Netgear has just announced two less expensive Orbi sets that should be almost as powerful as their pricier sibling. Each of the two new Orbi sets uses a smaller router unit than in the original model, but keeps the "tri-band" system that sets aside a high-speed radio band exclusively for communications among the Orbi units themselves. The small router has four Ethernet ports one for the modem connectionand the matching satellite on the mid-range system has four Ethernet ports as well.
However, neither has a USB port, which means you won't be able to plug in a local printer or storage drive the way you should soon be able to with the high-end Orbi system as soon as Netgear turns that USB port on. We found the original Orbi set to be breathtakingly fast and very easy to set up. It's rated for AC speed, meaning that it has a theoretical maximum throughput of 3, megabits per second Mbps on both the 2.
The two new Orbi sets ratchet that speed down a bit, halving the backhaul to Mbps while leaving the front-end communications unchanged. As a result, each is rated for AC throughout, although as with all such ratings, real-life throughput will be much less. That dedicated backhaul is important because most mesh-router systems use the same channels to communicate with each other as they do with the endpoint devices — laptops, smartphones, tablets, game consoles and smart TVs.
Many systems dynamically switch between bands according to demand, but the result is often that the strength of the signal decreases with every "hop" away from the main router. The Orbi and the rival Linksys Velop get around this by dividing the 5-GHz space into two bands, and setting one of them aside for backhaul only. The Orbi's backhaul channel is fixed, whereas the Velop switches between the two 5-GHz bands according to demand; in our lab tests, the two systems' speed results were similar.
All of the Orbi units are compatible with each other, and you can expand an existing Orbi system by adding satellite units. Like the original Orbi system, and many other mesh-router systems, the Orbis can interact with Amazon Alexa smart-home voice-control systems. Both the two new sets, as well as all the stand-alone satellites, are available for sale online beginning today March Tom's Guide. Credit: Netgear Each of the two new Orbi sets uses a smaller router unit than in the original model, but keeps the "tri-band" system that sets aside a high-speed radio band exclusively for communications among the Orbi units themselves.
Credit: Netgear We found the original Orbi set to be breathtakingly fast and very easy to set up.
Credit: Netgear The Orbi and the rival Linksys Velop get around this by dividing the 5-GHz space into two bands, and setting one of them aside for backhaul only. Topics Routers.This topic has been marked solved and closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one. Start a New Discussion. Go to Solution.
I think that the 50 range has more poerful antennas and thus has better coverage and a backhaul that feels more stable. View solution in original post. Thank you. Thanks once again. Ideally you should get close to Mbps on wired devices, but there are many factors that could impact this. For wireless devices you should expect something in the range of Mbps.
Orbi has 2x2 wifi fronthaul with a maximum link rate of Mbps in the 5GHz band.
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Click here for our top support FAQs. Join Now Log In Help. Discussion stats. All forum topics Previous Topic Next Topic. RBK23 vs. Hi there! Have a house with 2 floors. Total of square meters. The house is all concrete built.This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.
Start a New Discussion. Then I search on Netgear website and I found it, but without clear differences. The only remarcabable difference is, a part of the phisical dimensions and weightthe number of LAN ports and the flash and RAM memory. LAN ports are really not important in my case, but can someone knows if there is other differences more related to performance or speed. Yes I believe they are very similar. My home is less than sq ft, two floors. So both systems fits. The only thing that bothers me is Netgear have two products on portfolio for the same coverage Click here for our top support FAQs.
Join Now Log In Help. Discussion stats. All forum topics Previous Topic Next Topic. Thanks a lot. Message 1 of 4. Labels: Before You Buy. Re: rbk40 vs rbk I would try the 40 kit first. Message 2 of 4. Message 3 of 4. Ya seems like there really trying to squeeze out different products. I have the RB40 system in my sqft place. Awesome system.
Let us know what you decide. Message 4 of 4.
Need More Help? Contact Support.While pricey, the Netgear Orbi RBK50 is one of the fastest, most powerful routers we've tested, even without its mesh extension. It's a snap to set up and has more range and power than almost any other router. The Orbi's dedicated channel for router-to-extension data traffic helps the system squeeze the maximum throughput for your family's online wants and needs.
But if you have a lot of ground to cover, the premium is well worth it. That's why the Orbi made our list of the best mesh Wi-Fi products. None of the other mesh-router systems on the market cost quite as much. However, the Orbi claims greater per-unit area coverage than any of these. We're working to confirm those numbers in our lab tests. Instead of tiny easy-to-stash devices, which you get with the Luma and Google Wifi, the oval-cross-sectioned Netgear Orbi host and extensions are big towers, measuring 8.
You can put one in a bookshelf and use it as a bookend, but each Orbi unit is too huge to easily hide. When an Orbi device glows white around the oval on top, it's starting up. When it's blue, everything is OK.
But if it glows amber, your internet connection is weak; if it's magenta, your connection is gone. The Orbi transmits Wi-Fi data on three radio-frequency bands. The primary 2. There's a twist, though: Netgear adds a second 5-GHz, 1. Because of this side channel, the main links between the Orbi units and your devices stay strong and fast. To support this configuration, each Orbi device has six high-performance amplified antennas around its perimeter.
There's also a Bluetooth radio and antenna, but they're dormant for now. Although they look the same, the Orbi's router unit and satellite units are not interchangeable. You can't randomly decide which unit should be the router and which should be the repeater. The router can handle up to three satellites, but each satellite communicates directly with the host router in a hub-and-spoke arrangement, rather than in a true mesh topology that would let data pass from one satellite to another.
A Netgear representative told us the company was working on a firmware update that would enable satellite-to-satellite communication. On the router, one port is yellow and connects to your broadband modem.
You can use the other LAN ports to connect to printers, network-attached storage drives and stationary PCs. There are also buttons to reset a device and to synchronize the router with extra satellites. Orbi units sold in packs come out of the box synchronized.This topic has been marked solved and closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.
Start a New Discussion. Looking at purchasing the orbi mesh wifi solution for our house. Double story, study where router will be plugged in is downstairs at one corner of house. The tvs etc all on other end of the house. I was wanting to buy RBK53, but cant find it here in Australia. Go to Solution. Orbi was designed for people who are unable to run ethernet cables around the building. People who can run wires have been installing WiFi "extenders" for years.
If my math is correct, sqm is about 2, sq. But, is the sqm spread over two floors? To reach the satellite, a signal has to pass through two brick walls and whatever else is in the way. I got an Orbi because my situation is similar to yours. Conventional wisdom is "put the WiFi in the center of the house.
My internet modem is in the upstairs corner of the 2nd floor and I was not getting good WiFi coverage downstairs at the other end. I put the Orbi satellite downstairs about 30 ft. Others on this forum report covering even larger homes. View solution in original post.
What are the hardware specifications of the available Orbi WiFi Systems?
Size and construction of the house is the critical factor. Yes, any satellite can be connected to the Orbi RBR50 router. The RBS50 satellite produces the highest backhaul speed a because the backhaul radios and antennas are entirely separate from the "fronthaul" radios and antennas, and b because the antennas themselves are more powerful. So, if the RBK50 one router, one satellite works OK for downstairs, it is possible to run other satellites upstairs.
It is really annoying that Netgear does not distribute the full range of Orbi products to every continent. Have no idea why not. House is simple wood framed construction, brick veneer they call it. House size approximately sqm laid out in roughly an L shape.
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Study is at the end of the small line in the "L" and the tvs etc are at the tip of "L" if that make sense. Yes that size is spread over the 2 floors. I think I will opt for the RBK50, its stronger antenna might be want I need to ensure a stronger signal strength and if need be get an extra RBS20 satelitte for the upstairs area. I currently have the R model and feel like its starting to show its age.
The signal is able to reach certain areas but sometimes I think it struggles with all the connected devices.This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one. Start a New Discussion.
I'm looking to buy my first mesh system and I'm stuck for choice. Any other performance distinctions between the two or are they both using the same hardware? Thanks for the info. I did take a look at those, and didn't find anything different except for the ports. I would recommend going with your home size needs as well. Most routers cover up to about sq feet by themselves.
I have a sq ft home and use a 40 series system in place. Router at one end of the home up stairs and just 1 satellite at the opposite end 40 feet away. I have great coverage and performances for my home. It makes sense paying more if the latter is superior in terms of performance. Looks like the RBK22 is a newer model.
Learn more at netgear. Not sure if this is applicable to the RBK40 series or not. Mostly the main differences is the LAN ports in back between the 20 and 40 series. Wifi is the same. It seems that the antennas are the same in both series 20's and 40'sas the coverage specs are the same for both 6, sq ft for one router and 2 satellites while it's 7, sq ft for the same configuration in the 50 series which has bigger antennas.
Click here for our top support FAQs. Join Now Log In Help. Discussion stats. All forum topics Previous Topic Next Topic. Hi, I'm looking to buy my first mesh system and I'm stuck for choice. Message 1 of Labels: Before You Buy Features. Have you tried comparing the data sheets? Message 2 of Really not sure how to go about it. Message 3 of Message 4 of What's the price difference where you are?
Just another user.This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one. Start a New Discussion. I have a sqft house and a 2xRBK50 system with wired backhaul that is unable to cover the house.
I expect to set up the second satellite also with a wired backhaul. What is the distance between the router and satellite s? What channels are you using? Try setting manual channel 1, 6 or 11 on 2.
Any Wifi Neighbors near by? If so, how many? Should the distance matter for a wired backhaul? It is about 40feet. Each device is an RBK The distance from my iPhone to satellite is about 25ft but the materials could impact the transmission. Channels are on auto I'll give manual a shot on channel 1 which seems to be open.
There look to be two other neighbors and three devices HP-Printer and Button and two un-identified. That makes sense. One would assume you just get another of the same. Sorry, I typed before thinking.
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R for router. S for satellite. Never two routers. If you want to keep your existing router, but want additional WiFi coverage, you need to purchase another satellite. Most users who want to keep their existing router do two things: 1 they turn off the WiFi in their existing router. If you read the forum, there seem to be a lot of people who sincerely believe that the ORBI does not function well as a router and the ONLY way to get things to work is to use it as an AP.
Others, such as myself, use it as their only router and have no problems. Sorry if I wandered off topic. I fixated on your specific question RBR vs.
I have only one satellite and have nothing to offer about having more than one. I had no idea! I probably could have kept my previous router and turned off the wifi.