With its sleek, modern design, you can display the Netgear Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System like a piece of artwork on your entertainment centre. Orbi’s gorgeous shell encases four high-gain internal antennas that increase the wireless range to the far corners of your home.
Netgear Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System
The Netgear Orbi uses a single router and a second satellite device. This device supposedly boosts the single and provides a reliable signal for a home up to 4000 square feet in size.
I love the look of the router and satellite, they look more like a Philips humidifier. The main unit has 3-gigabit ethernet ports and a USB 2.0 port. I was surprised this wasn’t a USB 3.0 port. Both units have a blue LED along the top, which will change to indicate the signal strength.
The Orbi has to be the easiest piece of kit I have had the pleasure to install. You connect the main unit to your router, then connect the satellite somewhere else in your house. The two instantly communicate with each other, this is indicated by a red glow on the top. You can then use the web page to run the startup wizard.
This is for people with a simple understanding of technology. IT’s lacking some advanced controls. But there are parental controls which is great for a family. The Orbi creates a single network which combines 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. All controls have to be done via the webpage, there is no app.
My broadband speed, when plugged directly into the router, is around 65mb. When testing on the satellite device in the corner of the room, I was able to get around 50mb.
The main plus for me is the reliable wifi connection. I can be in any room in the house or garden and get a constant wifi connection.