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NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 Tri-band Wi-Fi® Satellite

Range-extending satellite for Orbi router (model RBS50)

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Our take on the NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 Tri-band Wi-Fi® Satellite

Maybe you already have an Orbi router, but you've moved to a larger home. Or perhaps you want to extend your wireless network to a detached garage. If you need fast, seamless extension of your Wi-Fi coverage, the Orbi Satellite will get the job done.

Need a little extra Wi-Fi® coverage? Add an Orbi Sattelite and you'll get a lot

Need a little extra Wi-Fi® coverage? Add an Orbi Satellite and you'll get a lot.

Extend your existing Wi-Fi coverage

Maybe you already have an Orbi router, but you've moved to a larger home. Or perhaps you want to extend your wireless network to a detached garage. If you need fast, seamless extension of your Wi-Fi coverage, the Orbi Satellite will get the job done.

The satellite repeats and boosts the signal from the router, so you can add another 2,000 feet of range to your wireless coverage. Router and satellite use a single Wi-Fi name (SSID) so you experience seamless connectivity as you roam throughout the house.

And it's nice to look at

Routers and modems can be so boxy, right? NETGEAR designed the Orbi modules with stylish looks that help them blend into your home's decor. The router and satellite match, each sporting a sleek, rounded, upright design that's not intrusive or clunky. It's state of the art inside and out.

Product Highlights:

  • powerful Orbi satellite adds up to 2,000 square feet of coverage to your Wi-Fi® network
  • preconfigured for fast, easy setup with your existing Orbi network
  • uses same SSID name as your Orbi router for seamless Wi-Fi throughout your home or business
  • high-performance amplified internal antennas
  • 4 Ethernet ports for wired connections (10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit)
  • free NETGEAR Orbi app available for Apple® and Android™ devices
  • AC3000 Wi-Fi (400 + 867 + 1733 Mbps)
    • 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
  • powerful quad-core 710MHz processor delivers high-performance connectivity
  • beamforming boosts speed, reliability and range of Wi-Fi connection
  • 6-11/16"W x 8-15/16"H x 3-1/8"D
  • weight: 1.96 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Orbi satellite (RBS50)
  • AC power adapter (attached 6' DC cord)
  • Quick Start Guide
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Add-On Orbi Satellite: The Orbi satellite is part of NETGEAR's Orbi expandable WiFi system. Add-on this satellite to your existing Orbi WiFi system to expand your WFi coverage an additional 2,000 sq. ft.

Note: The Orbi satellite requires an Orbi system kit (sold separately).

ISP Compatibility: Unlike some WiFi systems, Orbi 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.

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. 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.

Gigabit Ethernet Ports: The Orbi satellite is fitted with 4 Ethernet LAN ports to connect home networking equipment, such as a NAS storage system, TV, gaming console, etc..

NETGEAR Orbi App: Use the NETGEAR Orbi app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android 4.2+), now with a new dashboard, to install & personalize the Orbi Home WiFi System. The NETGEAR Orbi app makes it easy to set up and personalize your Orbi WiFi System. With the app, you can install the Orbi mesh network system in just a few steps; simply connect your compatible Apple iOS or Android device to the router network and the app will walk you through the rest. Once set up, you can use the intuitive dashboard to pause Internet on your connected devices, run a quick Internet speed test, setup Smart Parental Controls and much more.

  • Parental Controls & Internet Filter: Parents can filter online content and limit time online as well as set an Internet bedtime for every connected device in the home. Easily pause the Internet and check what kids are up to online.
  • Remote Management: The Orbi app lets you easily monitor and control your home WiFi from anywhere. You can even setup Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands for your network using the new remote management feature.

Voice Control: Control your Orbi mesh WiFi network with voice commands using Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant (devices sold separately). When you enable the Orbi to work with Alexa or Google Assistant, you can use voice commands to configure your router's settings. You can also ask Alexa or Google to send your network credentials to your smartphone or tablet, which makes accessing your credentials more convenient while still keeping your information secure. In addition, you can ask Alexa or Google to enable/disable the guest network and reboot the router.

  • Before you enable the Orbi router to work with Alexa or Google, you must download the NETGEAR Orbi app, create a remote access account, and register your router with your remote access account.
  • There are two ways to enable the Orbi router to work with Alexa or Google. You can use the command "Alexa, enable the NETGEAR skill," or "Ok Google, talk to NETGEAR," or you can manually link the NETGEAR skill to your Alexa or Google Home app.

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 locations.

Firmware Updates: Click here for the latest firmware updates.

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Spent a lot of time on the phone with Doc at Crutchfield and this product looked like it would meet my needs. [ MARK  Jul 16, 2018 ]
I want to add it to my Orbi AC3000 system. [ JOSEPH  Mar 02, 2018 ]
To extend wifi outside in our gazebo [ DAVID  Jan 14, 2018 ]
I bought the original set from you and ity is fantastic. I want to expand my network and need this satellite unit. [ D  Sep 02, 2017 ]
The initial ORBI configuration of Router and 1 Satellite was not sufficient for my oddly shaped home. I wanted full coverage on the other wing of the house. Crutchfield made it possible [ Clyde  Dec 31, 2016 ]
i want to extend my current range in my home [ P  Dec 23, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

i only received one [ Robert  Jun 21, 2017 ]
When you order a satellite for the ORBI you get just one object. You will still need a base unit. Initially, I purchased a base unit and a satellite. I found that due to the configuration of my house, I needed a third unit, so I ordered the additional satellite from Crutchfield. Easy to install, Everything about the ORBI is easy. [ Clyde  Jun 18, 2017 ]
This is just one, it's called a satellite, you need to purchase NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 Tri-band Wi-Fi® System (RBK50) (router and satellite) if you need an extra then you buy a single satellite [ Patricia  Jun 18, 2017 ]
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