The ASUS OnHub was tested using our V8 Wireless test process. Through the special controls Google provided, I was able to set the OnHub to Channel 6 and 20 MHz bandwidth mode for 2.4 GHz and Channel 153 and 80 MHz bandwidth mode for 5 GHz. The test client was connected using WPA2/AES encryption.
As before, OnHub was centered on the test chamber turntable, with the front of the router facing the chamber antennas for the 0° position. This time the outer cover was left on during testing.
ASUS OnHub in chamber
The retest Benchmark Summary below compares the average of throughput measurements made in all test locations from the retest (left) and original (right) tests. There wasn't much change in average throughput for either band. The ASUS shows higher values for all benchmarks.
TP-LINK Google OnHub Retest Benchmark Summary
For the throughput vs. attenuation profile comparison, I plotted the two OnHubs vs. the top-ranked NETGEAR R7000.
In 2.4 GHz downlink the ASUS starts out higher than the NETGEAR, but starts falling off almost immediately, bringing its curve below the R7000's. The ASUS, however, stays above the TP-LINK OnHub for the entire tested range, and disconnects much later at 63 dB attenuation vs. 54 dB.
2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation
The 2.4 GHz uplink plot shows the ASUS OnHub's throughput exceeding the NETGEAR's. But this time, the ASUS stays above the NETGEAR until their plots cross at 33 dB attenuation. Both it and the NETGEAR disconnect and don't run the 63 dB test.
2.4 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation
The 5 GHz downlink test summary leaves no question as to the positions of each product. The ASUS OnHub tracks between the NETGEAR and TP-LINK. It also disconnects 3 dB earlier than them, too.
5 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation
The 5 GHz uplink plot shows the ASUS tracking much more closely to the NETGEAR, except for the first three test points. The ASUS still disconnects 3 dB earlier than both other products.
5 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation
The Router Ranker has the ASUS OnHub tied with the Tenda AC15 at #8, four places above the TP-LINK OnHub, which sits in a last-place #12 rank. The Ranker Performance Summary comparison of the three plotted routers shows the sub-rank details. The ASUS OnHub beats the NETGEAR only in 2.4 GHz Maximum throughput, but bests the TP-LINK OnHub in all sub-rankings except Maximum simultaneous connections.
Router Ranking Performance Summary
So if you've been considering an OnHub, but were holding off until ASUS' version came out, wait no more. If you don't mind spending an extra $20 and paying top-dollar for an AC1900 class router and getting a very feature-limited router with one Gigabit LAN port, go ahead and pull the trigger on an ASUS SRT-AC1900 OnHub.