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Google OnHub edges into smart home territory with IFTTT support

Written by Jaivik Shah

Google’s cool OnHub router (no, really, it’s pretty neat for a router) now supports IFTTT, letting you automate just about anything connected in your home.

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IFTTT lets users create ‘recipes’ that trigger actions based on initiators. When you arrive home, your phone may connect to Wi-Fi via OnHub. From there, it can do things like turn on connect Hue lights or send a message to your roommates or significant other that you’re home.

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Of course, OnHub’s IFTTT recipes must be created manually, so there’s a bit of legwork involved.

IFTTT was always a workaround for direct automation, but it’s even more curious with OnHub. At Google I/O last year, Google announced Brillo and Weave, its own method for connecting smart devices together for this type of automation

Either Google is giving up on Brillo and Weave (which they dubbed a ‘project’ at I/O, so that wouldn’t be surprising, but I really hope not), or uptake has been slower than it likes. Either way, IFTTT is still a cool workaround, and is infinitely more useful than Brillo and Weave in today’s connected world.

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Jaivik Shah

Jaivik Shah is Editor At Large of TechOptimals, He writes about how technology is changing the way we live and work in the 21st century.
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