Netgear Orbi RBK40 review: Four times as fast as Google Wifi

More and more router may refer to: Router (computing), a computer networking device Router (woodworking), a rotating cutting tool manufacturers are introducing powerful new devices and systems to ensure reliable Wi-Fi connections for the smart home devices device is usually a constructed tulil you might already have. AVM is equipping its existing and new hardware with mesh net functionality. Google Wifi is a hit. And even Netgear is now presenting new multi-component solutions like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard the Orbi RBK40. Here we’ll find out if it’s worth the price ordinary usage, price is the quantity of payment or compensation given by one party to another in return for goods or services tag.


  • Top performance, even across longer distances
  • Meshnet-capable
  • Easily expandable
  • Simple setup


  • Steep price
  • No modem

Netgear Orbi RBK40 release date and price

Available since November 2016, the RBK40 now goes for as low as $289 on Amazon as a set that consists of a premium router that is connected via ethernet to a modem and a satellite that wirelessly communicates with the router. Both parts offer 3 or 4GB LAN connections and Wi-Fi.

The RBK30 is the lower-cost alternative to the RBK40, and its satellite, the RBW30 comes as a wall plug. It offers the same Wi-Fi features as the RBS40, but does not have any LAN ports.

NETGEAR Orbi Home home or domicile is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe WiFi System (RBK40)

As soon as you get your hands on the RBR40 router, you can also expand the network with individual components that can easily be integrated into the existing network. Using the RBK40 starter kit has proven that setup is a breeze, although the Netgear expansion components are quite expensive compared to products from the competition.

Netgear Orbi RBK40 design and build quality

The days of ugly Wi-Fi hardware are over. While your modem modem (modulator-demodulator) is a network hardware device that modulates one or more carrier wave signals to encode digital information for transmission and demodulates signals to decode the can conspicuously hide in the shelf with its blinking LEDs, in 2017 your Wi-Fi router should share visual coherence with your other devices like smartphones, smart home hardware, tablets, the refrigerator or the Amazon Echo Dot.

Netgear is finally dabbling in sleek design. Its Orbi devices have no corners or flashing LEDs light-emitting diode (LED) is a two-lead semiconductor light source, and are velvety smooth to the touch. Its design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit is elegantly vertical, and you’re not supposed to either lay it down or hang it on the wall. The latter is actually hard to accomplish due to a lack lack something is to not have it. Lack may also refer to: Lack (surname) Lack Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania Lack, County Clare, a townland in County Clare, Ireland Lack, County Fermanagh, of hooks or eyelets.

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The RBS40 satellite measures 6.6 x 3.3 x 8 inches and weighs 1.65 lbs. / © AndroidPIT

All buttons and cables are located on the rear bottom, and both the router and satellite can be conveniently powered off. The physical sync button is used to set up the pairing of the mesh components, and afterwards serves as the WPS push button modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, now most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently made of metal, wood or seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together, with which Android smartphones can quickly connect to the Netgear Wi-Fi without entering the Wi-Fi password.

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Only the router has a WAN port. / © AndroidPIT

Unlike with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), Google Wifi, not all Netgear components are the same may refer to: Sameness or identity In places: Same (ancient Greece) Same, East Timor, the capital of the Manufahi district Samé, Mali Same, Tanzania Same District, Tanzania In other uses: SAME. There is a central router and only this can be connected to the color-coded WAN port port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land on the modem. In our RBS40 review, the satellites only provided LAN ports for local clients or The Client may refer to: Client (computing), hardware or software that accesses a remote service on another computer Customer or client, a recipient of goods or services in return for monetary such as televisions, computers or gaming consoles.

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The LED ring most broadly refers to a hollow circular shape or to a high-pitched sound isn’t bothersome. / © AndroidPIT

Instead having or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary the LEDs on the front, Netgear uses may refer to: Use (law), an obligation on a person to whom property has been conveyed Use–mention distinction, the distinction between using a word and mentioning it Use (liturgy), a special form a hidden LED strip that blinks and indirectly shines through a gap inside the Orbi. As we know, the word orb means a circular object, so it’s clear the product name is derived from this light ring. Its colors indicate the connection status and the signal signal as referred to in communication systems, signal processing, and electrical engineering is a function that “conveys information about the behavior or attributes of some phenomenon” strength. If everything is hunky dory, then the LED just powers off completely.

Netgear Orbi RBK40 software

To configure the router and its satellites context of spaceflight, a satellite is an artificial object which has been intentionally placed into orbit, Netgear uses both a conventional web interface and a simplified smartphone app. Both are protected by the same username-password combination and are only accessible from the main network (not the guest or The Guest may refer to: A person who is given hospitality Guest (surname), people with the surname Guest “The Guest”, a short story by Albert Camus Guest (album), 1994 album by Critters Buggin network and not externally).

Since the router can handle handle is a part of, or attachment to, an object that can be moved or used by hand all the basic configuration may refer to: In computing: Computer configuration or system configuration Configuration file, a software file used to configure the initial settings for a computer program Configurator, also known steps, even without may refer to: “Without” (The X-Files), an episode in a late 20th-century television show “Without” (song) Without (film) manual configuration, the app will provide a sufficient range may refer to of functionality for most. With the web interface may refer to, you have access to more details like NAT configuration and logging for troubleshooting.

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Expand your Netgear Wi-Fi using the Orbi app. / © AndroidPIT

The Orbi app already handles important basic functions may refer to for expanding, controlling and setting up your network. You can list clients, cut off internet access for individual devices and measure may refer to the speed of your internet Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide connection through the router.

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Turn internet access may refer to on/off for individual individual is a person clients with the Orbi app. / © AndroidPIT

Furthermore, you can change the Wi-Fi password password is a word or string of characters used for user authentication to prove identity or access approval to gain access to a resource (example: an access code is a type of password), which is, open guest access and monitor the state of your mesh system. Unlike Google Wifi, however, the Orbi app lacks the ability to monitor or monitor may refer to the signal quality between the Wi-Fi points. Even may refer to a positioning aid for the satellites, like the one found in the Devolo app, would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) have been appropriate here, but that can still change or Changing may refer to.

Netgear Orbi RBK40 performance

Since Google also gave us their Wi-Fi devices to review review is an evaluation of a publication, service, or company such as a movie (a movie review), video game (video game review), musical composition (music review of a composition or recording),, we figured we should pit it against Netgear’s Orbi. The setup or set up may refer to: Setup (music) Installation (computer programs) Power-on self-test Racing setup, in auto racing Frameup Setup pitcher Set up to fail, a manipulative technique to engineer was as follows: Both the Netgear Orbi RBR40 and Google Wi-Fi routers were placed in the middle of a desk and were and wer are archaic terms for adult male humans and were often used for alliteration with wife as “were and wife” in Germanic-speaking cultures (Old English: were, Old Dutch: wer, Gothic: waír, Old connected to ethernet via a cable. We placed satellites for each about ten meters apart downstairs in our kitchen kitchen is a room or part of a room used for cooking and food preparation in a dwelling or in a commercial establishment a floor below. Then we measured the connections’ speed everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity (the rate of change of its position); it is thus a scalar quantity and strength with a OnePlus 5, whose Snapdragon 835 sports one of the fastest mobile Wi-Fi capabilities.

The initial tests were taken right through the respective routers, then we put the smartphone smartphone is a handheld personal computer with a mobile operating system in airplane mode and walked over to each satellite in the kitchen. Afterwards, we re-connected to the Wi-Fi that beams over may refer to the satellite and, for verification purposes, we measured the distance to the router at the same place.

Netgear Orbi RBK40 Speed test TEST or Tester may refer to: Test (assessment), an assessment intended to measure the respondents’ knowledge or other abilities Medical test, to detect, diagnose, or monitor diseases

  Download Upload Ping
At router: RBR40 372,9 195,3 15
At router: Google Wifi 93,2 97,2 14
At Satellite: RBS40 141,3 144,1 16
At Satellite: Google Wifi 28,3 45,9 18
Connection test below in the Kitchen, RBR40 42,9 16,4 14
Connection test below in the Kitchen, Google Wifi 15,3 26,7 15

All values in Mbit/s 

Netgear clearly beats Google Wi-Fi and would be a worthwhile investment if you…

  • Have an internet connection greater than 50 Mbit megabit is a multiple of the unit bit for digital information/s
  • Often transfer large amounts of data on your home network
  • Have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary a lot of users that you wish to centrally administrate

It is also worth noting than even the connection from the satellite sends your high-speed internet connection all the way to the other side of your house house is a building that functions as a home, ranging from simple dwellings such as rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes and the improvised shacks in shantytowns to complex, fixed structures of wood, at speeds far greater than 100 Mbit/s. How does it work may refer to? On request, we received a dedicated explanation of the Netgear network design:

Routers and satellites communicate via a dedicated band with 802.11ac AC2200. One 5GHz band or BAND may refer to of the Orbi’s tri-band technology is solely used for communication between may refer to the router and satellite. A firmware update may refer to: Technology: Patch (computing), also known as a software update Update (SQL), a SQL statement for changing database records Update (FP-6 Project), a research funding programme created even gives may refer to it daisy-chain functionality may refer to with which you can cascade several satellites so one connection to the router is no longer necessary for the second, third, fourth, etc. satellite. In other or The Other may refer to words linguistics, a word is the smallest element that can be uttered in isolation with objective or practical meaning: The Netgear network can cover everywhere from the basement to the attic without having to lay down single network cable.

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Netgear’s mesh mesh is a barrier made of connected strands of metal, fiber, or other flexible or ductile materials system system is a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole spares you the arduous, ever-hated task of arranging and (*gasp*) managing all those unsightly cables. / © AndroidPIT

The disadvantage of this system with a dedicated band is, you guessed it: All the components may refer to only work with Netgear satellites, and they cannot be expanded endlessly such as with other hardware may refer to: Household hardware, equipment such as keys, locks, hinges, latches, handles, wire, chains, plumbing, tools, utensils, and machine parts, typically sold in hardware stores Builders. So if Netgear stops providing software updates via firmware electronic systems and computing, firmware is a type of computer program that provides the low-level control for the device’s specific hardware at some point or points may refer to, your network and networking may refer to all of a sudden becomes vulnerable to some happy hackers.

Final verdict

The Netgear RBK40 is an expensive, but good starter set for powerful Wi-Fi. Particularly in households with internet connections greater than 50 Mbit/s, it is one of the few solutions with which you can use your internet at full speed, even in the furthest corner of your house.

But just like with Google Inc. is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products Wi-Fi, our main may refer to gripe is that there isn’t a modem already integrated on board, which continues to give many users may refer to: User (system), a person using a generic system User (computing), a person or software using an information system User (telecommunications), an entity using a telecommunications no alternative but to use external modems. Routers like AVM’s Fritz!Boxes (with the exception of Netgear’s remarkable speed) provide a comparable range of functions at the same price and can be plugged directly into your cable may refer to or telephone connection may refer to. And that’s arguably a permanently secure alternative may refer to for many.

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