NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage : Superb WiFi At last!

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.

Fixed my wifi woes in an instant. I have very fast internet from my isp but i had real issues with wifi performance. I tried power line adapters and wifi extenders but just could not get good speed when i left the room where my main router was located. I know this is quite expensive but it has created a step change in my home connectivity. I now have almost full speed wherever i go in my house with a great strong connection. It is worth the money and i’m very pleased with the solution. It is really easy to set up and has remained stable for many days now with no hiccups. Highly recommended and fixed all my home internet connectivity overnight.

NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Satellite)

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  • Fast whole home Wi-Fi system – covers up to 4000 sq feet with high performance Wi-Fi; kit includes Wi-Fi router and satellites
  • 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
  • Guest network – easily set up a separate and secure Wi-Fi network for visitors and guests to use; an ideal web gear combo for movie streaming and gaming sessions with friends and family
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa – control your home network using voice commands

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.

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.

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.

NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Satellite) :

I pre ordered this as soon as i saw it as i am regularly required to troubleshoot the horrible system of airport expresses and powerline adaptors that is the only way to get wifi round my large ish house which is full of ironstone. I hoped that this would be a proper solution and despite the expense (i got it at the preorder price of £315) i went for it as i still had slow spots. Basic setup was seamless, it updated itself, and off we went. My preferred location was too far for the satellite but i moved it to the next room and all was well. Its three storey house and speed is fantastic upwards – i’ve had to use a powerline for one bedroom sideways from the satellite as its a long and tall house – but height hardly seems to bother the speeds. I think £400 is a lot for this, but i probably spent that on the previous various bits of kit and this just. I’d buy a second satellite but i dont seem to be able to yet.

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.

Probably the best router for coverage on the market. Having moved into a house and had bt infinity installed we were using their very good home hub 5. This gave great coverage, but didn’t have the option of a guest network. So we swapped to our previous router, which gave us a guest network but not great coverage. We were sceptical about buying these due to the price, but i must say that they are really very good. Our home is around 2,200 sq ft and we now get 3 out of 3 bars of wifi coverage everywhere in the home including the garage, front garden and we can easily stream youtube in hd at the bottom of the garden. This wouldn’t have been possible without this product. It also has the guest wifi functionality that we needed. An expensive bit of kit, but i am pleased we have it as we now have excellent and fast coverage throughout our home and garden.

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.

So after problems mainly with sky q and coverage in general i have been looking at whole home wifi options. After troweling through many reviews i ordered the orbi yesterday, within an hour of arrival today i have very solid wifi over a large detached 7 bed house, sonos is working fine, sky q is working fine and so far no problems with any devices 🙂 i did have to reboot sky and a couple of other devices even though i retained my old ssid and password (orbi is configurable) but as soon as they started voila no problems. I’m using my exisiting billion 7800 dxl router connected to fibre and have set the orbi system to work in purely ‘ap’ mode not as a router. Overall very impressed so far and hope it continues as its still day 1.

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.

Fixed my wifi problems but not as well or as easily as i hoped when i paid £400. . Update:after some back and forth with customer service (who are very responsive and helpful by the way) some of the issues have been fixed. Particularly i refer to the lack of vlan tagging (mentioned below). This functionality was added in an update and i have now managed to get this working such that i am now using the orbi with my internet and internet over tv service successfully. I have retired my old router and am now just using the orbi. Hence point 2) below is now moot. There are still ease of use issues with this but the functionality is now there and its working in my case. Customer service have also promised to address point 4) below and so hopefully later versions of the software will be much easier to set up for those (almost everyone) who dont know what beamforming and mimo are or that they must have them switched on to get the best out of this product. Net result is that i am happier with this product than i was when i wrote this review but i am not changing the rating yet as the biggest issue point 4) is not yet fixed. For £400, none of these issues should have occurred and it should have been a snap to set up.

Great coverage but doesn’t support bt tv. Easy to setup and great wifi coverage. I’ve never been able to cover the whole house with a single router and finally the two units give great speeds everywhere. However, the orbi firmware currently will not support bt tv/youview. Until they fix this i’ve had to set the orbi to access point mode and connect it up to the bt homehub.

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  1. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Satellite)

    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.
    1. 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.
  2. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and 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.
  3. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and 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.
  4. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and 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.
  5. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and 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.
  6. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and 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. 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 RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and 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.
    1. 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.
      1. 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 RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and 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.
      1. I know how very good wifi everywhere in my 3 story house. Easy to configure yet advanced enough for the tech savvy.
  9. I know how very good wifi everywhere in my 3 story house. Easy to configure yet advanced enough for the tech savvy.
    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.
  10. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and 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. 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. This review is from : NETGEAR RBK40 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 4000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC2200 Tri-Band Home Network with Router and Satellite)

    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.
    1. Provides excellent wifi around the house, the connection to my pc over wifi is still 50 mps.
      1. Provides excellent wifi around the house, the connection to my pc over wifi is still 50 mps.