Google’s OnHub series routers are designed to be easy to use and attractive enough that you might not want to hide them underneath or behind furniture (which can actually improve performance since the signal won’t be obstructed).
But another thing that sets OnHub devices from Asus and TP-Link apart from most other routers is their support for automatic software updates… and the latest brings support for IFTTT (If this, then that).
The free service lets you create “recipes” that can trigger all sorts of actions, and in the case of the OnHub platform, IFTTT support sort of transforms your router into a smart home hub.
Here’s the idea: OnHub routers can connect more than a hundred of your devices to the internet at a time… and it can also keep track of which devices are connected.
Say you’ve got a smartphone that connects to your home network when it’s in range and you’ve got a smart thermostat and smart light bulbs that are always connected to the internet through your OnHub router. You can set up IFTTT recipes to recognize when your smartphone is within range and automatically send signals to turn the heat up and turn the lights on in your house when you walk in the door.
Want to know when your kid gets home from school? You can use a recipe to receive an email when their phone connects to your home network.
Have an internet-connected security camera? You can prioritize internet traffic to that camera when sound or motion is detected. There are already a bunch of recipes at ifttt.com/OnHub, but you can also create your own.
Or if you have a smart lock, it can detect when you leave home and automatically lock your doors.