NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System (RBK752) – Router with 1 Satellite Extender, Coverage up to 4,000 sq. ft. and 40+ Devices, Mesh AX4200 WiFi 6 (Up to 4.2Gbps)
|Price:||+ $32.13 Delivery|
|Frequency band class||Tri-Band|
|Data Transfer Rate||4.2 Gigabits Per Second|
About this item
- NO MORE DEAD ZONES: Whole home mesh WiFi coverage up to 4,000 square feet and 40+ devices; Mesh technology helps you stay connected as you roam around your home using a single network name; Extend coverage up to 2,000 sq. ft. with additional satellites (sold separately)
- ULTRA FAST GIGABIT SPEED: AX4200 WiFi 6 powers up to 4.2Gbps of streaming HD video, gaming or Internet surfing and downloads
- WORKS WITH ALL INTERNET PROVIDERS: Replace your existing WiFi Router (separate modem or gateway required); compatible with any Internet Service Provider up to 2Gbps including cable, satellite, fiber, DSL and more
- TRI-BAND BACKHAUL: A dedicated band between your Orbi router and satellite frees up the other two bands for maximum speed to your devices
- EASY TO SET-UP AND MANAGE: Connects to your existing cable modem and sets up and customizes in minutes with the Orbi app – easily manage your WiFi settings at the device and network level, test your Internet speed, view speed history and monitor data usage
- WIRED ETHERNET PORTS: Plug in computers, game consoles, streaming players and other nearby wired devices with 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports in the router and 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports in the satellite
- SAFE, SECURE AND LOADED WITH ENHANCED 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
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The NETGEAR® Orbi TM WiFi 6 AX4200 is a tri-band WiFi system equipped with the latest and fastest WiFi 6 technology and offers a powerful smart home experience with incredible WiFi coverage and connectivity capacity. Keep your WiFi connections stable in any room at all times and provide enough bandwidth for all your devices, multiple 4K / 8K UHD streaming videos and music for your WiFi speakers, fast online gameplay, smart lights, WiFi security devices and much more. Thanks to the dedicated quad stream Wi-Fi 6 backhaul, you can transfer the gigabit Internet speeds from the corner of your home to all places in your home. Place the satellite anywhere in your home to get gigabit speeds where you want them. The system includes a one-month free trial of NETGEAR Armor TM, advanced cyber-threats protection for your home network and your connected devices.
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I knew that this was overkill when I opted for it (the RBK30, or certainly the RBK40, would probably have done the job) but, at the time, the prices between the three kits on amazon made the RBK50 the logical choice.
Setup was a breeze - really couldn't have been any easier.
We're now getting 74 Mbs throughout the 5 apartment flat. Previously, with a BT Wi-FI extender in the sitting room, we were getting 4 to 6 Mbs, depending on the time of day.
The router is in the office - which is at the opposite end of the flat to the sitting room - and is connected to a BT Home Hub 5. The satellite is in the sitting room. All walls in between are made of brick.
As a bonus, we also get 50-60 Mbs in both the front and rear communal gardens and the flat is on the second floor.
It's been in for a couple of weeks now and, so far, has been stable.
I reckon this will turn out to be Install-And-Forget, which is just as it should be.
Very happy with the purchase and would highly recommend.
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One of the devices I had connected to this by Wi-Fi was an amazon Fire TV Box. This was connected - for audio - with other devices through a switching box by an SPDIF cable to a SONOS Playbase.
I would get an intermittent but regular micro drop-out on audio (0.25seconds) while streaming movies or shows through it. Really annoying. Plugging in an ethernet cable - which connects through a Netgear switch to the SONOS Playbase and would then be using the SONOS mesh system - would temporarily solve the problem. This Sonos Mesh is ultimately connected to the Orbi Router again by ethernet which may or may not just be a pass through to a BT HH6 which has now replaced the BT HH5.
Restarting the Orbi Satellite in the sitting room would also solve it - for maybe an hour or so.
These micro drop-outs only happened while streaming TV - not when watching Broadcast TV or Blu-rays or listening to music through the SONOS Playbase.
When I added into the set-up an X-Box ONE S (reporting in excess of 70Mbps over Wi-Fi) and was getting the same problem while streaming as I had with the Fire TV I figured I might as well try a BT Powerline adaptor (reporting in excess of 60Mbps) which I still had in use elsewhere in the house for a NON WI-Fi Humax Box.
Glad I did. Problem solved - No drop-outs.
The BT PowerLine adaptors are connected directly to the BT HH6 - NOT the Orbi Router.
Nothing is now connected to the Ethernet port on the SONOS Playbase - it all goes through the Netgear switch to the Powerline adaptor.
Ultimately, although I had one, I had to buy another pair of Powerline adaptors as the one I had was needed elsewhere. Ironically I'd sold a pair when I got the Orbi.
There is now NO TV Streaming over Wi-Fi - it all goes through the Netgear switch to the Powerline adaptor.
The Orbi Satellite will stay in the sitting room but the bandwidth that will now go through it will be greatly reduced as most of it will now be going through the Powerline adaptors.
I'm still happy with the Orbi. Perhaps though not quite as much as I was two weeks in when I wrote the original review.
In all other respects the Orbi has been stable.
The Powerline adapters are achieving speeds 6 to 8 times faster when connected to the BT HH6 than they were when connected the the old BT HH5.
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======= second update 6, March 2019 ========
I was having a problem with the SONOS Mesh - mentioned above - which is a stand alone system to stream music to my SONOS Network with the SONOS Network itself creating its own Mesh.
Anyway, when streaming from my personal music collection on an external Hard Drive connected to my MAC it'd regularly drop the connection and report "insufficient bandwidth to maintain the buffer".
Relevance to the Orbi?
Well, I've switched to a Wi-Fi setup for SONOS so all music now goes through the Orbi Mesh to my SONOS Network now with no issues streaming from the Hard Drive.
It's been very stable since I initiated the change a week ago.
So, back to loving the Orbi.
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======= third update 12, December 2020 ========
I changed my TV to an LG OLED with Netflix & Prime apps built in.
6 Month ago I went back to streaming TV over Wi-Fi through the Orbi Mesh and it has all been very stable. None of the previous issues with audio dropouts - it's all good.
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The set up was easy, just stick in your service providers login details and hey presto the device connected (I did have to do a reset once as it just wouldn’t connect, but once resettled it acceptable the details easily) the WiFi on first appearance seemed great. Full signal throughout the home. Rather strangely though all devices connected to the router rather than the satellite which I placed upstairs. However everything worked. The app is basic but does the job. I renamed all of my devices so that I could see what was connected. The problem came with my ring doorbell 2. It just would not work with the ORBI. The WiFi at the front door was showing very poor in the ring app, although my front door is only about 15ft away from the Orbi router. No matter what I did ring just would not work. I ended up connecting an extender to ring and then it worked fine, but this defeated the object of having purchased a full WiFi system like the orbi. I was frustrated. However everything else seemed to work ok. I set up a VPN server and that worked flawlessly, allowing me to connect to my home network when away from home via the OpenVPN protocol. Whilst the ring issue was frustrating I decided to keep the orbi as I liked the device. The problems came when the following morning my NAS reported several hacking attempts and banned IP’s. I never had that with my Asus and BT setup. I looked into this more and discovered my Network had been hit 28 times overnight with hacking attempts from both the US and Russia. This alarmed me. It seems like the firewall within the orbi is just not up to scratch as these hacking attempts were sucsessfully getting through the ORBI router software and hitting my NAS before being blocked. The ASUS router I have with trend micro security used to stop these hacking attempts before they reached my network. This was the deal breaker for me. Security of my network is everything.
I contacted amazon and as usual their returns policy was excellent and I returned the ORBI. I was dissapointed as the reviews of this product are excellent. However the WiFi signal clearly wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.. not being able to reach 15ft and through a wooden front door...and the firewall issue was just a risk too far. I have reinstalled my ASUS router and the BT WholeHome WiFi and my ring has an excellent signal again and I am not receiving any hacking attacks. I was really dissapointed as I really wanted to ORBI to work and it just did not,
The installation process is easy and quick but, after that, all the issues start.
The router blocks all the streaming attempts, preventing Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV app from working. Some users also complain of slow downloads and impossibility to make calls over Wi-Fi. If you have a Logitech Circle 2 Wireless, it won’t be able to connect.
The Wi-Fi coverage is also disappointing and worse than what they claim. My BT Whole Home AC 1200 discs had a better coverage than this one.
At the moment, many users around the world complain of the same issues and Netgear doesn’t have a fix.
For a router that costs £650, I expected something that worked out of the box, but this is not the case.
The ORBI users' community was much more supportive than the NETGEAR technical support, but when setting up the platform, there was little that was seamless.
Remember that this particular item is a satellite product and does not function as a stand alone router.
The Orbi signal strength is amazing, it’s a completely different animal. Even with the satellites off the signal was significantly better throughout my house compared with my old router. With the satellites I get my full virgin media speed everywhere, it’s really impressive.
Security wise, Netgear make you pay £50 a year for their “armor” security. What it seems to be is a combination of subscription for device antivirus/malware and on router security. I think the router does have a functioning firewall, subscription or not, at what the subscription adds is blocking of sites that are known to be malicious. Virgin Media has malicious site blocking anyway at their end so I’m not sure what it’s doing. Asus’s aiprotection pro, was really good, ie it blocked sites all regularly, and is free for the life of your router, so I feel It’s a bit rude to buy a router and then pay extra for that router to function.
It is a similar story for parental controls or putting limits/time restrictions on devices. Again was free and very good on my Asus router and is $10 a month on Orbi.
Overall I got what I wanted, ie the best WiFi speed around my house. However, It comes at a high cost; firstly the high ticket price and then the high subscription costs for basic router features that are free with other brands. I wouldn’t recommend Orbi unless you really need the best signals, for most the asus ZenWifi is probably a much better product, it’s cheaper, very similar in ability and security and parental controls are free for the life of the product.