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Featured Netgear Adds Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System And AC3000 Mesh Extender To Orbi Line

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by Julio Urquidi, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Julio Urquidi

    Julio Urquidi News Editor

    Apr 12, 2016
    NETGEAR today announced availability of the Wi-Fi 6 version of its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system that was announced at CES 2019 in January.

    The Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi tri-band Wi-Fi system (RBK852) consists of two AX6000 tri-band nodes, each powered by a 2.2 GHz quad core processor. Aside from using a four-stream 1.2 Gbps 2.4 GHz band and a four-stream 2.4 Gbps 5 GHz band for client connections, the RBK852 includes a third four-stream 2.4 Gbps band as a dedicated backhaul, providing fast throughput between the kit’s two nodes.

    Other interfaces on the RBK852 include one 2.5 Gbps WAN Port and four Gbps LAN ports.

    Additional listed features include an optional wall mount (sold separately) and VLAN-based guest network separation.

    The second announced Orbi product is an AC3000 tri-band Wi-Fi extender and satellite (RB50Y). Designed for the outdoors and housed in an IP56 compliant enclosure, the RB50Y extends a wireless mesh network’s range and feature set using a two stream 400 Mbps 2.4 GHz band, a two stream 866 Mbps 5 GHz band, and a dedicated third 1.733 Gbps 5 GHz band also used exclusively for backhaul operations.

    The wall-mountable (included) RB50Y is powered by a quad-core processor and includes features such as implicit and explicit beamforming, security using 802.11i and 128-bit AES encryption with PSK, and extended guest Wi-Fi functions when used in Orbi Satellite mode. Lastly, you can use up to three RB50Y satellites with Netgear Orbi routers.

    The Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 System (RBK852) will be available in October and is priced at $699.99, while the Orbi AC3000 Outdoor Wi-Fi Mesh Extender/Add-On Satellite is available now and priced at $349.99.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
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  2. Internet Man

    Internet Man Senior Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    The Tech Specs section of the product page seems to have an error under the AX6000 Tri-Band WiFi sections:

    They swapped 1200Mbps of the 2.4GHz link with the 2400Mbps of the 5GHz wireless backhaul. There is no explanation for the "†" symbol on the page.
    *Update* It looks like they tried to correct these speeds but still have it wrong both places and now they have different speeds listed for the router and satellite.

    Also, "Works with Amazon Alex"

    It's mind-boggling how many errors appear on Netgear's product pages.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
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  3. ricky124

    ricky124 Occasional Visitor

    Nov 29, 2018
    Going for the RB50Y when I own a home :)
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