Orbi, perhaps the best router-repeater Wi-Fi trade


Published on Feb 01, 2017


Wi-Fi routers are not really devices that make you fall in love with the crazy, since it is products yes yes yes yes indispensable, but also a bit “boring” for design and functionality. Orbi Netgear may, however, change the cards on the table.

Often, users install the router in some hidden corner of the house, in the attic or in rooms that are not too frequented. This is because it is technical equipment, which is rarely the manufacturers lose time and money to work on the design. Maybe only Apple and a few others have tried this road, in addition to clearly the Netgear.

The design of this Orbi (in fact in the package you will find two items: the router and the satellite) is really exceptional, so much so it almost looks like a piece of furniture for any house (from a distance can be mistaken for a vase...). The shape is that of a monolith white matte made of plastic of excellent quality, with rounded edges and without any key in the evidence; at the top we find an opening with base blue color on the router, and the color white on the satellite, that allows you to dissipate the air that is illuminated by LEDS when the device is active or connected. On the back of the two turrets, there are 4 ethernet ports, the sync button and a USB 2.0 port, in addition to the power button and the socket for the power supply. The only writing is that of the “orbi” message and the gray color on the front. The dimensions are 7.7 x 22.6 x 17 cm, 889 grams. Around there is no router more aesthetically pleasing.

One of the elements that has led to the success of this orbi is definitely the perfect integration with platforms such as IFTTT and SmartThings, thanks to which you can connect and manage several devices of the Internet of Things. NetGear makes us know that it is working with Apple to add the integration with the accessories HomeKit.

As mentioned at the beginning, inside the package you will find, in addition to the power supply and the ethernet cable, two different elements: one is the “router” and the other “satellite” (in practice, a real repeater). The presence of the 8 ethernet ports on the two orbi allows you to connect many devices via a cable.

If the router is, quite simply, serves to manage the internet connection (if you connect it to any modem), with a repeater you can cover almost the entire house without any kind of problem or loss of signal, thanks to the use of a third channel that serves to manage the individual connections of the various devices connected to the internet, able to avoid any type of interference. Once you have connected the router to the modem and enabled the internet connection, the configuration is simple because it automatically creates a Wi-Fi network between the router and the satellite. Nothing complicated, on the contrary everything is very simple and fast. And let's not forget that orbi uses advanced technology with Tri-Band (with the third network that is used exclusively to communicate with the router and the satellite), which ensures a propagation of an ideal internet connection throughout the house, is a greater power. The router supports VPN, QoS, Dynamic DNS, DHCP, and access secure guest.

Just to give you an idea of the simplicity of configuration, you just need to know that you don't even need to click on the button “Sync” on the back of the two eyes, seen that the connection between the two will happen automatically once you have connected the router to the modem, Wi-Fi. After a few seconds, the led indicator will confirm the connection and you will be provided with a password to connect to the satellite (can be changed later from the settings via the app).

With regard to the performance of the repeater, personally I have not noticed any type of interference or loss of signal of up to 4-5 metres away from one floor to the other, and two separating walls. According to Netgear, the performance is still better even for homes larger. Orbi can in fact automatically handle the type of frequency (2.4 GHz or 5 Ghz) to use for the individual devices (leaving for the direct connection between the router and the satellite to the already mentioned third band exclusive), by changing the setting according to usage and the type of the same. Orbi gives the best of himself when in the home or office are connected to multiple devices at the same time.

In addition to the ease of configuration (I repeat: you do not need any kind of experience to be able to configure the router and repeater), another point in favor of orbi is that is created a single network. In practice, the repeater will not create a second or third Wi-Fi network than the primary, with the risk that, for example, the iPhone steps from one to the other, losing the connection for a few seconds (which happens, instead, with other repeaters): you can download a movie on Netflix, to continue a Skype call or carry out any operation without any risk to switch from the connection the “primary” router to the repeater.

Small negative note for the first installation, as the interface would be a second magazine (not shown, for example, connected devices), and some advanced options are not simple to manage. For the rest, we are facing a truly exceptional product design and functions. Additionally, some features such as parental controls require an additional app called Netgear Genie.

Orbi is one of the best solutions router-repeater in the trade. The cost is certainly not low, but if you use the connection in the home on multiple devices, both for play and for work, the management of the satellite orbi is pretty much perfect. Let's not forget the ease of configuration and, especially, the wonderful design of this device, making it also perfect as a furnishing element. Once you've tried it, and hardly look back.

Orbi (router + satellite) is available on Amazon at a price of 459€.


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