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NETGEAR Orbi Ultimate Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System (Router + 2 Satellite Extenders) £284.99 at Amazon Prime Exclusive
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NETGEAR Orbi Ultimate Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System (Router + 2 Satellite Extenders) £284.99 at Amazon Prime Exclusive

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Posted 15th Jul

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Are these genuinely worth the cost, or are there similar performance devices for cheaper? I was looking at the Google WiFi devices, but suspect I need it to be a little more advanced in terms of being able to tinker for my NAS.

Still not wanting to pay this much though, ideally!
I sent mine back and bought the Nokia WiFi beacon 3. They haven’t got any reviews in the UK but those are the real deal. Their machine learning and AI is freakin’ awesome when it comes to channeling out other channels from neighbours. The latency between these are super low. Nokia bought Unium a few years back and their mesh system was second to none. Highly recommended and much better than the Obi or Velop I had before. More expensive however than the current Orbi deal.
Also one of the Orbi satellite constantly dropped out but it didn’t report back to the other notes and somehow I had to restart that one node. The Nokia has replaced my Cisco 2504 and 1702 APs.
When I was reading up on what MESH to buy I seen many reviews/feedback about these needing constant reboots, brilliant when working though.....currently I'm trying out the BT Whole Home WiFi 3 disc set before setting up for my brother and I must admit they have been very fast and stable since I installed them, my own set up is multiple Asus routers as a MESH but it's not great so I set them up as WAP's and it is more reliable for me.
uk_lawyer15/07/2019 17:12

Are these genuinely worth the cost, or are there similar performance …Are these genuinely worth the cost, or are there similar performance devices for cheaper? I was looking at the Google WiFi devices, but suspect I need it to be a little more advanced in terms of being able to tinker for my NAS. Still not wanting to pay this much though, ideally!


Currently on BT Whole Home WiFi, I dabble in Plex streaming. Managed to stream a 60GB 4K HEVC file over the following setup:
PC (connected via 5GHZ WiFi) > BT Disc (connected to router) > BT Disc (connected to the other by WiFi) > LG TV (connected by 100mbps ethernet).
Initially had one buffering period for about 5 seconds, nothing after that. House is about 2-2500 sq ft, I'm very impressed considering the VM router could barely stream over 20GB. I was initially considering the Orbi due to tri-band (more bandwidth!) but the BT system seems to do the job. The Orbi has way more Ethernet ports per hub though which could be a big deciding factor.
AJR4115/07/2019 17:44

Currently on BT Whole Home WiFi, I dabble in Plex streaming. Managed to …Currently on BT Whole Home WiFi, I dabble in Plex streaming. Managed to stream a 60GB 4K HEVC file over the following setup:PC (connected via 5GHZ WiFi) > BT Disc (connected to router) > BT Disc (connected to the other by WiFi) > LG TV (connected by 100mbps ethernet).Initially had one buffering period for about 5 seconds, nothing after that. House is about 2-2500 sq ft, I'm very impressed considering the VM router could barely stream over 20GB. I was initially considering the Orbi due to tri-band (more bandwidth!) but the BT system seems to do the job. The Orbi has way more Ethernet ports per hub though which could be a big deciding factor.


That's really helpful, thank you. I'm actually hoping to keep everything as WiFi (where possible), so the ethernet ports aren't as much of a deciding factor. Useful about your Plex experience with the 4K HEVC file though, as this is exactly what has caused me to commence my search. My broadband provider WiFi (not VM) is just absolutely useless and buffers every minute or so on a file so huge.
I am also considering these but the recent 3 pack Google WiFi deal is very tempting. Although slower the reviews of the Google units seems to suggest they are far more stable and reliable.
Apparently the TP Link Deco M9 plus versions are very good too plus you get trend anti virus etc thrown in as well. Still not as advanced as the Nokia.
uk_lawyer15/07/2019 17:50

That's really helpful, thank you. I'm actually hoping to keep everything …That's really helpful, thank you. I'm actually hoping to keep everything as WiFi (where possible), so the ethernet ports aren't as much of a deciding factor. Useful about your Plex experience with the 4K HEVC file though, as this is exactly what has caused me to commence my search. My broadband provider WiFi (not VM) is just absolutely useless and buffers every minute or so on a file so huge.

No probs, your mileage may vary (my discs are spaced about 20-25 feet apart I would say) but it's been working really well so far. Also I feel your pain, the buffering from the stock router was just terrible and really ruins the experience - especially when you have to explain to family members that it's not the net speed but the LAN speed that's at fault (all the same to them I guess)

The link speed from my PC to the router/disc is about 866Mbps if that helps (PC is in the room directly above the router). I did find that it was slightly less stable when the TV was connected to WiFi though - the TV would keep defaulting to 2.4GHZ even though the disc was around 6-7 feet away from it. On 2.4GHZ the file buffered a little more, I blame it on LG's network adapter and the lack of flexibility with the BT setup (can't split the bands as far as I'm aware). I guess it would be worth going for a setup that allows you to split the 2.4 and 5GHZ bands if you want to keep it wireless, stick the high bandwidth devices on that sweet 5GHZ
Edited by: "AJR41" 15th Jul
Looks to have expired. Fantastic bit of kit though.
i have been using Netgear Orbi since May bought it for £299.99 - i thought it was great price -

the only thing annoying is you cannot separate the 2.4 and 5.0 band
I am happy with BT Whole Home. Needs the occasional reboot..
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