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Google unveils OnHub: a $200 smart Wi-Fi router that's controlled by an app

Google has partnered with TP-LINK to launch a new, smarter and more secure Wi-Fi router called OnHub.

Published onAugust 18, 2015

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Google’s goal is to keep users around the world connected to the Internet at all times, and a new announcement from the company makes that very apparent. Google has partnered with TP-LINK to launch a new, smarter and more secure Wi-Fi router called OnHub.

Many of the most common Wi-Fi routers out there are quite ugly, and as you can see from the image attached above, OnHub is not. It comes in both Black and Blue color options and is now available for pre-order from the Google Store for $199.99. If that seems a little pricey for a standard router, that’s because it is. But OnHub aims to offer users much more than what normal routers can.

OnHub will be able to support a number of different smart devices in the future
OnHub sports a unique antenna design and some advanced software features that will keep working in the background, automatically adjusting to avoid interference to keep your network at peak performance. It scans every five minutes or so to find the least congested wireless channel, and you can even prioritize different devices to ensure your computer or smartphone will get the fastest speeds at all times.

The router will automatically update with new features and security upgrades without interrupting your connection, allowing you to get quick fixes if something goes wrong. Google says that in the future, OnHub will be able to support a number of different smart devices, whether they use Bluetooth Smart Ready, Weave or 802.15.4.

At the end of the day, we want our Wi-Fi to just work, so that we can do all the things we love to do online.

The best part? OnHub doesn’t use any flashing lights, whatsoever. The router is controlled by a new app called Google On, which will be available for both Android and iOS. The free app will tell you how much bandwidth your devices are using and will let you easily run a network check. If there happens to be an issue with your Wi-Fi, the app will offer suggestions to help. What’s more, you can easily fetch your Wi-Fi password with just a few clicks from within the app, allowing you to share it with your friends via text or email.

The new router is available for pre-order from the Google Store for $199.99 in Black and Blue color options, and can also be ordered through various other online retailers including Amazon and Newegg. It will also be available in retail stores throughout the U.S. and Canada in the coming weeks. Google says Asus will be the next manufacturer to produce an OnHub device, which we should look out for later this year.

Head to the links below if you’d like to place your pre-order.

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