Google wants to spruce up your OnHub router with these designer shells

By Shawn Knight
Dec 9, 2015
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  1. Google's OnHub router was already an attractive piece of hardware (comparatively speaking, of course). Now, the search giant is inviting owners of its router to spruce up the device with the launch of interchangeable shells now on sale in the Google Store.

    Google is currently offering three different shells for the TP-Link router. From what I gather, the only difference between each shell is the aesthetics / finish. The black and silver shell as well as the white and gold model retail for $29 each and are available as of writing. The bamboo finish shell (my personal favorite) is listed as coming soon with a price of $39.

    In the event none of these shells interest you, Google encourages you to design your own. The company has launched OnHub Makers, an online gallery showcasing what some of the world's most creative minds came up with when given a shell to customize.

    Should you decide to craft your own, a good starting place may be the Maker Packet which includes instructions on how to download the 3D files needed to print your own.

    The search giant unveiled its first OnHub device this past August before revealing a second model with a slightly different design from Asus in October. Both devices feature a more modern, cylindrical-shaped design that's meant to be put right out in the open versus hidden behind furniture or your television (thus degrading its signal).

    Pricing starts at $199.99 for the OnHub from TP-Link.

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  2. 3volv3d

    3volv3d TS Booster Posts: 121   +49

    I do understand the idea, looks better than your standard router.

    But looking at them have they tested to see at what point the amount of paper, both in and around them, start to cause lag or connection issues.

    I can see someone putting one of them small office basketball hoops above one, they look good for a little aim practice.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,510   +674

    Wow .... talk about taking dead aim at your "disposable income" .... sheeeezzeeeeeee
    ikesmasher likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    I agree with you. It's for people with nothing better to waste money on. The funny thing is, they'll probably sell quite well.
  5. Danster1616

    Danster1616 TS Rookie

    I could see Starbucks making one to look like a Grande cup for in the store. It will help disguise the free Wifi.

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