Netgear Orbi Review
The Netgear Orbi is more than just a WiFi booster. Netgear calls it “the world’s first tri-band mesh system.” This means that you can create one network, with one name, for your WiFi extender that will remain constant as you move throughout your home. Highlights include:
- 5,000 square feet of coverage
- Router and WiFi extender in one
- Easy set up
Netgear Orbi Review
If you have strong, perfect internet that seamlessly covers every room in your house, no matter how many devices are connected, how much data you’re streaming, how many people are online, and how far away you are from the router, you may not need a WiFi booster. However, chances are the above statement isn’t true. This is why you need a WiFi booster. A WiFi booster works by capturing a WiFi signal from the router and then rebroadcasting it to areas of your house where the WiFi is either slow or nonexistent. It not only provides WiFi to these dead zones but speeds up the connection in the process no matter how far you are from the router or how many people are using your WiFi. With so many options of WiFi routers out there, we’ve chosen our favorites. Among them is the Netgear Orbi High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System (RBK50), otherwise known as the Netgear Orbi.
Mesh WiFi System
The Netgear Orbi is more than just a WiFi booster, and some (but not all) refer to it as a Mesh WiFi System. Netgear calls it “the world’s first tri-band mesh system.” This means that you can create one network, with one name, for your WiFi extender that will remain constant as you move throughout your home. Not all WiFi extenders enable you to do this. In fact, many require you to create separate networks with different names and switch WiFi networks as you move throughout the house. A mesh system does not require this.
The Netgear Orbi is designed to cover up to 5,000 square feet with it’s Tri-band WiFi system. The Orbi comes with an Orbi WiFi Router and Satellite. It replaces your home router and any existing WiFi extenders you may have. In essence, it’s the whole package in one.
- Easy to set up
- Easy to use Orbi app enables you to customize your system
- Very fast speed
- Covers a long range (5,000 square feet)
- Consistent coverage
- Single SSID makes managing connections easy; you do not need to switch WiFi networks as you move throughout your house
- Units are more aesthetically pleasing than most WiFi systems
- Voice control
- More expensive than competitors
- One year warranty
- Units are larger than competitors, which some people find visually offensive
When you open your new Netgear Orbi box, you’ll find the following:
- One (1) Orbi Router (RBR50)
- One (1) Orbi Satellite (RBS50)
- One (1) 2m Ethernet cable
- Two (2) 12V/2.5A power adapters
- Quick start guide
The products stats are as follows:
|Combined WiFi speed||3,000 Mbps (1733 + 866 + 400Mbps)|
|Coverage||5,000 sq ft|
|Dedicated Backhaul||4×4 (1.7Gbps)|
|Memory||4GB flash and 512MB RAM|
|Antennas||Six (6) high-performance antennas|
|Dimensions||6.4 x 3.1 x 8.0in (Router), 6.4 x 3.1 x 8.0in (Satellite)|
|Gigabit Ethernet ports (Router)||1 WAN and 3 LAN|
|Gigabit Ethernet Port (per Satellite)||4 LAN|
|Works with Orbi OS||Yes|
|Guest WiFi network||Yes|
|Works with Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant||Yes|
Quick And Easy Set Up With Orbi App
Orbi’s app makes setting up your system a breeze. The app enables you to set up your WiFi system in minutes. Simply connect your smartphone or tablet to the router network and the app will walk you step by step through the process. Once set up, you can use the dashboard to pause the internet, set up parental controls, run speed tests, and more.
The Netgear Orbi is designed specifically to stretch Wi-Fi coverage farther than a normal router to cover as much area in and around your house as possible. The Netgear Orbi is comprised of two units, which can be thought of as a router unit and a satellite unit, each of which is a tri-band router. This means that each unit has several ethernet and USB ports as well as one 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band and two 5GHz bands. The units each serve its own purpose: one acts as a “normal” router and emits your WiFi signal and a second unit works to extend the WiFi signal.
The Orbi uses only one SSID (the WiFi connection name). This is important, as it makes setting up the multi-router WiFi booster easier. The setup is as simple as plugging the main router into your modem and turning it on and next, placing the satellite in an optimal spot in your home and turning it on. The two units will automatically find one another and synch up, and you’ll be able to log onto the router in minutes.
Orbi’s router and satellite both have three ethernet ports. You may be wondering why these are needed if the goal of the Netgear Orbi is to provide wireless connection throughout your home. The ethernet ports enable you to connect your Smart TV, gaming console, streaming player, and other devices directly to the source for even better streaming.
The Orbi has a 1-year warranty that reads “[g]oods presented for repair may be replaced by refurbished goods of the same type rather than being repaired. Refurbished or used parts may be used to repair the goods. If NETGEAR, by its sole determination, is unable to replace the defective product, it will refund the depreciated purchase price of the product.”
The Netgear Orbi is intended for large homes or spaces with multiple floors and does a good job at providing consistent, fast WiFi to all corners of your home. Additionally, it is easy to install and aesthetically pleasing. If you have a large home and want consistent WiFi access throughout, this is the best WiFi booster for you.
Forbes put it best by saying, “[the Netgear Orbi is] like a range extender on steroids. Combined, a two-unit Orbi kit delivers a 2×2 400Mbps 2.4GHz channel, a 2×2 866Mbps 5GHz channel and that third 4×4 1733Mbps 5GHz channel for a combined 3Gbps aggregate total (hence the AC3000 moniker). To say this system delivered performance would be an understatement.”
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