Google Rolls Out OnHub Router, Powered By Gentoo Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Google on 18 August 2015 at 05:14 PM EDT. 51 Comments
GOOGLE --
For those that didn't hear yet, Google announced another hardware product today -- a WiFi router called the OnHub.

Google's OnHub is a WiFi router that also has home automation support for their Nest products as well as support for devices using the Zigbee, ZWave, and Thread protocols. OnHub is designed to be easy to setup via a mobile app, its firmware is self-updating, and is optimized for today's (largely streaming) web needs.


The OnHub router is manufactured by TP-LINK. Inside the device is a Qualcomm IPQ8064 SoC with 1GB of DDR3L RAM and a total of thirteen 802.11 b/g/n WiFi antennas. Six of the antennas are for 2.4GHz, another six are for 5GHz, and the 13th channel is for dealing with congestion issues.

The OnHub device makes use of Gentoo Linux for its operating system, rather than any of the other router-focused Linux distributions or Android for that matter. The OnHub is available for pre-order now and will set you back $200 USD. Those interested in learning more about Google's WiFi router can visit on.google.com.
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