Netgear is working hard to rid your home of Wi-Fi dead spots. It is highly frustrating when one cannot connect to their Wi-Fi network in spots that are farther away from the router. Netgear has designed a Wi-Fi system titled Orbi with the aim to outdo all these problems. The system comprises of a router which is coupled with a satellite. The company states that the satellite is more than capable of covering an area of up to 4,000 square feet. The pricing of the kit has been set at $400. The standout feature of Orbi is the incorporated tri-band mesh system. According to the company, the system will utilize one channel for increasing the range of internet from the router while the other two channels would be dedicated to your device connections.
Further, the Orbi is designed to be completely hassle-free with an easy to configure browser-based installation process. The process is easily accessible through both phone and computer. Further, the device helps you decide where to set up the extender. Once the router is plugged in, the color at the top of the Orbi turns into either of the following colors. Magenta indicates out of range, amber means that the signal is weak whereas blue indicates a suitable distance from the router.
While explaining the triband mesh system, Netgear stated that other Wi-Fi products use the same channel for range extension and device connection which contributes to the slowing of speeds. However, since Netgear has separate channels, this prevent speeds from dropping as the signal is spread across the premises.
The device supports 802.11 ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 3 Gbps while the router and satellite come equipped with four Ethernet ports and a USB 2.0 port on the rear section of the device. Further, controls like blacklisting and whitelisting applications along with a plethora of bundled features are included in Netgear’s top-notch Nighthawk Router.
Even though Orbi would have to compete with some premium systems like Eero and Luma in terms of range extension, however, given Netgear’s reputation in the US, it would not be surprising to witness Netgear doing away with the competition in minimum time. The device is scheduled to come out in September.