Netgear Orbi Quad-Band Mesh WiFi 6E (RBKE963) review: Impressive, expensive

Netgear is well established in the world of networking and the company’s latest release sets the benchmark, not to mention the price.

I tested the new Wi-Fi 6E mesh router system to see how it compares to others on the market.

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How do I get it and what will it cost?

Netgear’s Orbi Quad-Band Mesh WiFi 6E system is quite an investment.

A 3-pack Orbi router with two satellites costs $2,799 and is available in white or black.

If you want to add another satellite, it costs $999.

Who is it good for?

This is Netgear’s highest-end (and most expensive) system that includes the latest 6GHz WiFi band.

For anyone who lives in a large house, has extremely fast internet and has WiFi dead spots, NETGEAR’s Orbi products have always been a reliable option.

To really benefit from this, I would recommend this to anyone who has gigabit internet speeds.

Frankly, the latest Orbi quad-band Mesh WiFi 6E system isn’t for casual home users with lower NBN speed plans.

How does it work?

Netgear has an app for that.

The whole process is guided through the mobile app, where it is easy to connect the router and follow the on-screen instructions. Adding each satellite is then complete after you set up the initial router.

Signal strength is much greater than any other system I’ve used, even when using the router as a standalone device. My backyard at the back of the apartment building is notoriously poor with WiFi signal from the living room. However, the Orbi did have a signal, and while it wasn’t the strongest, it still beats any other system I’ve tested before.

Adding the two satellites to the setup can cover up to 9,000 square feet for WiFi 6 connections, according to Netgear.

There’s support for four WiFi bands and the ability to create a smart home network that can be locked to the 2.4GHz band – which I personally find to be more reliable, especially when it comes to security cameras. As with most systems, there is also the option to set up a guest network for your home.

When it comes to network speeds, the Orbi Quad-Band Mesh WiFi 6E System supports internet speeds of 10 gigabits. I wasn’t able to test this as I’m not blessed with these speeds at home.

For wired connections, 2.5Gbps Ethernet ports keep things running smoothly.

It’s also worth noting that Netgear doesn’t integrate its subscription service with this system. While you get a 30-day free trial of the Internet Security Suite, you’ll have to shell out more cash to continue this service — which is a shame when you’ve already spent a decent chunk of the change.

what we think

Netgear’s latest Orbi Wifi 6E system is a masterclass in networking.

It’s reliable, powerful, and offers plenty of options for those who like to tinker with their network settings. But it also comes at a high cost.

But if you’re tired of the slow networking and dead spots in your big home, it could be worth the investment and future-proof your home for at least the next few years.

Our reviews always remain vendor independent, and the first time you see the review is when you read it. Netgear Orbi Quad-Band Mesh WiFi 6E (RBKE963) review: Impressive, expensive

James Brien

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