Netgear’s Orbi RBK50 is one of the best Wi-Fi systems we’ve tested, and now the company is expanding the brand into a broader family of products with today’s introduction of the Orbi RBK30 and the Orbi RBK40. Like the original Orbi, both of the new models are tri-band routers that dedicate one 5GHz Wi-Fi channel for data backhaul from satellite access points.

The $300 RBK30 covers 3,500 square feet with a single AC2200 router and a small wall plug satellite to boost the signal. The RBK40 consists of two AC2200 routers and covers 4,000 square feet. It costs $350.

The strength of Netgear Orbi system is that they are all tri-band structures with a dedicated back-haul band that connects the devices collectively. This assist lessen and get rid of sign loss that typically happens if a band has to do both receiving and resending a wi-fi signal at the same time. Understand that, similar to the RBK30, the RBK40’s devoted returned-haul band has just 1/2 the velocity of the RBK50. This interprets to noticeably slower overall performance. apart from that, the RBK40 stocks the identical capabilities and setup process as other Orbi structures.


The other differences between the three are summarized in the table below.

Netgear Orbi Kits (Q1 2017)

Aspect:                 RBK50                                         RBK40                                  RBK30
Class:                   AC3000                                                            AC2200
Backhaul:        4×4 802.11 ac (1733Mbps)                2×2 802.11ac (866 Mbps)
Clients:                                    2×2 802.11bgn/ac (400Mbps + 866 Mbps)
Wired Configuation (Router):             1xWAN + 4xLAN GbE Ports

Wired Configuration (Satellite):              5x GbE Ports None
Launch Date:                                              Aug. 2016 Mar. 2017
Launch MSRP:     $400                                           $350                                      $300

In addition to the brand new equipment, you can also purchase the character Orbi repeaters as standalone merchandise if your house is larger than the top line model can cowl. The wall-socket repeater will set you lower back $150, whilst the other two are $200 and $250, respectively.

The new Netgear Orbi devices are available today from all good retailers.