Google and TP-Link align to unveil OnHub Router for Faster Wi-Fi

By CIOReview | Friday, September 4, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Google launches OnHub, a new router in partnership with TP-LINK. The launch is part of the company’s strategic move to get ready for the connected home and draw more users to its services.

The OnHub router is cylindrically shaped and looks similar to the beautifully designed NexusQ. The OnHub router has been designed to be out in the open, where it works its best. It has been designed keeping in mind the significant challenges faced with regard to Wi-Fi today and promises to do away with many of the issues. The major issues range from Slow Wi-Fi speeds, videos buffering and random connection failures and disruption.

“We count on Wi-Fi more than ever, and we need it to work well to do all the things we love to do online,” says Trond Wuellner, group product manager at Google.

The router has fewer wires and comes with a shell to keep tidy the few cords, its lighting is subtle and useful. OnHub’s smart software continually works to enhance users’ Wi-Fi connection. With its extensive router heritage and TP-LINK’s expertise is an integral contribution to OnHub’s design. Its unique and innovative circular antenna design is a combination of 13 (six 2.4GHz antennas, six 5GHz antennas, and a congestion-sensing antenna) built-in, hidden antennas that reduce network interference and optimize network connectivity.

“TP-LINK is the only vertically integrated networking manufacturer and by combining our proven core competencies with Google, we are able to reinvent the way routers live in today’s connected homes,” adds Andy Chen, vice president Networking Business Unit at TP-LINK International.

OnHub which is managed by the Google On mobile app makes it an easy to set up and manage Wi-Fi. During setup, OnHub selects the settings that will work best for the home and automatically adjusts so the network is always performing at its optimum. OnHub is designed to get better with time as the router automatically installs new features and the latest security updates.

OnHub is also Bluetooth Smart, Weave, and 802.15.4 ready, so it can support a growing number of smart devices in the home making it future friendly.