Google Gets into the Router Business


New OnHub wireless router will offers some innovative features for improving performance.

Google has entered the market for home networking hardware with the announcement of a new wireless router and smartphone hub, which the company calls “a different kind of router for a new way to Wi-Fi.”

The OnHub router, which is manufactured in partnership with router vendor TP-LINK, comes with several innovations that Google says will improve security and performance. The router is designed to “… search the airwaves and select the best channel for the fastest connection.” The device automatically adjusts to avoid interference, thereby improving performance.

Automatic updates will install patches and add new features as they become available. Google has said it won't use the new router to monitor user activity, other than the behavior it is monitoring anyway through Google search and other online services. The list price for the OnHub router is $199.99, and the device will be available through the Google Store, Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers.


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