Google launches new OnHub router
Google has introduced a second OnHub router, this one made in partnership with Asus. Google first launched its OnHub router series in August, attempting to make a router that is easy to use and provides better Wi-Fi signal than what people are used to.
This second model continues toward that goal with a similar design and a couple of interesting new features, including the ability to wave your hand over the top of it to have the router prioritize Wi-Fi to a specific device, like a Chromecast that you are streaming a movie to. The router will also be able to select the best antennas to send Wi-Fi over depending on the location of the devices it is connected to; that feature will also be rolling out to the original OnHub, which is made by TP-Link. The new OnHub is available to preorder for $220.
Like the first OnHub, Asus' model looks like something you would not mind putting on a shelf, rather than beneath it. Building in motion sensing gestures should also encourage owners to put this router out in the open. This new OnHub will also be controlled entirely through the Google On app. This is a big part of Google's play to simplify setting up and using a router, and by all means, it should be much easier than dealing with the typical router options page.
The new model is slightly larger but slightly lighter than the earlier model, has the same storage and ports (including only one LAN and one USB 3.0), and also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 5GHz networks. It is $20 more than the TP-Link model, which will be worth spending if you are into the hand gesture.