Setup, Warranty and Support Netgear has taken the lead in the race to create a home Wi-Fi network system that all but sets itself up. Packaging The Orbi WiFi system comes in an elegant box and all of the features are listed on the back of the box such as the coverage, model number, and WiFi speed. At a distance of 30 feet, the Orbi router scored 223Mbps, and the satellite scored 220Mbps. I see how to set up as an access point but not how to attach to my modem or router. This fee will be quoted at checkout. An additional Shipping and Handling fee will apply to express shipments.
Provided you get a good working unit one with no firmware issues, as in the satellite I've added , it is easy enough to install. I did make sure that I followed the communities suggestion for modifying the Xfinity router first before I did anything else. The antennas are capable of beamforming, however, which is a feature that cleverly detects the location of devices connected to the Wi-Fi, and aims the wireless network towards that location for better coverage. The satellite component also has a light ring that blinks white while the satellite is booting up and turns solid blue when the connection to the router is good, amber when it's fair, and magenta when it loses its connection. During this time, the light ring blinked white and magenta and then turned solid blue, indicating a good signal with the router. I thought this was something on Apple's end until I started reading the forums on Netgear and realized that this is a major, widespread issue and one that Netgear is not solving with a significant amount of urgency.
So far, no router was able to deliver enough bandwidth for me to get more than a 1080p resolution from Netflix. Plug it in and wait 3 minutes. I installed Echos in the house and none of the units upstairs could find the network. Add up to 2,500 sq. For some, setting up an access point is out of the question, as it requires running cables. Installation and Performance The Orbi system is very easy to install. Note: the description on Amazon states it works with Cox, plus the packaging even has a Cox logo.
The Orbi also did well in complicated, 3D tests, with results very similar to the Linksys Velop's. You'll rest easy knowing that your information is safe from security breaches, viruses, malware, and network worms. If you are firmly set on using ethernet backhaul immediately, then I would look for a solution using devices which are intended to be used as dedicated access points. With the router 30 feet and two walls away, the Orbi extension projected 429. To install the satellite, I placed it around 30 feet from the Orbi router in my living room, plugged it in, and waited around two minutes while it synced with the router. Like most mesh-router systems, the Orbi automatically updates its own firmware.
As with the Luma and Eero systems, the Orbi uses a form of automatic band steering that doesn't allow you to separate the 2. You may have to move the satellite closer to the router. Something that many people forget to do which I would strongly encourage you to do is to update to the latest firmware. The Orbi's performance dropped off with distance, but not as rapidly as the Google Wifi's. You don't even need to install a mobile app. The lights make it easy to place the satellite in a central location that will provide a strong link to the router. As mirrors have metallic back, they shield WiFi into oblivion.
With such results, the Orbi's claim of 2,000 square feet of coverage per unit might be an underestimation. The router can handle up to three satellites, but each satellite communicates directly with the host router in a hub-and-spoke arrangement, rather than in a true mesh topology that would let data pass from one satellite to another. I ran the first speed test after setup and I thought the Speedtest app was broke! The opening around the top looks like a dust magnet. This is because after installing the router unit, the app asked us if we wanted to install the updated firmware for the unit. Also, the Orbi router along with the satellites utilize four high performance internal antennas.
The Orbi app Dashboard shows the network name and password, but you can obscure the password. It supports configurations of two 2. An additional Shipping and Handling fee will apply to shipments going to Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico. The estimated delivery time will be approximately 3 - 5 business days from the time of order. This fee will be quoted at checkout. With the router unit set up and working well, we then went to add a satellite unit elsewhere in the building to help expand the W-Fi.
Percentages indicate change from line-of-sight tests at same distances without extensions. As of right now there is only one satellite along with the main orbi router another coming in the mail. To support this configuration, each Orbi device has six high-performance amplified antennas around its perimeter. I only pay for upto 150mbps down and 10mbps up. As I purchased it from Costco, I have 90 days to return it if it suddenly stops working.
On initial connection I was getting the ~100+ mpbs I was paying for quite consistently. Despite these negatives, it did speed up my internet connections considerably compared to my old Airport Extreme. If you are still not able to set it up, then you can use the Orbi app to connect with a Netgear technician who will walk you through the process. It's a good performer, but the delivers better overall throughput and offers a more polished mobile app. The estimated delivery time will be approximately 1 - 2 business days from the time of order.