Google OnHub router to join Google dead product list next December

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Ron amadeo

If you’re still using a Google OnHub router, Google wants you to know you’re nearing the end of the line. According to Android Police, the company emailed OnHub owners to let them know that support for the router will end on December 19, 2022. The router will still operate at a baseline after that date, but advanced services and router configuration will not work. will no longer be available through Google apps and you will no longer receive security updates.

In the email it sends to OnHub users, Google is also offering 40% discounts on Nest Wifi hardware for people who want to replace their OnHub with another Google router.

OnHub has always been a bit of an outlier in Google’s hardware lineup; it shipped with poor performance and was never very flexible or configurable, and it was replaced by Google Wifi (now Nest Wifi) just a year after its launch. Early OnHub adapters could still integrate the old router into their modern Google or Nest Wifi setups as a router or satellite, but that feature will likely go away when Google stops supporting support in a year from now.

One of the downsides of network hardware that requires you to create an account or use an app to administer it is that Google can take an aging but perfectly functioning router and disable a lot of its functionality. While most advanced mesh routers move in this direction, offerings from Asus, Netgear, Linksys and others retain at least some sort of web-based administration interface so that you can continue to manage configuration tasks. basis if these companies discontinue support or cease to exist. Mesh systems like Google-owned Nest and Amazon-owned Eero offer simple setup, affordable prices, and overall ease of use that these more advanced products can’t always match, but the downside is that your router manufacturer may decide that it is time for you to get a new router whether you are having issues with the old one or not.

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