Keep up with the advancing world of Wi-Fi. This TP-LINK Google OnHub router connects to over 100 devices at the same time, learns what bandwidth each device or task requires, and automatically upgrades to the latest features and security settings, for a far-reaching, high-performing home network.
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Browse the web, play games online, and stream media at the same time with data speeds of up to 1900 Mbps on a dual-band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz frequency.
Boost Internet speeds for different tasks. With concentrated signals sent to each of your devices, your connection becomes even more efficient.
The OnHub can learn and improve. It updates its software and security, switches to the least crowded Wi-Fi channel every 5 minutes, and regularly scans the environment to take your network performance to the next level.
13 high performance antennas
Intensify your network signal. Take advantage of omnidirectional wireless coverage throughout the house with 13 Wi-Fi antennas in an innovative circular design.
Google On app
Set up your router, see which devices are using your signal, and get help if there’s trouble with your connection. Plus, you can easily create and manage guest networks. Download for iOS and Android devices.
Built-in Ethernet and USB connections
Support your wired network or share and print wirelessly. Get faster HD media, online gaming, and more with 1 Gigabit LAN port, 1 Gigabit WAN port, and 1 USB 3.0 port.
For initial setup with the Google On mobile app, you’ll need a device with Android 4.0 or higher or iOS 7 or higher.
Posted by: sitrucnoj from: DC on
Looks great, super easy to setup and manage, and impressive performance. This router would NOT be a good pick for someone who needs advanced features (VPN, Dynamic DNS, USB printer/drive sharing, etc) or who wants to manually tweak every little setting... but for people who just want to plug it in and have it work, and work really well (which I suspect is the majority of users) this is a great pick.
41 out of 46 found this review helpful.
What a surprise
Posted by: Rarereviewer from: on
Replaced my Airport Extreme with this and I cannot believe how good this product is. Just so you know I do not mess with many router settings because I don't have to. This has EVERYTHING I NEED. It's signal and range are a significant improvement over any other router (Apple, Netgear, Linksys, etc.) in my large 2-story home. Setup didn't exist because it pretty much set itself up. I love being able to send more bandwidth to one device. And I don't think I mentioned that I have 22 devices on my network. That includes: a desktop iMac, MacBook laptop, 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, 2 apple TV's, a Ring video doorbell, 3 WeMo insight switches, 3 Nest thermostats...and more. Everything works GREAT....Everywhere! And it's a beautiful-looking cylinder! So if you're a geek and really need something more complicated..think twice. But if you're a normal tech user who appreciates a router that's fast, easy, and cool-looking, the OnHub absolutely nails it. BTW this is the first review I've ever written for a router..and I've had 7-8 of them.
33 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Google's attack on the ISP
Posted by: koop from: on
I think it's safe to say that most people have ISP routers. Those guys milk you for $8 or $12 monthly rental fees on cheap equipment from obscure companies.
That's still a lot better than buying a supposedly superior router than not knowing what you're doing. A thing that requires nothing of you other than an angry phone call to Time Warner is better than a nice thing that requires you to be the support admin of your own network.
This router is for you. So painfully easy to setup. So painfully easy to run it. It has a giant glowing ring where the teal color (lets just say green) basically means "you're good bro". If it has any other color, just open the app on your phone and it'll tell you all the happenings. The hardest thing I had to do was unplug my modem and plug it back in to satisfy Mr Onhubberd.
The app has mostly Ok information. It doesn't let you edit your devices on your network, or set up actual traffic shaping. No security features to really speak of outside of wireless protection. You can't separate SSIDs to force a 5ghz connection to actually benchmark the device.
Did all of that sound english to you? then you might want a different router. If I just spoke gibberish above, then you're perfectly fine for this router.
I will say, compared to some popular routers out there, the lack of feature bloat sped up my internet considerably over popular alternatives with Firewalls and features galore. This router is a very snappy internet machine.
Will Google steal your information with this router? Not quite. It's $200 and not a free internet service. Google is attacking bottlenecks where they can. Google Fiber, Google Project Fi, Google Public DNS. They just want you having a better shot of accessing their services that actually does collect information for adverts. I'm not a sky is falling consumer here. Google makes great stuff and they're not forcing your hand in anything.
Same goes for the Onhub.
25 out of 26 found this review helpful.
No more internet problems.
Posted by: Roger6383 from: on
This router does exactly what it says it does. I pay for the 75 Mbps Internet from my cable provider, but hardly ever receive it, but with this router, I get max speeds at all times. I use iTunes constantly for my movies, and with this router, the picture quality is crystal clear and no buffering. I also have a 4K television, and when I stream Netflix in 4K, the picture is as crystal clear as it was with my previous router when I had the TV hard wired. This is the best router on the market, and I highly recommend it.
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Works well for me...
Posted by: ILIKETECH from: on
Before I get into my review, I'll briefly describe my living situation as it relates to this device.
I live in an apartment complex with 96 3 story units on the second floor. These apartments are mostly drywall walls and I live in a 3 bedroom unit with a wife and two daughters that all use WiFi daily.
Previously, the issues I'd been having is getting a strong, fast connection in my bedroom on my MacBook (2009 model). Tablets had a hard time maintaining a connection as well as my XBOX. I had to strategically place my XBOX near the side of the room closest to the router by the bedroom door to get at least half of a signal. My bedroom is located down a 15 foot hallway toward the rear of the apartment. My daughter's room is across from mines but the router in the living room has a visual line of sight to her computer whereas my room is around a corner and across from hers.
This router works well in my current living situation. It's really easy to setup and to add devices. The app on my iPhone 6Plus works seamlessly and provides instant information about upload and download speeds as well as how many devices are connected. You can even prioritize what device you want to receive the most bandwidth and for what duration you want for that device to receive it. You also use the app to increase the brightness of the light on the router.
It takes up very little space and it looks like a sort of modern art decoration. For the price, it a very capable and versatile device. I highly recommend it.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Awesome Router from Google!
Posted by: RodBriggs from: on
I read many articles leading up to the release of this router as it's from Google, and when I received it last week, it certainly didn't disappoint. It took me about 10 minutes to set it up (most of the time was spent downloading and updating the app on my iPhone) and the throughput is amazing! I've had issues with coverage upstairs in our home with the router set up in the opposite corner of the basement, but this covers it with ease and have had zero dropouts since this was installed. Some of the advanced features aren't available such as guest networks, IP and MAC address filtering, and ability to change the type of security (WPA2 Personal is the only option), but this is an awesome router and you will not have buyers remorse!
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Fixed all of my Wifi Issues
Posted by: mmnc from: on
I'm paying for 25 Mbps from the cable company (they upped our speeds to 100+Mbps) but with a Motorola SBG6580 router / modem combo we were getting anywhere from 3 Mbps to 20 Mbps given the time of day / location. Decided to give the Google OnHub a try and found it to be worth the $200! Setup is really easy - the hardest part was setting the gateway into bridge mode (shuts off the wifi portion of the modem/router combo, not a necessary step if you just have a broadband modem). After that I fired up the OnHub app and it took over. We now get the 100 Mbps we were promised by the cable company and there is consistently good signals throughout the entire house (1700 sqft). Heck, the signal reaches a few houses down the street. I also love being able to manage and monitor the router from the OnHub app. In there you can see which devices are connected and even prioritize bandwidth (watching Netflix? You can make your set-top box the priority).
14 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Clever channel optimization and good signal.
Posted by: rkd3 from: on
Originally I had the newest Airport Express, which worked adequately until I moved to Brooklyn. Now I'm sandwiched between 20 other apartments and a coffee shop in an apartment with brick walls. This means a lot of the wifi channels are being used and the signal couldn't get far with the Apple router (even the high channel 5ghz). I have 100mbps internet and I was getting about half that around most of my apartment. I had my doubts about this router being able to intelligently navigate around the brick walls in such a high traffic area, but so far it's doing an amazing job. In the bedroom where I was getting ~60mbps down, I'm now getting 115. Even on my non-AC devices it's getting a strong signal and high speeds. Whatever algorithm Google is using seems to be working. The app is also very straightforward and easy to use. Sure, you lose some advanced features for now, but I just wanted solid, low-maintenance wifi through my apartment...and this delivers. I'm also big into home automation...and this device has the potential to unlock really cool features down the road.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
talk about a hole in one
Posted by: coffeedad from: on
While many of the reviews on this website glow about this product, various online channels have called it "great" but almost always attach a caveat, most often is the "not for power-users", which troubled me, especially when the device is at an MSRP of $199.99. What I've found is a router that not only outperforms most in it's class but goes above and beyond on the back-end that eliminates the need to have "power-user" abilities because it automates most of those functions. It would seem that websites like CNET just either don't get the OnHub or are collectively afraid of it & the future it presents. The strength of the WiFi in this device is always testing itself against other networks in your area finding the best possible way to connect to various devices and, in my experience, has eliminated the need for me to hardwire any device in my household hence the 1 LAN port (I was initially worried about this myself but the OnHub works in such a way that makes LAN almost pointless, this is the future). The necessary App works beautifully & actually let's you easily track all bandwidth which can be helpful for those with a bandwidth cap. It's also just plain fun to view bandwidth-usage in real-time and name all the devices on your network. All in all, the OnHub reminds me a lot of Apple, circa 2007. It was clearly the brightest consumer computer experience in the market, early adopters were having a blast but the old guard were holding onto Windows with bear-claws. The future of this device obviously depends on Google & their ability to market/sell the device as well as their dedication to supporting it through updates but if you are looking for a router that will work flawlessly with various devices in your home, old or new, and/or are living with heavy internet-users, this is definitely an option you should look into. Easily the best router I've ever owned. Now, time to brew some coffee.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
One Big Step for Routers
Posted by: AndrewS_BBYSTAFF16 from: Kokomo, IN on
If you've read professional reviews for the OnHub online, do your best to ignore them. Some reviews stuck on the fact that this only has one Ethernet port, or that it doesn't offer a web interface yet. These are non-issues for most users, but the reviewers cared about them because they tend to be tech enthusiasts. Nine out of ten users won't notice or miss these features. What they will notice is the huge coverage area and stable connection offered by the OnHub. They'll enjoy that it takes all of ten minutes to set it up, and that includes the first software upgrade.
This router fixes most of the issues that make getting online a hassle for the average person. This is the kind of router that my Mom could set up on her own. It's that simple. After you set it up, it just works. And even power user will appreciate that you can power cycle the router from the app. If you have the money to put towards the OnHub, it is well worth it's price tag for an experience that pushes router hardware and software into the future.