A new feature called ‘Wave Control’ will be coming for the Google Asus OnHub router that will add a bit of individuality to the WiFi-enabled gadget.
- The Asus OnHub is the second out of a series of routers developed by Google
- The router will enable ‘Wave Control’, and eventually, ‘Smart Antenna’
- The Asus OnHub has similar capabilities to the TP-Link OnHub
- The upcoming router will be released in November, for $220
There are many options out there, and this is just the second one out of a series that Google has announced for routers. The first one was manufactured by TP-Link Technologies and was launched in the summer of this year. The newest device, however, has been built in partnership with Asus, a Taiwanese company known for its PC gaming components.
The new OnHub device from Google will provide users with a few familiar capabilities, and an interesting new function. For one, the ‘Wave Control’ will be introduced. By waving above the Asus OnHub router, users will be able to boost the WiFi signal for one particular device. How that gadget will be chosen, be it tablet, phone, laptop or PC, is unclear at the moment.
It has been suggested that upon installation, users might have to select a preferred device, or at least a certain priority list. This will aid the router in knowing exactly which one of your in-home gadgets should be granted the best speed. The priority will likely be determined through the Google On app that will correspond with the router.
The app is available for both Android and iOS running devices. Those with the TP-Link OnHub router might be familiar with it.
According to Google, the new OnHub router will be Bluetooth enabled as well and will be getting support for Home Automation wireless standard. Eventually. The tech giant has noted that they will not become available directly at launch.
Additional updates will be incoming as well. A few weeks after its release to the public, the Asus OnHub will have its first firmware available for download. The company named ‘Smart Antenna’ as one of its most prominent improvements. It will essentially allow the router to make smarter decisions of the best combination of signals.
This way, it will assure that all your WiFI-enabled devices will get the proper amount to create a “faster and more reliable” connection. This will be based on their location and orientation.
The new Asus OnHub boasts a top speed of 1,3000 MBps on a 5 GHz band, or 600 MBps on a 2.4 GHz band, depending on what you have available. Much like its predecessor the TP-Link OnHub, it sports support for 1 Gigabit LAN port and a USB 3.0 port.
Now, considering it’s a dual-band AC1900 WiFi router, it remains to be seen if it will be worth the $219.99 price tag. The Asus OnHub is available for pre-order and will launch in November.
Read more about the TP-Link OnHub router here.
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