In a blog post published on October 27, Google has introduced its ASUS OnHub Router, which promises to boost Wi-Fi signal.
This new gadget’s unveiling comes after the Mountain View, California-based company has released another OnHub router back in August, but with a TP-Link hardware.
It appears that this new device, which promises to be fast, secure and user-friendly, is similar in many ways with the one included in the previous launch.
“You should have more router options that don’t involve spotty connections, messy cords and complicated settings”, explained company representatives.
As far as design goes, the cylindrical appearance of the TP-Link router has been maintained. The model is a bit lighter, but somewhat bigger, and the base is slightly larger than the upper part.
The simple, yet sophisticated look, with a LED ring at the bottom, resembles that of a futuristic vase, and perfectly blends in the room. Therefore, the router can be kept out in the open, on a table in the center of the house, to ensure the best WiFi signal, without obstructions.
ASUS OnHub is a dual-band AC1900 Wi-Fi router, whose maximum speed reaches 1,300 Mbps on the 5GHz wireless frequency band, and 600 Mbps on the 2.4 Ghz band. It also has a USB 3.0 port, built-in Bluetooth, and a one Gigabit Ethernet LAN port.
It supports home automation wireless standards, to allow centralized control of appliances, security systems and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning).
In addition, the ASUS OnHub introduces a new functionality named Wave Control. Motion sensors give users the possibility to boost Wi-Fi speed for a device just through a wave of the hand, above the router.
Company officials haven’t explained exactly how this feature would actually prioritize in the event when there is a cluster of several devices in that direction, but it might come in handy while trying to stream a movie on Chromecast, for instance.
The set-up process is extremely convenient and intuitive, even for the most technologically challenged customers. In order to install and manage it, one need only access the Google On app, while using an Android or iOS portable device, and an active Internet connection.
The ASUS OnHub will begin selling on November 3, and comes with the price tag of $219.99. This is similar to that of the TP-Link one (which sold for $199.99), but around double the cost of ordinary AC1900 routers manufactured by ASUS. For now, the router can be pre-ordered in the U.S., and shipping will start sometime in November.
It has been announced that the first software update for the new Google ASUS OnHub Router will be released next week, and it will introduce several improvements in performance.
One of the additions included in this automatic upgrade will be a Smart Antenna algorithm, which ensures a speedier and more reliable Wi-Fi connection. Basically, the router will be able to choose the best mix of antennas for transmitting Wi-Fi signal to several devices in the house, while taking into account their orientation and location.
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