What you need to know
- Netgear has a new Wi-Fi 6 mesh router named the Orbi WiFi 6 AX6000 (RBK852).
- It has four times the capacity of Wi-Fi 5 routers, offers coverage up to 5,000sq, and speeds up to 6Gbps.
- It can be pre-ordered starting now for $700 and will be available on September 30.
The new router has been named the Orbi WiFi 6 System AX6000 (RBK852), which is a bit of a mouthful. But it promises to be the "ultimate performance whole home mesh wifi system" and to cover homes up to 5,000 square feet. The question is, how much would you pay for the "ultimate performance" whole-home mesh Wi-Fi system?
Would you pay $700? Netgear sure hopes so, and that's what it is charging for the new Orbi WiFi 6 System AX6000 which includes one router and one satellite. Here's some of what the new system has to offer.
- Four times the capacity of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) systems for 1-100 devices.
- Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 system with total wireless speeds up to 6Gbps.
- Whole home coverage for homes up to 5,000sq using a mesh Wi-Fi system.
- A quad-stream Wi-Fi 6 backhaul that allows for four data streams on each band for a theoretical link of 2.4Gbps.
- 8 gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, 4 on the main router and 4 on the satellite with a 2.5Gbps WAN port.
- Easy Wi-Fi management with the Orbi app and support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
What this all means for you is, an easy to set up Wi-Fi system that will blanket large homes with lightning-fast speeds. In fact, Netgear says the Orbi WiFi 6 System will allow for up to 20 streams at once, even with more than 100 devices connected to your network.
If this has piqued your interest then you can pre-order starting today, but it won't be available until September 30.
Wi-Fi 6 Routers
The Orbi WiFi 6 AX6000 (RBK852) doesn't come cheap at $700 for one router and satellite, but it will cover a 5,000sq home with some of the fastest Wi-Fi speeds around. It supports up to 20 streams at once with 100 connected devices. It also includes a handy app to manage your Wi-Fi and can even be controlled by Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
Yeah, that's a hard pass for 700$. By the time I have a plethora of electronics that can actually make use of wifi 6, it will be alot cheaper. However, I recently set up my first mesh system using a few Asus routers I have and I am actually pretty impressed with how well it works and how quick it swaps from one zone to the next.
Will the Pixel 4 support?
did anyone miss that its not the full ax standard @ 4804mbps 160mhz its using 80mhz bandwidth and not the full 160mhz for both wifi backhaul and client side 5 gig strange decision by netgear as the older rbk50 has 1733Mbps for its wifi backhaul and 866Mbps for its client side 5 gig , so plenty of backhaul no matter how many sats where used and the clients connected to them
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