|Wireless Type||802.11bgn, 802.11a/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency|
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NETGEAR Orbi Tri-band Whole Home Mesh WiFi System with 3Gbps Speed (RBK50) – Router & Extender Replacement Covers Up to 5,000 sq. ft., 2-Pack Includes 1 Router & 1 Satellite White
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- No more dead zones: Whole home mesh WiFi coverage of up to 5,000 sq. ft. and 25+ devices. Mesh technology helps you stay connected as you roam around your home using a single network name. Extend coverage up to 2,500 square feet with additional satellites.(sold separately).
- Tri-band backhaul: A dedicated band between your Orbi router and satellite frees up the other two bands for maximum speed to your devices.
- Works with all internet providers: replace your existing wifi router and extender (separate modem or gateway required). Compatible with any internet provider including cable, satellite, fiber, DSL, and more.
- Wired Ethernet port & fast wireless speed: 1 Gigabit Ethernet port and AC3000 WiFi powers up to 3Gbps of streaming HD video, gaming, or Internet surfing and downloads.
- Parental controls: Pause device internet access, view site history usage, and filter websites for free. Set online time limits, schedule device internet access and more for Dollar 4.99/month. (1st month free trial)
- Advanced cyber threat protection: NETGEAR Armor (powered by BitDefender) is network wide anti virus, anti malware, fraud/phishing/ransomware security on an unlimited # of devices for a 30 day free trial ($69.99/year)
- Safe, secure & loaded with advanced technology: Designed with MU-MIMO, Smart Connect for one WiFi name, and beamforming technologies. Supports WPA2 wireless security protocols. Includes Guest WiFi access, DoS, Firewall, VPN, and more
- Easy to set-up and manage: Set up WiFi in minutes with the Orbi app, manage WiFi settings, test and monitor speed.
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Tri-band WiFi Maximizes Speed
An additional third band dedicated to your Orbi router and satellite frees up the other two bands for maximum speed to your devices
Seamless Roaming Everywhere
Stay connected as you roam around home using a single network name.
High Performance WiFi
Performance WiFi lets you stream HD movies to multiple devices and enjoy lag-free online gaming while still using all of your connected devices at the same time.
Advanced Threat Protection & Smart Parental Controls
Built-in NETGEAR Armor multi-layer security software protects all your connected devices with anti-virus, anti-malware, and data theft protection. Plus, parental controls let you easily pause the Internet, set time schedules and filter websites on your kids’ connected devices.
Works with any Internet Service Provider Plan up to 500Mbps
Gigabit port on router gives you a fast wired connection to your computer, game box, TV or other high-speed device.
Easy to Setup and Manage
With the Orbi app, you can set up your WiFi in minutes, customize your settings, test/monitor your WiFi speed and control your WiFi anytime, anywhere.
|Configuration||1 Router + 2 Satellites||1 Router + 2 Wall Plug Satellites||1 Router + 2 Wall Plug Satellites||1 Router + 1 Satellite with Built-in Speaker||1 Router + 1 Satellite||1 Router + 1 Satellite|
|WiFi Speed||WiFi 5 - AC2200 (Up to 2.2 Gbps)||WiFi 5 - AC2200 (Up to 2.2 Gbps)||WiFi 5 - AC2200 (Up to 2.2 Gbps)||WiFi 5 - AC3000 (Up to 3 Gbps)||WiFi 6 - AX4200 (Up to 4.2 Gbps)||WiFi 6 - AX6000 (Up to 6 Gbps)|
|WiFi Coverage||Up to 6,000 sq. ft.||Up to 5,000 sq. ft.||Up to 5,000 sq. ft.||Up to 4,500 sq. ft.||Up to 5,000 sq. ft.||Up to 5,000 sq. ft.|
|Recommended # of Devices||Up to 20||Up to 20||Up to 25+||Up to 25+||Up to 40+||Up to 60+|
|Best for Internet Provider Speed Tier||Up to 200 Mbps||Up to 200 Mbps||Up to 200 Mbps||Up to 500 Mbps||Up to 2.0 Gbps||Up to 2.5 Gbps|
|Tri-Band Dedicated Backhaul||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Wired Gigabit Ethernet Ports (Router + Satellites)||6 (2 + 2 + 2)||4 (4 + 0 + 0)||4 (4 + 0 + 0)||6 (4 + 2)||6 (4 + 2)||9 (5 + 4)|
|Smart Speaker With Amazon Alexa||---||---||---||Harmon Kardon 35W Speaker, Alexa Built-in with 4 Microphones||---||---|
|Network Security||NETGEAR Armor, WPA2, Guest WiFi Secure Access||NETGEAR Armor, WPA2, Guest WiFi Secure Access||NETGEAR Armor, WPA2, Guest WiFi Secure Access||NETGEAR Armor, WPA2, Guest WiFi Secure Access||NETGEAR Armor, WPA2, Guest WiFi Secure Access||NETGEAR Armor, WPA2, Guest WiFi Secure Access|
|Advanced Technology||Tri-Band, Smart Connect - One WiFi name, Beamforming, MU-MIMO||Tri-Band, Smart Connect - One WiFi name, Beamforming, MU-MIMO||Tri-Band, Smart Connect - One WiFi name, Beamforming, MU-MIMO||Tri-Band, Smart Connect - One WiFi name, Beamforming, MU-MIMO||Tri-Band, Smart Connect - One WiFi name, Beamforming, MU-MIMO||Tri-Band, Smart Connect - One WiFi name, Beamforming, MU-MIMO|
FAST WHOLE HOME SYSTEM Bring fast, secure, and reliable internet to your entire family with the NETGEAR Orbi Home WiFi System. No more WiFi boosters or extenders necessary. The Orbi WiFi Router and Satellite extend high performance WiFi to your property from the basement to the backyard. The system smartly manages your WiFi so that each device's access is optimized and never interrupted. Up to 5,000 SQUARE FEET OF COVERAGE From the home office to the basement to the pool, this wireless internet system covers every inch of your home with a strong WiFi signal. Unlike router and repeater combinations, Orbi covers the whole home with a single WiFi network and name, enabling seamless indoor/outdoor and room-to-room connectivity. TRI-BAND TECHNOLOGY Award winning and patented Tri-Band Technology provides Orbi with a dedicated backhaul connection between the router and the satellite, so the system can manage multiple network connections without compromising speed. Watch movies and TV, play video games, download music, books, and more. QUICK & EASY SETUP Selected as Editors’ Choice by PC Magazine, Orbi works with your current internet service provider and sets up in minutes right out of the box. Use the Orbi app or any web browser to create your entire home’s secure WiFi network in minutes. No personal info, account creation, or hands required with the new Amazon Echo Alexa skill and our intuitive and preconfigured system. GUEST CAPABILITY Allow guests the opportunity to access WiFi while protecting your network and password. Easily create a network to service visitors, and Orbi handles everything else. You'll rest easy knowing that your information is safe from security breaches, viruses, malware, and network worms. - NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 Home WiFi System - WiFi Router and Satellite Extender - High-Performance Tri-Band Technology - 5,000 Square Foot Range - RBK50.
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However, that is not even the worst part. The biggest problem is NETGEAR's crummy technical support and return policies. Here's what you will be dealing with if your Orbi fails after 90 days. This from their website:
1. You must submit a valid claim to NETGEAR with an assigned RMA number (that you obtain by contacting technical support). HOWEVER,
2. With your Orbi purchase, you only get 90 day free basic phone support. You must pay for technical support if the problem occurs after 90 days of your new purchase, and
3. You must pay for the shipping costs for returning the defective product to NETGEAR
So there you have it. A promising product with terrible technical support and warranty policies. Buy at your own risk.
Background: I'm in IT, specifically security. I also have a very strong development background, including finding various hacks in software/hardware.
This system is poorly coded and implemented. You have to pray to the gods of chance for syncing and firmware updating. Auto-Firmware updates means, be ready to take a day off to deal with getting everything back online.
I have RBR-50 and two RBS-50 satellites. This system just sucks. It takes SO long for things to connect and when they finally do, you have no idea how long it's going to last because another update will knock the whole thing offline.
Now listen, i didn't just pick up this system. I've had it for over 6 months and in that time it's been completely knocked offline a total of 4 times. Tracking it all back down, it was always during a firmware update. You think you can do things manually, but it still breaks the system. Who doesn't want security updates and leave their system vulnerable? It's a zero sum game.
Furthermore, to get support, you need to go to the Netgear community page. That's right. After dropping over $750 on my "WHOLE HOME MESH SYSTEM" (haha) i have to pay $50. for 'Premium' support. Sorry, no thanks.
You clearly outsourced your development to incompetent development staff, god knows your 'premium' support staff won't be much better.
This system is embarrassing and shame on the developers, the product managers, especially the QA staff! Shame on you all. How could you guys not test this out and understand just how bad this is?
I'm now beyond the return time period, so i'll have to browse the community forums again in the HOPES that i can find something to make all of this work again.
I HIGHLY DON'T RECOMMEND!
I’ve seen the mesh wifi routers becoming more popular, there big selling point is that everything is seamless to install and configure, you don’t have to mess with setting up multiple routers in bridge mode or anything else, you just plug them in and they all work together to form a big wifi mesh network. I started looking at the 2 that had been out for a while, Eero and Luma and they seemed fairly decent but had mixed reviews. Then I saw that NetGear had come out with their own, the Orbi. I had intended to just upgrade to another big honkin router, the Nighthawk X6 AC3200 but the Orbi caught my eye and was getting very good reviews so I thought I would give it a try instead.
One thing that stood out with the Orbi is it’s dedicated backhaul, which is the connection between the main router and the satellite routers, other mesh wifi systems use the same radios that is used for user traffic for the connections between devices as well. The Orbi has a dedicated radio for that to separate that traffic and not use up user bandwidth which allows for better performance. So after reading up on everything I could find about the Orbi and seeing good things I ordered the 2 unit model (router + satellite).
When it arrived I opened it and it was very nicely packaged, the router and satellite units are the same size and fairly big (also a bit slippery). I followed the quick install instructions, removed my old router, unplugged my cable modem, plugged it back in, turned on the main Orbi router, plugged it into the cable modem, placed the satellite upstairs and plugged in the power and finally plugged my desktop PC into the wired Ethernet port on the main Orbi router. On the Satellite unit, when I plugged it in it was supposed to glow amber and then change to blue once it connected to the main Orbi router, no luck there, it just kept flashing white despite it being only about 15-20 feet away from it. I gave up on that and went back to getting the main router configured.
I then went to http://orbilogin.com and that’s when my problems started. The first thing it does is check for an internet connection, it kept timing out saying it couldn’t connect to the internet. I checked the cable between it and the cable modem, I turned the Orbi router on and off and still no luck, finally I had to power cycle the cable modem again and it worked. It went through the setup process, then asked me to register it, I put my serial number and info in, it said it would send me a confirmation email and waited for me to acknowledge that email before it could proceed. I never got the email so I just closed the window and went back to the main Orbi admin page.
Both the satellite and main router had pretty old firmware versions so I went to the firmware update page, it detected new firmware for the router but was stuck on “Please wait” while checking for new firmware on the satellite, because of this the update buttons wouldn’t work either. I waited about 10 minutes and it was still stuck, I tried again and the same thing happened, finally I gave up and called Netgear’s support.
Trying to navigate to NetGear’s support was another fun challenge, they seem to hide any way to contact phone support on their main website. They also want you to take a picture of your receipt that you bought the unit to get to support. I wasn’t having any of that, I was already getting fed up that this supposedly super easy Orbi was already giving me problems. I finally google’d Netgear support phone number and found the number to call them.
The first guy I talked to was your typical, read from a script, I know very little type of support guy, I knew I wasn’t going to get anywhere fast with him. He kept making useless suggestions and asking non-relevant questions, he also wanted me to move the satellite closer to the router. I told him I wasn’t going to do that, if those 2 units can’t communicate well enough from 15-20 feet away moving them closer wasn’t going to do anything. Finally I got fed up and asked to talk to a supervisor.
The supervisor didn’t seem any more skilled then the first guy, he said he could have someone from advanced support call me back, I finally was about to hang up and told him to forget it I’m just going to return this. This got me an immediate “I’ll transfer you to someone who actually knows what they are talking about” response. In a few minutes I was talking to their advanced support who did a remote session to my desktop.
They went through the process of downloading and manually updating the satellite firmware. Apparently there is a bug in the earlier firmware version where you can’t automatically update firmware through the admin console. Once that was manually applied the satellite unit re-started and then it looked like the main router unit updated it’s firmware automatically and re-started as well. From that point they were both at the latest firmware versions and everything was working. You can only make a first impression once and with the issues I experienced while setting Orbi up my initial excitement at getting a new wireless router quickly turned to frustration and aggravation.
I checked my signal strength upstairs and at the opposite side of the house (see above) and it was very strong, much stronger then with the single Asus router. Also note that I pretty much get 5Ghz coverage anywhere in the house now both upstairs and downstairs where I only was able to get it downstairs in the man cave and just outside before.
So after an hour or so of aggravation everything was finally working. I’m only on my first day with the Orbi, it seems to be working well now but only time will tell. The hardware seems solid, the admin UI seems laggy and is a bit plain and basic but it has a fairly decent amount of advanced networking features. There is also no cloud management connection required like some of the other mesh systems require were if you lose internet connectivity your whole LAN is down as well. The Orbi does have 3 wired Ethernet ports which is a big plus, I do have a NetGear 24-port smart switch that I use for a home lab but it’s nice to not have to use that if needed.
One thing I had wanted to know was the status of the backhaul connection between the router and the satellite to see if they were optimally positioned. The Orbi admin UI just simply says “1 Satellite connected” but tell’s you nothing about the status and strength of that connection. The LED ring on top of the satellite only works when you initially plug it in and then goes dark. I’d like to know that the satellite is working and how well it’s working, it would be nice if that LED ring would stay on or could be turned on if desired to tell you how the satellite is doing. I also hate looking at the main router and having no visible indication of what the hell it’s doing, it could be off for all I know. NetGear put that LED to work and make it configurable in the admin UI. How about different colors for certain states and pulsing speed based on how busy it is. It would also be nice if the admin UI could show you more detail on the router-satellite connection.
There are really two big components to a wireless router, it’s hardware and it’s software, you need the combination of both of these to be good to have a great product. I won’t dispute NetGear has always had great hardware and that looks to still be the case with the Orbi, but quite frankly there software has always been pretty crappy. My past few routers have been Asus and if it’s one thing that Asus has nailed it’s their software which totally kicks ass, there admin UI is feature rich, very nicely laid out and easy to use and they update it constantly. You can even get the Merlin builds which are based on the stock software which take it to the next level. Coming from Asus, looking at NetGear’s UI is a big let down, it’s plain, basic, lacking and it looks like a 10 year old designed it. You also have to download a separate Windows NetGear Genie app to do certain things, why can’t I do it all in the web based UI? Also how about being able to show a network map and maybe some basic device usage reporting? NetGear if you would just give your admin UI an overhaul you would have a killer product.
Now let’s talk Parental Controls which is one area that NetGear has always sucked at which is one of the major reasons I always chose Asus over them in the past. I would of thought by now NetGear would have been able to figure out this important feature to any parent and implement it correctly. Instead they have a half-assed & weak Parental Controls in their admin UI and then they punt and say go use Open DNS if you want more which would work great until your kid figures out how to change their DNS server. On my Asus router, I had full Parental Controls built-in including the most important one to me, time of day access control by MAC address so I can shut my kids internet off at night at a specific time. While NetGear has time controls built-in it impacts every device connected to the router not just specific ones. Is it really that hard NetGear to implement time of day controls by MAC address?
All in all if I would say I’m satisfied with the Orbi so far and will likely keep it, what any wireless router has to do really well is perform and that is what counts the most as you are using it day in and day out. Things like the admin UI you do not frequently use so as long as my wifi is fast and gives me good coverage across my entire house I’m all good. It would be nice if they improved the admin UI, parental controls, LED light functionality and other things. The Orbi is still pretty new so hopefully the software improves over time which would make me even happier.
After living with Orbi for a few days now, all I can say is: damn this thing kicks ass. I get awesome coverage all throughout the house and I can get 5Ghz anywhere. From one of the farthest points from the main router and satellite my iPad speed test is around 170Mbps, crazy fast. My PC that is wired to one of Orbi’s Ethernet ports does a speed test at 232 Mbps. Also in that same room were I would regularly get the flashing wifi signal in Clash of Clans meaning I’m about to get disconnected (CoC tends to be latency sensitive), I have not been disconnected once with Orbi. I’m very happy with how well Orbi performs and would recommend it to anyone looking for whole home wifi, NetGear please just work on your admin UI and I’ll be even happier!
UPDATE 2 (12/13/16):
NetGear yesterday released a new Orbi firmware version (18.104.22.168) it was mostly minor but contained support for a new IOS/Android app that was released yesterday for management. My initial thoughts were, great now I have to go through another painful firmware upgrade process, and also cool an app that might make device management easier. The firmware upgrade went OK without issue this time around, I upgraded it through the admin UI and it was pushed out to both the main router and satellite. I downloaded the admin app to my iPad hoping for new management goodness and when I launched it found it to be a bit of a joke, you can do almost nothing in the app and it’s got to be the most basic app I’ve seen looking like someone wrote it less than an hour.
When you launch the app you’re greeted to their dashboard which is nothing more than a screen with a giant picture of an Orbi with the only information shown being your Wifi network and password. If you browse the limited menu they have stuck in the corner all you can do is show device info (nothing more than the model, MAC address and the firmware version only for the router) and connected devices and that’s about it. My excitement of having an iPad management app quickly went to this royally sucks, app deleted. Again NetGear looks to not have a clue at designing a useful and nice management UI/app, they are lucky their hardware is keeping me a customer because their administration interfaces are trying real hard to push me away.
3 wired Ethernet ports
Fast and strong wifi signal
Nice looking hardware
Dedicated backhaul channel between router & satellite
Router is pre-paired with satellite unit
No cloud management required
Has a decent amount of advanced networking features
LED light rings on top are fairly useless
Crappy admin UI is fairly bland and a bit laggy
No way to see details of router-satellite connection
No time scheduling parental controls by MAC
Firmware upgrade is buggy
IOS app is terrible
Support isn’t great unless you tell them you are returning it
Despite an initial rough start with the NetGear Orbi Home Wifi System I’ve been a big fan of it up until today. The reason I bought the Orbi was because I kept having wifi drops in some areas of my house with my Asus RT-AC87U router. I play a lot of online games like Clash of Clans and if you know CoC the dreaded wifi symbol while you are playing is not something you want to see. That symbol means your connection sucks and you are about to get dropped, I would get that frequently with my Asus router. Once I had Orbi up and running my wifi problems were completely gone for 7 months, until today.
Netgear pushed out a 22.214.171.124 update to my router and satellite last night and today I awoke to constant and frequent disconnects on both my iPad Air 2 and Galaxy S7 Edge. I could literally not go a minute without a disconnect. I called their support who was basically useless, they said to enable Implicit Beamforming which has been disabled by default many updates ago because of issues it caused with some devices. I tried that anyway and it seemed to help a little with the iPad but not the Galaxy S7.
Ironically Netgear had a big focus on fixing wifi disconnects with this update which has apparently plagued them from the beginning, read the Netgear forums and there are lots of threads on this issue like this one and this one. They also have problems with the Orbi losing connection to your internet device (i.e. cable modem), I also experience this frequently as well, the only fix is to reboot the cable modem. Most of the updates up until now have not really done all that much, this one had a lot of big fixes as seen below:
Fixes the iOS disconnection issue.
Fixes the Dropcam disconnection issue.
Fixes the convergence issue when an Ethernet connected device moves from one Orbi to another.
Fixes the issue where the Orbi app can’t find the Orbi router if the router is using IPv6 and is in AP mode.
Fixes the issue where the Orbi app can’t display more than 20 connected devices.
Fixes the issue where the installation assistant might not display if the device is connected to the Orbi network wirelessly.
Fixes the issue where the 2.4 GHz backhaul setting is disabled if the fronthaul MU-MIMO and TxBF is disabled.
Fixes the issue where IPv6 devices on the guest network can access the Orbi router’s web GUI.
Includes security fixes for the following security vulnerabilities:PSV-2016-0133, PSV-2017-0607, PSV-2017-0615, PSV-2017-0736, PSV-2017-2190
So an update that supposedly fixes disconnect issues (which I never experienced) does the opposite and starts causing them instead. Thank you Netgear for breaking my perfectly wonderful wifi system. Apparently their engineering team has been spending most of their time introducing new Orbi devices and not spending much time refining their current firmware.
I ended up downgrading both my router and satellite to the prior version which is 126.96.36.199 which has been working perfectly. In fact I have never had an issue with an Orbi update until now, I’m beginning to suspect the reason why is that they haven’t really done much with any of their 11 updates up until this one. Look at their typical release notes for the last 3 updates:
188.8.131.52 – Fixed few bugs
184.108.40.206 – Fixes bugs and security issues. – Improves the firmware upgrade process. – Continuous improvement in wireless connection stability
220.127.116.11 – Fixes bugs and security issues. – Supports Korea wireless region
Now that they have finally starting to pay attention to some of the serious issues that Orbi has had they have apparently tried to fix some things and broke other things. At this stage with this new update I’m not going to update past 18.104.22.168 until Netgear gets their act together which is a shame as I will be missing out on potentially other fixes and enhancements. I loved my Orbi up until today and just yesterday was recommending it to people. However after this update dropped I will not recommend it anymore and may just end up migrating to one of the competing systems from Ubiquiti, Google and Eero which is a shame as Netgear had a good thing going with Orbi. Ultimately it comes down to what works best for me and if Orbi can no longer deliver that anymore than it’s adios amigo.
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Now that it's working fine, I am getting anywhere between 300-800mbps in most rooms of a 2 floor 3500 sqft house
even in the farthest corners where I previously had near zero connectivity - I am getting 50+mbps - even at the outer edge of the garden which is 75-100 ft away from the satellite and a couple of walls in between.
Streaming works great everywhere, devices switch between router and satellite near seamlessly
The backhaul speed between router and satellite is 1300/1300 - although they are vertically close (the satellite is placed right above the router on the 1st floor with the floor concrete in between)
The setup and software experience was however a horror story- I am very well versed with networking devices but no device ever has given me so much grief. After the initial setup, I had massive packet loss. The satellite would drop the backhaul link every five-ten mins. In short, the devices shut down my entire network for a full day.
After 7-8 hours of troubleshooting, what finally worked for me was:
a) A full 30/30/30 reset of the device
b) Downgrade to firmware 22.214.171.124
c) Fresh setup with a browser and LAN cable instead of the Orbi App
l had initially set it up via the android app which had crashed in between and probably messed up some settings. Nothing including multiple resets fixed it and I was about to log a return RMA till I tried the full 30/30/30 reset (google for netgear 30/30/30)
There are other reviewers who have complained about packet loss/lack of stability - please try the above to see if it helps.
However now that the initial nightmare is behind me, love this kit totally
There are almost many reviews and majority claimed difficulty installing this mesh router. For me it was a breeze installing it in just half hour and getting it going. (Of course that is because I have pretty good knowledge on networking & also did my research well watching youtube videos). Unboxing the box was a great adventure. I had sparkle in my eyes and grin that lasted pretty long till i touched and turned both the router and the satellite in my hands.
Since I have a fibre connection installation was just a breeze.
I decided to use the android app on my mobile, after connecting the internet cable coming from the modem to the wan port of my Orbi Router.
Thereafter I only followed instructions on my mobile app. But I decided to configure more through my mac browser and used orbilogin.com and opened the web page.
It took a minute for the Orbi page to open after I entered my user & password And Voila I was in the Netgear Orbi router administration page.
I could see in green connected to internet. While the router downloaded the firmware update I went down to the other floor of my house to install and plug the Satellite. After I saw the blue light glow I knew I had great connection strength and I was connected to my Orbi router.
After updating I checked each wifi device at my house (almost 30 devices) and setup the given SSId and password after searching for the Orbi wifi.
I was really impressed at the way all devices were connected and it was a dream getting this Router satellite pair installed.
After all was done I used Speedtest to check my wifi at every corner and could not hide my stupid grin and moment of thrill as how perfect the wifi and signal strength was working. I have a 100mbps speed from my provider and got almost close to it or above from each dead spots as well as the rest of my House.
I am indeed impressed by this gear. I have been using the Linksys Wrt-1900ac router with an Amplifi mesh point but got close to nil mbps at few spots in my home inspite of having a 1900ac router which was perfect for the house but I could not get the range for the 5khz bandwidth which I wanted.
Now this ORBI makes all bandwidth into one network and auto gives the speed depending upon where you are located. Having a triband radio really helps. One radio is only been activated for the Satellite and Router to communicate to each other. This avoids bandwidth loss.
My network is working perfectly and I am glad I made a choice to buy the ORBI. I was deciding to go for Google wifi, Ubiquiti Amplifi & ORBI but finally zeroed down to this powerful mesh system the ORBI from Netgear. ORBI has won many awards and is NO 1 spot amongst Mesh Router Systems.
Even the Mobile app (Android) is not that bad to use. It is pretty user friendly. Netgear keeps updating the same. Nothing is perfect but this app is manageable and works very well. You can control all your devices from the palm of your hand using the app and also pause/resume any device you want. Gives you all information you need about your network in your hand using your mobile.
For those wanting to switch to a mesh Router look nowhere and buy the Netgear ORBI System. Strongly Recommended. Don’t get hung up on the fact that the Netgear Orbi operates on a hub-and-spoke topology versus mesh, the bottom line is that this is an outstanding Wi-Fi router. By including a three-port switch on the router and a four-port switch on the satellite, it strikes a better balance between unobtrusive industrial design and conventional router features
P.S Got it during the Prime Only Sale Day. Apparently the price has been dropped further by almost Rs1200/- So those wanting a good wifi router system open your wallets and go for it till its available. I have lost Rs1200/- already but have no complaints.
The satellite started failing and now the main unit as well. It was good when it was working what I didn't know is the lifespan is to short for its price.