Netgear is releasing a brand new Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system with a cool, boxy design

A lot of Netgear’s Orbi Wi-Fi routers appear to appear to be unusual oval towers, however its latest mesh router system has a more recent, boxier, and rather more fascinating design. Test it out:


Picture: Netgear

At simply four.1 inches on a aspect and a couple of.7 inches tall, I like how small these are. I feel they appear method cooler than the Orbi oval towers or the multi-antenna TP-Hyperlink I’ve obtained mounted on my wall. That stated, the smaller measurement means the brand new Orbis aren’t as highly effective as Netgear’s recently-introduced $699.99 Orbi Wi-Fi 6 mesh community, not least of which as a result of they don’t have the brand new Wi-Fi 6 capabilities.

There’s not rather a lot within the spec sheet to inform us how highly effective the brand new Orbis are. Netgear says they’ve max speeds of 400Mbps over the two.4GHz band, and 866 Mbps over 5GHz. With one router and one satellite tv for pc, Netgear says you may cowl three,000 sq. toes with Wi-Fi.

The principle router has two Ethernet ports, however you’ll be utilizing one to attach your modem, so if it’s worthwhile to plug a whole lot of gadgets immediately into your router, this will not be the system for you. And if you happen to you want the thought of controlling your community settings by chatting with Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant, these routers will allow you to try this.

However the brand new Orbis are rather more inexpensive than Netgear’s flagship Wi-Fi 6 package deal: as little as $149 for a two-pack (RBK12) at Walmart (which appears to be the one place you should buy it proper now) or a three-pack (RBK13) elsewhere for $229 (RBK13). There’s additionally a four-pack (RBK14) with three satellites on Netgear’s web site listed solely as “coming quickly.”

You could need to wait no less than a single day, although, to see what Google’s rumored new Nest Wifi has to supply — and we simply reviewed Amazon’s newest Eero mesh Wi-Fi system that’s simply barely dearer at $99 per entry level, with a three-pack for $249.

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