iFixit disassembled the Google Router – OnHub (gallery)
Router costing $200 usd is not unheard of, but most devices in this price range have multiple functions and powerful antennas. Google’s OnHub is more modest device that looks good and comes with a limited number of easy to use features.
OnHub will change over time through software updates, which means that probably there are some interesting inside (hidden functions) things. As usual, iFixit has taken up the task to disassemble the device and see what’s inside.
To begin disassemble of OnHub requires detachment of the top lid, and then remove several standard screws. The speakers of OnHub can be removed easily from the top cover. This component is currently only used to pair mobile devices with ultrasonic tone.
At the top of OnHub are its 13 Wi-Fi antennas. Six of them work at 5GHz, another six of 2.4GHz, and perform a monitoring function and is used when the router switches to different channels when necessary. All 13 antennas are connected to the top of the motherboard through short cables to be easily removed. There are two antennas in the form of diamonds on the plastic side panels.
In the motherboard from iFixit have identified a dual-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.4 GHz (IPQ8064), 4 GB of storage memory and (4 Gb) RAM. There is and ZigBee 802.15.4 co-processor plus the Bluetooth radio of the bottom.
OnHub gets 4 out of 10 points from iFixit for easy repair, with 10 being the best rating and 1 the worst. This is a good router, but many of its components are custom made and there is no documentation of repairs available. So don’t try to disassemble it by yourself.http://gizbrain.com/2015/09/20/ifixit-disassembled-the-google-router-onhub-gallery/https://i1.wp.com/gizbrain.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/iFixit-Google-OnHub1.jpg?fit=640%2C439https://i1.wp.com/gizbrain.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/iFixit-Google-OnHub1.jpg?fit=190%2C150GOOGLETECH NEWSGoogle,iFixitRouter costing $200 usd is not unheard of, but most devices in this price range have multiple functions and powerful antennas. Google's OnHub is more modest device that looks good and comes with a limited number of easy to use features. OnHub will change over time through software updates, which...John GreenJohn GreenJohngreen@gizbrain.comContributorJohn Green is a writer at GizBrain.GizBrain - Your Tech Brain