This undated photo provided by Google shows Google’s Wi-Fi router. Pre-orders for the $199 wireless router, called OnHub, can be made Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 at Google’s online store, Amazon.com and Walmart.com.  (Collin Hughes/Courtesy of Google via AP)

Benny Evangelista, SAN FRANCISCO GATE

 
(SFGate.com) — Most people don’t think about their home Wi-Fi router unless they are (A) installing it, or (B) undergoing severe digital withdrawal because the Internet is down and they need to hit reset.

But Google wants you to think about its new OnHub home Wi-Fi router all the time. The Mountain View tech giant designed OnHub to be proudly displayed out in the open next to your kid’s photos, not hidden in a dark, dusty spot under a desk.

Is that a reason to spend $199 on an OnHub, which goes on sale online Monday, if you don’t need a new router? Probably not. But if you are looking to upgrade a worn-out device, Google’s first entry into the router race is a compelling choice.

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