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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.

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