Aug 22, 2015

What makes Google’s OnHub router better than other routers?

Google just launched a $200 router called OnHub. $200 is a lot of money to spend for a router, so I’m curious what the difference is between the OnHub router and other commercially available routers. Is there any reason to spend the extra money to get OnHub?
Google’s OnHub is missing some of the advanced features found in similarly priced routers, but it makes up for that with excellent, powerful hardware that looks good in your home and a great app that makes setup, maintenance and troubleshooting easy. The trade-off should be worth it for most consumers -- if you’re tired of dealing with the horrible software and ugly hardware that most routers feature, the OnHub is an excellent option.The premium experience Google is shooting for here starts before you even get the OnHub out of the box. The packaging is thoughtfully designed; it reminded me of unboxing an iPod in the days of yore. Certainly, it's the most elegant non-Apple router unboxing I've ever encountered.
Too soon to know much about the Google router. For example, I have seen nothing about how it handles Guest networks.

The design is nothing new and neither is the issue of router placement. It has more internal antennas than most other routers, how well that extends the WiFi range, is still to be seen.

It has a single Ethernet port so if you need to use two wired devices you will have to add a switch. Then too, there is always the issue of Google knowing too much about you. Its too soon to judge how that will play out on this router.
The main push of OnHub is design, the idea is that if the router is not an eyesore, it will not be hidden, therefor the signal it emits will not be weakened by location. The antenna has been designed for better coverage. The design is nice, with no wiring or antenna hanging out, and if you tap it OnHub will display the wifi password.

Additionally Google added device prioritization, which not only shows amount of bandwidths being used, but allocates more bandwidth to the device that need it. Router auto updates and can be managed from a smartphone.

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