7NEWS reviews the Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 A6000 (RBK852). Netgear provided us with a device for testing purposes, but this did not affect our view of the product.
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Keep reading to find out what we think.
How can I get it and how much will it cost?
Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 isn’t cheap, but it’s one of the best routers and mesh systems on the market today in terms of speed and durability.
It’ll cost you $1,199 for a two-pack, $1,799 for three, or go all out and get five for $2,999. You can check them out on the Netgear website.
Who is it good for?
It’s no secret that Netgear has great networking gear, and the Orbi system is among tech reviewers and IT pros alike. That means it can be a bit overkill for the average person.
But for those who like to have complete control over their network, Netgear’s Orbi WiFi 6 offers one of the best options on the market today.
Another area where Netgear’s Orbi excels is range and performance, especially if you have a lot of connected devices. I’ve tested quite a few routers and mesh systems and Netgear’s offering provides fantastic coverage and speeds in the harshest environments.
How it works?
The first thing to notice when you take the Orbi out of the box is the size of this thing. This is one of the biggest devices I have come across. You will definitely need to make room for the units unless you can store them somewhere (however, this can lead to less than optimal performance).
The Orbi has eight antennas inside each device to improve coverage and performance – which is more than most mesh systems – so you can probably excuse the size on that account.
In terms of the setup process, it’s very similar to most mesh router systems on the market. Download the app, plug in your router and follow the instructions. The whole setup took me around 8 minutes – including a firmware update. Netgear also requires you to create an account with them, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re anti-account.
There’s quite a bit to like right off the bat, including four Ethernet ports on the back of the router – meaning you can connect things like your Smart TV, soundbar, media center or system security camera as wired connections. This helps with stability and speed.
Another positive is that the Orbi is a tri-band system. This basically means that when using multiple devices (satellites), each node connects on a dedicated link to ensure the strongest connection without interference from other devices on the network.
I don’t live in a huge apartment, however, the internet port is at the very front of my house, which means any router has to extend further in one direction. This has traditionally been tricky for some routers and leads to unreliable connections at the furthest end of the house – including in the backyard where there’s usually no signal.
Even without placing an additional satellite in my setup, the single Orbi router did a fantastic job of reaching those typically hard-to-reach places. The signal was still quite weak in the back yard, but it was no longer a complete dead spot. I placed one of the satellites in the room opposite the router. The improvement was amazing.
The speeds around the outside of the apartment and in the backyard were close to the speeds provided by my ISP.
what we think
Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 will give you the fastest wireless network connection available today and will take advantage of the latest WiFi 6 technology that already comes with the latest Apple, Samsung and Google Pixel products.
But it’s also an expensive option, starting at $1,199 for a two-pack, which can be a tough sell against cheaper options like Amazon’s eero Pro 6 and other routers. meshes from D-Link and ASUS.
Saying that, you get what you pay for in this case. The Orbi is rock-solid and provides one of the best network performance and speeds of any other available Wi-Fi 6 router I’ve tested. It also supports up to 100 devices, which is more than enough for the average home.
So is the Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 for you? If you’re pretty happy with your current network setup, now might not be a good time to upgrade. But if you’re having reliability and performance issues, as well as dead spots in your home, the Orbi is worth a look.