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Bestbuy, Amazon - Netgear Orbi Wifi Mesh Router @ $399

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Bestbuy, Amazon - Netgear Orbi Wifi Mesh Router @ $399

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Price:
399
Savings:
20% off
Bestbuy and Amazon are having a sale on the "mesh" (read dedicated backhaul/ and router & satellite setup) Orbi system

Highlights from Amazon
Covers up to 5000 square feet with high performance WiFi. Get rid of WiFi boosters or extenders; this kit includes an Orbi WiFi Router and Satellite.
Innovative Tri-band WiFi helps maximize the Internet speeds available in your home.
Single WiFi network name provides seamless room-to-room roaming throughout your home.
Easy setup with a single and secure WiFi network that works with your existing Internet service.
Guest WiFi network—easily setup separate and secure Internet access for guests.
Use the Orbi app or any web browser to create secure whole home WiFi in minutes. No accounts to create or personal information needed to setup.
Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa – Control your home network using voice commands.
Seems like a good pre-BF or BD sale price if anyone wants it now. I doubt this rather new tech will go for sale cheaper during the holiday season. I'm torn whether to buy or wait.

Amazon link
https://amazon.ca/NETGEAR-Orbi-Home ... =orbi&th=1


Edit:

Price Match Memory Express for 384.99 plus tax -- thanks Decane.
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Newbie
Aug 22, 2007
25 posts
11 upvotes
Picked this up in the Summer. It is a beast, no issues 6 months in.
Deal Addict
Jan 14, 2004
3403 posts
55 upvotes
Lowest price I've seen this system and it works very well.
Newbie
May 21, 2013
26 posts
14 upvotes
London
I picked up this system over the summer after many inconsistent routers over the years and this one is fantastic. The signal from ONE unit is stronger than any router I've used, nevermind after you add the satellite. Bonus points for using the satellite as an ethernet connection for the PS4 since the OG PS4's wireless is trash. I have recommended the system at full price, this is a no brainer if you are looking at upgrading.
Newbie
Aug 9, 2016
3 posts
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This is no way better than Google WIFI. I tested both at same time and decided to keep Google WIFI and return Netgear
Newbie
Jan 2, 2015
74 posts
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Laval-Ouest, QC
I tested this at home and loved it but the price was too high and had to return it...
At the time, what bothered me is that it wasn't true mesh. But there was a recent update that added daisy chain.
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coolsid wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 9:19 am
This is no way better than Google WIFI. I tested both at same time and decided to keep Google WIFI and return Netgear
given that you have provided 0 context to your anecdotal statement - let me help you out

Orbi vs Google Wifi

https://thedroidguy.com/2017/09/google- ... on-1073862

http://pickmyrouter.com/google-wifi ... gear-orbi/
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Aug 9, 2011
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Calgary
coolsid wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 9:19 am
This is no way better than Google WIFI. I tested both at same time and decided to keep Google WIFI and return Netgear
Having tried both, you are wrong. Orbi carries a much stronger signal, higher AC rating, is tri-band, and much much more configurable. The only crux, was price. Now with this sale. This is undoubtedly a better system. Numerous reviews contradict your assessment and if we are making baseless statements here, i would suggest you just didn't know how to configure the mesh system and needed the plug and play approach that google wifi offers.
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Aug 4, 2008
2148 posts
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Would it make sense to add a third access point to my existing dual R7000s setup?

Or should I invest in the Orbi and use the R7000s as Access Points?

I was eyeing a Nighthawk X8/X10 for link aggregation purposes/third access point.

Current house is over 3000 square feet, router in basement/top floor, poor WiFI around the house.

Have tinkered with channels, doesn't really pan out.
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utopianbl wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 9:41 am
given that you have provided 0 context to your anecdotal statement - let me help you out

Orbi vs Google Wifi

https://thedroidguy.com/2017/09/google- ... on-1073862

http://pickmyrouter.com/google-wifi ... gear-orbi/

here is a review picking the Google Wifi as the best one.

you search 10x and you will get 10 answers.

http://businessinsider.com/google-w ... -or-orbi-9

I have the google wifi and am very happy I bought it -- everyone I know is equally happy.
http://pickmyrouter.com/google-wifi ... gear-orbi/
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rebel_rfd wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 11:09 am
Current house is over 3000 square feet, router in basement/top floor, poor WiFI around the house.

I would put your current system in the garbage and get one of these mesh systems.

they work much better in your size environment
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Jan 26, 2011
233 posts
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Belleville
rebel_rfd wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 11:09 am
Would it make sense to add a third access point to my existing dual R7000s setup?

Or should I invest in the Orbi and use the R7000s as Access Points?

I was eyeing a Nighthawk X8/X10 for link aggregation purposes/third access point.

Current house is over 3000 square feet, router in basement/top floor, poor WiFI around the house.

Have tinkered with channels, doesn't really pan out.
You should try grabbing a HexR3 from Mikrotik, it is around 73$, would allow you to use the r7000 as access points and it has ooooooddddllleeeesss of features I dont even understand. My setup is currently running the HapAC as my router/wifi and then running two WapAC (outdoor/indoor AP) but you could easily use just a Hap or a hex and use the netgear r7000. This would save you a boat load of cash, mind you it would not be a slick as the orbi since your running two diff brands.

edit: The mikrotik stuff is quite feature rich, so if your not into watching a few youtube videos on what certain features do or are not comfortable experimenting using the web interface then I would say steer clear
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milolai wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 11:11 am
here is a review picking the Google Wifi as the best one.

you search 10x and you will get 10 answers.

http://businessinsider.com/google-w ... -or-orbi-9

I have the google wifi and am very happy I bought it -- everyone I know is equally happy.
I don't mean to debate you - and I'll be honest as I've tried neither. But context is everything, per your link - the closing argument is the following
However, if you need the best performance from a satellite unit, and/or you can spare the extra $80 that the Orbi two-pack costs, Netgear's Orbi is your best bet.
in the review there is multiple references on Google Wifi's performance as
- Satellite unit performance was comparatively poor.
Given you're getting a Wifi router, where performance should be equally if not weighted higher than convenience of setup - I'd imagine getting a better performing satellite will return better performance.

But again, the choice as a consumer is yours - and if you are interested the Google Wifi is at $439 for a 3-pack
https://bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/go ... 60405.aspx
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Feb 24, 2007
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I paid $470 just a month ago. Can't wait until BF. It works and eliminate dead spots upstairs It's not a mesh but review said it works better.

I use them for wifi only mode (not router mode). Use my R7000 (with wifi disabled to avoid interference) as my router in basement and able to use wifi upstairs. Don't use the Orbi as a router. R7000 has good wan-lan throughput thus good for lan wire connections. Utilizing the Orbi's strong wifi I have best thing in both worlds. The thing is occasionally some devices got disconnected. I found out it's better not to use the beamforming until Netgear come up with a better firmware. Disabled BF seems to work fine.
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Nov 21, 2002
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these are the full size orbi?

Heres the biggest problem with the orbi

Its a 24/7 running device and each orbi consume 34-35 watts per satellite load and 10-11 watts just being on. Even the mini's consume almost 18-20watts load and 10w just being on. So three orbi's in a house requiring wifi at the same time in all areas can be around 105watts of power.

https://kb.netgear.com/31141/How-much-p ... system-use
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