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Unread 2015-10-27, 02:38 PM   #16
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Google Now Has a Second, Even More Expensive OnHub Router

Over the summer we got a first look at Googleís plans to fix you crappy home networking situation. The first OnHub router, manufactured by TP-Link, was pretty coolĖand very expensive. Now Googleís got yet another OnHub router, this time made by Asus. Itís even more expensive.
Google OnHub is a great idea on paper. For the most part, home networking is a headache. When your wifiís not working, you never quite know why itís not working. All you get is blinking lights that donít tell you anything. Basically your only recourse is to unplug the router and hope that firing it back up solves the problem.

OnHub solves this with an app, which allows you to do things like monitor whoís connected to the network, diagnose potential problems, and prioritize connectivity to one device or another. The TP-Link router worked well, even if it wasnít exactly worth $200.
Well, get ready, because the new Asus OnHub router costs...$220! Even more money! Like the TP-Link OnHub, it has an attractive vaguely conical design, and sports a ring of LED light that tells you what emotions your network is feeling at the moment.
The routerís main new feature is the ability to prioritize traffic to a device by waving your hand over the OnHub. Iím having a hard time imagining how the mechanics of this feature actually work, but hereís how they describe it:
Control OnHub by waving your hand over its top. For example, just wave to prioritize a device to make sure it has enough bandwidth, like your Chromecast while streaming a movie.
As before, the Asus OnHub isnís shipping with all its powers full enabled. Youíre investing in the future. Over time it should get more features. As starting point, $220 feels a little pricey. But the core conceptĖa smarter, friendlier routerĖis something I canít help but support.

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