Google already has a WiFi router under OnHub brand on the market, made by TP-Link and the second OnHub router built by ASUS for Google to introduce its second initiative OnHub WiFi router.
Now Google’s new OnHub Wi-Fi router has been launched in the same series, but this time made by Asus, a Taiwan-based electronics firm. Coming just a couple of months after the original OnHub router’s release, this new model will set customers back at a minimal cost to pre-order, promising that it would be just the first in a series of routers designed to be easier to set up and use.
Priced at$219.99, ASUS OnHub WiFi router is a tall cylindrical device meant to be placed out in the open; its base is much wider than the original and it tapers off as it gets taller, with the now-signature OnHub LED ring at the bottom instead of the top.
The main new feature implemented inside the heart of the Asus’s OnHub Wifi router is something called Wave Control – apparently you can wave your hand over the top of the router to boost the speed to a particular device connected to the wireless network. This could be useful if you are trying to stream content to a television via something like a Chromecast or Apple TV, though the actual number of times this will be used is debatable.
What’s totally unclear right now is how the router knows which device you want to prioritize. There comes the Google OnHub control app, currently lets you select a particular device on your WiFi network and give it priority for a certain amount of time. Possibility there still you can set a default device to get boosted when using the Wave Control feature, but we’ll have to wait and see.
However, the cylindrical-designed Asus OnHub looks very similar to the original TP-Link OnHub, except it has a slightly bigger or wider base instead. The new router will also be able to select which antennas to use in order to get the best signal, based on where the connected divide is situated. This exceptional feature will also be making its way to the existing Google OnHub WiFi router made by TP-Link via software update, so it would certainly be best not to use that as your key differentiator when making a buying decision between the two.
There’s a new “smart antenna algorithm” that will automatically select the best combination of antennas in the device’s 360-degree array to give you a stronger signal. If your phone is on one side of the house and your laptop on another, they’ll receive their signal from a different antenna combo based on what will be strongest. The update should download and install automatically. Controlled entirely via the Google On app, the new Google OnHub WiFi router certainly looks the business and will likely be a rare router.
Supporting 802.11ac WiFi and 5GHz networks and essentially the same specs as the one made by TP-Link, the new Asus OnHub router will cost $20 more than the existing TP-Link offering wireless speeds up to 1900 Mbps and comes with 7 smart, dual-band antennas. It is also 802.15.4 standard ready and Bluetooth 4.0 ready device. Also include a high performance dual-core CPU (up to 1.4GHz each), 2 Gigabytes Ethernet ports (1 LAN, 1 WAN), 1 high performance speaker (3 watts), 1 USB 3.0 port and Proximity sensor.
The all new Asus OnHub WiFi router will available for pre-order today from Google here and followed by other select retailers for US customers.