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Google OnHub by TP-Link AC1900 Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Nov 14, 2015 11:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Google

Google OnHub by TP-Link Wireless Router

 

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Packaging for the OnHub is rather sleek and simple. On the front of the box, we have an image of the router with very little branding apart from the OnHub logo at the top left.

 

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Specifications for the router are listed on the side of the box.

 

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Above, we have a look at the OnHub stepping back to get a full view of the packaging too.

 

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The scope of delivery is quite simple. We have the router along with two boxes one with the power adapter and the other having the Ethernet cables.

 

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Removing the external housing from the router, we have a gray internal structure.

 

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Above, we have a look the I/O of the router and as you can see its quite simple with just a USB 3.0 port and two Gigabit ports being present.

 

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Diving in slightly deeper than we normally do, I managed to get the OnHub tore down without destroying it. As you can from the image above, we have the wireless radios here towards the top with the full array of 12 inputs across the top. In the center, we have the dual-core SoC.

 

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On the opposite side, we have a heat sink covering the entire side.

 

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Looking at a few of the bits that we had to remove to tear this router down, here we have the speaker.

 

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Around the edge of the speaker, we do have a full array of antennas as seen above.

 

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Diving a little deeper into the OnHub, I removed the heat sink and took note of what each IC is on the PCB. The top houses both of the 9880 3x3 radios while below we have the 2x2 radio and the ZigBee and Bluetooth 4.0 SoC. Further down there is 1GB of DDR3 and the main dual-core CPU with a four-port gigabit switch to the right.

 

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ON the back of the PCB, 4GB of eMMC is placed next to the TPM.

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