Netgear has unveiled its Orbi Wi-Fi System, which it said is “a whole new way to experience Wi-Fi”.
The Tri-band mesh network of the Orbi system will give users high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity “throughout their entire home” – whether it be in the basement, the attic, or out by the pool, said Netgear.
Netgear said the system will eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones in a home thanks to its Tri-band Wi-Fi capabilities – which allow the Orbi router to have a dedicated wireless channel to each of the system’s Orbi satellites.
This gives users “maximum speeds no matter how many devices connect”.
No need to worry about line-of-sight
Netgear said the Orbi system can plug into a user’s gateway or modem, and includes two components – a router and a satellite.
“There is no need to guess the proper placement of the satellite nor is there a need to locate it within line-of-sight of the router,” said Netgear.
“Connect the Orbi router to your modem or service provider gateway, and place the Orbi satellite in the centre of the home. Within minutes, you’ll have a single, secure, high-performance Wi-Fi network all under one network name.”
The tech specs
Netgear said the Orbi system uses a dedicated 1.7Gbps 5GHz band for extending Internet speeds to Orbi satellites.
“This enables the other two Wi-Fi bands to be dedicated bands for all connected devices across a home.”
The Orbi system can cover an area up to 370 square metres in a “typical home”, said Netgear.
Before the end of 2016, Netgear plans to expand the system to include multiple satellites per set-up.
Features of the Orbi system include:
- Single SSID for entire network (2.4GHz and 5GHz bands).
- 802.11ac AC3000 Wi-Fi speeds up to 3Gbps.
- 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 1 USB 2.0 port each on the router and satellite.
- IPv6, Dynamic DNS, port forwarding, parental controls, and access point mode.
- WPS-protected setup, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA-2 PSK, WPA/WPA-2 Enterprise.
The Orbi system (one router and one satellite) will be available worldwide from September. Pricing is set at $399.99.