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NetGear Orbi RBK50 AC3000 Whole Home Tri-Band Wi-Fi System $399.20 + Delivery (Free Pickup Melbourne) @ DeviceDeal

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SKU: RBK50
Model#: RBK50-100AUS
Barcode#: 606449116342
Warranty: 2 years Manufacturers Warranty
Australian Stock
Pick up free from Vermont VIC 3133 (otherwise shipping costs apply - $18.90 Express Aus-wide, $11.99 Standard shipping)

Apply the coupon code (NG2019) to receive the discount (normally $499 AUD on their site - still cheaper than most major retailers e.g. JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, etc). I'm unsure how long exactly the coupon code will be active for so get in quick if you've been eyeing off this device for a while! I just bought mine today and can't wait to install it. Our internet speeds throughout the house have been so rubbish with our current TPG router/modem since the switch to NBN.

Product Description:
Netgear Orbi RBK50 AC3000 Tri-band WiFi Router Kit - Includes 1x Orbi Router and 1x Orbi Satellite - AC3000 (1733 + 866 + 400Mbps) - Simultaneous Tri-band WiFi - 802.11b/g/n and 802.11a/n/ac 2.4/5GHz - 4GB Flash Memory - 512MB RAM - Six high-performance antennas - Implicit/Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz - MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous data streaming on multiple devices - 4x 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN & 3 LAN for Router or 4x LAN for Satellite) - 1x USB 2.0 port - RBK50

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  • Does anyone use this and what’s your thought if it? I’m in the market for a new one with 2-3 extenders as well. Thanks

    • I do and they work really well. It's basically a mesh setup, so single Wi-fi id for the whole system. I'm using wired backhaul but I have a mate using wireless so both work well but obviously wired is better.

    • +1, got the same model (slightly cheaper during black friday) and i love it, hasn't skipped a beat once, connecting a ton of devices worked flawlessly, running Philips Hue and multiple wifi devices and media servers through it and have zero complaints.

  • I have this model, and have had for the last 18 months and it's been great. All my devices with dual 2.4 & 5GHz jump on the 5GHz freeing up room on the 2.4GHz for the older legacy devices. My old router had issues with this. If you desire to create separate 2.5 & 5GHz networks, it can not be done (unless you telnet into it and hack some code… I believe). Other than that, great and has been stable.

    • create separate 2.5 & 5GHz networks, it can not be done

      Maybe it's in third party firmware?

      • I read on some blog about being able to telnet into it and manually change some of the parameters to allow this. Not sure if it can still be done with current firmware?

  • Orbi's are supposed to be very good, but I went with TP-Link Deco and love it. (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/431551)
    For half the price!

  • Hows these compare to Google Wi-Fi?

    • I own Google Wifi only so I can't comment on the Orbi. But for about the same price you get 3 units as opposed to 2.

      The Orbi might have better range per unit. The Google wifi units are smaller though.

      The Orbi has more ethernet ports. EAch GWifi only has 2 ports, and one of them is going to be the internet cable going in, so that leaves you one port.

      If you need more than two ethernet ports, definitely go for the Orbi which has 5 I think.

      At the time I was making my purchase, Orbi had issues with Android devices crashing the Orbi and needing to reboot it. Netgear remained quiet about it the whole time and didn't acknowledge the issue. I don't know if it has been fixed now, but I didn't have time to wait so I went with the Google.

      The Google wifi is set up via a smartphone app. The Orbi is set up on your browser the conventional way. There are arguments for both so I can't say either way is better. I prefer doing it on the browser. The disadvantage on Orbi is it doesn't support WPS. If you want to give your password out to non-Apple devices, with WPS you just press a button and it automatically receives the password. You can't do this with Google wifi. You have a way to share the password with them via SMS, email, or social networking. If they are on a mobile phone, you can SMS the password to them. But if they have no cellular access and need the internet to get access to the internet, it's a catch 22. What this means is, they will have to type out the password, and mine is very long.

      • I haven't any problems with Android devices connected by wi-fi and wired in the time I have owned the Orbi.

        • At the time I was deciding between the two (I preferred the Orbi but the Android issue is a big one for me), this was a current issue:

          Android 8 Crashes Orbi

          Latest Android Security Updates are crashing Netgear Orbi routers

          That was over a year ago, so it's probably fixed now. But reading through the long thread of people reporting the problems and the lack of acknowledgment from Netgear, I was disgusted by their service, so instead of waiting, I just went with Google. I would have preferred Netgear's solution but I needed it then.

          • @lostn: Fair enough.

            BTW there is also a smartphone app for the Orbi that you can use for setup rather than using a browser.

          • @lostn: Definitely fixed now, had mine for nearly 3 months and have at least 5 android devices connected to it regularly and have had no issues.

            • @sm3004: That's good to know. I just don't like Netgear's refusal to acknowledge the problem. The eventually said it was Google's fault and they should be the one fixing the problem on the Android end. That may be true, but you can still fix things on your end.

              In the end, I don't know if the problem ended up being fixed on Google (Android)'s end, or by Netgear. But the same problem happened to other mesh routers, and they all fixed it on their end, and Netgear either did not or took a very long time doing it (in silence no less).

      • Thanks for that! Very good information.

      • The disadvantage on Orbi is it doesn't support WPS

        CORRECTION: This is a disadvantage of the google wifi not the Orbi. It is the Google that doesn't support WPS. I got them mixed up. I presume the Orbi does support WPS because other Netgear routers do.

        This is a fairly big deal unless you're an Apple user (Apple also doesn't support WPS). Entering the password into the TV's wifi settings with the remote and on screen keyboard was one massive PITA.

      • Nothing stopping you adding a cheap 8 Port switch to either this or Google.

        I've used both. 4 Google Units matched what 2 Orbis could do. Google worked better with casting however I believe that Orbi may have improved that.

        • More devices. More power outlets. More clutter.

          I have my system connected to a UPS. My UPS has 3 battery powered sockets.

          I need one for monitor, one for desktop, one for NBN modem, one for google wifi, and will need one for the switch. That's 5 devices from a 3 socket UPS. You'll need a two power adapter splitters and have to use two extra plugs. The UPS was intended for 3 battery backup devices not 5. But without all 5 plugs, I would not be able to do what my UPS was designed to do: Not interrupt me when the power goes out. 3 devices are needed for the internet alone. If any one of those three are offline, the internet goes offline. Obviously I can't lose my monitor or I wouldn't be able to see anything I'm doing, and I can't lose power to my desktop because that would make the whole exercise pointless.

          All I want is one extra ethernet port, but I have to buy an 8 port switch just to get 1 extra port and have 7 empty. Seems a bit wasteful. I'd rather not need it. With the Orbi I wouldn't need it.

      • Another thing I forgot to mention.. the Google Wifi's router setup does not allow you to block domains or web sites you don't want accessed. If you want to block particular sites, you need a third party app like OpenDNS. And that will only block access on the computer it is installed on. So if you have multiple devices, they would all need their own app. Or you need to create your own proxy.

        It's really short sighted and another reason I would go with the Orbi, assuming the Orbi has the feature like regular Netgear routers.

  • I got this a week or two ago by price matching devicedeal with Officeworks over the phone for local pickup, $380. Not sure if you can do that here since this utilizes a coupon.

    Great product. Not sure if there's a better mesh at the moment. Next gen announced for 2019/2.

  • Had one of these for a while now and it's the best WIFI I've had by so far it's ridiculous.

  • Got an Orbi about 6 months ago. Exceptional!

  • Bought one a few months ago and it's been amazing. I've got a double storey with concrete walls and I get coverage everywhere on both floors with just the base and a single satellite unit.

    Speeds are incredible. I've got a 100 Mbps service and I can hit 98 on WiFi from the next room to the satellite let alone the base unit. Furthest corner of the house still gets 80+ easy. The dedicated 5GHz backhaul definitely helps hit those speeds.

    One awesome feature that I've noticed is the bridge mode option on the router so you can use it solely as a mesh wireless access point so you can use say a Telstra smart router with its 4G backup instead.

    • Where do you position the base unit and satellite? One on each floor? If both are downstairs, how is the wifi reception upstairs?

  • is it worth getting the RBK23 package as it has the extra satellite?

  • Orbi also runs a dedicated 5ghz backhaul.
    Google WiFi does not have a dedicated backhaul.

    I have had this unit for about a year now. Have only ever had to power cycle once. Has been rock solid. Also has a great parental controls via the Circle by Disney app.

  • Hi guys,

    Want to know if I can add this Orbi in addition to existing wireless signal.
    Currently I have a 4g modem , and connected to a wireless router for wifi n lan connection already.
    Can I connect the orbi base to the wireless router in the case ? Or I have to take off the the wireless router and then connect the orbi base unit to the 4g modem instead ?

    Thanks heaps !

  • Coupon code no longer appears to work :(