OnHub: ASUS vs. TP-LINK, what’s the difference?

OnHub TP-Link ASUS

You may have the seen the new OnHub router from Google and wondered what the difference was between the two models being marketed. This article will explain the primary differences between them.

TP-Link OnHub

The OnHub from TP-Link features a minimalist yet striking design. Google states “OnHub is designed to be out in the open, where Wi-Fi works best”. It certainly has achieved that goal, even partnering with artists, designers and makers to create stunning decorative shells for the TP-Link model.

Special Feature

The TP-Link model’s unique feature is “a front-facing antenna reflector for greater range in that direction”. What this means is that directing the front of the router (the side opposite the ports) at your desired location will result in the Wi-Fi signal there being stronger.

Asus OnHub


The Asus model has a similarly sleek, shapely design with the same stated purpose of enabling the router to be placed out in the open, as opposed to hidden under a desk as most routers are. Unlike the TP-Link model, this one comes in only one color, Slate Gray.

Special Feature

The Asus model features something you are unlikely to have ever seen before. Wave Control allows you to “boost Wi-Fi on a particular device with a wave of your hand”. By waving your hand over the top of the router, you can prioritize traffic to a pre-selected device. The wave activates Priority Device, a feature which “will reserve more bandwidth for a device of your choosing for a set amount of time. In other words, that device will have a faster connection than your other devices.”


OnHub Comparison

Overall the two models are remarkably similar. The Asus OnHub is a bit larger and lighter than the TP-Link model. It also costs $20.00 more, which some claim is worth it for the arguably better look, and Wave Control functionality. You can view more details on the TP-Link Onhub here and the Asus Onhub here.

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2 thoughts on “OnHub: ASUS vs. TP-LINK, what’s the difference?

  1. I prefer the ASUS, only drawback its available in one color. They might have shell’s to customize but not sure.

    1. The official decorative shells are designed specifically for the TP-LINK model. However, for someone not interested in extra decorations, the ASUS version does have a sleeker look.

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