Need to repalce my Orbi 850 for something more stable

KPMiko

New Around Here
Hoping for some suggestions. House is 2500 sqft 1 1/2 story. Orbi sit at the front where the cable comes in. 1st satellite is upstairs about 40 ft away. I have an Engenius ptp bridge set up to connect the 2nd satellite to a building 150ft away which is my office/workshop.

The problem is the Orbi drops connection then gets confused on the config. It tries to route Satellite 1 through 2 to the router.

I was looking at the Omada systems but didn't see many reviews.

Any proven suggestions? Stability is key for me

Thanks
 

tgl

Senior Member
I hear your pain ... I bought an RBK850 3-pack about a year ago, and loved it for about a month, until the first unsolicited firmware update made it significantly buggier. After the second unsolicited firmware update bricked the base unit completely (had to do a factory reset to recover), I decided to move on.

I then bought some ASUS XT8s, which I might not've done if I'd found these forums sooner, because they were not better stability-wise. I will give ASUS comparative points though for not doing forced firmware updates: if you can find a firmware release that doesn't have any bugs that are showstoppers for you, you can sit on that release as long as you want. It's the "if" that's the problem there.

Are you actually using the Orbi as a router/firewall, or is it just an AP sitting behind an ISP-provided router? If you really only need an AP, I can suggest my current solution which is Zyxel NWA210AX access points. I don't want to say they're perfect, but they are way more stable than either the Netgear or ASUS units.
 

KPMiko

New Around Here
I'm using the Orbi as a router but I'm willing to sell the whole thing and move to a completely new system. I can't have drop outs during work, so I'm open to anything right now
 

Dd852

Occasional Visitor
I replaced my 850 three pack with an ASUS xt8 three pack and am thrilled with the stability. Key for me was turning off “smart connect “ - with that off rock solid on latest firmware. A huge improvement from my Orbi nightmare
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
I decided to dump the Orbi and go with the Omada system.

If done properly, you'll forget about Wi-Fi stability issues. The best price/performance SMB system.
 

KPMiko

New Around Here
If done properly, you'll forget about Wi-Fi stability issues. The best price/performance SMB system.
So far (2 days) been stable as a can be. Only thing I noticed is it doesn't get the range the Orbi did on 5 ghz. At least it's a minimal cost to add another AP
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
SMB AP's are usually slightly directional. The system works best with more APs on lower power. Run the Omada controller 24/7 for better roaming. OC200 is perhaps best for power efficiency.
 

KPMiko

New Around Here
SMB AP's are usually slightly directional. The system works best with more APs on lower power. Run the Omada controller 24/7 for better roaming. OC200 is perhaps best for power efficiency.
I did the Omada controller and router. 2 AP inside and a 3rd to my shop/office with a wireless backhaul. So far though it's extremely stable
 

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