Netgear announced the Orbi routers, their new Wi-Fi system. Netgear designed the Orbi routers to be a two-part wireless solution meant to offer users a full wireless internet connection coverage for a surface nearing 4,000 square feet.
As it currently stands, the future of wireless connectivity is not heading in the direction of a single all powerful modem with greater and greater areas of coverage. Instead, the technological trend being developed focuses on small and smart devices which easily pass the signal on from one to another.
Showing full confidence in their newest product, Netgear guarantees that the Orbi routers will outcover and outspeed the competition. While competitors usually include a group of three devices to ensure full coverage, Orbi requires only two.
Albeit larger than the mini routers its competitors are selling, Netgear’s Orbi will seamlessly communicate between themselves through a separate 5GHz channel. The Orbi routers offer an 802.11 ac wireless internet connection through either 2.4GHz or 5GHz channels.
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In order to enjoy the best possible quality of service, Netgear advises its users to consider placing the Orbi routers closer to the center of a room rather than in a corner or next to a wall. The company also stated that if necessary additional routers can be easily interconnected to the same network. Each stand-alone Orbi.router easily covers 2000 square feet.
The cover range of the routers can overlap as it will not create any confusion for any device connected to either or both routers. Overlapping the range did not seem to increase the actual signal strength.
Netgear’s Orbi routers, however, do start out with a surprisingly high signal strength to begin with. Users who need additional signal strength due to reinforced walls could benefit from the Orbi routers, although the end-result will vary from user to user.
The Orbi routers will be available for $400. Users who require more than just the starting package can buy additional routers for $250 a piece. When asked about the steep pricing strategy, Netgear stated that the pricing was chosen as a marker of quality. Low-cost router alternatives prove to be unreliable.
Presently, the Orbi routers stand as a good Wi-Fi system. Their larger size, preference to be closer to the center of a room, and substantial price tag are all seen as considerable drawbacks. It will be up to the userbase to decide if the coverage and connection quality are worth it.
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