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The devious folks at Google have found yet another way to get inside your home: the Google OnHub router. Routers may feel insignificant at times due to the fact that you set them up and largely forget about them, but they’re the most crucial part of your Internet set up and Google wants to make them as hassle-free as possible.

As someone who frequently deals with the black magic that is networking, I appreciate Google creating a router that’s designed to do most if not all of the work for you. That’s all that OnHub is really, a router that’s simple to set up and maintain. Plus, Google claims that the cylindrical design helps your home connection by allowing for thirteen antennas to fit inside.

Just because OnHub is currently nothing more than a powerful, easy-to-use router, that doesn’t mean it will always be such a simple device. Google is promising updates in the future that will add new features. OnHub supports both Bluetooth LE and Weave, the latter of which is Google’s smart home language, so expect OnHub to play a big part in the smart home experience in the near future.

In a world that’s going wireless, some of us are desperately clinging to our wires. I know I’m on the losing end of the battle, but I still see enough hiccups in wireless technology that make me hesitant to fully embrace the wireless existence. And before you ask: yes, I do get sick of seeing bundles of wires all over my house.


OnHub will be available on August 31 for $199.

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