When I tested the Amplifi HD a few months back, that was the first real platform that was able to cover every corner of my home with beautiful Wi-Fi signal. For years, I cobbled routers and extender together but didn't quite get the same signal quality as I did from the Ubiquiti.
Netgear's Orbi was able to accomplish coverage in all corners of my home with two base units with the added bonus of the LED on the top of the unit guiding me in its placement. Blue is where you want to be with amber and magenta guiding you there. Sure, these units aren't small by any means, so you will need to plan for their placement, but the aesthetic of each unit does aid in blending into your home.
With the device not having a proper USB 3.0 port for storage, the review gets cut a little short as it wouldn't be fair to test USB 2.0 storage against the rest of the market running 3.0. With that said, let's get into my final thoughts of the Netgear Orbi.
Netgear's entry into the multi-point "Mesh" Wi-Fi market is a well-built product that performs well above its rating. However, I'm not a fan of marketing that pushed this device as AC3000 when in fact it is only AC1200. With that out of the way, I was very much pleased with the build quality of both the router and satellite in this kit. The soft white plastic mates well with the glossy gray and the blue ring LED gives it an elegant look.
The performance showed this solution standing tall with higher rated solutions reaching 939 Mbps over wired Ethernet. Wireless performance was rather decent as well reaching 207 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 451 Mbps on the 5GHz band.
Orbi is a unique platform with its AC1733 backhaul connecting the satellites to the base. I like Netgear has started you out with a two-device kit allowing you to expand as needed with each of the Orbi satellites sharing the exact hardware layout with the base. The WebGUI is very easy to navigate but does have some shortcomings as far as advanced features are concerned. After my testing, Netgear did release firmware updates for guest networks, but we still have no QoS as far as I know.
Overall, Orbi is a solid piece of kit, and if you are in the market for a Wi-Fi System, it's certainly worth a look.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||89%|
|Value for Money||75%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: NETGEAR's Orbi kit is one of the strongest wireless systems on the market thanks to its engineering, but with that comes a hefty price tag that will scare some away.
PRICING: You can find the Netgear Orbi AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Netgear Orbi AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System retails for $380 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Netgear Orbi AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System retails for £368 at Amazon UK.
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