gateways to the digital world and since their appearance, internet users are happier.  Thus, when Google announced yet another innovative product designed by TP-Link.  The Wi-Fi router is called OnHub, a $200-ish signal distributor in a cylindrical body.


Google's OnHub
Google’s OnHub


Knowing about its price tag, you may form this question instinctively in your mind: What the heck are we getting in this costly router?


Okay, for one it is Google but practical buyers won’t consider that fact that even if it is from the world’s tech giant.  So what does OnHub router has to offer us seriously?


Basically, it is a living antenna having 13 of it in one body.  It has a 3-watt antenna sitting on its top though we are yet in the dark as how to use it since it can’t be used anyway.  Additionally, Google claims that the router was designed to be placed at the center of the house so it can cast the signals in all directions.  Practically speaking, you will be lucky to have this as your centrepiece as most of us do not have an airy space for quarters.


Accessibility speaking, you do not need to type the number combination such as just to set it up.  OnHub comes with its own app downloadable on iOS 7 and Android 4.0 (and higher) devices.  To set it up, you need to plug OnHub into an outlet, connect the Ethernet cable to the modem, and follow the next instructions on your app.  Voila! Your router is then set up and running.  Further adjustments can be done even by not an IT genius like most of us.


As you may notice, there is no blinking lights but various colored light codes.  Blue light means ready to be set up; Teal for on and active status; Amber for offline or error; and no light means the need to be plugged in.


Other specifications of OnHub router are as follows:

  • 6 antennas are clocked in 2.5GHz (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Other 6 are clocked in 5GHz (802.11 a/n/ac)
  • Remaining 1 is an AUX antenna and radio


If you are looking for convenience, top-notch Wi-Fi service and prioritized video streaming mode, Google’s router is right for you.