Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Google OnHub - initial impressions

My Google OnHub was delivered this past weekend. Here's my initial thoughts:

  • Packaging was very nicely done. Hardware these days comes in some really beautiful boxes that are well designed. I'd rate packaging 10/10.
  • There are no instructions in the box. None. It was pretty intuitive to get it out of the box and figure out what to do, but I did hear from a friend that he wasn't sure how to get the outer shell off. He didn't want to break it by pulling or twisting the wrong way.
  • Initial setup using an iPhone 6 with iOS 9 beta failed. After connecting to the setup Wifi network, the Google On app would never find the OnHub. I worked on this for about 45 minutes before giving up and trying the setup on an iOS 8 device. Setup worked perfectly.
  • Once I figured the whole iOS 9 thing out, setup was so simple. Great job on making it painless!
  • Wifi signal strength in our house has had a major upgrade. Corners of the house that were always very weak signal now have full strength connections.
  • Throughput for both wireless and wired clients test out with speeds matching our service from Comcast.
I also like that I do not have to be connected to the local network in order to manage the OnHub. So, when someone at home can't connect, I can open the OnHub app anywhere I am and manage the network (so long as my home Internet connection is up). That's pretty cool!

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