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Review: Orbi Tri-band Mesh WiFi 6 System


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Here is our review of the Orbi Tri-band Mesh WiFi 6 System.

Orbi WiFi 6 is a Tri-Band WiFi System built with the latest and fastest WiFi 6 technology to provide you and your family with the ultimate smart home experience throughout your entire home with next level WiFi coverage and connection capacity.


  • Ultimate Performance Whole Home Mesh WiFi System–Covers large homes up to 6,000 sq. ft with fast WiFi. System includes a WiFi router and two satellites.
  • Powerful AX Mesh WiFi System– Keeps all your connections strong in every room, all the time. Enjoy 4K/8K UHD streaming and online gaming to multiple screens simultaneously without interruption.
  • WiFi 6 Brings Capacity Beyond Belief – Latest generation WiFi 6 technology is faster than ever, with 4X increased capacity compared to a WiFi 5 (802.11ac) system. From 1 to 100 devices, WiFi 6 supports your devices’ connections for today and tomorrow.
  • Seamless and Consistent Mesh WiFi Coverage- From front door to backyard and in every corner of your home. A dedicated quad-stream WiFi 6 backhaul allows up to four data streams on each band.
  • Built for the Gigabit Internet Speeds Everywhere – Innovative Tri-band WiFi helps maximize the internet speeds available in your home to every device.
  • Multi-Gigabit Internet Speeds Ready – 2.5Gbps Ethernet port support multigigabit Internet speeds available from service providers. Or use port aggregation to combine two Gigabit Ethernet (LAN and WAN) ports for multi-Gigabit speeds.
  • NETGEAR Armor – Best-in-class anti-virus and data theft protection for all of your smartphones and computers. Protects your connected home from internet threats.
  • Easy to Set Up and Use – Simple setup and WiFi management with the Orbi app. Create a guest network, view connected devices, and perform speed tests.
  • Connect More Wired Devices- 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports on each router and satellite support home offices or home entertainment areas.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can use voice commands to control your home WiFi network.

What’s in the box?

The box contains the Orbi Router, an Orbi Satellite, ethernet cables, power adaptors and a guide.

Setting up the 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 also choose to add a satellite at this point in the process, but I waited until later – the choice is yours.

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:

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. 

Then all you need to do is connect up your devices to your Orbi network and away you go.

Final Thoughts

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.

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.

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.

If you are looking for the fastest and easiest to setup and use WiFi 6 Mesh system for your home then look no further than the Orbi Tri-band Mesh WiFi 6, it’s fantastic!

The Orbi Tri-band Mesh WiFi 6 System is available now priced around £700 for the router and one satellite version (RBK852). Additional satellites can be purchased and added to your system as you need them.

You can learn more from the Netgear website.

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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