Netgear introduces home wifi system – the Orbi Home Wifi System that consists of Orbi three band wireless router plus the satellite to blanket your home with solid wifi. There has been similar home wifi system around in the market so far – the Eero home wifi system.
What this product does
After Netgear offered the flagship of three band wireless router the Nighthawk X8 smart wifi router with four external active antennas. And today, Netgear introduces Orbi home wifi system. What this product does?
Orbi home wifi system is a new way of creating high speed home wifi system in an easy way by connecting the Orbi router to provide solid home wifi system up to 2,000 sq. ft. And by adding the Orbi satellite you can add more 2,000 sq. ft. coverage of solid wifi system throughout your large home.
Three band wifi
The Orbi system is a three distinct bands wifi system with wireless AC3000 technology delivering speeds of up to 1,733Mbps @5GHz band 1, and up to 866Mbps @5GHz band 2 and up to 400Mbps @2.4GHz band. All the three band work simultaneously provides total bandwidth of up to 1,300Mbps to accommodate all your wifi clients with Beamforming and MU-MIMO technologies for solid connections and better coverage. It is slightly different with three band router in general such as Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 with speeds up to 1,300Mbps + 1,300Mbps (@5GHz band 1 and @5GHz band 2) plus 600Mbps (@2.4GHz band 3).
The first unit is the wireless router unit with 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports consists of three Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port. The satellite unit comes with four Gigabit LAN ports, no WAN port. The satellite unit works like range extender. See also top ten range extender.
- Consists of Orbi wireless router plus Orbi satellite
- Each Orbi unit add 2,000 sq. ft. either router unit or satellite unit
- A three band wifi system delivering total bandwidth of up to 1,733Mbps (@5GHz band 1) + 866Mbps (@5GHz band 2) + 400Mbps (@2.4GHz band 3)
- 4x Gigabit Ethernet Ports each unit, for router unit comes with 3x Gigabit LAN ports plus 1x Gigabit WAN port. Satellite unit comes with 4x Gigabit LAN ports.
- Easy setup with a single and secure Wi-Fi network, comes preconfigured out of the box
- 6x high power antennas
- Beamforming and MU-MIMO technologies
- 1x USB 2.0 port
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Actually there has been similar home wifi system around in the market for a while, the Eero home wifi system.
Orbi Vs Eero Home wifi system
Unlike Orbi home wifi system which is a three band wifi system, the Eero home wifi system is a two band system, simultaneous 2.4GHz band and 5GHz band. With Eero you add a router system to connect to the modem and the other unit works as satellite unit like the way Orbi works. Each unit comes with standard wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with coverage of up to 1,000 sq. ft.
Have a look at the following comparison table to see more details spec differences (if any) between Orbi and Eero home wifi system.
Technically Orbi is more superior with its three band wifi system and higher speed than Eero. Orbi is ready with high performance MU-MIMO and Beamforming technologies while Eero is not ready for those techs. Orbi with 2,000 sq. ft. coverage is twice as wide as Eero per unit. Moreover, with total bandwidth of up to 3,000Mbps Orbi is more superior compared with Eero.
Eero doesn’t specifically showing the technical spec regarding the speed. However, guessing by the 2×2 MIMO technology it is applied meaning that the speed is up to 867Mbps @5GHz band and up to 300Mbps @2.4GHz band. It’s like wireless AC1200 router with 2×2 MIMO technology. See also most popular AC1200 routers such as Linksys AC1200 and TP-link Archer C5.
Table 1. Comparison Orbi Vs Eero
|Wifi technology||Three band wifi system based on wireless AC3000||Two band wifi system based on wireless AC 1200|
|Speeds||1,733Mbps @5GHz band 1
866Mbps @5GHz band 2
400Mbps @2.4GHz band 3
|867Mbps @5GHz band 1
300Mbps @2.4GHz band 2
|Antenna designs||6x high power antennas internal
|Internal 2×2 MIMO|
|Ethernet Ports||4x Gigabit Ports||2x Gigabit Ports|
|USB Port||1x USB 2.0 port||1x USB 2.0 port|
|Coverage||Up to 2,000 sq. ft. per unit||Up to 1,000 sq. ft per Eero|
|Memory||4GB Flash and 512 RAM||4GB Flash and 512 RAM|
|Price||$399 for two pack||$499 for three pack|
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Orbi is promising, instead of adding a three band wireless router such as Netgear Nighthawk X6 plus one of most popular dual band range extender Nighthawk AC2200 range extender (EX7300) for total cost of $410 ($260 + $150), Orbi is still cheaper. Moreover, setup is easier and you will have a single home three band wifi system.
Eero with $499 for three pack is costly for typical homes, you may consider most popular two band routers plus one of most popular wifi range extender such as Linksys Max Stream range extender.
Note: TP-link finally introduces new TP-link Deco, affordable mesh home wifi system.
Orbi home wifi system is an easy DIY wifi system, high performance three band wifi system for large homes. Each Orbi unit provides wide coverage of up to 2,000 sq. ft. and each addition of Orbi satellite extending another 2,000 sq. ft. coverage.
See also new technology – the first wireless AD router introduced by TP-link – TP-link Talon AD7200 – a multi band router with total bandwidth of up to 7,200Mbps. Or probably you may consider cheap wireless AC1900 router under $75 – Tenda AC15 wireless AC1900 router.