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ArsTechnica Reviews the Google OnHub ➝

Ron Amadeo, regarding the OnHub’s smartphone app:

If you’re going to leave a comment with the question “Can it do x?” the answer is probably “no.” You can pick the name, password, static IPs, enable UPnP, do port forwarding, and really nothing else. You won’t be installing DD-WRT or doing anything advanced anytime soon—it’s a simple router.

And, as for the OnHub’s Wi-Fi speed when compared to a similarly priced router from Asus:

We also tried a speed test on a Nexus 6 in the yard about 100ft away from the router. Again, the OnHub lost. The Asus router handily beat the OnHub no matter where we were testing, with both increased range and better throughput (and that’s with being bridged to the OnHub, which probably gave the OnHub a small advantage). If you’re looking to spend $200 on just a router, there are better deals out there.

So, it doesn’t pack many features and isn’t even faster than other routers on the market. Why would anyone buy this? Because it’s likely a trojan horse for Google’s smart home initiative.

Personally, I wouldn’t suggest anyone buy the OnHub today. The idea of a smart home is too far off for the majority of people. And I think most would be better off spending the next few years with a great, feature-packed router than spend $200 on one that’s designed for what your home might eventually become.

Ron’s concludes with similar sentiments:

Right now, the router doesn’t seem like anything special. It’s perfectly functional but not much else. No one should buy the OnHub as purely a Wi-Fi router. What will make or break this device is the upcoming smart home functionality, and right now we just don’t know what that entails.

If you’re currently in the market for a router, I’d suggest the TP-Link Archer C7 or Apple’s Time Capsule.

Google OnHub is All About the Smart Home ➝

At first, Google’s OnHub announcement felt a little out of place to me. But I quickly realized that it’s all about the internet of things — by the way, can someone please come up with a better term. Google needs hardware inside of your network to act as a relay which helps you control devices remotely. And it looks like their newly announced $199 wireless router will do just that.

Chris Burns, writing for SlashGear:

Google OnHub was revealed today by Google as the first doorway to a full smart home ecosystem. This service will be tied together with software protocols revealed in part earlier this year as Google Brillo and Google Weave. […]

Google OnHub will be the first Google Brillo device.

As for the router, it’s an attractive piece of hardware with impressive features and an easy-to-configure interface. It’s a little expensive compared to other routers on the market. But if you’re interested in buying it, you probably want it specifically for its unique features.

Personally, I wouldn’t even consider the OnHub for my home network. I have a couple of computers that I prefer to connect to my router with Ethernet and I rely on my Time Capsule’s hard drive for local Time Machine backups — both of which aren’t possible with the OnHub.