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Google OnHub Announced & Reviewed

Discussion in 'Wireless Article Discussions' started by ViPaDawG, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. ViPaDawG

    ViPaDawG New Around Here

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  2. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Ya never know. Cute commercial

    They're going for the Smart Home hub market too with built in Bluetooth and Zigbee radios.

    It has a built-in speaker, which you'd think could be used as a Bluetooth-enabled speaker. But the specs say it's just for audio-based setup with Android devices.

    Also interesting is a 1x1 AC "Auxiliary wireless".
     
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  3. SamS

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    Looks kinda cool to me. I think the device-prioritization feature could be useful.

    Is that the "congestion sensing" antenna?
     
  4. thiggins

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    Apparently so. THAT would be an innovation, depending on what they do with it.
     
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    Thanks much for that, SamS. I was wondering how clean the back would look.
    Seems like kinda ballsy move to not include a switch, but not really. I've had vendors tell me their research shows there are fewer and fewer people with Ethernet devices.

    On the other hand, NETGEAR got crap when the put out an AC router with only 10/100 ports...
     
  7. SamS

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    I like this rather minimalist (dare I say, Apple-like) design approach from Google. On paper, it looks rather good. But I came here because I knew you guys would be able to point out any fatal flaws or forward-looking features that it might be missing. Obviously a hands-on test will be the real determining factor, but the specs and interface/design have me intrigued.
     
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    There's a BIG difference between 10/100 ports and only including 1 gigabit port... at least with the gigabit port you can attach a switch if you want to and still get decent speeds...

    This new router looks very interesting. I was just about to buy 2 more r7000 nighthawks to upgrade my setup at my house and cottage... now I have to wait to see the reviews on this bad boy...
     
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    Looks like later this year they are creating an onhub with asus as well.
     
  10. thiggins

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    There's a difference only if you have a 100Mbps or greater internet connection.
     
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    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    No router is going to provide extraordinary range improvements over the best routers out now, especially in 5 GHz. Everyone has to work within the same FCC power limits, which include antenna gain.

    The only way you get truly reliable expanded coverage with decent throughput is with multiple APs connected via wired backhaul. There is no magic.
     
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    Yup. And improving physical placement of the device is typically more important than having the best CPU, antennas, etc.

    My wireless is doing pretty well right now with a Cisco WAP-4410N. It is older, and doesn't have 802.11ac. My primary WiFi devices are an iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus, both with AC. If my internet connection is only 22Mbps down, do you think there's room for improvement for ping and page loading time on a new device like this one from Google vs. what I have now?
     
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    Fair enough! mine is at 200Mbps... But I could also swear theres a difference for wifi to ethernet file transfer ...
     
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    I know I will never be recommending one of these. Just like with AE's. Far too limiting. Far too expensive and performance will never be top of class.

    Not to mention you'll be giving google first hand access to your network. :eek:
     
  15. ViPaDawG

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    Apple's Airport Express has been switchless for a while. I have had family who have gotten those due to a Wi-Fi only household with the only device being a PC/PS4 that is on the ethernet.

    Granted, the Express is only $99, which is easier to swallow considering Google is asking for money smack dab between AC68 and AC87 pricing.
     
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    +1

    Until someone changes the laws of physics.
     
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    Last 2 years or so, there was a WiFi router with an LCD display to prompt you. Instead of the catch-22 use of a PC for admin/setup.

    Not marketed well. It fizzled.
     
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    Am I the only one that is curious as to why they partnered with an established player vice roll their own under their Nest Brand?

    odd... but Google sometimes does curious things...
     
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    Same reason why they have ASUS build their tablets. There strength is not hardware.
     
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    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Any AC router is likely to provide improved performance.

    Does An AC Router Improve N Device Performance?
     
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