Google Inc. launched a Wi-Fi router , the latest move in the company’s efforts to get ready for the connected home and draw more users to its services.
The cylinder-shaped router, named OnHub, can be pre-ordered for $199.99 (roughly Rs. 13,000) at online retailers including the Google Store, Amazon Inc and Walmart.com.
The router comes with in-built antennas that will scan the airwaves to spot the fastest connection, Google said in a blog post.
With the router, users will be able to prioritise a device so that they can get the fastest Internet speeds for data-heavy activities such as downloading content or streaming a movie.
The router can be hooked up with Google’s On app, available on Android and iOS, to run network checks and keep track of bandwidth use among other things.
The router is being manufactured by network company TP-LINK, Google said, hinting that ASUS could be the second manufacturing partner for the product.
Making products for the smart home is one such venture.
Google last year bought Nest, a smart thermostat maker, for $3.2 billion (roughly Rs. 20,922 crores), aiming to lead the way on how household devices link to each other and to electricity grids.
The global market for “Internet of Things”, the concept of connecting household devices to the Internet, will nearly triple to $1.7 trillion by 2020, research firm International Data Corp said in June.
It also aims to expand the reach of the Internet through Project Loon, under which it is floating balloons 20 kilometres above the Earth’s surface to beam Internet connection to rural and remote areas.