Recent filings with the FCC suggest that NETGEAR is working on a new model in their Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi range.
Spotted by our own Jim Kerr, registrations for the NETGEAR Orbi Mini Router (RBR40) and Orbi Wall Plug Satellite (RBW30) suggests that the new system will adopt a more compact form factor than the current Orbi hardware (see our review). Another satellite model, RBS40, is also referenced in the filing, suggesting a range of connectivity options are on the horizon. The existing NETGEAR Orbi system has a RBK50 model number with the RBR50 router and RBS50 satellite.
How this affects the topology of the system and its performance – if at all – remains to be seen, although other manufacturers are bringing more traditional router/wall plug extender bundles to market this year, under a “whole home Wi-Fi system” umbrella. The branding and lower model numbers would suggest lower performance/lower price than the debut system, but that’s conjecture at this point.
As you’d expect, full details and specifications for the new devices aren’t yet available as they’re confidential. However, FCC label designs for both devices have been published (here and here) which you can take a look at yourself.
The accompanying test report is also available, which offers a few clues on specs. However, the confidentiality request is in place until August 2017, so it’s going to be a little while before we find out more about the new Orbi models.