If you've ever spent time screaming at your WiFi connection, Google just delivered some fantastic news.
Thanks to their new product dubbed OnHub, WiFi might be easier than ever. The revamped router is Google's answer to the often unreliable and and unstable WiFi connections that plague homes around the country.
"A different kind of router for a new way to Wi-Fi," Google says on their blog. "Instead of headaches and spotty connections, OnHub gives you Wi-Fi that's fast, secure, and easy to use."
The idea behind the product is brilliantly simple: Google's OnHub is essentially a "smart router," one that you can program to prioritize certain devices, one that gives you feedback on the current state of your WiFi in a language you can understand, and one that is sleek enough to be placed in the center of the room, hopefully improving the stability of your Internet connection.
With a circular antenna and an app to access the router, the $200 device could make understanding your WiFi easier, which in turn would make manipulating the service easier, too.
People have their doubts, though...
Speed and reliability are the main sells for OnHub, which boasts a "Wi-Fi at a speed of up to 1900 Mbps by supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies," according to the product page. Google even boasts that it's time to say "bye bye to buffering."
But not everyone is sold. As was pointed out by Jim Tanous, OnHub solves two main issues: router configuration and the amount of congestion on the server. Those things are important, and if all of OnHub's features work the way they are supposed to, it will probably be worth the $200. But one thing Google's OnHub can't change is your Internet service provider, which at the moment holds the most power of what your Internet looks like.
"When that YouTube video starts to buffer, or that Netflix stream freezes at the most exciting point of the movie, or your Skype call with Grandma gets all blocky and drops out, it's often due not to a consumer's home Wi-Fi network, but rather to congestion, outages, or outright traffic shaping by a consumer's ISP," Tanous wrote in a blog post for the Mac Observer.
And he might be right: OnHub and your poorly performing routers are just one piece of the Internet issue in America, a country where the Internet is incredibly expensive and annoyingly slow. Here in New York, we pay nearly double of what people in Seoul, London and Bucharest pay, yet their connection is eight times faster.