Having internet dead spots is one of the most frustrating things! I recently was given the chance to test a Netgear Orbi and it’s safe to say my frustrations are much less! Previously I have tried a number of routers and ultimately needed to use boosters in the house to get the signal strength throughout the house.
iMum Mary had similar experiences when she reviewed Orbi last year. Read her review here.
Out of the box, Orbi was easy to set up. I installed the companion app on my iPhone and within 10 minutes, I had both the main unit and satellite set up – firmware updated and running! The best part – I no longer need to remember two network names – my devices will seamlessly swap between the 2.5G to the 5G network without me having to change anything!
Orbi is an all in one unit – there are no antenas that are external. You place one unit close to your home modem and use an ethernet cord to plug the modem and the base unit together. Then, you can place the satellite unit in the house where most of your electronics are – for me that’s on the first floor near our living room. We have a TV/DVD player that we use to stream, a home laptop as well as various bluetooth speakers and a charging dock for our devices. Orbi is cool to the touch, so I didn’t worry about my four year old touching it in error and hurting his hand.
One of my favorite things about Orbi is the ability to configure as little or as much as you wish! I have an Orbi app on my phone and can use my Amazon Alexa to enable or disable the guest internet with a simple spoken voice command. I also loved the integration with Circle parental controls – as a mom I’m always watching how much screentime my kids get – with Orbi I have a second person on my shoulder helping to monitor and make sure that they are not accessing sites that I don’t want them to. Once I got Orbi, and upgraded my cable modem to a CM 1000 I was finally getting the speeds I was paying for with my home internet! One of the other things I liked was the ability to share WiFi with a QR code or even via a text message to other Apple devices.
6 dedicated WiFi antennas supporting Tri-band WiFi with dedicated 4×4 Tx/Rx backhaul.
2 antennas for Dual-band front haul connections to WiFi devices (2.4GHz + 5GHz Low-band).
To start using Orbi, you plug it into your cable modem using the included Ethernet cable. Plug in Orbi and turn it on. Orbi will turn solid white and then pulse white when it is ready for you to set up with your home internet. The goal is with the base and satellite, that you get a blue ring. Blue= good connection, amber= fair connection, magenta= unable to connect. When I first set up the Orbi in one part of the house I got an Amber, so I simply moved it around a bit until I got a better connection. My favorite part?!? I finally got a connection in both parts of my downstairs as well as on my side deck so we could stream to our heart’s content. If you still struggle to get a good connection, Orbi has other units you can purchase to help boost the signal throughout the house as well. When setting up you can either plug into the included ethernet ports or use WPS setup to allow your devices to find Orbi. You can see a device list of connected devices and turn on/off the internet with a tap. WIth our previous router and old modem, I was lucky if I got half the speed I was paying for. Now I can stream on multiple devices, use the internet and even play music without worrying about my connection. I pay for Blast services with Comcast and got 296 down and 12 up once I installed Orbi. This was not location dependent within the house either.
In terms of improvements, I wish the Orbi app would send you a reminder when you need to update firmware or do some other type of maintenance to the network. Other than that – really there is nothing I would change.
Orbi has made my home internet so much faster. Even though the cost of the Orbi is a bit higher than a traditional router – having a simple easy solution means I can spend more time with my family doing what matters without having to worry about my internet. Available from Amazon and other fine retailers.
The Orbi App from NETGEAR makes it easy to set up and get more from your Orbi WiFi system.
Circle: Smart Family Controls
by Circle Media Incorporated
Circle is the smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any device.
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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly. The iMums are NETGEAR Ambassadors.
|Combined WiFi speed||3,000 Mbps (1733 + 866 + 400Mbps)|
|Coverage||5,000 sq ft|
|Dedicated Backhaul||4×4 (1.7Gbps)|
Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.