No modern house is complete without wifi or maybe a number of Internet Of Things to make home life just that more exciting. While we may not live in a fully-realised Jetsons or Blade Runner-esque world just yet, the onslaught of new virtual assistants and smart home devices brings us one step closer to the future envisioned in science fiction. And with that, let’s take a look at Netgear’s Orbi, a mesh router than can definitely bring your house one step closer to the future.
Design and Aesthetics:
So the Orbi is pretty big all things considered, with the size being comparable to an air humidifier. But it does have a sleek and modern aesthetic, which is sure to please many homeowners. The Orbi has a power button and most importantly, 4 Ethernet ports. The yellow hued Ethernet port is definitely for the router to connect straight into your network, while the other 3 is perfect for printers and other devices to directly connect to.
In its essence, the Orbi is a mesh router, designed to boost your wifi and cover a whole lot of ground that your usual, vanilla router sure won’t be able to do. Instead of the separated 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz signals that are common in routers these days, the Orbi combines them into one, creating a signal that is strong and secure. In the package itself, you’ll receive the router all by itself, and the two-pack will add in a proprietary satellite as well, placing them in optimal places is key to getting the most out of the Orbi.
Getting Set Up:
Setting up is pretty easy all things considered, all you need is your smartphone and download the Netgear Orbi app. Scan a QR code, punch in some settings, and you’re good to go. Once you’ve set it up, the Orbi does everything it advertises to do. It provides a nice and wide coverage throughout your house, with the proprietary satellite a must if you have a multi-story house and you would want the entire house to have the same wifi coverage.
Though buyer beware, the Orbi should be for bigger houses. Terraces or bungalows with 2 or 3 stories is just nice for the Orbi to do its thing. A smaller condominium or apartment kind of defeats the purpose of the device. For parents with smaller children, you would be happy to know that the Orbi comes with a number of security measures and parental control options that will definitely ensure your child’s safety on the net.
Overall, the Orbi does the job and more. If your current stock router just is not doing the job at home, then consider Netgear’s alternative. It is slightly expensive though, since it is only available online. The 2-pack is available online for about RM 1,462 , so do consider the price and the space you’re looking to improve the wifi coverage on. But if it is within your price range and perfectly suits your needs, the Netgear Orbi is worth every penny.