Fast, stable connection
Far-reaching, consistent coverage
Simple to remotely manage
A good product until you want to use the features most purchase it for.
I have a Netgear Orbi RBK50. Ive owned it for 4 years now. Overall the product has been ok. Its when you strike issues when things arent so great. It has generally been easy to setup and maintain.
Currently there is a documented DNS issues in the support forums, regarding using the Orbi with Armor and Circle enabled. These are features come standard with the product. They are also features most want to make use of. I have also raised the issue. The problem is that because I haven't paid for additional support, my concerns are ignored. So to ar...e the concerns of many others until they pay for additional support. They have been unable to fix the problem to date. I only became aware of this issue about 4 months ago when I enabled circle. I previously used the open dns parental controls (that was previously provided) and really had little to no problems. I wanted to change to circle so that I could obtain greater control than what is supplied through the OpenDNS option within the Orbi. My issue is that Netgear continue to sell a product that is NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE!. They are aware of the problem. It is documented all over their support forums. If you are looking for a wifi system that has built internet security and parental controls, do not purchase this product. You will obtain dns issues.
Netgear Orbi RBR10 (router + 2 satellites)
Usually networking stuff is tricky and you hit headaches in setup. I found this brilliant in comparison. This model just hooks into your existing modem, runs through an easy configuration setup and away you go.
I’ve purchased network extenders before that I would have sworn were just an LED inside an empty box (ie they didn’t help coverage at all) but after a number of years my whole family is finally wrapped with the result.
I can’t give this product a bigger rap than just saying it’s easy & it works.
Purchased in January 2021.
- Verified purchase
Very reliable however units quite physical big
Using the RBR50 + Satellite was by far the best wifi solution I’ve had for our large 2 story home. Nothing else was ever as reliable for speed and connection. The remote management tool for iPhone is fantastic - really good if you’re having to help less techy family members remotely. You can even turn individual devices off that are accessing the wifi.
It’s certainly expensive and the units are quite physically big. But it works! Not a single hiccup in a year.
Ps oddly both the satellite and base ended up quite close to each other to get the best result - maybe 15m away. I was expecting they would need to be far apart to work best, but somehow it does the job!
Purchased in May 2019 at JB Hi-Fi for $500.00.
Capable and Flexible, can be complex to setup
We have 100mb FTTP NBN and I bought this to replace our failing 10 year old Apple Wifi connected to a 12 year old Netgear router, because of good reviews and the eithernet backhaul option for the Satellite units. The mobile app setup nearly worked but one satellite (the wired one) didn’t work. Getting that working required accessing the routers web interface using a laptop, new firmware and calls to Netgear’s 24/7 support. I work in IT and even then it was challenging. Behind the flashy (but very limited) mobile setup application, the Orbi sti...ll has a similar browser interface to my 12 year old Netgear router, powerful but complex I needed google to know it existed and I definitely needed to use it when the simple setup failed. 24 hours latter buying and with about 5 hours work and some support calls, it’s all working really well. Great wifi coverage and speed ( as per the many tech web site reviews) over our 720 Sqm block and house. We get 100% seamless roaming better then three Orbi units and the one surviving Apple Airport wifi. The mobile app is nice and allows me to manage connected devices. And the wifi only web interface is very powerful, allowing complex setups. Overall though, I’ve helped friends setup Google Nest Wifi which is so easy to do, a lot less flexible and a little cheaper. If I didn’t need the Ethernet backhaul to cover our long double brick house, I’d take the “it just works” simplicity of Google.
Purchased in June 2020 at Officeworks Physical store for $499.00.
- Verified purchase
I needed a mesh router and decided for Orbi RBK50 mostly because the dedicated backhaul(wireless or wired). This is the key difference with other products like Nest Wifi. In my case the Orbi router is in the garage while the satellite is upstairs connected by wire. It's enough to cover a 36 squares house with 5Ghz WiFi. Also wifi extends outdoor with no problem using the 2.4Ghz. On Amazon I also found wall brackets for it.
Purchased in April 2020 at Harvey Norman for $538.00.
RBK50 took us From 22mbps to 48mbps on a NBN50 plan
Before we got the orbi we just used our Exetel supplies modem. We always had issues with drop outs and speed. Never approached anywhere near the 50mbps on wifi.
We got the orbi RBK50 kit for $508 as it had been opened previously and wasn’t “fresh” stock. Once home I used the satellite to link our tv PS4 and Apple TV into the satellite. This improved out Netflix and gaming issues.
All other devices on wifi now have great coverage in the house and routinely get 45+mbps on wifi. Game devices (PS4, switch) have much improved pings also.
Purchased in March 2019 at Officeworks for $508.00.
Awesome product Orbi RBK50 + Satellite
I replaced the standard Sagemcom F@st 3864 v3 supplied with Optus NBN with Netgear Orbi RBK50 + 1 Satellite unit. Never had any problems; easy setup, fast speeds, instant connection, awesome wireless range. Very happy with the quality and overall product.
Purchased in March 2019 at Officeworks.
- Verified purchase
Unreliable, unstable and tedious
I spent 4 hours trying to get the system working - twice. The pairing is unreliable (sometimes the base station simply refuses to find the satellite) and takes 5-10 minutes each time. The base station is unstable and started to reboot every few minutes. When the base station reboots, the satellites need to pair again - another 5-10 minutes. A factory reset didn't help, nor did upgrading the firmware. So I returned it and got a replacement. No better, satellites weren't always detected, the base station rebooted and the whole pairing had to sta...rt again - in fact with the replacement, after about two hours into the setup, the Circle parental controls software started playing up and slowed my overall connection down to a crawl. I've set up wireless routers before, quite a few and I can say that the whole Orbi experience for me was tedious and a total waste of time. I ended up returning the replacement for a refund and bought another mesh product for considerably less and it's been a dream to set up and it's solid as a rock. Netgear really need to address their problems with Orbi.
Purchased in May 2020 at Officeworks Physical store for $499.00.
- Verified purchase
Orbi RBK50 + 1 Satelite provides seamless coverage for a family in highset home
We struggled with Wifi connectivity and limited devices on ISP's issued modem/router. It was so frustrating. We decided to get a mesh system and selected Orbi. It required someone with better knowledge than we had to get it to work with the ISP's modem/router but once up and running, it was seamless. Our family puts it through it's paces with home business, mulitiple laptops and smart devices. Drop outs are ISP related and never the ORBI. The only trouble we have had (which appear to be just bad luck for us) is registration issues that led ...to problems working with the integrated Netgear Armor security. We have been working with Netgear directly for months. We have been treated well and hope to get it resolved. I also am VERY happy with the integrated Disney Circle and it was worth the money to pay for the subscription for extra services.
Purchased in July 2019 at JB Hi-Fi for $455.00.
Sensational performance. Had NBN it in on the highest speed tier available for HFC. Have the Orbi router at the back of the house and the satellite at the front. I’m getting close to 100mb in e be my room of a single story 5 bedroom house, and also from the footpath at the front of my house...
Purchased in February 2020 at JB Hi-Fi.
Perfect solution to better coverage and good speed
So happy I bought the netgear Orbi. I live in a long narrow townhouse where the internet port is at the rear of the house. I now have full coverage upstairs, at the front of the house and in the yard. I have one Orbi router and two satellites. Probably overkill but it works so well. Speeds are now 5 times faster. That’s right, before was 8Mbps, now I am consistently getting 47Mbps. Very easy to set up with the app. Highly recommend. Expensive but worth every dollar.
Purchased in December 2019 at Harvey Norman for $400.00.
- Verified purchase
Excellent wifi - Very happy with purchase - Ethernet Backhaul is great
My old modem was getting on 7 years, so decided to buy a router for my four bedroom two story home. I decided on the Netgear Orbi RBK20, with the base router and one satellite.
Setup out of the box was very easy. Following the iOS orbi app was pretty easy and I had no trouble with the Orbi firmware update which prompted to run after a few minutes. I also love the ability to set up a separate guest wifi, that doesn't have access to the home network.
The wifi performance is very good. When I initially set up the satellite, the app said that...the wireless connection back to the base was average due to several walls (including a bathroom). However the reason that I bought this is that I could also connect the two devices with a wired Ethernet connection, significantly increasing the stability of the network. This was super easy to do after a quick google search which took me to a netgear page. I'm very happy with my purchase. Would recommend.
Purchased in November 2019 at Umart Online for $289.00.
When stable works well, firmware upgrades done badly
Have the orbi rbr50 and 2 satellites. It has improved the wifi coverage in my home (and outdoors area) significantly. With 2 teenagers and 2 adults, the complaining about slow wifi and disconnecting from the internet disappeared. When everything is stable it all works very well. Have had one firmware update in the 1.5 month period I owned it. Required a full factory reset and re-pairing of satellites to get everything up again. That was painful and should not be required. All in all I still feel Im in a better place than before buying.
Purchased in October 2019.
Terrible connectivity, software updates a nightmare
The connectivity between the satellites s and the router are terrible, we have two that are less than 5 metres apart, line of sight down a set of stairs yet we constantly loose connection. Constant drop outs, very frustrating
Purchased in September 2018.
Absolutely love my Orbi
Best decision ever to buy the Orbi. Having a large, double brick house, getting wifi in every room was hard. Over the years we tried many things, but nothing worked in every room.
That was until we bought the Orbi, we now have perfect reception in every room. It’s fast, never drops out and was so easy to set up.
It wasn’t cheap, but it was so worth it.
Purchased in June 2019 at JB Hi-Fi.
- Verified purchase
Wanted one for ages and not disappointed
I've wanted one of these for ages. I ended up buying for my work when we got NBN. We are using hard wire ethernet to connect the two units. It didn't seem to work well using radio between the two. Setup was a bit fiddly. Performance now set up is great
Purchased in April 2019 at eBay for $449.00.
Netgear Orbi RBK50-100 Tri-band wifi satellite and extender
100% recommend this product. It is worth every cent. Doubled MBPS throughout house (close to 100MBPS), the set up was a little fiddly, we have pretty good IT knowledge. Once connected all devices switched over. Without the Orbi internet speed was intermittent. We run off NBN (was better on Cable). Purchased from JBHiFi in Prahran, female consultant very knowledgable about product. Thank you
Purchased in June 2019 for $499.00.
Finally full coverage
This has finally solved all of the coverage issues we were experiencing with a single WiFi solution. It was easy to set up but be aware it doesn't include a modem so turned my old WiFi Modem/Router into a modem only and connected up the Orbi.
Purchased in May 2019 at Costco.
Best thing I have ever bought.
Thanks to orbi I now have i internet throughout the whole house and also outside where i previously could not get any internet. Can definitley recommend this to anybody who has problems with wifi distance.
Purchased in March 2019 at The Good Guys for $450.00.
Questions & Answers
Hi, I have a fibre connection at home, with a Tp-link Archer C7 modem/router, how do i connect up a Orbi RBK50 2pc set to it? Do i have to disable the 2 and 5 ghz wireless connection on the C7? Thanks.
Hi everyone. I'm looking for a mobile internet hotspot device (don't know what it's really called). I travel permently so fixed line no good. Need to attach several devices (5 give or take). What would you suggest I buy? 1. Mobile
2. Best reception
3. High speed
4. Can connect with Galaxy 9 & Xbox & Microsoft laptop & iPhone.
5. Telstra internet
I'm really lost and need your advice. Thanks
- Netgear’s Orbi uses tri-band mesh WiFi technology, giving you the fastest available internet speeds on all devices.
- Netgear advertises the Orbi as providing you with steady WiFi that doesn’t leave you walking around the house looking for a reliable internet connection.
- You can easily set up and manage your Orbi via a mobile app.
- Parental controls let you filter content and manage the screen time of your kids, giving you peace of mind that they’re safely browsing.
- It features Netgear’s Armor built-in anti-virus and data theft protection, so you know your data is secure and you’re protected from cyber threats.
- You can buy an Orbi that suits the size of your home, so you’re not paying for a range you don’t need. You can also buy add-ons to expand the range - a great option if you’re planning on moving around a bit.
Points of praise:
- Many reviewers said that setting up the Orbi went without a hitch, and that it was simple to remotely manage the system on their phones.
- They reported that their internet speed was excellent and stable.
- Most of them also said that it had far-reaching and consistent coverage.
- Some gaming reviewers noted that they had improved pings when using the Orbi.
|Category||Routers and Modems|
|Frequency Band||Tri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)|
|Features||Mesh Compatible and Mobile App Control|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
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