Netgear Orbi Mesh System to introduce Wi-Fi 6 in RBK50

Get the right ‘gear for Wi-Fi 6

by Andy Bassett Jan 15, 2019 at 1:08 PM


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    Netgear Orbi Mesh System to introduce Wi-Fi 6 in RBK50
    Netgear says that the upcoming integration of the latest Wi-Fi 6 wireless standard into its Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi system will enable the gigabit connected home to become a reality. What have we got to look forward to then?
    Wi-Fi 6, or 802.11ax as it was previously known before the sensible-naming committee got their hands on it, is slowly being added to new hardware after its official adoption last year. As homes become smarter, more connected and more filled with mobile and always-on devices, this new standard will come into its own. Of course, its performance boosting capabilities are sure to be of interest wherever range, speed and bandwidth are an issue.

    It is, therefore, an obvious fit to get Wi-Fi 6 capability into Netgear’s Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi system, which is itself designed to combat a deficit in these areas of Wi-Fi connectivity and which is available in a number of configurations depending on the router spec and the number of satellite units included. When AVForums reviewed the Netgear Orbi RB23 last year it was impressed enough with price and performance to hand out a Recommended award.

    The Orbi Mesh system already uses Fastlane3 technology and by adding 1024 QAM with a 4x4 Wi-Fi 6 backhaul, performance will be improved in the speed, coverage and capacity of the wireless link between the Orbi router and satellites. Netgear expects sustained gigabit speeds around the home once all your hardware is also Wi-Fi 6 compatible. Don’t forget too, that you will have to be paying for a gigabit service from your internet provider in the first place to achieve these speeds around the home.

    Wi-Fi 6 wireless compatibility will be introduced to Netgear’s RBK50 series of hardware later in 2019. No word on when, or if, the other Mesh products will pick up the upgrade.

    Are you looking forward to getting your network upgraded to Wi-Fi 6 and have you used a Mesh Wi-Fi system such as the Orbi to solve network problems? Let others know whether that worked for you or not in the thread.


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