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Google’s OnHub Is A Wi-Fi Router & Smart Home Hub

Google really wants to be the hub in your home.

The search giant, which just wrapped up last week’s Alphabet headline hoopla, unveiled the $199 OnHub Wi-Fi router it has created with TP-LINK and will sell through retailers. 

Google heavily touted simplicity with the 7.5-inch-tall router and communications hub, emphasizing its ability to be set up and managed via an iOS or Android app. This means, for example, that rather than writing down the wVsgB23#! password each time visitors arrive, users can instead tap and text the password to friends. The app will also display network speeds and allow users to prioritize tasks requiring more bandwidth.   

With a nod toward home automation, Google said OnHub will support Bluetooth Smart, 802.15.4, Thread and its own Weave standard, and it also hinted toward future devices it intends to make with Asus.

OnHub is capable of speeds up to 1,900Mbps according to Google, and its 13 antennas supports the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. It’s currently available for preorder and is expected to ship “in the coming weeks.”