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Orbi by Netgear har til formål at dræbe smerten (og døde pletter) ved at oprette Wi-Fi

Orbi by Netgear har til formål at dræbe smerten (og døde pletter) ved at oprette Wi-Fi

Netgear, et af de virksomheder, der gør ting i dit skab, der holder dig på Facebook i flere timer om dagen, fejrer sit 20te år i netværksteknologi med en enhed (er), der kan gøre Wi-Fi til noget som nøglefærdigt som din smartphone .

And, no, it’s not another router. It’s Orbi, Netgear’s new two-point (or more) Wi-Fi system. For $399 (about £305, AU$525) this September – a bit more than you’re likely used to paying for a router – Orbi provides a both a router and what Netgear calls a satellite that work together to blanket your whole house in faster Wi-Fi.

Åh, og Orbi siges at skabe færre døde steder i dit hjem end nogensinde med sit tri-band Wi-Fi-netværkskommunikationssystem.

At tage tri-band i en ny retning

If you’ve bought a Netgear router within the past few years – like a Nighthawk, perhaps? – the term “tri-band” may be familiar to you. Making a long story short, this approach beams out not one, but two 5GHz signals in addition to the standard 2.4Ghz one.

Hidtil har tri-band (som Netgear kom ud med først) gjort det muligt for routere at håndtere flere forbindelser på radiospektrumets 5GHz-bånd på én gang. I dag gør Netgear noget helt andet, men vagt bekendt med sit tri-band-system.

Med Orbi tager Netgear det andet bånd af 5GHz-spektret og opretter et lukket, 1.7Gbps quad-stream Wi-Fi-netværk, som kun Orbi og dets satellit (er) kan se. Dette netværk letter forbindelsen og kommunikationen mellem Orbi router og station, som har nogle få store fordele.


For det første tillader det både Orbi-routeren og satellitten at sende Wi-Fi på op til 3Gbps på både 2.4GHz (802.11b / g / n) og 5GHz (802.11ac) spektrene. For det andet, med Orbi-routeren placeret i et åbent område ved din dataforbindelse og satellitten placeret et sted centralt og åbent i dit hjem, kan systemet dække 4,000 kvadratfodre.

If you’re having trouble visualizing it, think of things like wireless local storage or even Bluetooth, but over Wi-Fi and something you can’t even see on your list of networks.

(This is a clear advantage over today’s access point and range extender solutions in that it doesn’t require Ethernet connections between devices or use the router’s Wi-Fi bandwidth to provide said extended signal, respectively.)

Finally, Netgear claims that Orbi can do this with zero dead spots in your house. But, something turnkey should something you can set up and operate regardless of whether you know what “802.11ac” or “quad-stream” is.

Gør Wi-Fi mindre skræmmende

I’m not ashamed to admit that I currently use a router supplied by my internet service provider, or ISP. And, no, it’s not because I don’t know how to set one up. I’ve done plenty before, which is exactly why I can’t be bothered anymore.

Netgear wants to empathize with my (and probably your) situation better than ever with Orbi. The firm has already shown off a simple, smart browser setup interface that automatically detects your connection – from nearly any device – and allows you to create a new network in minutes.

(However, we’ve yet to see this or the router’s performance in action first hand just yet, so bear in mind.)


Then, the devices’ cute little rings actually light up with LEDs to indicate Wi-Fi performance. Blue means optimal, amber means that the satellite is connected but too far, and red means that the satellite is too far to connect at all.

There will also soon be an Orbi app for iOS and Android for managing your network, and Orbi is compatible with Netgear’s existing Genie app for all of its Wi-Fi products.

The idea here is, of course, to turn the process of getting the best Wi-Fi coverage in your home into a game of hot and cold. That’s probably already what you’ve done with your phone, only to find the dead spots.

Orbi may cause a bit of sticker shock when it hit shelves this September, but it’s comparable to most router-plus-range-extender combos and cheaper than if you were to buy both separately (each goes for $250 a piece). While we can’t speak much further to Orbi’s price before a full review, what we can say is that we can’t wait to do just that.

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