The Google OnHub Router starts off at $199USD. For those who are networking veterans or enthusiasts, this will not meet your standards. Rather than looking as an obvious router, it looks like a piece of sleek artwork. If you are planning to buy a new router, look at this guide to help you choose your next one.
Basic specs are a dual core processor, 4GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. For connectivity, it has a slew of details. For wifi standards, it supports A/B/G/AC which allows legacy and the latest devices to connect to it. Although you can not see any antennas sticking out of it, it has a total of 13 Wi-Fi antennas. Speeds will satisfy everyone’s requirements. On the 2.4GHz band, it goes up to 600Mbps and at 5GHz reaches up to 1300Mpbs. Another great feature is its Bluetooth connectivity.
The best part of the OnHub is its software functionality. Users can fully control the router through the OnApp on their phone. In the OnApp, you receive many features as you can see stats, turn on Guest network, set DNS server and so on. For gamers, it has a function of prioritizing certain devices for better connectivity. Even though its main function is to be a router, users can change it into a bridge to extend wifi range like wifi extenders.
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Another great function of the OnHub is the integration of home appliances. It can control Philips Hue lightbulbs and NEST thermostat and so on. Even though it does not have the full range of options for the appliances, it is very nifty as they are easily accessible through one app.
For ports, we are sadly greeted with only one WAN, one LAN and one USB 3.0 port. This can be solved with a network switch.
Overall, the Google OnHub is more useful for its functionality to control other home appliances as it saves time and effort.