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Netgear’s Orbi family of mesh Wi-Fi routers took the market by storm a few years ago, providing excellent coverage for larger homes, built-in GbE ports for connected wired devices, and a dedicated backhaul connection for communicating between the router and its satellite(s). However, those Orbi systems can be quite expensive, with the latest Wi-Fi 6 flagship product retailing at $700. For those that like the convenience and coverage of mesh routers, but don’t want to fork over the big bucks, Netgear has introduced the new Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System (RBK12). The first thing that you’ll notice is that Netgear has introduced a brand-new design with this entry-level... Read more...
If you haven’t yet been sucked into the mesh routing craze, Amazon is currently running a smoking deal on an entry-level system from Netgear. The retailer currently has the Orbi RBK23 AC2200 Mesh Wi-Fi System on sale for $249.99. However, if you clip the coupon that’s available right on the product page, it drops the price down to just $209.99. The RBK23 consists of a primary Wi-Fi router/base that connects directly to your cable modem. There are then two satellites that you can place around your house to achieve optimum coverage and performance. According to Netgear, the RBK23 can cover up to a 6,000 sq ft home. The router and both satellites have two Ethernet ports (although... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks podcast, Marco, Chris and Dave talk about NVIDIA’s next GeForce GTX called Turing and its potential use of MIcron GDDR6 memory, Alienware’s beastly Area-51 R5 all liquid cooled gaming PC with 18 core Skylake-X, Netgear’s Cable Orbi mesh router and cable modem kit, AMD’s 7nm Vega and Zen 2, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 and new low power Qualcomm Snapdragon 429, 439 and 632 chips for mainstream phones... Show Notes: 03:42 - Micron Ramps Production Of GDDR6 Memory For NVIDIA GeForce GTX 20 Turing GPU Series 08:39 - First Look: NVIDIA Next Gen Turing GeForce GTX Prototype Card Spotted 15:25 - Alienware Area 51... Read more...
Mesh networking is starting to take a foothold in the home market, but the technology has actually been around for quite sometime. In fact, you have most likely been connected to a mesh network at some point in time without even realizing it. Hotels, universities, and malls have been using the tech for years to keep their students and customers seamlessly connected to the internet over large areas. The cost of setting up and maintaining a large, mesh network is worthwhile for the enterprise and major institutions, but for the rest of us -- until recently -- mesh networks have simply been out of reach. This has kept the technology out of the hands of the average consumer, but over the last couple... Read more...
Netgear has launched a new product that will slip into its Orbi family of WiFi devices. The Orbi Tri-Band WiFi Cable Modem Router System is billed as the industry's first whole-home WiFi router that has an integrated cable modem, app setup, and a high-performance FastLane 3 Tri-Band WiFi system inside. Netgear says that the modem creates "ultra-fast mesh WiFi coverage for homes up to 4,000 square feet." If your home is larger, you can add in Orbi Satellites that will expand coverage to an additional 2,000 square feet per satellite. The Orbi Tri-Band WiFi Cable Modem Router System is compatible right out of the box with Xfinity from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox and other service providers. With most... Read more...
If you have a larger house, getting Wi-Fi coverage into every nook and cranny of your abode can often be challenging. While you may have good coverage and speeds on the second floor where your router and cable modem are found, you might have trouble getting a stable connection in that far-off corner where your favorite recliner is on the first level. And trying to get a decent connection in your basement — fugetaboutit. Netgear announced its intention to kill Wi-Fi dead zones with the introduction of its Orbi RBK50 mesh router system back in October. Orbi consists of a no-nonsense AC3000 router that connects with its own “satellite” or what we might traditionally call a range extender (read the... Read more...
Consumer WiFi router products are generally classified by three major performance characteristics: overall throughput or bandwidth, multi-client performance, and range. Although throughput and multi-client bandwidth has scaled-up nicely over the years, range perhaps hasn't improved quite as robustly and even the most powerful WiFi routers, like Netgear's own beastly Nighthawk X8, with its active antennas, can still leave dead spots in large home or office installations. That's where the recent crop of mesh router technologies, that startups like Eero and Google with Google WiFi, are making significant advancements. By spreading out multiple, interconnected router access points (as well as their... Read more...
Call it a first-world problem if you like, but the larger your home, the trickier it can be blanketing it in wireless connectivity. Dead zones have a nasty habit of popping up in remote corners separated by walls and doors, and that's one of the reasons why your choice in router matters. It's also the main selling point of Netgear's new Orbi Wi-Fi System. There's a lot of fancy marketing speak associated with Orbi but what it essentially boils down to is an easy-to-configure router and range extender (more on that in a moment), the latter of which Netgear calls a satellite. Like Google's OnHub series, the Orbi doesn't look like a traditional router that you'd feel compelled to hide in the bedroom... Read more...