Google was pretty stoked about its plans for the Internet of Things at its Google I/O conference a few weeks ago. The company’s acquisition of Nest is proof that it is very interested in selling digital home products, and I/O served to show off Weave and Project Brillo, the company’s protocol to get products to talk to each other. Today we see where all of this is headed with a new product.
Google has just announced OnHub, a $200 Wi-Fi router that claims to be simple to use above everything. Setting up routers can be a pain, and sharing passwords can be another exercise in frustration, let alone getting good signal from the end result. OnHub doesn’t have any lights, but instead lets you know of its status through an Android app, and can even tell you who’s connected to the router in a very simple way. This router is designed as a cylindrical tower that was designed in a way to ensure optimum wireless signal across the room. The device supports Wi-Fi 802.11 ac at 5GHz, and is reportedly smart enough to determine which band it should remain on to provide the best performance for the end user.
All this said, $200 is rather pricey for just being a router. Apple’s AirPort Express is already pricey at $100, but it allows you to stream music to a stereo system over Wi-Fi. Google claims that it plans to make this router better over time through software updates, and also offers Bluetooth LE connectivity, in addition to Weave support, so it’s safe to say that this is yet another Google Chromecast, which got significantly better over time. The device should begin to sell on August 31st.