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Google wants to solve all of your WiFi problems with its OnHub router

Published 20/08/2015

Google wants to make fluctuating WiFi signals a thing of the past with its new router
Google wants to make fluctuating WiFi signals a thing of the past with its new router

Google has taken a further step into the WiFi market with OnHub, a wireless internet router that promises to take all the pain out of WiFi.

We've all been there - Netflix shows freezing at a crucial moment, walking around with laptop held aloft to get a better signal, and trying to decipher the meaningless symbols and flashes that most routers use to communicate.

Fortunately, Google has teamed up with TP-LINK to make a router that promises to make bad WiFi a thing of the past.

Google says that OnHub can actually provide faster internet by making the most of your existing internet service and using "smart software" to find the best connection.

The router achieves this by constantly monitoring the changing WiFi signal to find the best channel. It skips between channels on its own, constantly moving to the best one and hopefully keeping your internet fast.

You can also prioritise your devices - so if you don't want your phone, games console or internet radio slowing down the internet on your laptop, you can make sure that it's at the top.

Even the internal antenna has been redesigned - it's circular in shape, so broadcasts the WiFi signal in more directions.

It also looks alright - it's a slightly tapered cylindrical thing with a glowing light on the top that can give you information about how your internet's working.

Google hopes that it looks so good that you'll put it out in the open, rather that squirreling it away under a desk, which can harm your internet performance.

Best of all, it speaks English, telling users about its status in plain language via a mobile app, rather than forcing them to dig out the manual and find out what the blinking lights mean.

It's only going to go on sale in the US and Canada to begin with, unfortunately. But with any luck it'll find its way to the UK in due time.

Good luck getting one, though - it's already out of stock on many retailers' websites listed by Google, where it's available for preorder for $200 (around £130).

One store says it will ship on 31 August, so watch this space to see if Google's new product lives up to its big promises.

Independent

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