Interestingly, OnHub serves a dual purpose. This is a standard wireless router that supports the latest 802.11 standards, but is also capable of supporting both modern home wireless protocols such as Bluetooth 4.0 and some of the most popular smart home networking protocols.
Whether this new router will match today’s wireless routers offered by leaders like Linksys and Belkin remains to be seen, but it’s one of the first all-in-one routers that allows you to connect to just about any wireless device people use. in their house today.
About Google OnHub
Offering a «new path to Wi-Fi,» OnHub is more like an Amazon Echo-like networking device than a simple router.
It comes with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 4GB e-MMC flash, and 1GB DDR3L onboard memory. It includes one USB3.0 port, one LAN port, and one WAN port, so it’s clearly not intended to be used as a wired router — its function is purely wireless.
Unlike most routers on the market, which are more focused on functionality than looks, the OnHub was clearly designed to be aesthetically pleasing — the type of device that a person can place right on the corner of a desk or shelf instead of underneath. basement.
OnHub includes the following hardware:
- 3 watt speaker
- Built-in ambient light sensor
- Six tri-color arrays of LED lights
- Multidirectional Dual Band Antenna Arrays
Google explains on the OnHub website that the router’s visual design was meant to encourage people to place the router «out in the open, which gives you the best signal.»