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First time poster. Saw a price drop on the RBK50 on Amazon, wanted to share the info in case you are in need of a mesh routing system.

Its showing as $261.15 for me, plus tax. Free one day shipping (I am not sure if that is because I am a prime member or not, so YMMV on shipping)
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I've had the RBK50 for a couple years now and outside of a couple of quirks, it's been perfect for covering about 4500 sq ft. Things to note:
  • The only DDNS providers you can use are Netgear or No-IP. I believe they have some type of agreement with them.
  • Enabling the VPN requires you to turn on DDNS or have a static IP. This becomes an issue if you use a DDNS outside of the two above. That's my situation so I've had to roll out my own OpenVPN.
Other than that, really happy with performance where my Google Fiber network box as lacking.
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I've had the RBK50 for a couple years now and outside of a couple of quirks, it's been perfect for covering about 4500 sq ft. Things to note:
  • The only DDNS providers you can use are Netgear or No-IP. I believe they have some type of agreement with them.
  • Enabling the VPN requires you to turn on DDNS or have a static IP. This becomes an issue if you use a DDNS outside of the two above. That's my situation so I've had to roll out my own OpenVPN.
Other than that, really happy with performance where my Google Fiber network box as lacking.
I just wish the satellites would go on sale every now and then. I almost had one in the staples deal, but they cancelled the coupons.
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Ordered this morning from Amazon with same day shipping. Opened the package found out they sent me a used one (dirt/hair on bottom of router and satellite and box was all ripped up. Debating if i should get it replaced or just pay $50 more and get a guaranteed new one at Walmart.
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Ordered this morning from Amazon with same day shipping. Opened the package found out they sent me a used one (dirt/hair on bottom of router and satellite and box was all ripped up. Debating if i should get it replaced or just pay $50 more and get a guaranteed new one at Walmart.
If sold and shipped by Amazon then get Walmart to price match :-)
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Been looking for a satellite. Staples cancelled last time. Anybody got extra satellite?
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this one is $150 @ costco netgear orbi mini ac2200 tri-band wi-fi system, 2-pack

★★★★★★★★★★4.6 out of 5 stars. Read reviews.

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item 1218354 model rbk22
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I just wish the satellites would go on sale every now and then. I almost had one in the staples deal, but they cancelled the coupons.
Agreed. Because of that, I'd hesitate to buy one of these 2-packs (router + 1 sat) for anything more than $200. There's usually a costco deal for $300-340 for the 3-pack (router + 2 sats). Even if you don't need the second satellite, you can easily unload it for $100-$150, and if you decide you need an extra satellite, there's not really cost-effective way to buy one new, like $200 is pretty common. I see lots of "just the router" on auction sites, which I'm sure are all people who bought a 2 or 3 pack just for the extra satellites and are trying to unload the router for whatever they can get.

I got my router + 2 sats for $320. It works great and I'd buy it again. I'd love one more satellite - would put it out on ethernet in a detached workshop if I could get one affordably. Only one downside on this particular mesh system that I've experienced - when I set my cellphone to do HD calls over wifi, if I wander around the house while on a call the audio drops out for a second or two when it changes between mesh nodes. I just turned that off on my phone unless I want to do a video call. Doesn't seem to affect downloading or streaming to a laptop.
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Showing as $273.64 for me
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Agreed. Because of that, I'd hesitate to buy one of these 2-packs (router + 1 sat) for anything more than $200. There's usually a costco deal for $300-340 for the 3-pack (router + 2 sats). Even if you don't need the second satellite, you can easily unload it for $100-$150, and if you decide you need an extra satellite, there's not really cost-effective way to buy one new, like $200 is pretty common. I see lots of "just the router" on auction sites, which I'm sure are all people who bought a 2 or 3 pack just for the extra satellites and are trying to unload the router for whatever they can get.

I got my router + 2 sats for $320. It works great and I'd buy it again. I'd love one more satellite - would put it out on ethernet in a detached workshop if I could get one affordably. Only one downside on this particular mesh system that I've experienced - when I set my cellphone to do HD calls over wifi, if I wander around the house while on a call the audio drops out for a second or two when it changes between mesh nodes. I just turned that off on my phone unless I want to do a video call. Doesn't seem to affect downloading or streaming to a laptop.
The best I've done was $150 for a satellite on eBay with a 20% coupon. As you said, def buy the 3 pack over this
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This one is $150 @ Costco Netgear Orbi Mini AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System, 2-pack

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wrong model.
I get it, but look at the differences and decide if worth $100 more. I got that one at Costco six months ago and have one in basement and upstairs and it works perfectly for almost 5000sqft and outdoors while I mow and wifi to pandora. Plus I can return it for any reason at Costco - like forever.
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I get it, but look at the differences and decide if worth $100 more. I got that one at Costco six months ago and have one in basement and upstairs and it works perfectly for almost 5000sqft and outdoors while I mow and wifi to pandora. Plus I can return it for any reason at Costco - like forever.
Here is from the netgear forum where someone asked the diffs between the models.

https://community.netgear.com/t5/...-p/1668515

I understand that the two unit Orbi AC3000 (RBK50) system is newer and has a better backhaul then the older three unit Orbi AC2200 (RBK23). HOWEVER, since I am able to connect the satelights with a wired eithernet cable does that advantage become OBE. Are there any other advantages to the AC3000 system?



In other words... Assuming the price is approximatly the same (they are within $6 of eachother on black Friday), would I get faster internet connections using the older three unit AC2200 system with wired backhaul or the newer two unit AC3000 system with wired backhaul?



Thanks in advance.



(Note: This question is very similar to one someone asked in March but the answer they got was not clear so I am giving it another shot.)

You are right. Both the AC2200 and AC3000 have exactly the same Fronthaul capability, So max speed of 400 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps on 5 GHz, both using max of 2 spacial streams.


The difference is in the Backhaul capability and if you will be using wired backhaul that will give you no difference when it comes to Backhaul,


On the other hand, the AC3000 units have bigger antennas (the units are physically bigger as well) and provide better coverage. That's why the same number of units (router + satellites) provide better coverage in the AC3000 series than the AC2200 series. In the specs RBK53 gives coverage of 7,500 sq ft while the RBK23 gives only 6,000 sq ft.
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I got one. Good price and needed to replace and old Asus that's on its last legs. Planning on doing wired backhaul.
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