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Google OnHub is a residential wireless router product from Google, Inc. The two variants are manufactured by TP-Link and ASUS. Google's official tagline for the product is, "We’re streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle. Meet OnHub, a router from Google that is built for all the ways you use Wi-Fi." In 2016, Google released the Google Wifi router with mesh networking, and combined its functionality and network administration with the OnHub so that OnHub and Google Wifi may both be used interchangeably in mesh networks.
Google touts the OnHub router as "easy to use and ready for the future" for its intuitive interface and hardware that will eventually enable Smart Home compatibility after a software update. According to OnHub specifications, both OnHub models are "Weave Ready" and "Bluetooth Smart Ready", and that Thread is "coming soon". The future enablement of these network protocols are possible as OnHub routers have a IEEE 802.15.4 radio antenna and a Bluetooth antenna. However, as of early 2018, the Bluetooth and 802.15.4 functionality have not been enabled.
OnHub routers have a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, and 4GB flash storage. Like Google Wifi, the OnHub creates a single SSID for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands to simplify the Wi-Fi experience for the end user. The OnHub will automatically steer devices to connect to the band with the best connection.
|ASUS ||TP-Link |
|Size||7.94in x 5.03in x 5.20in||7.5in x 4.1in x 4.6in|
|Weight||1.66 lb||1.9 lb|
|Colors||Slate Gray||Blue or Black|
|Wireless Support||IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac||IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Wireless||Dual concurrent 3x3 with Smart Antenna||Dual concurrent 3x3 with Smart Antenna|
|WAN Port||1x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s||1x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s|
|LAN Port||1x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s||1x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s|
|Ethernet Switch||QCA8337 Gigabit sw||QCA8337 Gigabit sw|
The OnHub router from TP-Link is available in black or blue. The TP-Link router also has a removable exterior shell that is interchangeable other color options to help the OnHub aesthetically fit in various environments. The OnHub router from ASUS is available in Slate Gray. There are also non-aesthetic features unique to each model. The TP-Link model features a "specialized reflector" for an internal antenna that can be adjusted to extend Wi-Fi range on the 2.4GHz band in one direction. The ASUS model has a "Wave Control" feature that allows users to prioritize a specific device on Wi-Fi by waving a hand over a light sensor on the top.