Fast, stable connection
Far-reaching, consistent coverage
Simple to remotely manage
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Do not get this device if you have smart appliances. The inability of this device to switch easily between 2.4ghz and 5.0ghz makes setting up smart things a nightmare.
Our system also drops intermittently.
Expensive and worst than a cheap router.
Purchased in October 2020.
I'm a field tech. I've successfully deployed many Orbi systems in the past and they've worked well.
The one I just packed back in it's box (AX1800) means I can't be recommend them again.
Yes, setup via a phone app is easy, but performance was varied, predominantly ordinary.
Purchased in June 2021 at Officeworks for $599.00.
- WiFi 6 Systems
AX1800 - finally an every household low cost wifi 6 mesh system
AX1800 - only had it a day but....easy setup, download an app and it guides you through what to do with no hiccups. wifi 6 and older devices seem to have slightly more snappy throughput. it maxs out at 1.8gb/sec but considering we are a small dwelling with around 14 devices and our download speed is around 80mb/sec, I don't think a faster orbi would be of any benefit. the satellite extends the range and reliability around our property. appreciate the app as it gives info on all devices connected, wifi signal strength, band etc. without having to logon to some obscure IP address on a computer. The units themselves are not too big or ugly so won't upset your partner.
Purchased in May 2021 for $328.00.
Out from the box faulty. Replaced survived 4 months. Service crap
First unit faulty from the box.The second unit stopped working after 4 months. Called support- surprise I had to pay $240 for them to talk with me. After 16 hours of oan over the phone with India it has determined the unit is faulty. Replacement next day an other $40 dollars. Never arrived. Return to the shop and replaced with Google WiFi.
Please do not touch
Purchased in October 2020.
BUY SOMETHING ELSE
At first these worked ok but after a couple of years they have become useless. Also their claims about coverage are total nonsense. Netgear support have given me new settings to try but still useless.
Purchased in June 2018.
Do Not Waste Your Money
Do not waste your money!!!! It is a crap. Blocks 90% of websites you want to visit, I am constantly switching to mobile data just to have a normal browsing experience. On top of this, I have had to re-pair the system from scratch for the forth time this morning since I’ve owned it, as it randomly unpairs and booster points stop working. Oh and setting up... is no easy feat.. it wants to block its own resource website for the updates, if you could even believe that. If it didn’t cost so much money I would have taken to it with a hammer already. ...An absolute rip off!!!!!!! My factory Telstra router and $50 boosters I had prior to this were a god send compared to this torturous device, shouldn’t have “upgraded”. I would opt for water torture over buying this unit ever again.
Purchased in July 2020 for $499.00.
Do Not Buy, Causes more issues than it solves
The fact that you cannot turn off the 5ghzt network means you are unable to connect to many smart devices. This makes the orbi unusable in a lot of instances.
Purchased for $700.00.
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.
- Ultra-performance WiFi
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.
- Ultra-performance WiFi
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.
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.
Questions & Answers
Internet speeds here are poor 0.1 to 2 mbps. We use a nighthawk m2 modem. It is the only way we can access the internet here. An Orbi 4GX router with satelite has been sugested as a possible solution to faster internet speeds. I am doubtful because I think the problem is with the overloaded tower. Can any one shed further light on this please.
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.
If you gave Fibre to the premises NBN, that has an Ethernet port in the house. So it’s Easiest to replace the Archer C7 with the Orbi Router, otherwise the two wifi setups will fight and you will have two routers back to back.
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
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- 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.
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|Category||Routers and Modems||Routers and Modems||Routers and Modems|
|Frequency Band||Tri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)||Tri-Band (2.4GHz, 2 x 5GHz)|
|Features||Mesh Compatible and Mobile App Control||Mesh Compatible and Mobile App Control||Mesh Compatible, Mobile App Control and Parental Controls|
|Number of Ethernet Ports||4|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||4|
|Smart Home Compatibility||Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant||Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant||Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant|
|Dimensions||203.2 x 162.56 x 78.74 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)||1 year(s)||1 year(s)|
|Manual||Download manual, manual 2, manual 3, manual 4, manual 5 and manual 6||Download manual, manual 2, manual 3 and manual 4||Download manual|
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