Netgear Orbi RBK40 - now £199 at Amazon, normally around £249.99
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Netgear Orbi RBK40 - now £199 at Amazon, normally around £249.99

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Found 16th Jan
Cheapest this has been on Amazon. Was £249.99 yesterday and £254 at Currys.
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I have the RBK30 and is a damn great piece of kit! If you have WiFi coverage issues this is the hing to buy
I am in the process of returning the Orbi RBK50 as the system is just too unstable to be workable.
The latest firmware updates have been a nightmare.

If you are tempted, have a read of their forums - Netgear Community or search on Reddit so you have an understanding of the potential pitfalls.
Bingstroller13 m ago

I am in the process of returning the Orbi RBK50 as the system is just too …I am in the process of returning the Orbi RBK50 as the system is just too unstable to be workable.The latest firmware updates have been a nightmare.If you are tempted, have a read of their forums - Netgear Community or search on Reddit so you have an understanding of the potential pitfalls.


Thanks for the info. It does seem a bit like marmite.

I wonder why your opinion differs so much from xtotoy's? Perhaps he hasn't upgraded firmware yet?
I have this system and it is EXCELLENT - I'm on Virgin Media and get 200mbs all around the house, garden and garage.
adchesney1 h, 13 m ago

I have this system and it is EXCELLENT - I'm on Virgin Media and get …I have this system and it is EXCELLENT - I'm on Virgin Media and get 200mbs all around the house, garden and garage.


Do you mind if I ask what firmware you are using? Did you recently update it?
Is there any point buying this over the RBK30 if your home is say 100sq ft?

Also any comments on how this compares to BT Whole Home Wifi, Linksys Velop or Google Wifi?

Currently got Sky Q Hub and I keep having to turn wifi on and off on my mobile devices when moving around the home even when Im showing full signal.
SD44910 m ago

Is there any point buying this over the RBK30 if your home is say 100sq …Is there any point buying this over the RBK30 if your home is say 100sq ft?Also any comments on how this compares to BT Whole Home Wifi, Linksys Velop or Google Wifi?Currently got Sky Q Hub and I keep having to turn wifi on and off on my mobile devices when moving around the home even when Im showing full signal.


One of the main reasons I can see is that the RBK30 doesn't have any ethernet ports to connect any nearby devices that need a network port. Also cannot be connected with Ethernet backhaul if you are lucky enough to already have an ethernet cabled property.

If you don't need these features then the RBK30 should be adequate - I was considering that one myself.

I already have the BT Whole Home Wifi and it's working fairly well, bit quirky after the latest update but still reliable - uptime currently standing at over 10 days on all three disks which.

Looking at the Orbi reviews, not everyone seems to have a reliable wifi network using them which concerns me a bit.

I'm not so impressed with the BT Whole home parental controls which are non existent other than setting wifi schedules for certain devices and the ability to block specific devices.
magicmikethegrea1 h, 55 m ago

Thanks for the info. It does seem a bit like marmite.I wonder why your …Thanks for the info. It does seem a bit like marmite.I wonder why your opinion differs so much from xtotoy's? Perhaps he hasn't upgraded firmware yet?



Everyone's use and environment is different, some have a stable setup whilst others like myself have had endless stability problems.
Initially mine was rock solid but the last couple of months were nothing but one problem after another. Also, connecting to IOT devices was problematic due to the single SSID and no option to rename the two bands.
There were other problems including Ethernet Backhaul and no support for using the USB for file sharing so in the end it wasn't for me.
Thus I suggested reading the forums, instead of just saying "Its Crap"
Got the RK50 when it was £250 a couple of weeks ago - very easy to set up and the extra ethernet ports are handy. No problems with Nest, Smartthings, Sonos, Hue and the other various wireless doodads in the house - in fact it simplified my set up as I could get rid of Powerlines, a network switch and the Sonos Bridge, due to finally having reliable wireless signal everywhere.

The Wirecutter has a good comparison though is US centric.
Bingstroller1 h, 34 m ago

Also, connecting to IOT devices was problematic due to the single SSID and …Also, connecting to IOT devices was problematic due to the single SSID and no option to rename the two bands.


This is a pretty common problem amongst devices like this.
The workaround is to use a MiFi type device or HotSpot on your phone with the same name/password combo as on your router. One the devices are setup they'll work fine on the wifi network.

Just posting this here in case someone else is having problems like this.
BT Whole Home Wifi is great....new controls which allow you to pause the internet for cetain devices etc... is a great idea. Very easy to setup also
“Provide a more detailed description next time.”, said @Picard123 - King of one or two line deals.
karld189210 h, 55 m ago

BT Whole Home Wifi is great....new controls which allow you to pause the …BT Whole Home Wifi is great....new controls which allow you to pause the internet for cetain devices etc... is a great idea. Very easy to setup also


It's a bit of a game setting Bt whole home WiFi up if you buy more than one pack. But I did get it working in the end and it seems reliable so far. To add an extra pack you seem to have to only power up the first one, then add a third one. Then power up only the first again and add a fourth. Then finally power up first again then the three others. Manual doesn't tell you that so you end up with them with red LEDs on otherwise.
SD44915 h, 52 m ago

Is there any point buying this over the RBK30 if your home is say 100sq ft?


If your home is only 100sqft, why do you even need wifi? that's like the size of a small student hall room! :P
Lahn9 m ago

If your home is only 100sqft, why do you even need wifi? that's like the …If your home is only 100sqft, why do you even need wifi? that's like the size of a small student hall room! :P


now you mention it I may have gotten it wrong...
I'm looking for the RBK50 ideally, but it needs to go down in price!
I'm tempted with this RBK40 ... is there a huge difference between them to justify spending over a £100 more?
Also if there are known firmware issues - does that affect both models and should that not be fixed very soon?
magicmikethegrea16th Jan

Thanks for the info. It does seem a bit like marmite.I wonder why your …Thanks for the info. It does seem a bit like marmite.I wonder why your opinion differs so much from xtotoy's? Perhaps he hasn't upgraded firmware yet?


Running the latest firmware. You need to try it really and play a bit with the satellite to locate it in the best possible way. If the connection is dropping then the satellite is too far or has some obstacle in between...
Solid for me, try it and see if it works for you. I have infinity 2 and now full speeds and signal everywhere in my house. Also the iPhones stay on WiFi calling all the time
SD44916th Jan

Is there any point buying this over the RBK30 if your home is say 100sq …Is there any point buying this over the RBK30 if your home is say 100sq ft?Also any comments on how this compares to BT Whole Home Wifi, Linksys Velop or Google Wifi?Currently got Sky Q Hub and I keep having to turn wifi on and off on my mobile devices when moving around the home even when Im showing full signal.


Mine home is relatively small - the master socket is at the front of the house and the signal at the back goes bad because there are very thick walls in between... I tried many expensive routers through the years and Orbi is the one that fixed it all for me with great solid performance... try it and see how it works in your environment really - installation can be a bit tricky while you set things up but once you find a good location the thing rocks!
magicmikethegrea16th Jan

One of the main reasons I can see is that the RBK30 doesn't have any …One of the main reasons I can see is that the RBK30 doesn't have any ethernet ports to connect any nearby devices that need a network port. Also cannot be connected with Ethernet backhaul if you are lucky enough to already have an ethernet cabled property. If you don't need these features then the RBK30 should be adequate - I was considering that one myself.I already have the BT Whole Home Wifi and it's working fairly well, bit quirky after the latest update but still reliable - uptime currently standing at over 10 days on all three disks which.Looking at the Orbi reviews, not everyone seems to have a reliable wifi network using them which concerns me a bit.I'm not so impressed with the BT Whole home parental controls which are non existent other than setting wifi schedules for certain devices and the ability to block specific devices.


It does now support Ethernet Backhaul

kb.netgear.com/000051205/What-is-Ethernet-backhaul-and-how-do-I-set-it-up-on-my-Orbi-WiFi-System

That's the reason I didn't buy it before but now it has been enabled I might buy it.
Edited by: "tjc2005" 17th Jan
Ordered, but the 'like new' used one for £192.
tjc200517th Jan

It does now support Ethernet Backhaul …It does now support Ethernet Backhaul kb.netgear.com/000051205/What-is-Ethernet-backhaul-and-how-do-I-set-it-up-on-my-Orbi-WiFi-SystemThat's the reason I didn't buy it before but now it has been enabled I might buy it.



RBK30 doesn't have ethernet backhaul as the satellite unit doesn't have any ethernet ports. I was explaining that it is a valid reason to go for RBK40 instead
magicmikethegrea18th Jan

RBK30 doesn't have ethernet backhaul as the satellite unit doesn't have …RBK30 doesn't have ethernet backhaul as the satellite unit doesn't have any ethernet ports. I was explaining that it is a valid reason to go for RBK40 instead


Oh yeah I didn't see you were talking about that one. Fair enough.
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