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NETGEAR Orbi Pro WiFi System Review Discussion

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NETGEAR’s Orbi Pro is a WiFi system aimed at SMBs that is easy to deploy and manage. Orbi Pro has three dedicated WiFi networks to separate traffic and add a layer of security. It also comes with wireless satellites that can expand coverage up to 10,000 square feet and are useful for wired connections without the need for extensive cabling. The Orib Pro supports up to 3Gb/s (1.7Gb/s from point to point) and can scale as the business grows.

 

NETGEAR Orbi Pro WiFi System Review

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I have been looking for a wifi system that will work at my mom's house for years. She lives in the Dominican Republic and houses there are made of blocks and concrete. So as you can imagine, wifi range isn't exactly reliable. Anywhere beyond 40 feet makes the signal unstable and prone to dropping because it has to go through multiple solid walls. Currently, I found a "hack" where I connect a router to her cable box's ethernet port, but this lead to having five different networks across the house. SSIDs which end up having interference between each other and having to be on the lookout for which router provides the best signal and speed. 

I have tried extenders, but I have ended up buying around 4 of them over the past two years because of either failure rate or crap performance while also having the same problem as with the current setup, having to be conscious of what network you're on. I have even tried using the same network name for the routers, but that ends up giving IP address issues in the long run. Would a system like this be a viable option for a house like this?

 

 

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On 10/24/2017 at 4:08 PM, Brian said:

It could be...we tested it in a house with poor access spots and those went away with the Orbi.

Very well. I'll try it out and if it doesn't work I guess its back to the drawing board. Thanks for the reply.

Edited by amp323

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One important point to know and that no review mentions, and which for many users will be a stopping point: The second “Employee” network is basically another Guest network, without access to the LAN with it’s printers, NAS servers, …
So if based on Netgear advertising and reviews, you plan to use the Admin network for you and a limited number of users, and put all other employees on the Employee network, you are probably out of luck… Do you know many employees that never print and never need access to servers?
I strongly advise to read the Netgear forums before buying.

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