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DanH

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Mine should arrive on Saturday, I'll post my impressions then. Also ordered a edgerouter lite, but it won't be here til Wednesday. Plan on using the Orbi router as just an access point, when it arrives.
 
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Brian C

New Around Here
Just joined the forum to discuss about Netgear Orbi.

I just order from Amazon, and it should be by Monday and will update with impressions.
 

pete y testing

Very Senior Member
just fyi

Firmware update V1.3.0.12

has just been released and is available by auto update only at this stage

should be available on the orbi web site next week

pete
 

ablatt

Regular Contributor
What channel does the 5GHz backhaul use?

Do you have control over the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz channels and SSIDs, on the main unit and satellite? Basically, can you turn off an auto-connect type configuration?
 

thiggins

Mr. Easy
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You can set the 2.4 and 5 GHz channels on the client radios. You can't set bandwidth mode, shut off radios or set separate SSIDs per band
 

DanH

Regular Contributor
Took a good bit to get the router to work right with my modem. Also took a few tries to get the router paired up with the satellite. They also stuck trying to autoupdate to the newest firmware (finally did it manually). After about an hour, I got everything working with the router and satellite updated. Long story short, I used to get no wifi upstairs in my bedroom, and now it is at full strength, and speedtest shows 175Mbps, so I am happy with that.
 

pete y testing

Very Senior Member
hi dan

the first issue may have been that the orbi router had to re adjust its ip range bacause it saw that the router you are using was on the same subnet and orbi chabged its self to avoid ip conflicts

the second shouldnt have been a problem as the sat comes paired already and there should have been no reason to re pair them , i think the directions can be a bit confusing on that point

great thats its working as advertised

at this stage is your modem in bridge mode or still routing ? as you might want to ether bridge the modem if possible and run the orbi as the router or run the orbi in AP mode to avoid dual nat issues

pete
 

DanH

Regular Contributor
hi dan

the first issue may have been that the orbi router had to re adjust its ip range bacause it saw that the router you are using was on the same subnet and orbi chabged its self to avoid ip conflicts

the second shouldnt have been a problem as the sat comes paired already and there should have been no reason to re pair them , i think the directions can be a bit confusing on that point

great thats its working as advertised

at this stage is your modem in bridge mode or still routing ? as you might want to ether bridge the modem if possible and run the orbi as the router or run the orbi in AP mode to avoid dual nat issues

pete


Until Wednesday, the Orbi is on its own doing all the routing duties actually. My edgerouter and switch won't get here until Wednesday. I plan on running it in AP mode then. Thanks for the help. It seems like a great product so far.
 

DanH

Regular Contributor
I do wish there was a way to force a client on the satellite or it had a method of handing it off when the connection is far superior. Seems really random on whether I am going to connect to my satellite when I am upstairs (at 175Mbps) or remain connected to the downstairs router (at 30Mbps).
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
I do wish there was a way to force a client on the satellite or it had a method of handing it off when the connection is far superior. Seems really random on whether I am going to connect to my satellite when I am upstairs (at 175Mbps) or remain connected to the downstairs router (at 30Mbps).

This is up to the client.

The double edged sword of a single ssid. :(
 

thiggins

Mr. Easy
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I do wish there was a way to force a client on the satellite or it had a method of handing it off when the connection is far superior. Seems really random on whether I am going to connect to my satellite when I am upstairs (at 175Mbps) or remain connected to the router (at 30Mbps).
The roaming decision is up to the client. Check its network settings to see if there are any that apply to roaming.

You can also try moving the satellite so that router and satellite coverage areas don't overlap as much. There is a backhaul throughput tradeoff involved, but a little experimentation may result in more reliable roaming.
 

DanH

Regular Contributor
Yeah I kind of figured, still 30Mbps is way better than I had before, and still plenty fast for streaming. I will try moving things around and see how that effects things though. That is a good idea.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Tim, does it really have 4GB of flash?
 
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