Netgear Orbi RBK863SB Review: No Blind Spots with This Mesh Wi-Fi System
The need for a reliable home Wi-Fi network has become more significant than ever, considering the multitude of devices that require an internet connection. Mesh systems have become the go-to solution for signal degradation and wireless dead zones, and the Netgear Orbi RBK863SB Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh system takes it up a notch.
The Orbi RBK863SB is a three-pack Wi-Fi mesh system with a base station that connects to the internet with a future-proofed 10-Gbps port and two satellite units that cover a claimed 8000 square feet. A third 5-GHz band is dedicated to sending traffic between the base and satellites, reducing congestion, and maintaining data transfer speeds.
Setting up the Orbi mesh network is straightforward, and the Orbi app guides through the process, even positioning the satellites to ensure no dead spots. The app provides connected device information, setting up a guest or IoT network, along with measuring signal strength.
The three units have a similar appearance, an iconic tall and large structure, that may not blend in with the home decor. While these units look slick in black, for optimum coverage, they should be positioned high on the walls.
Netgear bundles a year of Armor and Smart Parental Controls, making it an appealing package for families with young children. The Armor is a router-level comprehensive security package that handles anti-malware, anti-phishing, firewall, and VPN services.
The Orbi RBK863SB is a high-performance mesh system that may not fit everyone’s budget. The 4×4 MIMO technology allows it to service multiple devices simultaneously, making it ideal for homes with a lot of devices. Its design and coverage area make it ideal for larger homes, but the high price point may be a deal-breaker for some.
The Netgear Orbi RBK863SB is a top-of-the-line mesh system that addresses the issue of dead zones and signal degradation. Its setup and user-friendly app make it a straightforward solution for families with multiple devices. While the high price point may deter some, for those willing to invest in a high-end mesh system, the Orbi RBK863SB offers a solution with no blind spots.