NETGEAR RBK50 Orbi Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System (Router and Satellite Network), Tri-Band AC3000 (3.0 Gbps) - £199.99 Half Price @ Amazon
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NETGEAR RBK50 Orbi Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System (Router and Satellite Network), Tri-Band AC3000 (3.0 Gbps) - £199.99 Half Price @ Amazon

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Found 30th Nov 2018
  • Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi network adding up to 4000 sq ft coverage for the whole home
  • Tri-Band technology - unlike other Wi-Fi sets that lose speed as you add devices, Orbi routers maintain data flow for your connected devices using a dedicated backhaul connection
  • Single Wi-Fi network name - provides seamless room-to-room roaming throughout your home
  • Guest network - easily set up a separate and secure Wi-Fi network for visitors and guests to use; an ideal web gear combo for movie streaming and gaming sessions with friends and family
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa - control your home network using voice commands
  • Circle Parental Controls
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What’s the difference between these and standard WiFi extender plugs ?
Looks like amazon have repeated the Black Friday deal - I got myself one of these and its much better than my previous Linksys EA9500 - I have a large 5 bed house with lots of outbuildings and this covers everywhere with excellent signal. I'm glad I chose this rather than the RBK53 which I was contemplating, I don't need the extra satellite
I've the orbi voice system with this router brilliant piece of kit
I am really in a dilemma ATM . I just last week purchased this Nighthawk from Amazon for £125
amazon.co.uk/NET…awk I can also at some point in the future if needed get a EX8000 extender that has all the features of the Orbi system.

I am wondering ....should I return this beast for this system and pay the extra £75....... The Nighthawk was a stonking bargain ..but this looks quite irresistible. Will this be compatible with a Virgin Media Super hub 3 in router mode?

I am looking for inspiration Guys. I am really unsure what to do just now. Does this Orbi router base router push out the wifi to his buddy? and what the average range the signal travels? I am looking at average. as I know circumstanced differ.....I just want a general consensus to those Guys whom has this.

Edit update: after looking at chatter on the net.
I think I will keep this Nighthawk and just get an extender if needed....After reading reviews of the latest Mesh EX8000 extender it looks a more powerful setup than this orbi .

Best Regards,
Edited by: "kevann" 30th Nov 2018
nokiafusion32 m ago

What’s the difference between these and standard WiFi extender plugs ?


These are really good. Extender plugs aren't.
kevann1 h, 59 m ago

I am really in a dilemma ATM . I just last week purchased this Nighthawk …I am really in a dilemma ATM . I just last week purchased this Nighthawk from Amazon for £125https://www.amazon.co.uk/NETGEAR-R8000P-Nighthawk-Tri-Band-AC4000/dp/B073G222VP/ref=sr_1_6?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1543565954&sr=1-6&keywords=nighthawk I can also at some point in the future if needed get a EX8000 extender that has all the features of the Orbi system.I am wondering ....should I return this beast for this system and pay the extra £75....... The Nighthawk was a stonking bargain ..but this looks quite irresistible. Will this be compatible with a Virgin Merdia Super hub 3 in router mode?I am looking for inspiration Guys. I am really unsure what to do just now. Does this Orbi router base router push out the wifi to his buddy? and what the average range the signal travels? I am looking at average. as I know circumstanced differ.....I just want a general consensus to those Guys whom has this.Best Regards,


I had similar dilemma (with r7800 vs Orbi) and went for the Nighthawk. I'm no networking expert but afaik Orbing is a great 'works out of the box' product, plug & play etc. However if you want to do play with the settings, run a vpn, use your NAS through it etc then you're better off with the Nighthawk. I wanted to flash mine with dd-wrt for example, for vpn, but this is not possible with Orbing, I think you're stuck with the proprietary firmware. Great if you don't want to tinker with it and just want good range wifi, but not so good if you want to do more.

My r7800 covers all but the furthest room in the house, and for that we have a power line AP so without the disadvantages of wifi extenders. The EX8000 is but quite pricey in comparison. If you do want to o mesh though I think the cheaper EX7500 is more than enough most people

HTH
shadynuggetz25 m ago

I had similar dilemma (with r7800 vs Orbi) and went for the Nighthawk. I'm …I had similar dilemma (with r7800 vs Orbi) and went for the Nighthawk. I'm no networking expert but afaik Orbing is a great 'works out of the box' product, plug & play etc. However if you want to do play with the settings, run a vpn, use your NAS through it etc then you're better off with the Nighthawk. I wanted to flash mine with dd-wrt for example, for vpn, but this is not possible with Orbing, I think you're stuck with the proprietary firmware. Great if you don't want to tinker with it and just want good range wifi, but not so good if you want to do more.My r7800 covers all but the furthest room in the house, and for that we have a power line AP so without the disadvantages of wifi extenders. The EX8000 is but quite pricey in comparison. If you do want to o mesh though I think the cheaper EX7500 is more than enough most peopleHTH


Thanks mate for your input ....I really was on the fence until I dug a bit deeper and realized that the Nighthawk can do so much more than the orbi.....I then noticed that they do the mesh extenders to compliment the system and looking at some reviews of the extender made my mind more clear. it`s Nighthawk all the way after that ....as I now know I can extend this system no problems with a selection of quality extenders..Thanks again for your input too ...it has really cemented my decision to keep the Nighthawk. ............
( AKA . I have named mine) ............. THE ALIEN as it looks like something out of Star wars.
I should have grabbed the EX8000 when it was on offer last week on Amazon for £100 ish Hopefully this will be down again to simillar prices in the not to distant future and I will get this. to cover my garden too .

Best Regards,
Edited by: "kevann" 30th Nov 2018
kevann5 m ago

Thanks mate for your input ....I really was on the fence until I dug a bit …Thanks mate for your input ....I really was on the fence until I dug a bit deeper and realized that the Nighthawk can do so much more than the orbi.....I then noticed that they do the mesh extenders to compliment the system and looking at some reviews of the extender made my mind more clear. it`s Nighthawk all the way after that ....as I now know I can extend this system no problems with a selection of quality extenders..Thanks again for your input too ...it has really cemented my decision to keep the Nighthawk. ............ ( AKA . I have named mine) ............. THE ALIEN as it looks like something out of Star wars. Best Regards,


I previously used an R8000 as router and R7000 as an AP. The R7000 was wired back to the R8000 and my WiFi coverage sucked.
Looks like the newer R8000P might be better and the firmware more competent. Good luck.

I’m now using a full Ubiquiti system and couldn’t be happier.
I have the Orbi and it's great but one of the major things missing is the VPN. Yes it can run a VPN but only for internal devices which is a bit pointless. Due to the low powered 1.7Ghz CPU, it will never be able to run a VPN properly even after software updates so do not expect if from this device. Having said that, the Orbi is an excellent device and we have had absolutely perfect internet and WiFi in our 5 bedroom, three floored house - this was never possible before with all sorts tried including powerline adapters, wi-Fi extenders etc. It really is a simple solution but not for those who like to tinker! In hindsight, I may have looked for something else as VPN is a must and I got tied up in adverting as this said it had VPN and doesn't BUT I no regrets buying this solid device.
Oneday7716 m ago

I previously used an R8000 as router and R7000 as an AP. The R7000 was …I previously used an R8000 as router and R7000 as an AP. The R7000 was wired back to the R8000 and my WiFi coverage sucked. Looks like the newer R8000P might be better and the firmware more competent. Good luck. I’m now using a full Ubiquiti system and couldn’t be happier.


Yes I read some horror reviews on the earlier R8000 firmware problems and was I bit concerned at 1st but R8000P seems to have it fixed...Well I hope so as I have yet to set it up yet. I think this Orbi deal is Excellent thou and the reviews are Great with this system. I like to do just a bit more tweaking ..so it`s the nighthawk now....Only as I now know it has a Beast of an Mesh extender.

Best Regards,
Faisal211015 m ago

I have the Orbi and it's great but one of the major things missing is the …I have the Orbi and it's great but one of the major things missing is the VPN. Yes it can run a VPN but only for internal devices which is a bit pointless. Due to the low powered 1.7Ghz CPU, it will never be able to run a VPN properly even after software updates so do not expect if from this device. Having said that, the Orbi is an excellent device and we have had absolutely perfect internet and WiFi in our 5 bedroom, three floored house - this was never possible before with all sorts tried including powerline adapters, wi-Fi extenders etc. It really is a simple solution but not for those who like to tinker! In hindsight, I may have looked for something else as VPN is a must and I got tied up in adverting as this said it had VPN and doesn't BUT I no regrets buying this solid device.




By this do you mean it's OK if I run a vpn by launching the Nord app on, say, my laptop or my phone like I do now but the vpn can't be entered into the router to have the VPN permanently on? Sorry if it's a daft question but I'm a bit of a numpty with tech...
bellboys5 m ago

By this do you mean it's OK if I run a vpn by launching the Nord app on, …By this do you mean it's OK if I run a vpn by launching the Nord app on, say, my laptop or my phone like I do now but the vpn can't be entered into the router to have the VPN permanently on? Sorry if it's a daft question but I'm a bit of a numpty with tech...



yes - using a VPN on your laptop / mobile / device is fine - just can't use it to cover the whole connection which it what I would prefer to do.
kevann1 h, 17 m ago

Thanks mate for your input ....I really was on the fence until I dug a bit …Thanks mate for your input ....I really was on the fence until I dug a bit deeper and realized that the Nighthawk can do so much more than the orbi.....I then noticed that they do the mesh extenders to compliment the system and looking at some reviews of the extender made my mind more clear. it`s Nighthawk all the way after that ....as I now know I can extend this system no problems with a selection of quality extenders..Thanks again for your input too ...it has really cemented my decision to keep the Nighthawk. ............ ( AKA . I have named mine) ............. THE ALIEN as it looks like something out of Star wars. I should have grabbed the EX8000 when it was on offer last week on Amazon for £100 ish Hopefully this will be down again to simillar prices in the not to distant future and I will get this. to cover my garden too .Best Regards,


I moved from a nighthawk 7800 + 7000 with powerline between them to this model Orbi, glad I did. The mesh operates a lot more seamlessly than just setting 2 routers SSIDs to the same, getting full coverage without disconnects, maxing the 350mbit wifi within a few rooms of the main router.

I think the dedicated backhaul between the Orbis works well which a lot of other mesh wifi doesn't have, it's actually faster than the powerlines which were getting around 80mbit vs 160 or so with the Orbis. It'd likely be faster but I have an old house with pretty solid walls and have them fairly far apart.
nokiafusion3 h, 54 m ago

What’s the difference between these and standard WiFi extender plugs ?


An extender plug works by itself to capture a weak signal and project that weak signal further out..

A mesh network connects together with the other access points in the same network order to both extend and piggy back off the other to ensure you have a consistent coverage throughout.

Think of an extender as a thin piece of string connected to a large net, while a mesh network is 3 big nets connected together.
fragster37 m ago

I moved from a nighthawk 7800 + 7000 with powerline between them to this …I moved from a nighthawk 7800 + 7000 with powerline between them to this model Orbi, glad I did. The mesh operates a lot more seamlessly than just setting 2 routers SSIDs to the same, getting full coverage without disconnects, maxing the 350mbit wifi within a few rooms of the main router. I think the dedicated backhaul between the Orbis works well which a lot of other mesh wifi doesn't have, it's actually faster than the powerlines which were getting around 80mbit vs 160 or so with the Orbis. It'd likely be faster but I have an old house with pretty solid walls and have them fairly far apart.


Your input is greatly appreciated....You giving me doubts again..
At the end of the day ...I guess I could order this and then at least I do have the option to return either the Nighthawk or the orbi back to Amazon before the deadline of 31 Jan 2019..... At least I will have the option to test which actually performs better to my surroundings. I think that may well be my move ...kill 2 birds with one stone...for peace of mind.

Best Regards,
Edited by: "kevann" 30th Nov 2018
I had a Linksys ea9500 and a RE7000 extender. The extender was crap, read reviews, so I just kept the EA9500 without extender. I am
I am now getting 290 Mbps on my galaxy S9 wherever I am at home with my 350 Mbps virginmedia.
This Netgear Orbi is a massive improvement over my Linksys.
Edited by: "g8ryj" 30th Nov 2018
kevann18 m ago

Your input is greatly appreciated....You giving me doubts again.. …Your input is greatly appreciated....You giving me doubts again.. At the end of the day ...I guess I could order this and then at least I do have the option to return either the Nighthawk or the orbi back to Amazon before the deadline of 31 Jan 2019..... At least I will have the option to test which actually performs better to my surroundings. I think that may well be my move ...kill 2 birds with one stone...for peace of mind.Best Regards,


No problem, I think it depends what you want to use it for, obviously it doesn't support dd-wrt but then I didn't really need the functionality anyway, the Orbi does still offer VPN, VLAN, remote management etc. but the biggest thing for me was solid wifi with seamless connectivity and this is where is excels. It's the only mesh router with a dedicated wifi backhaul (so it doesn't share wifi bandwidth with backhaul bandwidth) and also supports wired backhaul. Personally I've been very happy with it and it was a significant bump in wifi reliability, speed and range from my 7800+7000 setup.
@ fragster I have a question mate....
I have a garage at back of my garden about 55-ft from my main building ... Would I be pushing me luck to think the Wifi will reach from the Orbi setup .? I know everyone is different , Just need to ask considering you have these.
Thanks for any feedback.

Edit :
I have been experimenting and I do get WiFi from my Superhub 3 although it`s not great at my garage so I am sure whichever one I eventually do keep will be far superior than this VM super dude 3 .

Best Regards,
Edited by: "kevann" 30th Nov 2018
kevann48 m ago

@ fragster I have a question mate....I have a garage at back of my …@ fragster I have a question mate....I have a garage at back of my garden about 55-ft from my main building ... Would I be pushing me luck to think the Wifi will reach from the Orbi setup .? I know everyone is different , Just need to ask considering you have these.Thanks for any feedback.Best Regards,


It might be possible, depends I guess what the garage is made of and if you can put the router right at the edge of the house like upstairs bedroom window or similar.

I can tell you I get wifi at the end of my garden at around 40mbit, the garden is 50ft and the satellite is 20ft from the edge of the house so 70ft total.
kevann50 m ago

@ fragster I have a question mate....I have a garage at back of my …@ fragster I have a question mate....I have a garage at back of my garden about 55-ft from my main building ... Would I be pushing me luck to think the Wifi will reach from the Orbi setup .? I know everyone is different , Just need to ask considering you have these.Thanks for any feedback.Edit :I have been experimenting and I do get WiFi from my Superhub 3 although it`s not great at my garage so I am sure whichever one I eventually do keep will be far superior than this VM super dude 3 .Best Regards,


Oh if you get wifi from the superhub then I'm sure you will get decent wifi from the Orbi there
fragster46 m ago

It might be possible, depends I guess what the garage is made of and if …It might be possible, depends I guess what the garage is made of and if you can put the router right at the edge of the house like upstairs bedroom window or similar.I can tell you I get wifi at the end of my garden at around 40mbit, the garden is 50ft and the satellite is 20ft from the edge of the house so 70ft total.


Thank you Sir....You have been very helpful and I really appreciate your feedback and support.
Your setup seems very similar to how I have mine ATM with the SH. Really helpful ..Thank you .

Best Regards,
Edited by: "kevann" 30th Nov 2018
kevann3 m ago

Thank you Sir....You have been very helpful and I really appreciate your …Thank you Sir....You have been very helpful and I really appreciate your feedback and support. Your setup seems very similar to how I have mine ATM with the SH. Really helpful ..Thank you .Best Regards,


No worries buddy
I purchased the 3 pack orbi on Black Friday and have since returned it.

Let me say it’s way better than broadband bundled hubs, it’s better than most WiFi access points, it’s super easy and convenient to setup. It gives full coverage everywhere.

However the speed still wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

3 storey house, router on the ground floor and a satellite in each floor, all in the open stairwell.

The top floor salatelite kept kept moving between 2.4 and 5ghz backhaul.

Speeds using iperf3 never exceeded 350Mbps between multi stream capable devices.

In the end I bit the bullet and replaced the vdsl faceplates, tidied up the wiring, moved the bt hub upstairs and ran cat6 under the carpet to the middle landing. I have a AirPort Extreme running my WiFi and this well positioned location for me is producing as good if not better speeds due to the strange backhaul config of the orbi (it wouldn’t auto daisy chain).

So consider placement, I’m looking to replace the AirPort Extreme with a 3200 or higher multi stream nighthawk.

If central placement and a really good / strong access point isn’t an option and neither is cabling multiple access points, these are easily the best option.
took a few tries to set it up but once set, haven't had a drop yet. Its quite big compared to other mesh network out there. Don't know about the speed since my internet is slow. This tops mesh network tops many reviews. At this price, its a great buy.
Thanks for this OP. Grabbed a set at this price!
Hope they have this on sale on boxing day looking for the 2 pack or 3 pack I refuse to pay £299 or £469.
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