Netgear Orbi RBK50 Reviews

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★★★★ 4.4
Manufacturer: Netgear
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Based on 31 reviews.
 

Netgear Orbi RBK50

★★★★★
Verdict: A great wireless router is an essential element of tech life, whether you're building out a smart home or you just want the best experience streaming music and video at home.
Pros: 
  • Strong Wi-Fi performance (with a satellite, Three-port gigabit ethernet switch on the router
  • four-port switch on the satellite, Dedicated 4x4 radio for backhaul, Robust feature set, Exceptional performance under stress (and at range, with two nodes or more, Attractive, unobtrusive industrial...
Cons: 
  • Not nearly as fast as the competition when operating solo
  • Physically larger and more visually obtrusive than the competition
  • USB port is currently dormant
  • Only two ethernet ports
  • No USB port for storage or printer support
  • Expensive
  • No dedicated channel for data backhaul
  • Must use a smartphone...
3 years ago

Netgear Orbi WiFi System

★★★★ 4.2
Verdict: The Netgear Orbi is the second Wi-Fi system I've worked with and, at a glance, it seems similar to the first, the Eero . At the very least, the Orbi also has multiple hardware units and it's expensive as well, costing $400 for a set of two and an additional unit will cost another $250.
Pros: 
  • The Orbi Wi-Fi system conveniently delivers large Wi-Fi coverage without compromising speed
  • The system doesn't require an account with Netgear to work
Cons: 
  • The system is expensive
  • and there's no mobile app for its setup process
5 years ago

Netgear Orbi Review: The Mesh Router to Beat

★★★★ 3.8
Verdict: While pricey, the Netgear Orbi is one of the fastest, most powerful routers we've tested, even without its mesh extension.
Pros: 
  • Phenomenal performance
  • Dedicated router-to-extension data channel
  • MU-MIMO technology
  • Choice of app or browser setup
Cons: 
  • Relatively large devices
  • Expensive
  • Limited functionality on mobile app for now
3 years ago

Netgear Orbi High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System (RBK50)

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: Home Wi-Fi systems offer a user-friendly alternative to the more complex router/extender solutions used to blanket your home with wireless coverage, and the Netgear Orbi High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System (RBK50) is currently the best of the burgeoning crop.
Pros: 
  • Easy to install
  • Fast throughput
  • Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) capable
  • Highly configurable
Cons: 
  • Expensive
  • Bulky
  • Limited USB functionality
5 years ago

NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 WiFi System

★★★★★
Verdict: The Orbi RBK50 Wi-Fi system from NETGEAR is not a recent launch and is in fact over a year old now, having launched at an MSRP of $399.99. It got rave reviews at the time by being what was then possibly the best-performing mesh Wi-Fi system, and today, it has just gotten better with updates to...
Pros: 
  • User friendly Wi-Fi mesh system (if you stick with one tool to set up and monitor
  • Excellent routing performance with a strong signal and low attenuation in the test area
  • High throughput maintained across both wireless N and AC networks in the test area
  • A high degree of settings and options...
Cons: 
  • Expensive
  • A confusing collection of setup and monitoring options that can potentially overwhelm customers
  • USB port on either unit is not accessible with a storage device
  • Warranty of only a year
4 years ago

Netgear Orbi RBK50

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: Consumer router products are generally classified by three major performance characteristics: overall throughput or bandwidth, multi-client performance, and range. Although throughput and multi-client bandwidth has scaled-up nicely over the years, range perhaps hasn't improved quite as robustly and...
Pros: 
  • High performance AC WiFi
  • Great performance over distance
  • Virtually eliminates dead spots
  • Easy setup and configuration
Cons: 
  • Just one USB 2 port per unit
  • Only 3 available Ethernet ports on base
5 years ago

Netgear Orbi

★★★★★
Verdict: For settings where getting a usable Wi-Fi signal to every corner of your house is difficult, if not impossible, the Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi system looks to be a top option. Covering up to 4,000 square feet, its three-channel set-up allows for full data speeds even at remote locations.
Pros: 
  • Extends wireless range without loss of speed
  • Easy set up and use
  • 4,000 square feet of coverage
  • Add-on satellites for even larger homes are available
Cons: 
  • Only suitable where Wi-Fi signal distribution is challenging
  • Pricey
5 years ago

Netgear Orbi RBK50

★★★★ 4.4
Verdict: 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.
5 years ago

Netgear Orbi RBK50

★★★★★
Verdict: I've seen some grousing in the SNBForums Orbi threads about Orbi's $400 price tag and I suppose, rightfully so. You can buy most any AC5300 / AC5400 BHR for less, including NETGEAR's Nighthawk X8 and ASUS' RT-AC5300 . Only NETGEAR's just-announced AD7200 class Nighthawk X10 costs more at $500.
5 years ago

Worked very well until...

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: Product worked well for about 2 years. Then after what I presume to be an automatic firmware update, all my mobile devices (Android and Apple) smartphones and tablets started having severe battery drain while idle, in the magnitude of up to 40% drain when the device is idle overnight - used to only...
2 years ago

NETGEAR Orbi High-performance AC3000 Tri-band WiFi System (RBK50)

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: The Orbi system worked flawlessly for a year, strong Wi-Fi signal and fast connection throughout the house. Then it started repeatedly dropping Wi-Fi signal. Product support for Netgear is nonexistent, so I scoured the internet for solutions and tried system reboots, factory resets and firmware...
3 years ago

Very easy to use and set up

★★★★★ 3.0
Verdict: I got tired of using a wifi extender, and didn't want to go through the hassle of (learning to and) reconfiguring an old modem to function as an access point in my house. After looking at the Orbi, Google home, and Eero, I bought the Orbi. Took about 10 minutes to set up.
4 years ago

Disappointing...

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: When it works, it works well. Unfortunately it is very inconsistent with iPhone devices and bandwidth appears to degrade over time. The devices require frequent reboots of the central and satellite device.
3 years ago

Suffered with this for 1 yr!

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: Bought this based on the rating - it is the worst wifi equipment I have ever owned and the least supported. Beware - go online to Orbi support groups to find out about how much maintenance this takes to work properly and that is if the firmware updates are done in the proper order for the...
3 years ago

Netgear Orbi

★★★★★ 4.5
Verdict: Sometimes, no amount of prime router placement can get you decent Wi-Fi coverage throughout your house. Netgear isn't the first to try and solve this problem, but its new Orbi Wi-Fi system tackles it pretty handily.
Pros: 
  • Excellent coverage
  • Easy setup
  • Approachable design
Cons: 
  • Mighty pricey
  • Finicky Wi-Fi band settings
3 years ago

Netgear Orbi Review

★★★★★ 4.5
Verdict: The Netgear Orbi is a new spin on the home Wi-Fi router, designed specifically to stretch Wi-Fi coverage further than any normal router can manage. It achieves this because it's essentially two routers in one, with the second unit acting like a glorified Wi-Fi extender.
Pros: 
  • Very fast speeds at long range
  • Easy setup
  • Consistent coverage
  • Much faster performance than Wi-Fi extenders
  • Single SSID makes managing connections easy
Cons: 
  • High upfront cost
  • Modest feature set for power users
  • Not the fastest router when in close range
4 years ago

Netgear Orbi RBK50: Fast and powerful Wi-Fi but pricey

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: In all, the Orbi is a smart system: we found it delivered rock-solid and stable Wi-Fi to our entire house. If you've struggled with poor Wi-Fi performance in the past, then this router could well be the answer.
Pros: 
  • Very easy to set up
  • Delivers great performance and coverage
Cons: 
  • Distinctly pricey
  • Doesn't currently support YouView streaming
3 years ago

Netgear Orbi review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: Orbi might be the first mesh-based network to launch over here, but it's got some big competition across the pond. Eero has been out in the US for a while, and Google Wifi will arrive there in November.
Pros: 
  • Blistering wireless speeds
  • Great design
  • Incredibly simple setup
Cons: 
  • Beaten by much cheaper routers for everyday file transfers
  • QoS options are basic
  • Mobile app is horrific
5 years ago

Netgear Orbi review

★★★★ 4.0
Verdict: Mesh networking is a bit of a buzzword at the moment, with the modular Eero system getting rave reviews earlier this year, and the recently announced Google Wifi getting in on the act too.
5 years ago

Buy Google WiFi instead

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: Set up was no problem, the Wifi worked and speed was good, however even with the firmware updates, the WiFi would just drop, logs didn't show any issues, in fact the logs showed no failure of broadband - this would happen quite often and no explaination- Put the old WiFi system back on and it worked...
3 years ago

Best router solution available.

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: Excellent wifi solution. Easy to set up, simply follow the online or app instructions. Speeds are extremely fast. Highly recommended.
4 years ago

Easy upgrade from Apple time capsule routers.

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: I got the Orbi AC3000 kit yesterday. It took me 15 minutes to install after I read the 3 pages booklet and some internet info. I was rigged with a switch, an Apple time capsule Extreme router and three airport express extenders.
4 years ago

Best Mesh Wifi

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: I've been using the Orbi for more than 3 months now. During those 3 months I haven't had a single instance of instability, and the performance has been outstanding! I've installed a few mesh products for friends and family, and while this was probably the least straightforward installation of them,...
3 years ago

Netgear Orbi RBK50

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: I purchased this product to improve the range of our WiFi. After a bit of research I decided to install tri-band mesh WiFi technology selecting the Netgear Orbi. The setup of the product was quick and easy requiring me to install the Orbi app then follow the bouncing ball.
3 years ago

Great, simple and powerful and it works!

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: Prior to installing the Orbi we had no Wifi upstairs in our 3 storey terrace. After reading many expert reviews on different mesh wifi systems I went with the Orbi and it is awesome! Strong wifi from the top to bottom (RBR50) of the house. Easy to setup, effectively all I did was plug and play.
3 years ago

Fast

★★★★ 3.5
Verdict: Awesome product, reliable and great quality.
2 years ago

Netgear Orbi RBK50

★★★★★
Verdict: Mesh Wi-Fi networks have been all the rage ever since Eero introduced its first router system last February. These Wi-Fi systems are designed for large houses or offices that would typically need to be served by multiple routers or Wi-Fi range extenders.
Pros: 
  • Great range
  • Excellent performance
  • especially over large distances
  • Easy to set up
Cons: 
  • Expensive
  • Barebones app
4 years ago

Finally, something that works

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: Up to this point, I've tried multiple range extenders. Have use Netgear extenders, Linksys extenders, with only limited success at best. I would have frequent signal drops, and I would have to do multiple device reboots to re-establish a signal.
2 years ago

It's pricey but worth it. Was having issues with streaming Netflix / Hulu in certain areas of th...

★★★★★ 5.0
Verdict: It's pricey but worth it. Was having issues with streaming Netflix / Hulu in certain areas of the house. This solved the problem. Easy set up and no more buffering. Simple and effective.
4 years ago

Netgear Orbi RBK50 : Fast, powerful Wi-Fi

★★★★ 4.0
A smart system that boosts Wi-Fi range and speed, Orbi could be the answer for anyone struggling with uneven wireless performance
Pros: 
  • Very easy to set up
  • Delivers great performance and coverage
Cons: 
  • Distinctly pricey
  • Doesn't currently support YouView streaming
2 years ago

Netgear Orbi RBK50

★★★★★
2 years ago

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