Netgear's Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router System Now Available for Pre-Order

Netgear has opened pre-orders for the latest version of its Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System, which features 6th-generation Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax technology that supports gigabit wireless speeds.


For those unfamiliar with Orbi, it is a multi-node mesh Wi-Fi system, some models of which Apple sells in its retail stores. The idea behind a mesh system is to provide multiple access points throughout the home, ensuring high-speed Wi-Fi coverage in all rooms.

And with Wi-Fi 6, aka 802.11ax, the Orbi WiFi 6 System AX6000 (RBK852) promises faster speeds than any other mesh router, as well as greater network capacity, improved power efficiency, lower latency, and connectivity improvements.

The upcoming iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max all support the latest version of the Wi-Fi protocol, so the Orbi WiFi 6 System will also serve Apple's latest smartphones.

The Orbi AX6000 (RBK852) includes a Wi-Fi router and one satellite, and is designed to cover large homes up to 5,000 square feet. It packs 4x4 radios, 2.4Ghz/5Ghz fronthaul with support for up to 100 devices, and 5GHz backhaul (for connecting individual mesh routers and creating one large Wi-Fi network).

The system offers speeds and bandwidth capable of 4K/8K streaming and online gaming to multiple screens simultaneously without interruption. However, that capability comes at a significant price: The Orbi WiFi 6 System costs no less than $699. Pre-orders are open now on the Netgear website.

(Thanks, David!)

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5 weeks ago
$700?!??? That has to be a typo
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5 weeks ago


I don’t even know anyone who buys their own routers. They always come from the ISP


Yep, when you want the ISP to know and control everything about what enters and leaves your home that works fine. Plus you get cheap low quality hardware that just barely works and pay premium price. ISPs will love you. It must feel good to be loved.
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5 weeks ago
I love the aesthetic and ease of eero, but with Amazon owning it now, I don’t need another data mining company building profiles off of my internet traffic.

I wish Apple still made WiFi equipment. While not perfect, its the only company we can trust on privacy matters.
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5 weeks ago


I love the aesthetic and ease of eero, but with Amazon owning it now, I don’t need another data mining company building profiles off of my internet traffic.

I wish Apple still made WiFi equipment. While not perfect, its the only company we can trust on privacy matters.


What does eero have to do with anything? This is an Orbi product and owned by Netgear.


I don’t even know anyone who buys their own routers. They always come from the ISP


Renting a router is a huge waste of money. You must know a lot of people who don’t know any better
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5 weeks ago
Still rocking an AirPort Extreme, but also happy with the Netgear hardware I got over the years. By the way, is this one of the fabled HomeKit-enabled routers Apple hinted back in June?
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5 weeks ago
This might be the mesh system i finally buy - this one might actually be fast enough.
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5 weeks ago
Im currently running the Orbi system and it has always worked flawlessly for me - covers the entire house nicely.
Would love to upgrade to this newer version, but that price point puts me off. Maybe I'll stick with what I have for now......
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5 weeks ago


Looking at the specs, I don't see any mention of WPA 3. Perhaps they just don't have it listed, but that would be odd not to do so.

Edit: Releasing it without WPA 3 would just be stupid, I don't see them mentioning a future firmware update to support that either.

WPA 3 is also part of the AX spec. It has to have it in order to be certified.
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5 weeks ago
Based on Netgear's history of the Orbi unit this is replacing, expect the initial release to be buggy....as in it might be a great idea to wait 6 months to a year before jumping in on this. JMHO...
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5 weeks ago


I don’t even know anyone who buys their own routers. They always come from the ISP


now you do :). I buy my own routers/modems. This is too expensive and not worth the early adopter price tag. You could outfit a rather large house with the previous mesh routers for half the cost.

I’m struggling to grasp why the home consumer needs this? I have a google Wifi (AC routers) and get a solid 400mbps over WiFi throughout my house and outdoor space. Actually only pay for 300mbps speeds, but using my own equipment I’m getting more. This is with around 15 devices plus smart lights connected.
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