“Wait, I have an app for that” is a phrase we’ve all heard at one time or another. And now managing the connectivity at your home is just like using an app on your smartphone.
Let me explain: Google recently announced its OnHub router with TP-LINK, taking a big step toward making the home router an attractive consumer electronic device rather than a blinking black box that we hide out of sight. With a sleek design and, of course, an interactive app, Google’s OnHub can help demystify home connectivity. It offers easy online software upgrades, just like your smartphone. More importantly, OnHub packs capabilities and connectivity options that make it much more than just a router providing Wi-Fi connectivity.
OnHub is an innovative product that aims to simplify and improve wireless connectivity in the home. Qualcomm Atheros shares that vision, and was excited to work with Google on OnHub. It uses the proven, time-tested, high-performance Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ) platform and a number of Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions. For the really tech serious, it includes the work-horse IPQ8064, two QCA9880s with 3-stream 11ac Wi-Fi (one each for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), QCA9882 single-stream 11ac Wi-Fi (for sniffing) and AR3012 for BT 4.0.
There were several reasons why IPQ and VIVE platforms are a part of OnHub:
- For starters, OEMs have to ensure that the platforms they choose provide features and flexibility to customize and run a growing range of networking applications—some of which optimize connection performance, while others enable cloud-based media, home automation or security services. IPQ packs high-performance custom-built dual-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Krait CPUs, offering large amounts of processing horsepower even under full capacity utilization, as well as a Network Subsystem engine to offload routine networking functions from the main CPU. For example, OnHub takes advantage of this processing power to prioritize devices and maximize bandwidth.
- What good would looks be without the great Wi-Fi performance? That’s where the two QCA9880s with VIVE 11ac technology shine, designed to enable speeds of up to 1.9Gbps by supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. And don’t forget the QCA8337 that brings Gigabit Ethernet capability. Our architecture also enabled Google to build multiple smart antennas into OnHub, designed to provide reliable Wi-Fi coverage in more directions throughout the home.
Because dozens—or even hundreds—of connected devices might enter our homes, Google has equipped the OnHub to speak multiple wireless languages, from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to 802.15.4. This is consistent with Qualcomm Atheros’ vision for the smart router and becomes increasingly important as various technologies come into use for home control and automation.
Delivering a product such as OnHub takes innovative thinking, hard work, and an eye for excellence. Qualcomm Atheros engineers worked with Google to develop OnHub. So, congratulations to Google and TP-LINK on a splendid launch.
Learn more about OnHub, including how to pre-order, at the OnHub site.
Qualcomm Krait is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Qualcomm Internet Processor and Qualcomm VIVE are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.