Sketchy Wi-Fi is something we’ve all had to deal with. We often rely on the standard modem routers given by our internet provider, which are usually cheap and unreliable most of the time. Since most people only have one Wi-Fi router in the house, the signal does not cover the entire house. So Netgear has come to the rescue with the Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi System that guarantees the perfect coverage with only two units – a router and a wireless satellite.
Netgear Orbi Tri-band System
The Orbi is one of the better-looking designs in the market. Sleek and simple, it fits seamlessly into a modern home – something you can place on a table rather than stash away behind a couch. There are three LAN ports, one WAN port, and one USB 2.0 port at the back of each unit. On top is a LED indicator displaying different colours to indicate the connection strength and status.
The router and satellite are already paired out of the box and fully compatible with most internet providers. So setting up is easy – just connect the router to your existing modem or gateway and place the satellite in the centre of your home. Then download the Netgear Orbi app (available on Android and iOS) to guide you through every step. If you’re a more technically experienced user you can just configure it through their web interface. The Orbi can stretch over 370sqm, so you’ll always get excellent coverage.
One thing to note is that Orbi does not extend your existing network as such, but instead it creates a new network between the two units under one name. This means you only need to connect your devices to one network and the Orbi will automatically alternate between the two units to give you the best signal. Orbi will give you both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks to connect your devices to but it also has a dedicated AC3000 tri-band system which is what gives it the advantage over other similar systems out there. A third high-speed band is dedicated entirely to the communication between the primary router and the satellite. Other systems are usually dual-band, which can be a lot slower since the two bands have to handle communication between the primary and satellite units, which chews up the bandwidth with your devices.
Turns out having an NBN connection in your apartment doesn’t mean anything unless you have a really good Wi-Fi system to distribute the signal. We’ve been using the crappy default modem that came from our telco for the past year and although the 2.4GHz signal reached most of the apartment, the 5GHz did not. The 2.4GHz speed was terrible and the 5GHz signal was weak, so trying to stream YouTube from the bedroom was just frustrating.
We worked out that the cement wall between the living room and bedrooms contributed to the signal degradation. So with the Orbi, we placed the router on one side of the wall and the satellite directly on the other side of the wall. The result was internet bliss. No more dead-zones and always fast reliable Wi-Fi anywhere in the home. The signal is so strong that even the neighbours can access it.
The Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi System is fast and reliable with easy configuration and superior coverage. It is also aesthetically pleasing so you can put it anywhere without compromising the look of your home. All in all, it’s an ideal system especially if you live in a big house or have a lot of devices connecting all at once.
For more information, visit netgear.com.au.
Images taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.