Google’s insistence on cloud-based controls for its networking products has occasionally caused problems, even though it was supposed to make life easier with OnHub routers. This will now be a reason for anyone still using the OnHub to find a replacement by the end of next year, when Google’s apps stop allowing owners to change their device settings. An email was sent to users, and a support page revealed that the change is scheduled for December 19, 2022 (via Droid-Life).
When it still seemed unusual for Google and Amazon to make their own hardware, Google partnered with TP-Link and ultimately Asus to create OnHub routers that were keen to integrate seamlessly into the rest of your home. They had sleek mobile apps to simplify setup and controls, as well as a styling that integrated so people were more likely to put them in a central location, which could improve WiFi coverage.
Before December 19, 2022
Your OnHub router will continue to operate normally, but will not receive any new software features or security updates. We recommend switching to a new Wi-Fi setup today. A special discount code was emailed to OnHub users only, giving them 40% off Nest Wifi on the Google Store. This promotional code is available for a limited time. *
After December 19, 2022
Your OnHub router will still 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 such as “Hey Google, pause my Wi-Fi” will stop working.
The performance of the OnHub cannot be guaranteed.
The idea was that by adapting them to interior decorations, people would be more likely to place them in a central location, thus improving Wi-Fi coverage. They even had nifty mobile apps to control them so you didn’t have to. not digging through ugly menus, but now those apps are gone, with the settings merged into the Google Home app.
After the shutdown date, the routers will still work, but you won’t be able to adjust their settings, get updates, or really troubleshoot. For its part, Google is offering homeowners a 40% discount on a Nest Wifi unit, which should cut prices significantly right now. starts at $ 149 for a base unit alone or $ 189 for a base and an extension.
For routers that are several years old now, at least, that doesn’t sound like an unfair offer to get a replacement that we’ve called “even faster and better than before.” Still, that doesn’t change the feeling that buying one of these routers only means “owning it” as long as Google is prepared to provide support. How many of your so-called smart devices will quickly turn into bricks and electronic waste if someone flips a switch in the back?