Orbi™ is the simplest and smartest way to enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi in every corner of your home. This Orbi Wi-Fi System kit of two covers homes up to 5,000 square feet with strong Wi-Fi signals. It creates a dedicated wireless connection to the Internet using Tri-band Wi-Fi delivering maximum speeds no matter how many devices connect. Enjoy better Wi-Fi. Everywhere.
I was very surprised... But its awesome.
Posted by: KevinPv from: on
Being high speed and up to date on tech is not high on my parents priority list at all. They are cool, and as long as things (ie. the internet) work, they are satisfied. My brother and I, we are a little more up to speed and while we were home for Christmas (always visit your family), my dad mentioned that Netflix programs were taking unusually long to load / lagging / pausing. I had bought them an Airport Extreme a few years ago, so I figured it had to be that (I also hardwired the modem to a desktop and it was clocking 150 while the wireless was like 25 max). I personally have an X8, so I brought it over to see how that would pan out... Still a weak connection.
Problem is that my parents house is really big (3 floors, top floor spans out over half the second floor, and there is a basement.), with walls that divide the dining room / family room / kitchen ect. over 10k sq. feet. Whatever the walls are made of, absolutely haze wireless signals, and to add insult to injury, the room where the internet comes out of the wall towards the back of the 3rd level...
I did my research and chose to go with Orbi because the house has a 150Mbps package and I wanted my parents to have that performance. With that said, I was pretty sure Orbi was going to fall short of the task, simply because this house is a wifi elephant graveyard:
1. First things first, Orbi does not look like the picture you have in your head right now. These things are seriously huge. When I opened the box, I literally laughed out loud because I knew I was going to have to explain what these 2 mega-huge flower-vase looking things are doing in our house. Seriously, I couldn't fathom Orbi could be as big as they are. Either way, I tucked it behind a picture frame and it was cool, but you should know it's way bigger than you can imagine in real life (so plan for that as I didn't).
2. I read all the complaints about the firmware and connections and stuff, so I downloaded the updates from Netgears website beforehand to install them manually. I brought both units to the same room so they could set up close to each other.. I had to turn off (unplug) the modem first, plug in the yellow ethernet cable into Orbi, plug the modem power cord back in, and then give power to each Orbi unit last. This establishes a new connection for the Orbi and Modem to use. Once connected, I did manual FW updates on both the S and R, and it took like 10-15 min to setup. It was very simple.
3. The router is in the back room upstairs and nothing can be done about that. I read that the router should be placed centrally in the house or whatever, but that wasn't possible and I went with the only option I had. The Satellite is on the floor below, maybe 50 feet away, but it is more centrally located in the house. The 2 units do not have a line of sight to one another, and I thought this might cause an issue. It didn't.
4. I can't believe that our entire house is covered with the 2 unit set. On the 2nd and 3rd floor, I get 165Mbps out of my macbook pro (AC) with full signal. I went down to the basement level (90% sure signal would not reach) and that too had full signal but the speed was 120. There is no 3rd satellite, making this set much stronger and wider than I thought it was going to do.
Now if I'm going to drop $450 on a wireless router for my parents, it better meet my astronomical expectations. Surprisingly, it does, so I figured I would write the review I wanted to see out there for the next me and you. This thing consistently out clocks the 150mbps speed my parents pay for, and I just upgraded their service to 300mbps which will activate tomorrow. I am optimistic that Orbi will crank out 300 speed no problem all over the house.
Its legit. If you are taking the time to read these reviews, you most likely face a architectural challenge like I did. Its expensive, but if you are on this level and you know what you want, you pay for what you get. Orbi delivers. Good luck.
211 out of 218 found this review helpful.
Best Router for Fast, Secure, Whole Home WiFi
Posted by: Selva from: on
Most of us struggled with bad Wi-Fi, dead spots at home. It is really hard to find a router even if it is expensive and powerful one, that can cover every room in your house with fast and more importantly reliable wireless. Netgear’s new Orbi router has dedicated Wi-Fi satellites that evenly distribute fast wireless over a dedicated network.
The setup is very simple. Router and Satellite up and running less than 5 mins. It consists of two units. There is one main router which always connected to your modem. The second unit called "Satellite" which you to place somewhere "central" in your home.
With innovative design and look, you can leave Satellite device anywhere on your house. The traditional wifi extenders slow down wifi speed. However, Orbi Satellite connected with router on dedicated network which provide high speed in wifi throughout the house including backyard.
If your house is larger you can add multiple Orbi satellites, all of which communicate over that network to spread signal further. Since it is operating over a dedicated third band, it doesn’t slow down the speed of the router’s main 5GHz and 2.4GHz channels. There should not be any dead spots, as long as you have enough satellites installed, and moving between satellites is seamless.
My house is 2766 square foot with 2 stories. With previous high end router with same price of orbi, i used to get good speed if the devices are closer to router. I usually get only 60 mbps on 5Ghz on 2nd floor with my previous router. However, with orbi i am getting close 300+ mbps in second floor and backyard.
Also, the another main feature is one SSID instead of two SSIDs for both 2.4 and 5Ghz and orbi is intelligent to find the best signal when you move around the house. I have replaced my existing high end router / extender wit Orbi Router / Satellite and almost 17+ devices are connected as of now.
I have listed few main features in Orbi Router / Satellite.
AC3000 (1733 + 866 + 400Mbps)†
Simultaneous Tri-Band WiFi
IEEE® 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz–256QAM support
IEEE® 802.11a/n/ac 5GHz–256QAM support
4GB Flash and 512MB RAM
Six (6) high-performance antennas with high-powered amplifiers
Implicit/Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz bands (1733 + 866 + 400Mbps)†
MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous data streaming on multiple devices
Four (4) 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports
1 WAN + 3 LAN for Router
4 LAN for Satellite
One (1) USB 2.0 port
68 out of 73 found this review helpful.
Great WiFi for my whole house
Posted by: Dave from: on
My cable comes into my cable box in a basement mechanical room. The kitchen is on the opposite end of the house 1 floor up. My sons 2 bedrooms are on the 3rd floor. Total of 5200 sf. We tried many different configurations and routers with extenders but none gave us adequate signal in all places. I waited for ORBI and it was worth it. With the base in the mechanical room I get good signal to the satellite in the kitchen. This gives me excellent signal throughout the house. I now have wireless download speeds of 135 mbs everywhere which matches my direct connection speed on my computer. I used to be 6-10 mbs in the bedrooms and kitchen.
The room beside the mechanical room is a TV room with 2 PS4's that are used at the same time and often a 3rd. We also have many wireless phones and devices going at the same time. All work great
We did have a problem with switching from the satellite to the base. I emailed the problem to Netgear. A reply email came within a day. I changed 2 settings and problem solved
25 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Even My Wife Loves It
Posted by: AlanD963 from: Arlington Heights, IL on
The problem with being a "techie" is when you install something new, a wife can get irritated with the way the device looks, even if it really works great.
She loved the look of the orbi. It's very stylish and modern, but more important is the way it WORKS.
We don't have a huge house, but there were a few areas where the connection was somewhat spotty, and our new Ford in the garage with its Sync3 system is supposed to get updates over Wi-Fi but the signal wasn't strong enough to make it happy.
orbi to the rescue. It practically sets up itself with a little experimentation. You just watch the light ring as the two units talk to each other, the colors tell you the status of the connection and when all is good, it lights up solid blue and then shuts off. I have full coverage all over the house, not just full coverage but the full SPEED I pay Comcast for. Without orbi, the farther away from my router, the slower the connection speed. Not any more.
In short, the orbi is a good way to get full Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, and can easily be setup by a novice.
25 out of 28 found this review helpful.
So much faster throughout the house!
Posted by: ShawnInKB from: on
Before I installed the Orbi I ran 5 separate speed tests on my laptop in various parts of our home. (3 story house - 2700 sq. ft).
I ran tests from each floor of our house through our existing router (TP Link WR1043ND - a 300Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router). Speeds averaged 43.76Mbps down and 4.35Mbps upload.
After I installed the Orbi, I re-ran the same speed tests in the same locations and speeds now average 62.83Mbps down and 5.80Mbps upload. Significantly faster!
The 2 spots in the house - top floor and basement both went from 28.56Mbps and 21.72 to 64.33 and 63.46 - so much better coverage. The Orbi's 2 unit setup of a base unit + satellite unit now provides equal coverage throughout the entire home.
Setup was fairly easy, colored rings light up on the tops of the Orbi units let you visually know whether they are connected. (These go out after 10 seconds so no worries about them staying lit up at night.)
I did have to reboot our cable modem twice to get the Orbi to see the internet, but that was about it. Setup a password - rename the Orbi default network name (SSID) to what you had before and our 11 wifi devices (AppleTv's, laptops, phones, and ipads) all reconnected automatically.
The Orbi units have a nice modern look and feel to them, although the living room satellite unit we just tucked behind an 8x10 picture frame and you don't even know it's there.
Psyched about the great speed improvements!!
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Awesome speed improvement, tough setup
Posted by: Verisajos114 from: on
I have a 4000 sqft two story house. My family has complained about the poor wi-fi they get in their rooms, inconsistent signal, gaps, etc. I considered the Eero and then saw the Orbi. Reading the reviews and product description, I thought I'd try it, and if didn't solve my problem, I'd return it within the return window.
Followed setup instructions, didn't work. Hunted around and found the NetGear phone support number and got a rep that knew her stuff and walked me through the setup: 1) downloaded firmware updates, firm to the router, then to the satellite 2) used Orbilogin to see what was connected and what was updated 3) tested the setup for speed and connection. Took about an hour. The NetGear rep should get a bonus! She was one of the best support reps I've ever dealt with.
I have Sprectrum/TWC as my provider, and signed up for the 300 mbps service. Now getting 250 Mbps on my desktop, up from 60-90 Mbps. In the places where I got no to low signal, now getting 100-160 Mbps. My family is happy. I'm happy. This product rocks!
The setup pain was well worth it.
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Great connection, speeds, coverage, and looks
Posted by: Nate34 from: on
Starting off the packaging is done very well. All the items are well protected without going overboard. Everything is separated and protected to prevent any scuffs, etc.
The set up was easy, but took awhile though. A piece of advice. Follow the instructions well. Dont go ahead and connect all your devices before going through the set up. When I tried that I couldnt complete the set up. Heres what I did that worked.
1) Plug in the Router Orbi, Turn on, then connect the Ethernet form your modem in. Wait for the Light ring to turn white.
2) Find the location you want to put the Orbi Satellite, then plug it and power on.
3) The Satellites light ring will also turn white, then Magenta while the the 2 should automatically try to sync with each other. If they do the ring on the Satellite with turn solid blue then off.
4) If it turns Amber they are too far apart, so move them closer
5) If the Satellite does not turn solid blue then you will need to manually sync them by pressing the sync buttons on both.
6) It took awhile, but eventually the light turned solid blue then off. They are now connected so you can move on.
7) Now you are ready to log on to the Orbi's set up page and go through the web based set up.
Once I had it all set up I was very surprised at the speeds I was getting from my Wired and Wireless connections. My internet max speeds are set at 150 MBPS, but I was actually able to get 180 MBPS downloads when wired, and the same speeds with my Galaxy S7 connected wirelessly. This was literally over 100 MBPS faster than my other router. And even more important was the connection strength. In my room about 30 feet away from the router I use to drop to 1 -2 bars on my Galaxy S7, but with the Orbi I had a full 4 bars and amazing speeds.
And we have a lot of devices that rely on that wireless connection and now have no dead spots, and all the speeds for all devices are great. No more Netflix buffering, or low resolution when streaming. Another thing I didnt know at first was that this only has one SSID to choose from. No more switching from 2.4ghz to 5ghz depending on where you are in the house. It automatically chooses the best and strongest connection each time.
So in summary this is a must for anyone that wants great speeds, simple set up, fast wired speeds, and full wireless coverage throughout your house or office. Thank you for reading and have a nice day.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Wanted to Love but Didn't
Posted by: mikeheel from: on
I wanted to love the Netgear Orbi system. I really did. But, alas, it was not meant to be.
First, the positives:
1. Impressive speed and wifi coverage. If that's all you're looking for, then the Orbi is a strong contender.
2. Relatively attractive appearance.
3. MU-MIMO ability.
4. USB port and a few LAN ports.
5. Print server function.
6. The satellite unit does make a big difference in terms of signal strength in areas of the house further from the primary router.
1. No guest network. Seriously? I had a hard time believing this was correct, but that's what the setup software said, and there was no way to override or change it.
2. Horrendous management app and software. I've used a lot of modems in my day. The Netgear app and UI is far behind other top routers, IMO.
3. Setup process is automated and had to be restarted several times before it actually worked. Even registration didn't work. I would have preferred a manual setup option.
The lack of flexibility in terms of secondary networks is a killer for me. I really did not think there were wireless routers being sold in 2016 that could not accommodate a guest network. Yet, the Netgear is a new product in a new niche - the home mesh network. The idea seems to have a lot of merit, but this attempt isn't worth the price, IMO.
I was provided this router for review. My normal router is a Linksys EA9500. I must admit the signal strength for the Netgear exceeded the Linksys, and both were equal in terms of speed. That's saying something, because the Linksys is the best router I've ever used. That's part of why I think the home mesh network idea has merit.
But the Netgear was not good enough to make me want to switch. Improve the UI, and add guest network capacity, and maybe I'd reconsider.
31 out of 42 found this review helpful.
Easy Set-Up and Great Wi-Fi Coverage
Posted by: jsisko76 from: on
This is a great Wi-Fi solution for those that need improved coverage in their home or a network capable of handling faster speeds. My ISP (Internet Service Provider) originally installed their router in one corner on the first story of my 2 story home. That has prevented me from getting strong Wi-Fi signals throughout my home and especially on the 2nd floor. Netgear's Orbi to the rescue!
I installed the primary Orbi router in a more central location on my first floor, running an ethernet cable behind my couch to my ISP router. I then installed the Orbi satellite on the 2nd story of my home in a convenient location. Pairing the Orbi router and satellite was simple and painless.
Once I had the devices paired I connected my laptop and checked browsing speeds. Web pages loaded as fast as they ever have. I then ran speed tests in every corner of each story of my home and found that I was getting maximum speed everywhere. This set-up really accomplishes what it sets out to do.
One bonus for the Orbi is that both the router and the satellite have 3 ethernet ports that you can hardwire devices to if you prefer that over wireless. That has provided me with 3 ethernet ports in my upstairs loft that I never had before in case I wanted to connect a non-wireless printer to the network or some other useful device.
The speeds this unit is capable of are advertised at 3Gbps. I don't have a need for that fast of a speed yet, but if I needed to stream 4k content over Wi-Fi in the future, I am all set!
I highly recommend the Netgear Orbi for taking your home network to the next level.
10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
A WiFi link extender that works really well
Posted by: FlyingC from: Stillwater, OK on
I debated with myself whether to order the Orbi or not, but I decided to give it a try based on the link extending capabilities it advertised. I already have a premium wireless router and tried using a link extender with it to cover my whole house (about 2500 sq ft). It worked great if I connected the link extender via Ethernet to my router, but not when I tried to use the wireless connection option. It seemed like I couldn't move the extender very far from my router at all before it was "out of range." The problem, though, was that I didn't have an existing Ethernet cable where it made the most sense to put the extender to best cover the house. So, I decided to try the Orbi and replace my current router and WiFi setup with it.
First, I completely replaced my router with the Orbi router. It has an option to be used just as an AP instead of a router/AP, but I think the fewer things broadcasting in the WiFi channels the better off your signal will be. After creating a Netgear account, etc. I was able to get it working and get the firmware updated. Next, I placed the satellite Orbi in a convenient location near the other end of my house. This was my ideal location for coverage, but I was never able to get a wireless extender to link up there before. In this case, the Orbi connected perfectly, indicated by the blue LED ring on top after the initial startup. I was impressed! To me, this is the real strength of the Orbi--the special backhaul wireless link between the units.
Last, I updated the firmware on the satellite and started getting all of my wireless devices re-connected to the WiFi. I used the same SSID and password as my old system, so most things connected automatically (thermostats, Wink hub, cameras, Roku, etc.) I then tested WiFi access from the far reaches of my garages and was again impressed. In locations where I had a weak signal before (even with the Ethernet-connected extender), I now had "all the bars" with a strong WiFi signal.
Overall, I'm very happy with the Orbi and would recommend it. The one feature that I was surprised was not available with it was guest WiFi access. That's not a big issue for me, but if you absolutely rely on that it might be a problem for you. Otherwise, I found many other strengths with the Orbi as a router. Here are some of the features I like:
o The vase-like design is actually a big plus. I was able to set the satellite unit out in the open in our utility room and not get any questions about "that alien-looking thing on top of the fridge with all the antennas sticking out of it."
o The Traffic Meter feature is nice, showing you upload/download amounts for today, yesterday, the previous week, and previous month. If your home Internet has a data cap, this might be useful to monitor. It would be better if it showed usage by device (to find out who the data hog is), but I didn't see that kind of detail.
o The Netgear Genie app for phones is handy, but only works when connected to the local WiFi.
o Speaking of the Genie app, the My Media part of it was a very pleasant surprise. I have a Windows 7 machine I've used as a DVR/media server for years. The app found my PC and I was able to quickly browse music and movies and play them directly on my phone. This works on the local WiFi not from an Internet location, just to be clear.
o In general, the web setup under advanced settings has more detailed controls and options than other routers I've seen in the similar price range. Things like the logging detail, email notifications, and detailed web site/key word blocking are the best I've seen from consumer-grade products like this.
o The Parental Controls options were impressive, and not necessarily just for parents. You can select individual categories of sites to block like "typo squatting" and "parked domains" which could help protect everyone from malware. It's accomplished using OpenDNS and you can set up a free account through the Genie app or regular web browser.