01 Sep New Netgear Orbi to Remove Dead Zones?
Over the years, we have seen tremendous steps forward in the internet and technology as a whole. However, somehow no-one seems to be able to fix the problem of dead zones that are a little too far away from the router…until now. Thanks to Netgear, we could now have the solution in the shape of a new WiFi system ‘Orbi’
Few technical details
In total, the basic piece of equipment costs around $400 and Netgear has stated that this, coupled with a satellite, should work together to cover 4,000 square meters. For businesses who have previously struggled to cover all areas of the building, this is fantastic news. Additionally, the Orbi also boasts a tri-band mesh system that allows the internet to be extended to the satellite whilst the other two channels stay free for various connections from other devices.
Easy to set up
For those who are worried about a difficult install, the system is said to be easy to set up and then easy to use thereafter. The instruction manual that comes with the device has all the details a user will need and Netgear has also created an installation program that can be loaded onto a phone or computer. To keep things simple, Netgear has created a colour-coded system for its device and satellite in order to achieve the best possible connection. After plugging the router in, a light on the satellite will show you exactly where the connection reaches. With the satellite, you can walk around until you find the perfect spot as the light changes colour.
More channels, more possibilities
As we touched upon previously, the main benefit of this device is the fact that the extender and router can connect over one channel whilst the other two remain free for devices. With normal WiFi products, you only get one channel which means that everything is connecting to one output which can slow the connection down. The Netgear Orbi has a 5GHz channel dedicated solely to the router and satellite whilst another 5GHz and a 2.4GHz channel stay open for your devices. In the past, this would lead to two separate network ID’s but Netgear has unified them into one.
There are still some factors that will affect the speed of your connection, such as the amount of devices connecting and your usage, but the Orbi should run faster than any we have seen in the market before. Four Gigabit ethernet ports can be found on both the router and satellite and even a USB 2.0 on the back; the usual features are also included such as parental controls and time restrictions.
When it comes to range, there are other similar products like the Luma and Eero but Netgear’s brand name may just see them rise to the top in this next battle between the router providers. There isn’t long to wait until the release in September and it will be interesting to see how it sells compared to the aforementioned products, as well as OnHub from Google.