Last year Netgear unveiled their new mesh router the Netgear Orbi, which was a new router system that combined a main router device with a satellite router for whole home WiFi.
The problem with those is that they were pretty large and could only be used in certain places, today they have unveiled a couple of new units that have been designed to fit in more spaces of your home.
The first of these is a new wall-plug unit that plugs into a wall outlet and then broadcasts your WiFi from that spot, with a smaller footprint and price, but with slower speeds as a consequence.
The second is a smaller version of the main router unit, which features a similar design but it also “about an inch shorter” and “significantly thinner” than the previous version according to Netgear.
The biggest disadvantage of these new units are the speeds, instead of the previous max speed of 1.7Gbps, the new units max out at 867Mbps, which is still pretty fast for most people.
The reason for this is because Netgear has reduced the amount of antennas from 4 x4 to 2 x 2.
But they do still use that third radio to dedicate communication between the routers, meaning that this communication will not reduce your WiFi speeds, unlike other mesh systems.
We don’t yet know the UK pricing, however, we do know the US pricing.
Two of the new mid-sized Orbi routers will be available in a package for $349.99, or you can grab a bundle that consists of the new mid-sized router and the wall-plug for $299.99.
Individually, the new mid-sized router will be available for $199.99 and the wall plug-in will be $149.99.
The old units will remain the same, at $399.99 for the original Orbi bundle, or $249.99 individually.
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