After first unveiling OnHub in August, a new wireless router that intelligently finds the best connection for its user, today Google is announcing its second OnHub router hardware through a partnership with Asus.
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The new hardware is much like the TP Link-manufactured router it first launched and began selling for in the US and Canada for $199, but introduces what the companies call “Wave Control”. The feature allows users to adjust Wi-Fi speed by waving their hand over top of the Asus OnHub. Google breaks down the difference between the two models:
“…each has a different elegant exterior design, along with two key differences. OnHub from TP-Link features a front-facing antenna reflector that acts like a satellite dish enhancing Wi-Fi range in that direction. OnHub from ASUS lets you control your OnHub with a wave over the top. For example, wave to prioritize a device to ensure it has enough Wi-Fi bandwidth, like Chromecast while streaming a movie.”
Like the first OnHub router, the new version from Asus also works with Google’s companion Android and iOS apps available for setup and configuration.
There is a slight difference in the designs (and price), but for the most part the two OnHub’s look quite similar:
As you can see above, the Asus version comes in a slate gray color, while the TP Link OnHub comes in black or blue.
Google also announced that a software update for all OnHub users will arrive in the coming weeks with “several performance improvements, including a new smart antenna algorithm.”
The Asus OnHub will be available to preorder starting this week for $219.99 in the US from Google and Best Buy.