The new Netgear Orbi home Wi-Fi system burst onto the scene late in 2016. The first thing you notice is that this device is no ordinary piece of networking kit, it’s stylish and designed to look like a speaker due to its cylindrical form factor.
Out of the box you get a router and one or more satellites that are very easy to install and manage.
Under the bonnet is new Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MUMIMO) networking technology that delivers simultaneous data streaming.
While it’s pricey you are getting a top end piece of kit that is encased in a white, soft-touch enclosure, the only difference the cylindrical top flashes to let you know the state of your wireless network.
It has six internal antennas and can deliver theoretical throughputs speeds of 1,266Mbps to clients (400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 866Mbps on the 5GHz band). The third band is dedicated purely to communications between the router and the satellite. This is a 5GHz band that can reach maximum speeds of 1,733Mbps.
It’s the best there is out there.