A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the scoop about two new NETGEAR Orbi routers coming to market. Today, the company made the news official.
Designed for small to medium sized homes, the new AC2200-class additions will sit alongside the original AC3000 NETGEAR Orbi WiFi System (read our review) and offer the same dedicated 5 GHz wireless backhaul for enhanced range and speed throughout the home.
First up is the $299.99 RBK30, which includes a NETGEAR Orbi AC2200 router and one wall plug satellite. It’s designed for smaller homes, with up to 3,500 square feet of wireless coverage.
Meanwhile, the new $349.99 RBK40 offers an additional 500 square feet coverage via an Orbi AC2200 router and one matching satellite. The original NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 system, with router and satellite, is priced at $399.99.
Both systems support theoretical wireless speeds up to 2.2 Gbps (slower than the original Orbi with 2×2 antenna stream support rather than 4×4), with four Gigabit Ethernet ports on both the new router and satellite (the RBK30’s wall-plug, however, is wireless-only). There’s no word on wired backhaul support, at this point. The systems also support an advanced range of features, including IPv6, dynamic DNS, port forwarding, parental controls, Virtual Private Network (VPN) termination and access point mode.
Joining the new kits are individual satellites that can be purchased to extend the range of the Orbi system. The Orbi AC2200 wall-plug satellite promises an additional 1,500 square feet of range and will be priced at $149.99. The Orbi AC2200 satellite will add 2,000 square feet of range, for $199.99 and the original Orbi AC3000 satellite, priced at $249.99 will add 2,500 square feet of range.