Google’s Wi-Fi Router OnHub Can Make Your Home Smarter

Google has announced its own home gateway router named OnHub. The OnHub will cost $200 and its being made in partnership with Chinese networking company TP-LINK. The OnHub can be pre-ordered on the Google Play Store and Amazon. As for date of release Amazon promises that the device will be available from Aug. 31.

The OnHub is a sleek black or dark-blue cylinder about 7.5 inches tall. Within its cowling are 13 Wi-Fi antennae, offering IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac at speeds up to 1900 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz frequencies. It also has Bluetooth Low Energy and 802.15.4 connectivity.

The OnHub has only one Ethernet port for a single local device, which may disappoint users with more than one older desktop computer or they have to use a Wi-Fi card. The OnHub does a have a single USB 3.0 port for external hard drives or printers. There’s also a built-in speaker, Google didn’t mansion what they intends to do with it.

Setup and administration are meant to be done entirely through an OnHub mobile app for Android and iOS devices. Google stresses that the OnHub will automatically download and install firmware updates.