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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

Final Thoughts




The Google OnHub by TP-Link is certainly unlike any router I have tested, and I mean that in two ways. The first is its aesthetics as it's certainly nice to look at and would compliment any desktop as a functional piece of art. The second part is its hardware configuration, and by that I mean while we have seen plenty of AC1900 solutions come through we haven't seen any come through offering 14 antennas. The build quality of this router is truly superb, as all the plastics are finished and fit together quite well and in my experience very difficult to separate. The ambient light ring on this TP-Link solution is subtle, so you don't have the blinding effect and at the same time offers a bit of class to the router.



The performance of the OnHub was quite good. We achieved top throughput for gigabit in our WAN to LAN testing, and when switching over to wireless throughput, the OnHub clearly chose to put our test system on the 802.11ac network as we reached around 390 Mbps. With that said, there is no web management for this router, as everything is done within the smartphone app. With this smartphone app, the OnHub team has made it consumer friendly. So, while you don't get the typical in-depth tuning settings most routers have, you do get options for changing SSIDs, password and the like.


Adding to this, the OnHub isn't made to be tucked away into a corner with an intense amount of wires coming from it. It is made to have just three wires coming from the unit and to sit in the open to be shown off as a piece of tech artwork. Seemingly this is why the router has just a single WAN and single LAN port so users that like to have their PCs wired will need to purchase a separate switch.


Overall, in my month of testing this solution as both my home router and in our test bed, I am sold on its ability to shoot wireless signals to places that have never been touched previously. Adding to this its ease of use and comforting looks the OnHub is a solid router fit for any consumer network.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build92%
General Features94%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: Google's OnHub by TP-Link is more than just a router, it's a platform for vendors to build on. It is built from the ground up to be a simple high performance solution that is both user friendly and offer a plentiful amount of features and that is exactly what the TP-Link solution has done.

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