Apples and oranges. An Ethernet-connected AP and wireless extender are two different things. If people have Ethernet, don't you think they'd use an AP?They do need to lower the price. For the current price of the EX8000, you can buy a netgear R7800 and use it in AP mode, and not only have USB 3 support, but also eSATA and and read/write speeds nearing 100MB/s.
the companies making the networking equipment have not been pushing too much for 4 stream AC2600 APs.
but really does anyone use usb these days apart from printers
i have tested and used the ex8000 and as tim says it brings the orbi to the masses , best used if you have a tri band router and can dedicate the high 5 gig band to the back haul for the ex8000
the WAF is not all that big an issue although it would have been better if it was white
Single SSID can be used in either case. "Seamless roaming" is mainly up to the client device.The seamless roaming between APs ("One Name"), like the Orbi system also does, is an intriguing feature but I'm curious if this only works in extender mode or if it will also work in AP mode with ethernet backhaul.
If you like or rely on the routing features of the AirPort, try the EX8000 and save some $.AirPort Extreme 802.11ac, I believe it is the most current generation.
Is that ok with the extender, or replace with Orbi system?
If you like or rely on the routing features of the AirPort, try the EX8000 and save some $.
The advantage of Orbi is that you get a dedicated 5 GHz radio for backhaul. The disadvantage is you get only the 5 GHz low band (Channels 36-48) for client connect.
With the EX8000 and a router with no second 5 GHz radio, you're sharing the AirPort's 5 GHz radio between client connect and EX8000. Could be a wash depending on how many 5 GHz devices you have and where they connect.