Only at Best Buy Distribute a powerful internet connection at home with this NETGEAR Orbi Wi-Fi system. Its router and two satellites channel strong Wi-Fi signals under a single network and with up to 6,000 sq. ft. of coverage. This tri-band NETGEAR Orbi Wi-Fi system lets you set up a separate guest Wi-Fi network easily.
The Best WIFI system all around.
Posted by: hask from: Dublin California on
I live in a house which is 3100 Sf, and the wifi signal has always been an a problem in our home.
When the mesh technology, for non-commercial use, was first introduced through Eero, I was excited and thought that my wifi problems were solved.
I purchased a three pack Eero. The initial Eero which was setup next to the cable modem had no issues, however as the other two Eeros were setup throughout the house, the speed began to degrade. As time went by, the Eeros' performance worsened. The Eeros also ran extremely hot to the point, that one of the units burned out.
I next purchased the Luma system. Lumas were awful off the get go.
I get 200 Mbps through my local ISP. The Lumas never exceeded a 75 mbps download speed.
I finally purchased the Linksys Velop. The Velop, initially, worked great however, as time passed the speeds began to drop, and the three unit pack was not performing as advertised. My son complained that he was experiencing lag while playing online games on his Xbox 1. There was always a delay, and buffering when watching YouTube and Netflix, through the third Velop node which was located in the family room at the other end of the house.
I then bought the Netgear Orbi, AC300 two unit set. The Orbi worked great, but the signal completely dropped in the living room where a wifi enabled TV, along with the Ring doorbell is located. just to note, that there was no Orbi Satelite setup in the living room.
I returned the AC3000, and bought the Orbi AC2200 three pack.
I have not yet been disappointed. Speed tests are constant with a 238 Mbps download and a 12 Mbps upload. The speed test has been consistent throughout the house. I have owned the AC2200, three pack, for a week, and the Orbis run cool, and the their performance is getting better.
In my opinion, and someone making a point through personal experience, I believe that the Orbi AC3000 is an overkill. The three pack AC2200 is the perfect solutions for any person who owns an architecturally challenged home.
24 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Easy to use
Posted by: RBCF from: on
It has been over a week since I connected this wi-fi extender and so far I am very happy with its performance.
First, it's very easy to install and use just connect your internet at the back of the Router and place the satellites away in order to extend the signal, don't forget to connect them into a power supply and turn them on.
An easy way to obtain the perfect distance and signal is by checking the color of the ring on the top of the devices: Blue = Good Signal. and you are ready to go.
Since I installed the Orbi AC2200 I noticed that my internet connection is more stable and I have good coverage even outside of my house which I hadn't before.
Second: I am not a tech guy but I like to have different gadgets with internet connection. I use internet to listen music, download stuff, to read, and to do little office work and lately to play movies for my little kid so I need to have a good coverage all over the house.
I would recommend Orbi AC2200 because it's easy to use, basically plug and play and the most important: provides good coverage and a good wireless connection.
I received this product free of charge as part of Netgear First Look Review Program
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Amazing WiFi System
Posted by: Droidzombie from: Alaska on
Our house has very obvious wifi dead zones that are always frustrating. We attempted to solve that by using wifi extenders but unfortunately those really didn’t help resolve the issue as they create a new access point which means you have to sign into the new “extended” wifi to gain access to wifi in that area.
With the Orbi system, all of that was solved. It creates 1 continuous wifi signal for each location you place one of the Orbi satellites in (including the base unit). No more need for separate wifi access points and weak extended signals. Area’s where before the Orbi we had 1 bar of wifi, we now have full signal, and everywhere else throughout the house, full signal. Not only did this help cover indoor wifi dead spots, but we now also have been able to extend our wifi outside to our backyard and even our garage. This is a huge plus as we like to make cell calls via wifi. Now that our signal is continuous throughout our house we can freely us our mobile devices anywhere.
The speed is far beyond what I thought this would provide. I put my wifes phone on the new system and without telling her there should be any speed difference she immediately said “wow this is a whole lot faster”. With a constant strong signal everything feels faster, and with the performance improvements Netgear has made it is faster. Speed tests in all areas were extremely impressive. As well as with all our connected streaming devices. 4 Chromebooks, 3 Chromecasts, 4 cell phones, and 2 tablets, 2 Plex servers all at various times pulling from the internet or streaming media can sometimes create a load on your wifi, but not with the Orbi system. I have yet to hit any issues where we experience latency.
In terms of setup, it was actually simpler than I thought it would be. Just pull everything out of the box, download the app, and follow the directions. Within 20 minutes I had it unboxed and setup. Having the app help you set things up makes it very easy. No technical knowledge needed to set up not only the base but the satellites as well. Both satellites synced up perfectly on the first try. I even unplugged a satellite, moved it to a different location and plugged it back in, synced perfectly. I like the freedom of being able to relocate the satellites to new locations.
*one note when setting up, makes sure after the setup is complete and you're connecting to the wifi for the first time, to “forget” the wifi settings in your mobile device. When you first set everything up, you connect to the wifi with a default password which your mobile device saves. Once the setup is complete if you changed the password, you mobile won’t know that and attempt to connect without and success. This isn’t an issue with the Netgear product, it's just a caveat that mobile devices don’t know you used a temp password to get in. If in your setup you changed the name of the SSID then this won’t be a problem. But not everyone does. :)
This system would be great for anyone from a midsize to large house or even a small business owner as you are able to add wifi to various areas with ease. As a side note, each satellite also provides 4 networking ports as well which is a huge benefit for additional networking hookups.
I did receive this for free from Netgear. However, seeing the value and performance I get out of this system I think it's well worth the price. This is not a single router wifi setup. This is a complete whole home, easy to use wifi system.
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Not working with Macbook Pro, poor Tech Support
Posted by: Sean from: on
Easy to set up. Wired connection works fine. Wireless is not good. Having trouble to get stable WiFi connection for my laptops, e.g. Surface Pro 3, and Macbook Pro (2013). Called tech support, after trying different tricks, they got the Macbook Pro work (only when 10 ft from the main router), stopped working 10 min after. Called again, they said would ask upper level technician and call me which never happened. Will return this and try a different brand.
6 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Does not work with a mac
Posted by: macuser from: on
Literally does not work with a mac. PC devices, iOS, Android all work fine, but there is a bug in their firmware related to Macs. I have been on the phone for 90 minutes with no luck. I would not but this item until you confirm the firmware bug is fixed.
6 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Don't buy until they fix the connection issues
Posted by: joedoro from: on
Bought this in Feb and things did well until last month with a firmware update (auto so you can't block it) Now whenever satellite is connected the whole system loses internet connection. So instead on 50 Mbps in the previous dead spots when the satellite is working I now have 2 Mbps.
Best part is the latest firmware update last week which was to correct this actually made it worse
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Coverage like no other & easy to set up!
Posted by: GregF from: on
In a nutshell, this is by far the best router setup I've ever done and used! I live in a home that is almost 3400 sq-ft. It's 2 story home with an attached 2 car garage as well as a separate 3rd car garage. Coverage with even the best routers has been a challenge. Spotty coverage & inconsistent speed being the worst part of it.
The Orbi straight out the box was a nice change. Not only in looks, but how easy it was to understand what was what. Being three separate units, I thought might be a challenge in how it will be setting it up, but overall it was much easier than I thought it would be. The instructions are very easy to understand and everything is labeled and easy to identify.
The colored "Light Ring" is a nice touch! Knowing a connection is made by a simple glance at the top of the unit, makes it extremely easy to know if the satellites are connected and working.
I placed the main router in the far west of the house in the downstairs office where the modem is located. Note, I have a Comcast modem/router combo but had the router (Wi-Fi) turned off so there would be no chance of interference that can affect the performance, or at least it can in other routers. Once I hooked up the router, I followed the guided setup on the Orbi app I downloaded onto my iPad (free on the app store) and it walked me through the rest of the setup.
I put the first (of 2) satellites in the middle of the upstairs landing area. It was a perfect place due to being directly in the middle of the house and close to all the bedrooms, where coverage was an issue with the other routers. After plugging it in, I used the app to help me make sure it was connecting properly and after just about 30 seconds, I got the Blue light ring indicating a good connection was made. I also used the satellite to hook up my Arlo camera base, a AT&T Micro-cell and a desktop PC that Guest can use. (See picture)
I then preceded to take the 2nd satellite and plugged in to the far east of the house in the downstairs family room. Doing this gave me a good "triangular" coverage pattern. Again, after just about 30 seconds, I got the blue light ring that indicated another good connection. It was literally that easy of a setup. Once everything was setup and good connections were made, I used the app to rename my network and change the password. (Hint) I used the same SSID and password as my previous router to make it easier to get all my connected devices working again quickly, instead of having to go to each one and connect them to the network like new devices. Super easy! Remember, after initial setup, no light is a good thing!
Now for the true test...coverage and speed!
With my previous router, my hardwired devices would get very good download speeds. I have business class broadband with approximately 200 mbps download. With hardwired devices, I would get well over 150 mbps, while my wireless devices were getting an average speed of around 30-50 mbps down and 11 mbps upload speeds. Those numbers would drop the further away I got from the router in the office. I have a 7 year old laptop that I use for a network drive with movies and music in a room just above the office that got around 20-30 mbps on the wireless, so it was very slow and if I wanted to stream anything from it to another device, it was a challenge. Music did OK, but video was lagging.
With the new Orbi setup, things have improved tremendously! Speeds on average across the whole house is now well over 100 mbps on all devices. My iPad (Air 2) would get many times over 150 mbps download speeds and uploads close to 40 mbps, which is very good!
The best part is, my 3rd car garage now gets Wi-Fi with very good coverage. My iPad get around 30-40 mpbs download speeds, which allows me to stream movies and music with no issues.
Overall, this is a godsend! I love how easy this is and I have yet to have to "reset" my wireless to get it working again! The units look great and perform even better than I expected! I highly recommend this If you think about the cost having to buy 3 routers, this really isn't any more than that would be. Plus, you’re getting something that truly works and is worth every penny for the simple "hassle free" setup and for something that actually does what it says it will do!
Highly recommend this to anyone that has coverage issues and wants something that's easy to set up and that works seamlessly across their home or business!
(I received this item for free through the Netgear "Friends & Family" program. My review is 100% honest and has nothing to do with the program itself. I just agreed to give an honest review of this product)
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: young22222 from: on
At first this was great! We needed wifi outside for our security system and with this we had wifi inside and out. Then they updated something and my Mac stopped connecting to wifi. At first we thought it was my laptop since we weren't having issues with anything else. Then after lots of research we found out this was a new issue. We have been working with netgear waiting on a patch for weeks now. They have one in beta but we have the newest version of the orbi and I guess the patch is for last version of Orbi. So in the meantime I have to teether my laptop to my phone and eat up my data if I need to use it. Im not having any issues with my IPhone 6 connecting and we have an older iPad that is working but does get kicked off wifi at least once a day. This was so much money and now we are outside our return period so we are pretty annoyed! Im hoping a patch happens soon!
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Incredible Tri-Band WiFi System
Posted by: Donkey from: on
I recently implemented the Orbi system for my 2-story, 4,000+ square foot home and all I can say is WOW! I’d like to start off my review by providing my previous setup for comparison. Previously, I was using a Netgear AC1750-WiFi Cable Modem Router combo (C6300) and a Netgear AD7200 Nighthawk X10 (R9000) router setup as an access point. I was using this hardware on Time Warner Cable’s (Spectrum) 100mb down and 10mb up plan. The AC1750 was setup upstairs in the study while the AD7200 (X10) was setup downstairs in the master bedroom. The two devices provided a solid range and covered the entire home with Wi-Fi. A few spots in and around the home would get degraded performance but I could still get internet access everywhere.
When upgrading to the Orbi system, I disabled the AC1750’s Wi-Fi signal and began using the Orbi router by plugging it into the AC1750 modem (Note: I took the X10 completely out of the equation). Upon implementing the system, I could tell a noticeable difference. Every (let me repeat – EVERY) spot in the house now got the maximum speeds from this service (117.50mb down and 12mb up). The signal is so strong that I also get the same speeds in my front and back porch/yards. Performance-wise, this setup is king!
The packaging is exactly what you would expect from a high-end Netgear product. It is nicely put together in a minimalistic, well-organized manner making it easy to unpackage and setup. Netgear has a mobile application that allows you to setup the system but I chose to use the web portal and my laptop. Once you begin the process, it immediately walks you through the setup using the wizard which is incredibly easy (I would bet money that both my 2 year old daughter and 70+ year old father could figure it out). One thing to point out is that the MU-MIMO and Beamforming feature settings are disabled by default, which is a bit odd. However, both can be found and enabled in a matter of seconds from within the advanced section of the setup menu under “Wireless Settings”.
The system provides incredible speed throughout your house using the dedicated triband connection between the main router and the satellites. My initial thought was to stick the router in the middle of the house and put the satellites on the far opposite ends of the house to expand the network as far as I could. However, upon further consideration I decided to bring the satellites a little closer to the router to ensure the connection between the devices was optimal and the results were ideal! One of the coolest things about the Mesh system is that the system automatically switches you from the router to the satellites and vice-versa to ensure you are on the fastest connection. In my previous setup, I frequently had to manually switch between devices and bands to ensure I had the strongest connection. With Orbi, it creates a single network and automatically switches between bands and devices so you don’t have to worry about it. I wanted to get a good comparison to see if the Orbi system was truly superior than my router/modem and access point setup I previously had so I did a speed test from 9 different locations across the property (which included my neighbor’s yard). Out of the 9 tests, 3 yielded the fastest speeds I could get from both setups resulting in a “tie”. The other 6 tests resulted in a superior performance from the Orbi system. Whenever you can beat the X10, you have my attention!
Along with the performance value, I am impressed with the convenience features that come with the Orbi. The only wire that is required for satellites to function is a power cable. This allows you to place the devices pretty much anywhere and you can move them from room to room based on your needs. Just unplug and take it wherever you want. In addition, each satellite has 4 Ethernet ports so you can hardwire devices where you need a more reliable connection. The system also comes with the standard convenience settings like the ability to provide/add guest networks, apply parental controls (website blocking, Wi-Fi availability scheduling, etc.), visibility into the devices attached to the network, etc. The Orbi system also contains general configuration settings like port forwarding, establishing static routes and setting up VPN service via OpenVPN.
I am currently running numerous devices including phones, tablets, laptops, 5 security cameras (Arlo), 6 smart switches (TP-Link), 6 smart lights (Phillips), 5 virtual assistants (Amazon Echo and Dots), 6 Dish Network devices and more. All the devices worked perfectly with the Orbi system without any latency on the first try, making the transition process painless.
The RBK5x model apparently has Alexa integration but Netgear has stated that the Alexa integration feature will be coming soon to the RBK4x version in a future patch. All in all, I highly recommend the Orbi system for anyone who has a large home and for small businesses. It exceeded my expectations and the value it offers is worth the cost. If you want reliable, high speed internet across a large space with the luxury of not having to worry about being connected to the strongest connection, then I would seriously consider the Orbi system. I received this product for free as part of Netgear’s First Look Review Program.
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Great WiFi System, If Its In Your Budget
Posted by: ldjarmin from: on
This is a high quality, prosumer set of network equipment for everyone with a large house who wants great wifi coverage throughout. If you've had problems before with dead spots or slow speeds in certain places in your home, this should be exactly what you need.
Here are some pros and cons.
+ The build quality is great; these are well produced pieces of consumer equipment and don't feel cheap or chintzy.
+ Super easy to set up. Routers and wifi equipment shouldn't be hard (and you shouldn't have to interact with them much after setup) and this one is great in this regard. They provide both web based and a smartphone app methods to set everything up and with these options, setup is a breeze.
+ Orbi's Tri-Band radio system really is great at getting high bandwidth to the two satellite systems without much compromise. Speeds are great with this setup.
+ Each of the three Orbi pieces have ethernet ports, which are great for plugging in printers, video game consoles, desktop computers, or anything else that's near one of them for a hardwired connection.
- A system like this with wireless backhaul will never be as reliable and as potentially fast as a system with wired access points. Make sure you're okay with the potential speed/bandwidth tradeoffs of using wireless to connect the main router to the satellites.
- The price is admittedly steep. Be sure this is what you want before you shell out the money for it.
As I said above, if you need great wireless speeds and bandwidth and have a bigger home, seriously consider this Netgear product. It should work great for you, if it fits your needs!
Note: I received this free of charge as part of Netgear's First Look review program.