NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System – Wi-Fi Router and 2 Satellite Extenders with Speeds Up-to 2.2 Gbps Over 4,500 sq ft, AC2200 (RBK23)

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  • Brand name: NETGEAR
  • Item Weight: 476 g
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.4 x 16.8 cm
  • Item model number: RBK23-100UKS
  • ASIN: B079W15TM9
  • Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars 842 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,055 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories) .zg_hrsr { margin: 0; padding: 0; list-style-type: none; } .zg_hrsr_item { margin: 0 0 0 10px; } .zg_hrsr_rank { display: inline-block; width: 80px; text-align: right; } #30 in Whole Home & Mesh Wi-Fi Systems
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 Kg
  • Date First Available: 5 Feb. 2018


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NETGEAR RBK53 Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System Up to 7500 sq ft Coverage (11AC 3.0 Gbps Tri-Band with Router and 2 Satellites)So there are mixed user reviews about Orbi. Some of the less favourable comment comes from early adopters experiencing firmware issues; other comment was from folk who were clearly out of their depth as far as networking is concerned. I decided to take the plunge at the end of Jan 2018 and this review is based on 2 weeks operation.I needed to improve Wi-Fi coverage and replace a hotch-potch of AP extenders and mains powerline adaptors. The RBK53 kit (1 router/AP plus 2 satellites) has done the job perfectly. Netgear info suggested that a single satellite would suffice for my floor area, but given the need to cover a conventionally constructed but extended 2 storey house with an unusual 'L' shaped floorplan I opted for the full fat approach. Some of the internal walls were originally external cavity type - in particular between the router and satellites.Unboxing and setup was straightforward. As others have noted, the mains adaptors are quite bulky. The single most critical decision is whether to opt for Router or AP mode. Unless you really know the difference (or like me DON'T have a good reason for not using your existing router), then AP is the way to go. Turning off your modem/router's own WiFi is recommended by Netgear...quick to do on my Asus DSL-AC68U.The Orbi router fired up. I accessed the setup application by network cable and a laptop running Windows 10. The app is slick and remarkably quick: a lot of work has been done to remove hassle from the process. It finished off with downloading a firmware update and customer registration.The Orbi hardware is on the large size, but its design is unobtrusive with an attractive 'soft' finish to the off-white housings. Just as important, performance is excellent with whole house coverage never dropping below -60dBm and internet access speeds similar to wired connection. Although the router and satellites are all located on the ground floor, upstairs coverage is good.Expensive - yes - but worth it!
ORIGINAL REVIEW please see update below.I knew that this was overkill when I opted for it (the RBK30, or certainly the RBK40, would probably have done the job) but, at the time, the prices between the three kits on amazon made the RBK50 the logical choice.Setup was a breeze - really couldn't have been any easier.We're now getting 74 Mbs throughout the 5 apartment flat. Previously, with a BT Wi-FI extender in the sitting room, we were getting 4 to 6 Mbs, depending on the time of day.The router is in the office - which is at the opposite end of the flat to the sitting room - and is connected to a BT Home Hub 5. The satellite is in the sitting room. All walls in between are made of brick.As a bonus, we also get 50-60 Mbs in both the front and rear communal gardens and the flat is on the second floor.It's been in for a couple of weeks now and, so far, has been stable.I reckon this will turn out to be Install-And-Forget, which is just as it should be.Very happy with the purchase and would highly recommend.======= UPDATED at 9 Months In ===========One of the devices I had connected to this by Wi-Fi was an amazon Fire TV Box. This was connected - for audio - with other devices through a switching box by an SPDIF cable to a SONOS Playbase.I would get an intermittent but regular micro drop-out on audio (0.25seconds) while streaming movies or shows through it. Really annoying. Plugging in an ethernet cable - which connects through a Netgear switch to the SONOS Playbase and would then be using the SONOS mesh system - would temporarily solve the problem. This Sonos Mesh is ultimately connected to the Orbi Router again by ethernet which may or may not just be a pass through to a BT HH6 which has now replaced the BT HH5.Restarting the Orbi Satellite in the sitting room would also solve it - for maybe an hour or so.These micro drop-outs only happened while streaming TV - not when watching Broadcast TV or Blu-rays or listening to music through the SONOS Playbase.When I added into the set-up an X-Box ONE S (reporting in excess of 70Mbps over Wi-Fi) and was getting the same problem while streaming as I had with the Fire TV I figured I might as well try a BT Powerline adaptor (reporting in excess of 60Mbps) which I still had in use elsewhere in the house for a NON WI-Fi Humax Box.Glad I did. Problem solved - No drop-outs.The BT PowerLine adaptors are connected directly to the BT HH6 - NOT the Orbi Router.Nothing is now connected to the Ethernet port on the SONOS Playbase - it all goes through the Netgear switch to the Powerline adaptor.Ultimately, although I had one, I had to buy another pair of Powerline adaptors as the one I had was needed elsewhere. Ironically I'd sold a pair when I got the Orbi.There is now NO TV Streaming over Wi-Fi - it all goes through the Netgear switch to the Powerline adaptor.The Orbi Satellite will stay in the sitting room but the bandwidth that will now go through it will be greatly reduced as most of it will now be going through the Powerline adaptors.I'm still happy with the Orbi. Perhaps though not quite as much as I was two weeks in when I wrote the original review.In all other respects the Orbi has been stable.The Powerline adapters are achieving speeds 6 to 8 times faster when connected to the BT HH6 than they were when connected the the old BT HH5. ======= end of first update ================ second update 6, March 2019 ========I was having a problem with the SONOS Mesh - mentioned above - which is a stand alone system to stream music to my SONOS Network with the SONOS Network itself creating its own Mesh.Anyway, when streaming from my personal music collection on an external Hard Drive connected to my MAC it'd regularly drop the connection and report "insufficient bandwidth to maintain the buffer".Relevance to the Orbi?Well, I've switched to a Wi-Fi setup for SONOS so all music now goes through the Orbi Mesh to my SONOS Network now with no issues streaming from the Hard Drive.It's been very stable since I initiated the change a week ago.So, back to loving the Orbi.====== end second update =======
If you want to keep your existing router, you have two choices: out of the box Orbi will self-configure as a router using NAT, or you can but Orbi into access point (AP) mode. In NAT mode, you no longer have a flat network so anything that uses broadcast or multicast packets (e.g. most of the cleverer Apple stuff) won’t cross the NAT boundary. In AP mode, 50%+ of the features are disabled, including parental control.The interface is very sluggish with simple configuration tasks requiring a restart. This makes it very frustrating to set up.The firmware mine shipped with didn’t appear to give any indication of the health of the backhaul. A firmware upgrade added this. Then I discovered that the backhaul state was “poor” on one of my satellites, despite it only being 12 feet from the router.And the final nail in the coffin: a firmware upgrade silently enabled the guest network with a default, well-known SSID, no password, and no isolation from my network. In other words, anybody walking past my house who had ever connected to any Netgear guest network would automatically connect to my network and would have access to every device I own!This is utterly unforgivable and suggests either a total disregard for customer security, or a totally lack of any testing of the firmware, or both.Goodbye, Orbi.

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