Google OnHub

Google OnHub[1] is a residential wireless router product from Google, Inc. The two variants are manufactured by TP-Link[2] and ASUS.[3] Google's official tagline for the product is, "We’re streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle. Meet OnHub, a router from Google that is built for all the ways you use Wi-Fi." In 2016, Google released the Google Wifi router with mesh networking, and combined its functionality and network administration with the OnHub so that OnHub and Google Wifi may both be used interchangeably in mesh networks.

Google touts the OnHub router as "easy to use and ready for the future" for its intuitive interface. According to OnHub specifications, both OnHub models are "Weave Ready" and "Bluetooth Smart Ready".[4] The future enablement of these network protocols are possible as OnHub routers have a IEEE 802.15.4 radio antenna and a Bluetooth antenna. However, as of early 2018, the Bluetooth and 802.15.4 functionality have not been enabled.[5]

OnHub routers have a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, and 4GB flash storage. Like Google Wifi, the OnHub creates a single SSID for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands to simplify the Wi-Fi experience for the end user. The OnHub will automatically steer devices to connect to the band with the best connection.

OnHub
TP-Link and Asus versions of the OnHub router.

Product comparison

ASUS [3] TP-Link [2]
Retail Price $219.99 $199.99
Size 7.94in x 5.03in x 5.20in 7.5in x 4.1in x 4.6in
Weight 1.66 lb 1.9 lb
Colors Slate Gray Blue or Black
Connectivity AC1900 AC1900
Wireless Support IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Wireless Dual concurrent 3x3 with Smart Antenna Dual concurrent 3x3 with Smart Antenna
Wireless Security WPA2-PSK WPA2-PSK
WAN Port 1x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s 1x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s
LAN Port 1x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s 1x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s
Ethernet Switch QCA8337 Gigabit sw QCA8337 Gigabit sw

The OnHub router from TP-Link is available in black or blue. The TP-Link router also has a removable exterior shell that is interchangeable other color options to help the OnHub aesthetically fit in various environments.[1] The OnHub router from ASUS is available in Slate Gray. There are also non-aesthetic features unique to each model. The TP-Link model features a "specialized reflector" for an internal antenna that can be adjusted to extend Wi-Fi range on the 2.4GHz band in one direction. The ASUS model has a "Wave Control" feature that allows users to prioritize a specific device on Wi-Fi by waving a hand over a light sensor on the top.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "OnHub". OnHub.
  2. ^ a b "OnHub Router TGR1900".
  3. ^ a b "OnHub SRT-AC1900".
  4. ^ "Google Wifi More Information". Tech Specs. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  5. ^ "Google Wifi Help". Bluetooth and 802.15.4. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
Google Wifi (router)

Google Wifi is a mesh-capable wireless router developed by Google. It was announced on October 4, 2016, and released in the United States on December 5, 2016. Further international rollout followed with the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Philippines.

Google Wifi aims to provide enhanced Wi-Fi coverage through the setup of multiple Wifi devices in a home. Wifi automatically switches between access points depending on signal strength. Wifi can be purchased as a single unit or in a multi-pack. Wifi features 802.11ac connectivity with 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels, 2x2 antennas, and support for beamforming. It has two gigabit Ethernet ports, and contains a quad-core processor with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB flash memory. Wi-Fi access can be controlled through a companion mobile app.

Google Wifi received mostly positive reviews. It was significantly praised for its design, setup process and performance, but received criticism for lacking a website interface and for lack of proper customization features for advanced users.

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Mesh networking

A mesh network (or simply meshnet) is a local network topology in which the infrastructure nodes (i.e. bridges, switches and other infrastructure devices) connect directly, dynamically and non-hierarchically to as many other nodes as possible and cooperate with one another to efficiently route data from/to clients. This lack of dependency on one node allows for every node to participate in the relay of information. Mesh networks dynamically self-organize and self-configure, which can reduce installation overhead. The ability to self-configure enables dynamic distribution of workloads, particularly in the event that a few nodes should fail. This in turn contributes to fault-tolerance and reduced maintenance costs.

Mesh topology may be contrasted with conventional star/tree local network topologies in which the bridges/switches are directly linked to only a small subset of other bridges/switches, and the links between these infrastructure neighbours are hierarchical. While star-and-tree topologies are very well established, highly standardized and vendor-neutral, vendors of mesh network devices have not yet all agreed on common standards, and interoperability between devices from different vendors is not yet assured.

Wireless ad hoc network

A wireless ad hoc network (WANET) or MANET (Mobile ad hoc network) is a decentralised type of wireless network. The network is ad hoc because it does not rely on a pre-existing infrastructure, such as routers in wired networks or access points in managed (infrastructure) wireless networks. Instead, each node participates in routing by forwarding data for other nodes, so the determination of which nodes forward data is made dynamically on the basis of network connectivity and the routing algorithm in use.

In the Windows operating system, ad-hoc is a communication mode (setting) that allows computers to directly communicate with each other without a router.

Wireless mobile ad hoc networks are self-configuring, dynamic networks in which nodes are free to move. Wireless networks lack the complexities of infrastructure setup and administration, enabling devices to create and join networks "on the fly" – anywhere, anytime.

Wireless mesh network

A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a communications network made up of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology. It is also a form of wireless ad hoc network.A mesh refers to rich interconnection among devices or nodes. Wireless mesh networks often consist of mesh clients, mesh routers and gateways. Mobility of nodes is less frequent. If nodes constantly or frequently move, the mesh spends more time updating routes than delivering data. In a wireless mesh network, topology tends to be more static, so that routes

computation can converge and delivery of data to their destinations can occur. Hence, this is

a low-mobility centralized form of wireless ad hoc network. Also, because it sometimes

relies on static nodes to act as gateways, it is not a truly all-wireless ad hoc network.

Mesh clients are often laptops, cell phones, and other wireless devices. Mesh routers forward traffic to and from the gateways, which may, but need not, be connected to the Internet. The coverage area of all radio nodes working as a single network is sometimes called a mesh cloud. Access to this mesh cloud depends on the radio nodes working together to create a radio network. A mesh network is reliable and offers redundancy. When one node can no longer operate, the rest of the nodes can still communicate with each other, directly or through one or more intermediate nodes. Wireless mesh networks can self form and self heal. Wireless mesh networks work with different wireless technologies including 802.11, 802.15, 802.16, cellular technologies and need not be restricted to any one technology or protocol. See also mesh networking.

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