Google isn’t all about Android, and that’s why when the company unveils a brand new router for “the new way to Wi-Fi,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
And that’s exactly what the company has done. Thanks to a partnership with TP-Link, Google has launched the OnHub, a new router that’s not just a router, with a price tag of $199 attached to it. As of this writing, though, it should probably be noted right up front that both the blue and black models are sold out, according to Google.
The OnHub is supports 802.11 b/g/n/ac at 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and when it comes to wired connections there’s only a single Ethernet (gigabit) port on the back, which just goes to show that Google is apparently serious about that Wi-Fi focus. There are 13 antennas inside of the OnHub, which is meant to ensure the best possible signal. The device will scan every five minutes in an effort to find the least congested wireless signal, too.
The OnHub will also remember your favorite devices and track how much data they consume, to better manage the bandwidth that each device gets. There’s a new app, “Google On,” which will let owners control the router, too.
The router supports Bluetooth Smart, Google Weave and Zigbee. There’s a USB 3.0 port on the back as well, just for good measure. Google is also promising relatively routine software updates that will improve the OnHub over time.
The OnHub also sports a speaker, for those wondering what else Google could include in it.
The OnHub is available from the Google Store, and it’s available to pre-order from Amazon right now. The retailer says the OnHub will begin shipping on August 31, and it costs $199.99 for the blue or black model.
What do you think of the OnHub?