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October 27, 2015

Google’s new ASUS OnHub router can be sped up with the wave of a hand

by John_A

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It was just two months ago that Google debuted the first OnHub Wi-Fi router made in partnership with TP-LINK, and now the Mountain View company is introducing yet another one. Boasting faster Wi-Fi speeds, an easy set-up process and simple management with the Google On application, this new ASUS-made router aims to bring some notable improvements to the table over the first device.

The ASUS OnHub does everything the TP-LINK router can do, only with a slightly altered design and one handy new feature called Wave Control. This will allow you to wave your hand over the router to boost the Wi-Fi speed for a particular device. Pretty cool, right?

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Just because there’s a new addition to the OnHub family, that doesn’t mean Google is forgetting about the first device. In the coming week, Google is rolling out the TP-LINK OnHub’s first software update which will bring several performance improvements, including a new “smart antenna algorithm.” What does that mean? Basically, whether you’re on a smartphone in the kitchen or on your laptop in the living room, OnHub will be able to intelligently select the best combination of antennas to direct to your Wi-Fi devices, based on their location and orientation. If you already have the TP-LINK OnHub, it will receive the update automatically when your network is quiet so it won’t interrupt your connection.

For those who aren’t familiar, Google has released a new promotional video for the OnHub, which you can find attached below:

You’ll be able to pre-order the new ASUS OnHub starting this week from various retailers for $219.99 in a Slate Gray color option. As of now, pre-orders are live on Amazon and Newegg, with pre-orders going live later this week through the Google Store, Best Buy, Walmart and Micro Center in the United States. If you’re interested, be sure to head to the link below to order your new router!

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