It’s been nearly a year since Google first introduced their OnHub router. TP-Link built the first models and now you can even get them with colorful shells. The second version to come to market is built by ASUS, and it’s what we have today.
The OnHub is designed to offer the best connectivity, range, and speeds. The ASUS built OnHub Router comes with a balanced antenna arrangement, but what’s key is that it lets you specify the network priority for each device that’s connected, and you do this with a simple hand wave.
The OnHub router is designed to be out in the open, and it’s one of the nicest looking devices on the market, made of plastic cylinders that are just a few inches wide and twice as tall. Out of the bottom of the router is an LED light casting a glow with different colors that indicate the various connectivity situations.
What you can expect from the OnHub router
The OnHub router focuses on ease of use, so setting it up is simple. Plug it in and connect to it using the Google On Android app. Just open the app and follow step-by-step in the app.
All of the stuff that confuses a person occurs in the background. All you do is provide a SSID and password for your network. Unfortunately, if you are looking for advanced configurations you may find yourself disappointed.
The ASUS OnHub router comes with gesture controls. You just swipe your hand above the unit to turn on the device priority. The Google On app controls allow you to specify one device at a time that’s going to receive priority on your network for 1, 2 or 4 hours, based on what you choose for settings.
This is promoted for things like your Chromecast, so that it gets the focus while you are streaming your favorite movie, and it can really help speed up photo uploads for these posts.
What didn’t work
I have trouble with walls blocking signals but the OnHub is handling it like a champ. The thing is the OnHub automatically adjusts the signal channel regularly and this is important to me. I’m pretty certain that I am not along with the crowded airwaves, so it’s great that you don’t not having to reset or reconfigure the router so that things are cleaned up.
Next on my list, is the connectivity limitations of this device, and this is really important to me. My last router, which was a small Wi Fi ac unit, providing solid range and speeds; however, by the time you connect 5-devices it starts to struggle. Connect 10-devices and it drops the ball. I was able to connect 14-devices simultaneous, but it crashed.
Of course, I’m not using a dozen tablets at the same time, but a person should be able to check email on one device while another is controlling something is that really too much to ask? I believe that Wi FI would make it far too confusing. But, if this was a connected device, I am being told that I can connect more than one hundred of them to the OnHub router.
Why you might not want to buy OnHub
How much router do you actually require? A household with high demands on technology will have a huge number of devices kicking around at any given moment. Are you one of them? Granted, We are a busy site so why am I not able to connect up to 5 at a time?
Truthfully, I’m not likely to use more than 5 devices at any given time – while it might be close, I know that I would be able to make my old router work. It was already paid for, so it took me a little while to decide on whether or not to purchase the new.
At the end of the day, I am really like the ASUS OnHub router. I must confess that I took a bit of a risk that Google is going to update my device with cool new features automatically one day in the future – hopefully the not so distant future – knowing that a router that cost half the amount can be purchased with the same basic Wi Fi network capability.