Here is our review of the Orbi Pro AC3000 Tri-band WiFi System from Netgear.
From the lobby to the storage room, Orbi Pro Tri-Band WiFi System (SRK60) covers up to 5,000 square feet with high-performance AC3000 (3Gbps) WiFi. First with innovative Tri-band WiFi, Orbi Pro helps deliver the fastest available Internet speeds as more devices connect. This Orbi Pro WiFi System comes with an Orbi Pro WiFi Router and Satellite and replaces your Business router. It also easily works with existing Business Service Provider equipment so you will enjoy better WiFi everywhere in your Business.
|Combined WiFi speed||3,000 Mbps (1733 + 866 + 400Mbps)|
|Coverage||5,000 sq ft|
|Dedicated Backhaul||4×4 (1.7Gbps)|
What’s in the box?
- One Orbi Pro Router (SRR60)
- One Orbi Pro Satellite (SRS60)
- Two wall mounts with screws
- Two ceiling mounts with screws
- One 2m Ethernet cable
- Two 12V/3.5A power adapters
- Quick start guide
A Closer Look
The Orbi Pro Router
The Orbi Pro Satellite
Setting up Orbi
Once you have connected up the Orbi router it’s time to work through the setting process. Connected to the Orbi WiFi network and follow the onscreen process.
You can choose to add a satellite at this point in the process, but I waited until later.
You can then upgrade any firmware.
And that’s it – the router is set up and ready to use.
Using the Orbi
Configuring the Orbi and making any changes are handled either through the Orbi app or through your browser. Below shows the browser version, as you can see it is very easy to see what your options are and to select anything you want to see more of.
You can make changes to your Internet setup:
Change Wireless settings:
For either Wireless network:
You can easily see what is connected, with a signifiant amount of detail.
If you want to enable Guest access you can do so:
There are also a number of advanced options to choose from and view:
Placing the Orbi Satellite
Once you have your Orbi router and network configured just how you want it the next step is to place your satellite, or satellites where you want them. Once you have them physically located where you want them it’s just a case of clicking on Add Orbi Satellite from the menu and following the on-screen instructions.
Once the process is complete you will be able to see them listed on the Attached Devices page, as you can see below. So in this example the satellite is connected to the router using 5G and has a status of Good.
Then all you need to do is connect up your devices to your Orbi network and away you go.
You can tell the difference between the satellite and the router by the top colour. The router is blue and the satellites are grey.
Setting up the router is relatively straightforward and fairly quick – just follow each of the steps and you should be up and running in no time.
One of the steps during the setup is a firmware check – make sure that you upgrade to the latest version of the firmware otherwise you might run into some problems as Netgear had a few issues recently that took a while to get resolved. Thankfully the latest firmware does resolve this issue and the my Orbi network has been stable since then.
You can choose to have your satellite or satellites connect to the router, or each other via WiFi – which depending on your walls and room layouts might work perfectly well, or if you have a wired connection near where you want the satellites you should connect the satellites to it. This then connects each satellite to the router using the Ethernet backhaul process which ensures you get the maximum possible speed from each satellite otherwise you will be limited to whatever speed the satellites will get when connecting either to the router or to each other. I noticed a significant speed and reliability increase when connecting the satellites to the router via Ethernet.
Then all you have to do is make any configuration settings you want and have your devices connect to the Orbi network and that’s it. Each satellite, along with the router also has Ethernet ports on the back so if you have devices that need a wired connection you can easily utilise those.
There are a lot of different configuration settings you can make – so do take the time to go through them all before you start connecting your devices as the web front end provides a lot of useful information as well.
You can place the router and the satellites on any service or you can use the included wall or ceiling mounts to make it look more professional – this is a great addition as the mounts fit the devices perfectly and blends in with them.
The overall coverage you get with the Orbi is really great – and walking around where you do have coverage with your device provides a seamless constant connection. Speed wise I found the connection to be excellent when the satellites were connected to the router via Ethernet, and between very good and good when connected via Wi-Fi, although to be fair the was because of my particular setup, so make sure you do your own testing, but if you can use Ethernet for the satellite to router connections you won’t be disappointed.
The Orbi Pro kit as reviewed here (SRK60) retails for around £399 and each additional satellite will cost you around £279.
If you don’t need some of the business type functions then you should definitely take a look at the non Pro version of the Orbi system which is just as good but without some of the additional business features and wall mounts!
If you need a Wi-Fi solution for your business or home then you want something that is going to be easy to set up, easy to maintain, and works well – that’s exactly what the Orbi Pro does.