One of the major challenges today that most of the internet users face is weak signals or dead zones in certain locations within their Wi-Fi equipped homes itself. Netgear has arrived with a recent Wi-Fi system called Orbi and the company claims that the new system is capable enough with this problem of signal drops.
The Orbi system comes with a tri-band mesh network wherein one channel is dedicatedly assigned to extend the internet from the router to the satellite and keeps the other two free to connect with their other Wi-Fi equipped home devices. Moreover, the setup of the new Orbi system is very simpler and user friendly. The Netgear Orbi comes with an uncomplicated browser-based installation program wherein you can easily access it through your computer or phone and even makes it simpler for you to figure out where to place the device.
The router which you need to plug into the gateway comes with a sky-blue top. While the satellite comes with a white top. After you plug-in the router, move the satellite around your home to find a good spot for it. A halo lamp at the top will then glow in three colors of magenta, amber or blue wherein they indicate whether you are out of range, or in the weak range or at a good distance from the router.
In most of the conventional routers available today, the router connects to your extenders over the same channel of your laptops, smartphones or other smart devices. With a dedicated 5GHz channel assigned to connecting the satellite and router, you can make use of the other 5GHz and 2.4GHz channel for connecting to other smart devices in your home. To reduce any complications, Netgear has assigned a unique network ID for both the bands so that your just don’t need to select between the two.
However, you speed is still dependent based on the number of devices that are connected to the network. Orbi will support the 802.11 standard with Wi-Fi speeds up to 3Gbps and both the satellite and the router comes with gigabyte ethernet ports on the back along with a USB 2.0 jack. Moreover, there is as additional parental control to block/blacklist over certain websites and prevent them from being viewed and can even set time permissions.
The Netgear Orbi is priced for $400 and with the Google OnHub recently getting much market attention and validation, it has to be seen how the new Wi-Fi system turns out to be the one wanted-by-all.