ISP Compatibility: Unlike some WiFi systems, the Orbi router works with your
existing gateway or modem and Internet service provider right out of the box.
You won't need to change your current equipment to use the Orbi WiFi Home
System. Orbi uses a single WiFi name (SSID) and with just a couple of clicks,
your secure WiFi network will be ready in no time.
- If your gateway or modem has router functionality, when you set up the
Orbi network, choose AP mode and turn off your existing gateway or modem's
WiFi to improve performance.
- If your gateway or modem does not have router functionality, when you
set up the Orbi network, select router mode and turn off your existing
gateway or modem's WiFi to improve performance.
Note: After your existing WiFi is disabled, you can use that WiFi network
name for your Orbi network.
2,000 Square Feet Coverage: The Orbi router can
cover up to 2,000 square feet, which meets the needs of many of the medium sized
homes in the US
homes. In addition, NETGEAR offers add-on satellites (941AC3KSAT, sold separately) to
blanket even larger areas with tri-band WiFi that uses one network name and
One Network Name: Orbi provides a single WiFi network for your entire
house. With Orbi, you have one network name and password, and you don't need to
change networks as you move around your home. In contrast, extenders work by
repeating the WiFi signal of your router to other parts of your house. As a
result, with an extender, you have two different WiFi networks to connect to -
one for your router and another for your range extender. That means you need to
reconnect based on where you are in your home. Orbi creates a single high speed
network that gives your entire home complete coverage. Orbi dynamically
optimizes your connections for you without having to reconnect.
Tri-Band WiFi: Orbi uses tri-band WiFi to keep your Internet running
at maximum speeds, no matter how many devices connect. The tri-band WiFi that
powers Orbi includes a dedicated 1.7Gbps 5GHz band solely for extending Internet
speeds to Orbi satellites (941AC3KSAT,
sold separately). This enables the other two WiFi bands to be dedicated
to all connected devices across an entire home. Tri-band WiFi ensures that your Orbi WiFi System provides both reliable WiFi coverage and maximum Internet speed
throughout your home.
- up to 400 Mbps on 802.11n band
- up to 1733 Mbps on first 802.11ac band
- up to 867 Mbps on second 802.11ac band
Note: In contrast, range extenders do not offer tri-band WiFi. Extenders
increase the range of your router by receiving and retransmitting your data
using the same radio and channel, essentially transmitting your data
twice. Retransmission can reduce by half the data available to you in the far
corners of a large home. While extenders are a simple and cost-effective way to
boost router signals, the lower data rate and second network are less effective
for large homes with high-data users.
802.11ac: NETGEAR's Orbi features a WiFi 802.11ac
chipset for fast download speeds. It is also backward compatible with 802.11
b/g/n devices. Next generation 802.11ac WiFi (2.4GHz/5GHz) avoids wireless
interference and provides whole home coverage ensuring top WiFi speeds and
6 Amplified Antennas: Six high-performance antennas
with high-powered amplifiers provide extremely reliable WiFi connectivity
throughout larger homes for all your Internet-enabled devices.
Advanced WiFi Technologies: With features like MU-MIMO, WMM
QoS, & Beamforming, you get enhanced speed and increased reliability so you can
roam freely throughout your home without fear of slow or dropped connections.
- Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO): Using Multi-User MIMO
technology, the NETGEAR router can stream data to multiple devices
simultaneously. With MU-MIMO, your WiFi network can deliver faster
throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. That means faster downloads
and smoother streaming for your devices.
- WMM QoS: WMM QoS prioritizes WiFi data packets from
different applications based on four access categories - voice, video, best
effort, and background.
- Beamforming: Beamforming boosts speed, reliability, and
range of WiFi connections on 2.4 and 5GHz band. The result is a stronger,
faster, more reliable connection that is locked in even when the device is
moved around the home.
710MHz Quad-Core Processor: A powerful quad-core 710MHz processor
delivers high-performance connectivity, while a 4GB flash memory and 512MB RAM
offers improved throughput.
UPnP: Universal Plug N Play (UPnP) helps devices, such as Internet
appliances and computers, access the network and connect to other devices as
needed. UPnP devices can automatically discover the services from other
registered UPnP devices on the network
Gigabit Ethernet Ports: The NETGEAR Orbi router is fitted
with five 10/100/1000 (1 WAN & 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports. The WAN port is
used to connect your Internet modem, while the LAN ports are used to connect
your local network devices.
NETGEAR Genie App: For advanced configuration and
management, the NETGEAR Genie App for
Apple iOS 7.0+ (iPod touch/iPhone)/Apple
iOS 7.0+ (iPhone) ,
Android OS 2.3+,
Windows PC (Vista-up) and
Mac (OS 10.6-up) may be used. The Genie App lets you easily monitor, connect
& control your home network from a Windows PC, Mac computer/laptop, Apple iOS
device, or Android smartphone/tablet. Easily manage router features like Live
Parental Controls, Internet traffic meter, speed test, and more.
Alexa Commands: When you enable your NETGEAR router to work
with Alexa, you can use voice commands to configure your router's settings. You
can also ask Alexa to send your network credentials to your Alexa app, which
makes accessing your credentials more convenient while still keeping your
information secure. The following Alex commands are supported -
- Alexa, ask NETGEAR to enable the guest network
- Alexa, ask NETGEAR to disable the guest network
- Alexa, ask NETGEAR to reboot my router
- Alexa, ask NETGEAR to send me my WiFi settings
- Before you enable your NETGEAR router to work with Alexa, you must
download the NETGEAR genie app, create a remote access account, and
register your router with your remote access account.
- There are two ways to enable your NETGEAR router to work with Amazon
Alexa. You can use the command "Alexa, enable the NETGEAR skill," or you
can manually link the NETGEAR skill to your Alexa app.
Parental Controls: After you set up and enable parental
controls, you can change the web filtering level for each device on the network
through the network map page on the genie app. You can use access control to
block access to your network. You can use keywords to block certain Internet
sites from your network, or you can block specific Internet services on your
network based on the type of service. You can block these sites all the time or
based on a schedule. You can exempt one trusted computer from blocking. The
router can email you its logs of router activity. The log records router
activity and security events such as attempts to access blocked sites or
Guest Network Access: Separate & secure access for guests.
Guest networks create a completely separate WiFi network for your guests'
devices, ensuring they do not have access to your home network or to the shared
USB hard drive with all your personal data.
Internet Setup Wizard & Web Browser: You can use the
Setup Wizard to detect your Internet settings and automatically set up the Orbi
router. Or, you can use a web browser (orbilogin.com)
to access the Orbi router and set up the router manually.
Placement: The Orbi router should be positioned near your modem,
while the Orbi satellite (sold separately) should be placed in the middle of your home. If you are using more than one Orbi satellite, place the Orbi router in the middle of your home with the satellites placed in separate
USB-A 2.0 Port (Future Use): The Orbi router features a USB-A 2.0
port for future use (no ETA), so you can wirelessly and access and share USB hard drives.
Firmware Updates: Click
here for the latest firmware updates.