NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage : Great coverage but doesn’t support BT TV

A little sceptical as i have tried everything to get decent broadband in the two furthest rooms from the virgin superhub 2 (it has rubbish wifi) plugged the orbi in and now instead of a flakey 2mb/ sec i now get 113.

I now have seamless wifi throughout the. Have been cursed with awful wireless problems since moving into new house (with solid brick walls), virgin superhub with powerline adapters have been awful. I was highly sceptical before the orbi arrived and it was only a matter of time before i was going to return it. But it has been nothing short of a revelation. I now have seamless wifi throughout the house, tv works perfectly, no more buffering, new devices work without upsetting the virgin hub. I’m well impressednb after update, orbi stopped working – i had to contact netgear through live chat to sort this out. Beware its not as user friendly as one might hope. I would probably reduce to 4 stars but it just works so well (when it does).

NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

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  • Fast whole home Wi-Fi system – covers up to 3500 sq feet with high performance Wi-Fi; kit includes Wi-Fi router and wall plug satellite
  • Wall plug form factor for easy placement; just plug the satellite into any electrical socket to extend Wi-Fi coverage
  • Tri-Band technology – unlike other Wi-Fi sets that lose speed as you add devices, Orbi routers maintain data flow for your connected devices using a dedicated backhaul connection
  • Quick and 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
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa – control your home network using voice commands

Easy to setup and very reliable so far. Easy to setup and very reliable so far. I really like 3rd dedicated backhaul band purely for communications between the router and the satellite. The mobile app can be a bit better but not a big issue. Also, additional satellites are not easily available at least in uk and hoping them to be competitively priced. I totally recommend this for a very reliable and strong wifi without any blackspots.

Easy to setup and very reliable so far. Easy to setup and very reliable so far. I really like 3rd dedicated backhaul band purely for communications between the router and the satellite. The mobile app can be a bit better but not a big issue. Also, additional satellites are not easily available at least in uk and hoping them to be competitively priced. I totally recommend this for a very reliable and strong wifi without any blackspots.

All my wifi problems gone gone gone. . Not the cheapest solution but you get what you pay for, netgear hardware and software quality. A perfect home wifi solution easy setup facilitated by the structure of the software and clear written instructions plus a series of clear video setup instructions (on u tube). I have a traditional suburban brick built 3 bedroom house and the orbi signal reaches every corner of the house and garden which after years of struggling with a combination of wifi, powerline and hard wired never gave me the coverage i needed which h orbi doesin addition to the basic setup netgear offers through its genie software (on all the usual platforms netgear offers the more advanced user the facilityto make all the advanced settings if they so require as well as via a web browser interface. I am a computer and telecommunications engineer with 60 years experience and i think that i can recognise quality hardware and software when i see it as in the netgear orbi product.

NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite) : I love this it’s better than i thought a recommended buy.

Very well thought of system but i need a three units system to cover my flat. . I bought this 2 unit package after reading lots of thorough reviews and clearly the orbi came out first in most of them. I was extremely pleased with the design and the set-up, all well though of but i was disappointed with the performances. I leave in an 1500sq/ft three floors maisonette and i couldn’t get a 5ghz connection on the floor left without a satellite. And when i tested it with an iphone app, it showed big differences in throughput too. So for a 3 floors flat, i would need a 2nd satellite, hence a device on each floor. Which then in turn would make the orbi the most expensive system to buy. And not only that but the 3 units package (called rbk53 on netgear website) is not even available in the uk unfortunately. So i have returned the units and i guess i will try their competitor the linksys velop, see if it works better. To sum it up, the main flow of this non-mesh system is that your router must be in the centre of the house and that consequently one satellite might not be enough. Also if you need to connect an appletv with an ethernet cable, then you need a satellite near enough. And that would leave a signal too weak in the room left without a unit.

Had been getting pretty much terrible wifi speed and coverage (eventually added an extender) from sky broadband. Took a chance on the netgear orbi and haven’t looked back since. Setup takes 15 mins and can be done via the app. Speeds and coverage have increased dramatically since. Over wifi was previously getting 2mbps download speeds and now getting about 11-12bmbps (if you’re on virgin you’ll likely get far more). Youtube streams are pretty fast now. People have discussed dropping connections. This is an issue with netgears beamforming features (which are now disabled out of the box to get around this issue). Surprised hasn’t been fixed yet as was acknowledged last year.

A little sceptical as i have tried everything to get decent broadband in the two furthest rooms from the virgin superhub 2 (it has rubbish wifi) plugged the orbi in and now instead of a flakey 2mb/ sec i now get 113.

I know how very good wifi everywhere in my 3 story house. Easy to configure yet advanced enough for the tech savvy.

Rbk 50 – 5,000 square feet is only 4,000 sq feet. The description says that the rbk50 twin pack covers 5,000 sq feet, but the actual box clearly says 4,000 sq feet, so it has 20% less coverage than stated here. This obviously has an impact if you’re looking to cover a large area and it is shocking that amazon / netgear have allowed this to mislead consumers buying the units. The unit works well enough and is easy to set up, but the range on it is the same as my apple airport station, so i’m left with the option of having to spend another £190 to buy another satellite unit.

Completely fixed persistent problem with wi-fi coverage.

Very expensive but it’s gotta be said netgear have really hit the mark with these. . They replaced my linksys ea8500 which had absolutely shocking 5ghz range, now literally every inch of my home has 5bar *excellent* signal strength. Will be using these for years to come. I also get my full 300mbps virgin media speed aswell.

Love my orbi wi-fi system. . It’s stabilised my whole home network after years of trying different routers/modems/extenders. Bit pricey but worth every penny to me on my years of wasted time troubleshooting.

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  1. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

    Amazon prime did not disappoint. I’m not a techy so don’t get in. Bought this to replace an asus router where the ethernet ports had failed, it was a need it and need it now, amazon prime did not disappoint. I’m not a techy so don’t get in to the details i just want something that works and that is what i got it. The range of the wifi is brilliant, does more than what i need really. The link between the router and the satellite is better than i expected, i think i’ve got quite a large house and the router is in the top right at the front, the satellite is in the bottom left at the back, no problems with the internal connection. I’ve been using for over two weeks now and have not had any of the issues that other reviewers seem to have been experiencing so at the moment all good.
    1. Amazon prime did not disappoint. I’m not a techy so don’t get in. Bought this to replace an asus router where the ethernet ports had failed, it was a need it and need it now, amazon prime did not disappoint. I’m not a techy so don’t get in to the details i just want something that works and that is what i got it. The range of the wifi is brilliant, does more than what i need really. The link between the router and the satellite is better than i expected, i think i’ve got quite a large house and the router is in the top right at the front, the satellite is in the bottom left at the back, no problems with the internal connection. I’ve been using for over two weeks now and have not had any of the issues that other reviewers seem to have been experiencing so at the moment all good.
      1. Orbi rbk40 fast setup, fast wi-fi. I needed a router that could penetrate the 60cm (2ft) thick walls of my old spanish farmhouse. The setup was quick and simple, more or less just pressing buttons. Once i’d found the optimum position for the satellite unit i was amazed at the quality and speed of the links for all connected items. Once up and running i found there are many more setting options for those who need them but it was it was gratifying to find it worked straight out of the box without the need for tweaking. Although the initial cost seemed quite high, it does exactly what it advertises and turns out to be money very well spent.
  2. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

    Orbi rbk40 fast setup, fast wi-fi. I needed a router that could penetrate the 60cm (2ft) thick walls of my old spanish farmhouse. The setup was quick and simple, more or less just pressing buttons. Once i’d found the optimum position for the satellite unit i was amazed at the quality and speed of the links for all connected items. Once up and running i found there are many more setting options for those who need them but it was it was gratifying to find it worked straight out of the box without the need for tweaking. Although the initial cost seemed quite high, it does exactly what it advertises and turns out to be money very well spent.
    1. Simple, effective and a joy to set up. . Isn’t it wonderful when technology catches up. There i was trying to work out exactly how i was going to drill in and out of walls in my old house to set up wifi access points when my research led me to this alternative solution. It arrives neatly packaged with simple instructions. First i accessed my current router – a sky hub – and switched off the 5 ghz wifi, but out of curiosity left the 2. I then connected the first orbi – a large but not unattractive thing – to the sky modem and powered it up. I then placed one of the satellites in my office and the other upstairs and powered them up. I opened my iphone, and downloaded the netgear orbi app. The instructions are so simple, connect to the new wifi – tick – reboot the sky modem and wait for the orbi to connect to the internet – tick.
  3. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

    Simple, effective and a joy to set up. . Isn’t it wonderful when technology catches up. There i was trying to work out exactly how i was going to drill in and out of walls in my old house to set up wifi access points when my research led me to this alternative solution. It arrives neatly packaged with simple instructions. First i accessed my current router – a sky hub – and switched off the 5 ghz wifi, but out of curiosity left the 2. I then connected the first orbi – a large but not unattractive thing – to the sky modem and powered it up. I then placed one of the satellites in my office and the other upstairs and powered them up. I opened my iphone, and downloaded the netgear orbi app. The instructions are so simple, connect to the new wifi – tick – reboot the sky modem and wait for the orbi to connect to the internet – tick.
  4. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

    Top internet speed and performance in every room of my house. So many people complain about the fact their wi-fi signal is terrible in certain rooms of their house. Most people blame their service provider. People should remember – the wi-fi router your service provider gives you is a cheap piece of kit. Orbi is like the bmw i8 of your internet system. Orbi brings me a full wi-fi signal to every room in my house. I’m getting max speed everywhere and my life has fewer frustrations.
    1. Top internet speed and performance in every room of my house. So many people complain about the fact their wi-fi signal is terrible in certain rooms of their house. Most people blame their service provider. People should remember – the wi-fi router your service provider gives you is a cheap piece of kit. Orbi is like the bmw i8 of your internet system. Orbi brings me a full wi-fi signal to every room in my house. I’m getting max speed everywhere and my life has fewer frustrations.
  5. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

    Excellent kit – shame about the plug/transformer. Selected to cope with old long house and very thick walls. Relatively easy to set up out of the box and get running. Mobile app a little limited. Ended up purchasing additional satellite to provide satisfactory coverage, including garden. Would recommend for challenging wifi areas. I have not given 5 stars solely because of the ridiculous plug arrangement whereby the transformer is part of the three pin plug, resulting in a large and unwieldy unit projecting from the wall and thus making it impossible to locate easily behind furniture. Given the design aesthetic behind the rest of the system (coloured lights, shape etc) this is simply inexplicable. Did briefly consider dissembling plug and creating bespoke arrangement, but suspect warranty would suffer.
  6. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

    Excellent kit – shame about the plug/transformer. Selected to cope with old long house and very thick walls. Relatively easy to set up out of the box and get running. Mobile app a little limited. Ended up purchasing additional satellite to provide satisfactory coverage, including garden. Would recommend for challenging wifi areas. I have not given 5 stars solely because of the ridiculous plug arrangement whereby the transformer is part of the three pin plug, resulting in a large and unwieldy unit projecting from the wall and thus making it impossible to locate easily behind furniture. Given the design aesthetic behind the rest of the system (coloured lights, shape etc) this is simply inexplicable. Did briefly consider dissembling plug and creating bespoke arrangement, but suspect warranty would suffer.
  7. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

    A great product after the firmware update. I have initially decided to return the item due to unstable connection with ios devices. I am now keeping it and is a very happy user. After the latest update of firmware in sep/nov, the router is now fast (quick faster than my old airport extreme due to much wider coverage of signal through the dedicated backhaul) and stable. As long as netgear is willing to invest resources to provide good software to support the excellent hardware – this will continue to be a great product.
  8. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

    A great product after the firmware update. I have initially decided to return the item due to unstable connection with ios devices. I am now keeping it and is a very happy user. After the latest update of firmware in sep/nov, the router is now fast (quick faster than my old airport extreme due to much wider coverage of signal through the dedicated backhaul) and stable. As long as netgear is willing to invest resources to provide good software to support the excellent hardware – this will continue to be a great product.
  9. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

    Set and forget – we’re taking it for granted now. . Ok, so it isn’t a cheap item, but if you are looking for a ‘set up and forget’ system then this would be a good choice. It certainly has been doing the job in our house for some months now. The range of the device is very satisfying – you might even be able to place the unit in the right spot right away with very little further moving around needed. Ours was plugged in to our existing router and i hope i understood the instructions correctly on that point. But, basically, that’s all there to it. It solved our connection issues immediately. What’s not to like (apart from the price, perhaps)?.Oh, and it isn’t the ugliest item either, so that’s a wee bonus.
    1. Set and forget – we’re taking it for granted now. . Ok, so it isn’t a cheap item, but if you are looking for a ‘set up and forget’ system then this would be a good choice. It certainly has been doing the job in our house for some months now. The range of the device is very satisfying – you might even be able to place the unit in the right spot right away with very little further moving around needed. Ours was plugged in to our existing router and i hope i understood the instructions correctly on that point. But, basically, that’s all there to it. It solved our connection issues immediately. What’s not to like (apart from the price, perhaps)?.Oh, and it isn’t the ugliest item either, so that’s a wee bonus.
  10. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK30 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 3500 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Wall Plug Satellite)

    Performance seems to be good. Our house is two stories and 2000 square. This is the second unit that we received; the first didn’t work at all, we couldn’t connect to it. Set-up is a bit fiddly – you should watch the video on youtube – but it went quite smoothly in the end. Performance seems to be good. Our house is two stories and 2000 square foot. The router is in one corner of the house and the satellite is in the upstairs bedroom furthest away from it. The signal is strong throughout the house.
    1. Performance seems to be good. Our house is two stories and 2000 square. This is the second unit that we received; the first didn’t work at all, we couldn’t connect to it. Set-up is a bit fiddly – you should watch the video on youtube – but it went quite smoothly in the end. Performance seems to be good. Our house is two stories and 2000 square foot. The router is in one corner of the house and the satellite is in the upstairs bedroom furthest away from it. The signal is strong throughout the house.
      1. After checking out a few of the cheaper options i decided not to skimp and went for the orbi over mesh wifi sytems. This is mainly due to the sheer power of the system and the fact that its not a mesh so there is very little drop in throughput for the satellite node. I needed strongest signal possible in my office which is some 70ft or so from the router (a tired virgin super hub 3. 0 which used to kick out a good signal). The orbi system covers this easily and i am consistently getting 180mbps downloads. This is with the router and satellite 40ft, and 4 walls away from each other. Out goes all my other wifi kit and powerline adaptors.
  11. After checking out a few of the cheaper options i decided not to skimp and went for the orbi over mesh wifi sytems. This is mainly due to the sheer power of the system and the fact that its not a mesh so there is very little drop in throughput for the satellite node. I needed strongest signal possible in my office which is some 70ft or so from the router (a tired virgin super hub 3. 0 which used to kick out a good signal). The orbi system covers this easily and i am consistently getting 180mbps downloads. This is with the router and satellite 40ft, and 4 walls away from each other. Out goes all my other wifi kit and powerline adaptors.
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    Exceptional product well worth extra cost. Excellent wifi range recommend to replace any hub provided by suppliers like virgin or sky for improved speed and stronger signal.
    1. Exceptional product well worth extra cost. Excellent wifi range recommend to replace any hub provided by suppliers like virgin or sky for improved speed and stronger signal.
      1. Provides excellent wifi around the house, the connection to my pc over wifi is still 50 mps.
  13. Provides excellent wifi around the house, the connection to my pc over wifi is still 50 mps.
    1. Great device easy to set up and has improved the wifi fi speeds in our house no end. . Great device easy to set up and has improved the wifi fi speeds in our house no end.
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    Great device easy to set up and has improved the wifi fi speeds in our house no end. . Great device easy to set up and has improved the wifi fi speeds in our house no end.