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Netgear Orbi RBK53S-100NAS Mesh Wi-Fi System, 3-pk - $319.99

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Costco (in store and online) from today (10/07/19) through 10/20/19 is selling Netgear's flagship* Orbi mesh system (RBK53S) for $80 off:

https://www.costco.com/Netgear-Or...83036.html

Members only. Shipping included if ordering online.

BTW, Netgear provides complimentary one-year (instead of the typical 90 days) technical support to customers who purchase the system from Costco.

* Not counting the upcoming Wi-Fi 6 model, RBK852.​
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I have an orbi for couple of years now. This is Not a real mesh router. The system will decide on which Satellite/router it will connect and what signal 2.4/5hz. Which become an issue for me with all my iot devices. I have my ring camera couple of feet closer to my satellite, but it keeps connecting to the router which is 40 ft further. Note, there is no way to fix it or assigned it manually.
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Your router and satellite may be too close together. Take a look at some troubleshooting suggestions in this support thread [netgear.com].
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I have an orbi for couple of years now. This is Not a real mesh router. The system will decide on which Satellite/router it will connect and what signal 2.4/5hz. Which become an issue for me with all my iot devices. I have my ring camera couple of feet closer to my satellite, but it keeps connecting to the router which is 40 ft further. Note, there is no way to fix it or assigned it manually.
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I have an orbi for couple of years now. This is Not a real mesh router. The system will decide on which Satellite/router it will connect and what signal 2.4/5hz. Which become an issue for me with all my iot devices. I have my ring camera couple of feet closer to my satellite, but it keeps connecting to the router which is 40 ft further. Note, there is no way to fix it or assigned it manually.
What do you expect mesh systems to do? This is an issue with all Wifi and mesh systems. I'm not sure how your description indicates that this isn't a mesh system. It's an integrated SSID that seamlessly switches base stations and frequencies as needed, without backhaul required except for the master node. That's, well, a mesh network.

I mean, it would be nice to be able to manually assign devices to nodes, but that's a pretty advanced feature that I don't even see on some commercial systems.
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Your router and satellite may be too close together. Take a look at some troubleshooting suggestions in this support thread [netgear.com].
There are spread apart to each other. I have 3floors, router in the 3rd floor. I also tried multiple location, and even lowered the radio power and still the same issues.
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What do you expect mesh systems to do? This is an issue with all Wifi and mesh systems. I'm not sure how your description indicates that this isn't a mesh system. It's an integrated SSID that seamlessly switches base stations and frequencies as needed, without backhaul required except for the master node. That's, well, a mesh network.

I mean, it would be nice to be able to manually assign devices to nodes, but that's a pretty advanced feature that I don't even see on some commercial systems.
My understanding, mesh will seamless move you throughout the network without disconnecting to the router and have the best connection. Orbi doesn't do that.

I used to have an old router that i can assign which signal the device should be connected. I think with an update Netgear can do this. This feature will be a great benefit for smart devices.
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4000sqft home what is the best mesh system? I upgrade once every 5 years so looking for somewhat tech proof.
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Just get Tenda MW6 for 1/3rd the price...Will run circles around this one..
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4000sqft home what is the best mesh system? I upgrade once every 5 years so looking for somewhat tech proof.
I am thinking about switching from orbi to TP-Link Deco. I think it has what I need.
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Just get Tenda MW6 for 1/3rd the price...Will run circles around this one..
you mean this [amazon.com] price is very tempting.

What is MIMO dual-band? My new Roku says it supports it.
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only reason I am looking at this over google is the dedicated backhaul.
But I have read this thing has drop connection issues?

Trying to decide if I should pull the trigger now, wait and see what the new google will be like, or just wait till black friday all together.
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you mean this [amazon.com] price is very tempting.

What is MIMO dual-band? My new Roku says it supports it.
Yes and it works great. All my rokus , nexus players, alexa , nest all work fine..Has wired backhaul and what not.. 3 year warranty.
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^^ Thanks! Wired backhaul means I can run cat5 from any Tenda hub to Roku ultra or switch?
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I have an orbi for couple of years now. This is Not a real mesh router. The system will decide on which Satellite/router it will connect and what signal 2.4/5hz. Which become an issue for me with all my iot devices. I have my ring camera couple of feet closer to my satellite, but it keeps connecting to the router which is 40 ft further. Note, there is no way to fix it or assigned it manually.
This is a real mesh router system. It is possible to have separate SSID for the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz networks if you need it. However, you shouldn't need it as any device that does not have 5.0 would automatically connect to the 2.4 GHz. Had mine for a while now and never needed to reboot. Make sure you have updated the firmware though because I have read the earlier versions are a problem. Check your app to make sure all your satellites are up and running. If you have some connection issues, try turning off Netgear Armor if it is on. This caused some connection issues with remote access/vpn and may also impact other types of connections.

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My understanding, mesh will seamless move you throughout the network without disconnecting to the router and have the best connection. Orbi doesn't do that.

I used to have an old router that i can assign which signal the device should be connected. I think with an update Netgear can do this. This feature will be a great benefit for smart devices.
The orbi definitely does this. Within the app (I believe also on the browser connected to the router), you can see which node your devices are connected to. I have watched my connection change as I move around to different parts of the house.
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4000sqft home what is the best mesh system? I upgrade once every 5 years so looking for somewhat tech proof.
If you're really looking for tech/future proof and can wait, I would suggest you wait for the new WIFI 6 (AX) mesh routers to come out. There are at least 1 system out already but there are more that are supposed to release at the end of this year. You won't get the benefit till your client devices also have WIFI 6 but it has quite a bit benefits over the current WIFI 5 (AC). If I remember correctly, WIFI6 will have better range, bandwidth, and stability.

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Just get Tenda MW6 for 1/3rd the price...Will run circles around this one..
If both systems do not use wired backhaul, it is not possible since orbi has better bandwidth.

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only reason I am looking at this over google is the dedicated backhaul.
But I have read this thing has drop connection issues?

Trying to decide if I should pull the trigger now, wait and see what the new google will be like, or just wait till black friday all together.
If you don't plan on doing wired backhaul, the dedicated backhaul is worth it imo. If you do wired backhaul, then there are cheaper options that will probably just as good as the orbi. I have had zero drop issues and have 30-40 devices connected at any time. Never even have had to reboot this device besides after updating the firmware.

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^^ Thanks! Wired backhaul means I can run cat5 from any Tenda hub to Roku ultra or switch?
Wired backhaul means cat5 from the nodes to the primary node that is connected to the router. Not sure about the Tenda, but the orbi and google wifi have ethernet ports that let you directly connect devices to the nodes.
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