The orbi has completely transformed the internet access in my house. I used to use the box provided by virgin but the internet speed was up and down, signal strength patchy, even in a relatively small flat, to the point where my multi-room speaker system kept cutting out. Since installing the orbi and chaining my virgin box to modem only mode (easy to do), i have had full speed internet access and a strong signal throughout the flat. I was surprised by how much difference it has made.
After years of putting up with weak wifi, or none at all, in parts of my house, using apple extreme with an express extender i finally decided to make a change. The orbi system arrived beautifully packaged and set itself up even more easily than the instructions implied – as i didn’t even need to log in to the netgear website since the orbi system did it automatically for me. Once it was set up i now have maximum strength signals everywhere in the house – and even in the garden, which i have never had before. It is a little bit more expensive than some competitive systems – but you get what you pay for.
NETGEAR RBK50 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 5000 sq ft of Wi-Fi Coverage, Works with Amazon Alexa (AC3000 Tri Band Home Network with Router and Satellite)
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- Fast whole home Wi-Fi system – covers up to 5000 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
- Single Wi-Fi network name – provides seamless room-to-room roaming throughout your home
- 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
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.
I love this it’s better than i thought a recommended buy.
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.
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.
The orbi router satellite mix was a perfect solution. Happily the telephone support was up to. Orbi conquered the wifi distribution issues that others failed to address. I tried extenders and repeaters but nothing came near to my delivered speed unless you practically sat on top of the wifi device in question. We live in a 2500 sqft house build around a lot of structural steel. The orbi router satellite mix was a perfect solution. Happily the telephone support was up to the mark and solved some initial set up issues. With a fttp speed of i00 mps, i get 100 down and 75mps upload wifi speed throughout most of the 2 story house.
Replacing the abysmal talktalk super router, the orbi system allows all my wifi products to connect with ease. Coverage is good even though we have thick walls, streaming in two rooms simultaneously is no problem and both orbi units are really smart, i am able to hide all wiring and they were so easy to set up – i had one small problem and rang the helpline – a long wait but they were extremely helpful and had it sorted in minutes. Thoroughly recommend this system. I only have one criticism – the lack of any light on the face (the blue top light disappears when all is ok), i find myself connecting to wifi just to check the unit is still on.
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.
While the unit is expensive, i must say that i have tried other boosters and while they do work to some extent, they are nowhere as good as the orvibo. I found that setting up the unit was very very easy. Before using the orvibo i was getting an average download of 35 to 45 mbps i am now getting nothing less than 65 mbps. As i said an expensive unit but it definitely works for me. I would recommend this unit to anyone.
Completely fixed persistent problem with wi-fi coverage.
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).