Saying that Google has its own routers is a no-brainer. The company currently sells Google WiFi and Nest WiFi, but this has not always been the case. In fact, these are not the first routers the company produces, but before there were others, the OnHub, which were developed by Google together with TP-Link and ASUS.
We have to go back to 2015, to August and October to be precise. That’s when Google announced its first routers, the OnHub. The purpose of these devices was, like the Nest models, make it easier for the user to set up and manage a home network. Now these models are a thing of the past, as the company has announced the support runs out.
No OnHub, now everything is Nest WiFi
As reported by Google to the users of these routers (that is all said, they were not sold worldwide), as of December 19, 2022 they will no longer receive support. It does not mean that the router will stop working, but it will stop updating and being able to be configured via the app.
On the support page, Google offers the following information:
Before December 19, 2022: tYour OnHub router will continue to function normally, but you will not receive new software features or security updates. We recommend that you upgrade to a new Wi-Fi setting today. A special discount code has been emailed only to OnHub users, for a 40% discount on Nest Wifi in the Google store. This promo code is available for a limited time.
And what will happen from December 19? Again, quoting Google:
As of December 19: your OnHub router will continue to provide a Wi-Fi signal, but you will no longer be able to manage it with the Google Home app. You won’t be able to update things like Wi-Fi network settings, add additional Wi-Fi devices, or run speed tests. Google Assistant features like “Hey Google, pause my Wi-Fi” will stop working. OnHub performance cannot be guaranteed.
Thus, those users who have an OnHub router they will lose virtually all management options. The router will continue to work normally, while it will continue to offer a signal, but from Google they do not get wet and they say that the performance of the router cannot be guaranteed. Routers that, without being the most modern, were quite capable. For example, they offered speeds of up to 1,900 Mbps.
What alternatives does Google propose? Go to the Nest WiFi with a discount of 40%, of course. This solution can be single (router) or multiple (router and access point), having the possibility to create a red WiFi Mesh of up to 350 square meters, according to Google. The access points also double as smart speakers.