Wireless Mesh Router, by Netegar Orbi
In the year 2017, the “internet of things” has evolved into a wide array of wireless “smart home” devices for your house that just rely too much on a strong wireless signal to be using some old weak wireless technology that frequently drops off at any point. If you’re paying for Netflix HD streaming in your upstairs bedroom, you demand instant high speed picture and perfect high definition quality. Buffering is unacceptable and needs to be fixed. That’s where Mesh WiFi systems come into play for any large home or mansion. It is a net of wireless router signals overlapping or blanketing one another providing a strong wireless signal with no loss or degradation. Something you can not obtain from a stand alone traditional wifi router or repeater access point.
With an old depreciated wireless N signal, you could never cover a 2,000+ foot home full of connected devices. You simply have to get Wireless AC and in many cases, not even a wireless extender will work. You actually need a “Mesh Wireless Network” such as the highly rated Netgear Orbi RBK50. This is the technological advance in smart home wireless networks that changes everything for your large multilevel home.
What Makes WiFi Mesh Networking Better?
- Covers multi floor up to 5,000 square foot home
- Long range, no dead spots
- Wireless AC3000
- Dual channel 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz
- Dedicated 5ghz backbone between access points
- Tri-Band technology
- Full AC throughput
- Smart network management
- Single WiFi SSID for entire home
- Works with any internet service provider
- Eliminates video buffering
- Constant speed throughput
- Guest network control
- Enterprise Business Class wireless infrastructure for your huge home
- One button easy setup
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With wireless mesh topology, you have one SSID casting concurrently from two locations providing what seems like one super long range full power wireless signal to cover up to 5,000 square feet. Where as with a range extender or secondary access point router, your first wireless SSID casts to the second device, meeting in the middle and picking it up to recast it. Effectively losing half of the internet speed in the network hand off. With the old extender option you also run into the issue of having to switch between wifi networks as you travel around the house. Both SSID’s may have the same name, but as you leave the range of the base station and into the extended wireless zone, you switch to that SSID causing an interruption or momentary drop off from your connection while transitioning to the second access point router. The wireless extender set up may work for a device that does not roam around the house because it will stay on one SSID, but it is not the best choice for roaming or any laptop or TV that you want full speeds from. The wireless mesh presented here is the absolute best possible wifi solution for any large home network. There are a few others on the market, but they had big problems and that is why Netgear created the Orbi, the best in large home wireless yet. Keep reading for more on eero, Linksys Velop and Google Wifi.
Easiest Set Up Possible
The Orbi WiFi is so easy to set up, I’m not even sure I want to call it installing anything. You really just press a button and they sync up on a dedicated backbone 5Ghz channel. You do not have to log into it or do anything to get them to talk to each other. You gain instant WiFi access to a home wireless system strong enough to blanket the largest of homes with full coverage without any dead zones. It’s that easy. The Orbi device also has easy to use apps for both the iPhone and Android phones. You won’t really need this but some people like it. But most importantly, for the advanced user, The Orbi RBK50 kit uses the same premium web interface as the Netgear Nighthawk series routers. Fully configurable firewall built in. This is a huge step up over any possible contenders. They all use proprietary configs that have not stood the test of time and lack essential features for any home network geek.
|Easy to use app for iPhone and Android||Parental controls|
|Smart Network Technology||Works with Airport Express|
|WiFi Multimedia Quality of Service (WMM QoS)||Air Print|
|Guest networks||Automatic firmware updates|
|Full Firewall built in||WiFi Protected Access (WPA)|
|Denial of Service (DoS) attack prevention||Supports 801.11k and 801.11kv|
|WiFi Protected Access-Pre-Shared Key (WPA2-PSK)||Network Address Translation (NAT)|
|WiFi Protected Access-2 Enterprise (WPA2)||[AES] [TKIP] [AES] encryption options|
Penetrate Thick Walls In Any Home
Many people have problems with their internet signal in the basement, 3rd floor or even the 2nd floor. Usually because of an obstruction between the two devices in a big house. With AC3000 Mesh Networking, this issue is eliminated and you will still obtain full download speeds on the other side of the wall. The 5Ghz will break through cinder block, solid concrete, steel, electrical signals, halogen bulbs, sheet rock, lathe plaster, and much more. You no longer have to worry about your wifi being too weak to get to the upstairs bedroom. No matter what kind of walls you have. Unless they’re lead, then you might have an issue.
The Netgear Orbi home network setup is compatible with all internet service providers. It is not a modem, it is a mesh wireless networking system that plugs into your existing modem and casts the internet signal via wireless transmission to your computers, laptops, TV’s and phones. That means Orbi will work with any internet provider at all. You just plug into your existing modem.
Cons of Mesh Networking?
The biggest con is that it cost more because it is a newer technology and works better than the older wireless standards. This is something you just have to expect with electronics. It will not go down anytime soon because there is not going to be anything to replace this efficient system and there is no need. The other con and a huge one for me, is it is not as advanced as an ASUS AC5300 which can get ranges up to 5,000sqft.
Orbi Vs. AC5300 Router?
Orbi range: 5,000 sq ft.
AC5300 range: 5,000 sq ft.
Sounds like the wireless router is better for your big home, right?
Well, maybe not. It really depends on your situation. While the AC5300 router has a similar range, the speeds you will get on the outer perimeters of the effective coverage bubble will not be full speed. It will be degraded over distance. With the Orbi and the 2 router system, you will get full speeds at a much greater distance as the signal is recast at full bandwidth without loss or degradation between access points. Yes, the Orbi base package can cover up to 5,000 sq ft, but you can buy an extra satellite receiver and extend the range in another direction or outside to a guest house. The ability to scale up by simply purchasing an extra receiver and pressing a button is a huge advantage, especially to those with really large homes.
Orbi versus eero home mesh kit (hint, the eero is terrible)
For some reason some claim the eero is a better home wireless mesh option but I think they are just old outdated websites if they recommend this equipment. Why? The eero cost a lot more, it only covers 1,000 square feet per router and you are forced to install a buggy app on your phone to manage it. It does not have Netgears high end long standing battle tested web interface and superior hardware. In fact the software is just garbage according to many. I have not even touched it because it lacks the technology. It was an early adapter from a company that just isn’t in the home or office wireless router business. I don’t even think it’s worth mentioning but some people have asked me how it stands up to the Orbi home mesh. It simply does not. It’s like comparing oranges to banana peels. Eero is a toy, stay away.
The choice may be a lot harder when put side by side with the Linksys Velop so be sure to check the full comparison chart for details on why we still recommend the Orbi over the Linksys. However, there is no comparison at all when you put it side by side with the Google WiFi or the eero mesh kit. They should not be viewed as a possible contender when choosing a home wifi system.
Netgear Orbi Review
Bottom line, the Orbi mesh wifi network is the best wireless system available today for any really large house. It is an enterprise solution for a home network. Simple to set up and easy to add onto later. It will blanket cover your entire home without signal loss or speed reductions while maintaining one large seamless wifi network so you can transition from router to router without interruption. It can handle up to 50 high usage devices and 250 normal usage devices at the same time without performance loss. So it can be used in an enterprise business application as well. It will easily cover a 5,000 square foot home and many report it works further than that. It will penetrate all types of obstacles to bring powerful wireless speeds all over the house and even outside to guest houses and pool side. It is the ultimate solution with a one time cost that will last the lifespan of your big house. It is going to be a long time before this wifi standard is replaced, if ever in our lifetime. Streaming 4k Ultra in the upstairs bedroom will never be a problem. However, if we switch to streaming holodecks into the backyard guest house, you may have to upgrade to whatever technology they come up with for that.
It should be noted that this does not act as a cable modem. If you use a cable service, you will still need to buy your own DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem.
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