NETGEAR today announced availability of the Wi-Fi 6 version of its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system that was announced at CES 2019 in January.
The Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi tri-band Wi-Fi system (RBK852) consists of two AX6000 tri-band nodes, each powered by a 2.2 GHz quad core processor. Aside from using a four-stream 1.2 Gbps 2.4 GHz band and a four-stream 2.4 Gbps 5 GHz band for client connections, the RBK852 includes a third four-stream 2.4 Gbps band as a dedicated backhaul, providing fast throughput between the kit’s two nodes.
Other interfaces on the RBK852 include one 2.5 Gbps WAN Port and four Gbps LAN ports.
Additional listed features include an optional wall mount (sold separately) and VLAN-based guest network separation.
The second announced Orbi product is an AC3000 tri-band Wi-Fi extender and satellite (RB50Y). Designed for the outdoors and housed in an IP56 compliant enclosure, the RB50Y extends a wireless mesh network’s range and feature set using a two stream 400 Mbps 2.4 GHz band, a two stream 866 Mbps 5 GHz band, and a dedicated third 1.733 Gbps 5 GHz band also used exclusively for backhaul operations.
The wall-mountable (included) RB50Y is powered by a quad-core processor and includes features such as implicit and explicit beamforming, security using 802.11i and 128-bit AES encryption with PSK, and extended guest Wi-Fi functions when used in Orbi Satellite mode. Lastly, you can use up to three RB50Y satellites with Netgear Orbi routers.
The Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 System (RBK852) will be available in October and is priced at $699.99, while the Orbi AC3000 Outdoor Wi-Fi Mesh Extender/Add-On Satellite is available now and priced at $349.99.