NETGEAR Orbi Home WiFi System: AC3000 Tri Band Home Network with Router & Satellite Extender for up to 5,000sqft of WiFi coverage (RBK50) Works with Amazon Alexa
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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
- Amazon Sales Rank: #55 in Personal Computers
- Size: 2-Pack WiFi System (Up to 5000 sqft)
- Brand: NETGEAR
- Model: RBK50-100NAS
- Released on: 2016-09-23
- Aspect ratio: Unknown
- Format: CD-ROM
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 8.89" h x 3.10" w x 6.70" l, 3.92 pounds
- Battery type: Lithium Ion
- FAST WHOLE HOME WIFI SYSTEM - Covers up to 5000 square feet with high performance WiFi; kit includes WiFi router and Satellites
- TRI-BAND TECHNOLOGY - Unlike other WiFi sets that lose speed as you add devices, Orbi routers maintain data flow for your connected devices using a dedicated backhaul connection
- SINGLE WIFI NETWORK NAME - Provides seamless room-to-room roaming throughout your home.
- QUICK & EASY SETUP - No need to create new accounts; just download the Orbi app, plug in your system, and follow the instructions on your PC, Mac or mobile device to get your house on the net
- GUEST NETWORK - Easily set up a separate and secure WiFi network for visitors and guests to use; the perfect web gear combo for movie streaming and gaming sessions with friends and family
- Use the Orbi app or any web browser to create secure whole home WiFi in minutes. No accounts to create or personal information needed to setup.
- COMPATIBLE WITH AMAZON ECHO/ALEXA - Control your home network using voice commands
Most helpful customer reviews
171 of 182 people found the following review helpful.
THE wifi dead spot solution for large homes...
Just moved to a 3,500 SF 2-story home. Initially bought a Netgear AC1750. Great router, but just wasn't reaching the far ends of the house or back patio. Decided to try the Orbi after a ton of research on mesh network products. Installation was a bit cumbersome, as I had to logon with a laptop to configure the router to AP mode (behind a Spectrum Modem) and adjust a few other settings. I also had to manually download and install the firmware update. Not hard, just took some time.
Performance is outstanding with 1 caveat: It all depends on where you place the satellite Orbi. Initially I placed my satellite in the upstairs rear game room, while my router sits in the office downstairs at the front of the house. I was getting an Amber LED and very slow wifi speeds at the satellite. I ended up moving the satellite one room closer to the router upstairs and I got a Blue LED. Bam! Suddenly I was pegging out my download speeds on wifi. Drop off in speeds throughout my house is minimal and I have 3 bars everywhere. My back patio is a mix of 2-3 bars, and speeds about 75% of that inside. Still, I am impressed.
If you have a large house, Orbi is THE product you need for wifi solutions.
I am giving it 4-stars due to high price. I think 250-300 is fair. 350 is a bit high. And also for the somewhat cumbersome initial setup. That being said, I would recommend this.
162 of 179 people found the following review helpful.
Get more of the broadband you're paying for
By Wood B. Hermit
When my “Belkin AC 1800 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router (F9K1118)” purchased here on Amazon in 2013 eventually was determined to be the bottleneck that was letting me consistently use only about 40 Mbps (27%) of the Cox broadband (150 Mbps download & 10 Mbps upload) that I was purchasing each month, this was the new WiFi solution that I opted to try. I was definitely not disappointed in doing so!
The download speeds throughout my house are now consistently in the 110-150 Mbps range with some fluctuation that occasionally also has yielded more than the 150 Mbps that I am supposed to get. I have 170-180 Mbps coming out of my cable modem (ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Retail Packaging – White) via Ethernet. This Orbi system simultaneously handles my desktop PC, Vonage VOIP telephone, two (2) Dropcam Pros (on 24/7), two (2) Amazon Echos, one (1) tablet, one (1) laptop PC, one (1) Canon all-in-one printer and one (1) Roku 4 streaming device without any problems or degradation in bandwidth.
The only device that I own which occasionally has exhibited rather large fluctuations in WiFi download speed is my brand new Moto Z Play smartphone (from 40 Mbps to about 120 Mbps). I am certain that this is phone-related since no other device on my network has this problem, but don't know what the underlying cause of this may be.
The overall setup process of this still somewhat pricey router and satellite system which arrives nicely and impressively packaged is simple and quick: 1) connection of the router to modem and power, 2) proper placement of the plugged in satellite, 3) noting of appropriate color changes emitted by each device and acting accordingly. This is accompanied by administrator account setup with proper login & entry of information at the Netgear web portal (orbilogin). If you’ve setup a router before, none of this should be overwhelming. This should take no more than 15 minutes and quick setup instructions are included.
There was one problem during the setup process with the firmware for the satellite not being available for automatic download and installation through orbilogin. This had to be downloaded from the Netgear support website and installed manually. If this proves to be problem, give Netgear a call and they’ll walk you through the process.
Also, note that the initial blue illumination of the satellite indicating a good connection to the router will stay on significantly longer than the 10 seconds incorrectly mentioned in the included Quick Setup Guide; it’s more like a few minutes until it finally shuts off on its own. This and other potentially useful information can be found in the 124-page User Manual (PDF file) which is available for download from the Netgear support website.
A sporadic problem that I experienced with my Dropcam Pro cameras losing their WiFi connection 2-3 times daily for about 10 minutes at a time until reconnecting on their own was solved by simply rebooting the router through the orbilogin web portal. Since doing this, my WiFi has been rock-solid, never a dropped connection!
An additional very nice benefit of this WiFi system is the fact that the satellite has four (4) available Ethernet ports. This now allows me to connect my Roku 4 streaming device to the Internet by means of a hardwired connection versus prior 5 GHz WiFi since my old router with its Ethernet ports was necessarily located in another room. The additional improvement in streaming is readily noticeable!
There are competing mesh WiFi systems currently available (eero, Luma, AmpliFi HD & LR, Google WiFi with likely more to come), but as of the date of this review it is the Orbi system by Netgear that has been rated best by PC Magazine for throughput over distance and overall performance. You can consult the PC Magazine website for several detailed articles and pertinent tests on all of the aforementioned mesh WiFi systems.
So far I can recommend this innovative mesh WiFi system without any reservations whatsoever. If you buy one, you’ll very likely also be duly impressed.
UPDATE ON 01/04/2017: New Mesh WiFi System (tri-band Linksys Velop) available on 01/15/2017
Linksys (a Belkin company) has introduced a new competing mesh WiFi system that is comparably priced at CES in Las Vegas on 01/03/2017.
A quick performance review by PC Magazine (see their website) on 01/03/2017 describes comparable overall performance to the Netgear Orbi system reviewed above. The Velop beats the Orbi in certain performance parameters and the Orbi proves superior to the Velop in others, essentially a tit for tat situation if you look at the numbers.
PC Magazine has even gone so far as to not only rate the Linksys Velop as an Editor’s Choice, but also as the best mesh WiFi system that they have tested, supposedly even better than the Orbi.
However, the latter assertion strongly depends on what you are looking for in a mesh WiFi system:
1) All two (2) or three (3) devices (depending on how many need to be purchased based on your square footage) of the Velop system are 100% identical with only two (2) Ethernet ports each and no USB ports at all. After creating the connection between the first Velop unit (node in Linksys jargon) and your modem for Internet access, only a single Ethernet port remains. If you also have a VOIP phone box or other device to connect, that’s it. No more wired connections are available. Obviously, this will not work for everyone! You can always get a switch, but why should you have to do so with such an expensive router? Both the Orbi router and satellite units offer far superior connectivity options with four (4) Ethernet ports as well as one (1) USB port available per device.
2) The Linksys Velop also provides the end user with much less control over the WiFi network which is ultimately set up. Only a smartphone app (no web portal at all!) is available to check and adjust a significantly limited number of settings and options overall. Personally, I welcome having smartphone app access to my network settings. However, I prefer that this be available in addition to web access, not in place of it.
Exclusively having used Belkin routers since first getting broadband and WiFi in 2003, I must say that I have serious doubts about the timeliness with which the manufacturer will provide needed firmware updates for the aforementioned Velop mesh WiFi system. My “Belkin AC 1800 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router (F9K1118)” which was replaced by this Netgear Orbi system had not received a pertinent firmware update in three (3) years! This may have been one of the reasons for its poor throughput performance (see my review above) on my 150 Mbps connection. Belkin (and also Linksys?) hardware support after the sale appears to be spotty at best. Netgear Orbi just had its second successful firmware update today (01/04/2017) since I received it about fourteen days ago.
49 of 52 people found the following review helpful.
Speed Test Speaks for Itself!!
By Andrew R
Having a strong wifi signal is something that always seemed out of reach. It always seemed like something everyone else had, but I always seemed to have trouble with. I have to tell you, things have changed since I purchased and installed Orbi!! Let me give you my set up - I live in a 2 story 3000 sq ft house with my wife and 3 kids. We have A LOT of devices connecting to our home wifi network. Life before Orbi was full of buffering and complaints of slow loading, and I finally decided to do something about it. After trying several other remedies such as adding a wifi extender and changing the wifi channel on my router, I decided to take the plunge and purchase the Orbi, and boy am I glad I did! It took me less than 10 minutes to unbox, set up the router and satellite unit and go through the steps on the app to complete the installation. In other words it was a breeze! The light on the top of the satellite unit will change color to alert you of the strength of connection in any given area in your home. Very simple and intuitive! I ran a speed test with wifi on my old router and wifi with Orbi and the difference was incredible! I am adding pictures so you can see for yourself. This is so worth the extra money for anyone who has ever had issues or frustrations with slow internet, as I have in the past. If you can afford it, do yourself a favor and make this your next purchase, you will not regret it! *********update 6 months later - I have added several devices to my wifi network and everything is running seamlessly with no buffering or loading problems! This continues to be the best wifi solution I have ever had and I would very highly recommend! It goes on sale every couple of weeks so keep your eye out!!