When it comes to improving wireless connectivity at home One of the options that are gaining interest in recent years are Mesh network systems, versatile and capable of extending coverage over multiple rooms.
In this sense Netgear has announced the launch of a new system called Orbi Quad-band Mesh WiFi 6E System (model number RBKE960) that promises to offer some of the latest functionality for a few years thanks to the WiFi 6E standard.
Netgear Orbi Quad-band Mesh WiFi 6E, technical specifications
Kind of team
Router plus WiFi Mesh satellites
Quad-band WiFi 6 (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz) with speeds of 1200 + 2400 + 2400 + 4800Mbps
Router wired connectivity
1x 10 Gbps WAN Ethernet port, 1x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet LAN port, 3x 1 Gbps Ethernet LAN ports
Satellite wired connectivity
1x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet LAN port, 3x 1 Gbps Ethernet LAN ports
WPA3 encryption, compatible with Alexa and the Google Assistant
It is a set of two adapters plus a router, all of them with internal antennas and elegant shapes designed to go unnoticed anywhere in the room where we install them. Inside we find a powerful WiFi 6E system capable of creating a wireless access point of four bands.
We thus have one in 2.4 GHz with 1200 Mbps, two more in 5 GHz with 2400 Mbps each and another in 6 GHz with a maximum speed of 4800Mbps, which assumes a maximum combined transfer rate of 10.8 Gbps.
One of the 5 GHz bands is dedicated to the return channel between the different devices, a function that we can also do using the included wired Ethernet links. This is precisely another advantage of this system, since the router has a port to 10 Gbps, another to 2.5 Gbps and three more to 1 Gbps to connect our devices.
The nodes have almost the same capabilities, with the exception of the 10 Gbps port that is not present. The set of three adapters is capable of covering an area of about 300 m2, although we can later add more nodes to the set if we need it.
Price and availability
The RBKE960 mesh network system currently only appears on the Netgear website for the United States for a price that is not exactly cheap, since it costs about $ 1,500. In addition, each additional node that we want will cost $ 599, being available at the end of this month of October.
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