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Woot.com has Netgear Orbi AC2200 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System (RBK43, Factory Reconditioned) on sale for $174.99. Shipping is free w/ Amazon Prime or is otherwise a flat-rate $6 per order. Thanks boofat

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Woot has NETGEAR Orbi WiFi System - 3 Pack model RBK43 factory reconditioned for $174.99 with free standard shipping for Prime Members.

Features

Better WiFi. Everywhere.

Your WiFi hero - Orbi eliminates buffering and dead zones so you can enjoy smooth streaming.

WiFi superhighway - Stream in the fast lane with Orbi's award-winning WiFi tri-band mesh technology.

Easy voice control - Pause your WiFi, turn on guest WiFi, and more with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant.

The Orbi Tri-Band Superhighway

With NETGEAR-patented Tri-band WiFi technology, Orbi establishes a dedicated backhaul connection that helps maximize internet speeds for 4K streaming and connections to multiple devices.

Daisy Chain Networking

Daisy Chain your Orbi Satellites to extend the coverage of your Orbi WiFi System range. This feature allows the Satellite to dynamically pick the best way to connect to the Router.

Orbi App

Do more with your home's WiFi - Easily set up your Orbi WiFi and monitor devices connected to your network.

Put the internet on pause for a specific device or the entire home. A handy feature especially during dinner and bedtime.

Run a quick test to make sure you're getting the best internet speed from your service provider.

Set bedtimes, time limits, and reward your children with later bedtimes and longer time limits. Orbi comes with Circle® on NETGEAR so parents can have peace of mind.

Key Features:

High-Performance Whole Home Mesh WiFi System–Covers large homes up to 6,000 sq. ft. with fast WiFi. System includes a WiFi router and two satellites.
Orbi creates one seamless network, so as you move from room to room, your signal won't drop.
Quick & easy setup with the Orbi app–Pause WiFi, do a quick speed test, set up Smart Parental Controls, and much more.
Circle® Smart Parental Controls–A smart way for families to manage content and time online on any connected device.
Works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can use voice commands to control your home WiFi network.
Works with all major Internet Service Providers like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon Fios, and more.
Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4GHz & 5GHz bands
MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous data streaming to multiple devices
Powerful Quad-Core 710MHz processor
(4) high performance internal antennas with high-powered amplifiers


Shipping Note: Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii is not available for this item. A physical address is required for delivery. No Military or PO Box shipments available

Warranty: 90 Day NETGEAR Warranty

https://www.woot.com/offers/netge..._467312460
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Just recently set these up at my parents house. I've worked with a lot of routers, and this one is by far the most frustrating I've ever dealt with. It's mostly a "black box" system designed to simplify the setup process by hiding all of the features behind a pretty step by step interface, but it means when something goes wrong you have no way to go in and fix it, and each time you make a change it spends 5 minutes or more rebooting. It took nearly 10 hours to get the thing working, in no small part because after setting it up once one device (of about 30)could not access the internet, despite being clearly connected, and everything looking good on both the device and router end. Tried every step of troubleshooting, different bands, guest ssid, dhcp flush etc, but after an hour of troubleshooting, had to reset everything and start from scratch again. Now that device is working fine, but remote management through the app (and presumably voice features etc) are not, even though they did before. It's at least been working for the last month or so consistently, but I'm afraid to change anything on it again.

That's all to say nothing of the fact that many settings (including basic and necessary ones like port forwarding and device prioritization) don't exist in their setup process or app, and aren't officially documented anywhere. The only way I found them was by checking enthusiast forums where people found http configuration pages based on other routers that netgear had basically forgotten to turn off in the firmware of these. Some of the features on those pages (such as port forwarding) seem to work, but others don't. Makes me think these must have inherited a number of security flaws too, given the apparently slapped together nature of the firmware.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, these may work fine for you. If what I wrote above make sense, these will make you insane to work with.
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Costco 3 pack is the AC3000 version. This is the smaller AC2200 verison.

I got the smaller RBK23 when they were $114 used through AWD during the holidays and have been happy with them so far. These are a little larger in size and has more LAN ports attached to the router than the RBK23.

Woot sometimes has the RBK50, which is the AC3000 version but only 1 router and 1 satellite, for $179.99 pretty regularly. It's been popping up about once a month the past several months.
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this is a good deal since the 2-pack from Costco is $149/$199 and 3-pack is $319/$399.
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this is a good deal since the 2-pack from Costco is $149/$199 and 3-pack is $319/$399.
Costco 3 pack is the AC3000 version. This is the smaller AC2200 verison.

I got the smaller RBK23 when they were $114 used through AWD during the holidays and have been happy with them so far. These are a little larger in size and has more LAN ports attached to the router than the RBK23.

Woot sometimes has the RBK50, which is the AC3000 version but only 1 router and 1 satellite, for $179.99 pretty regularly. It's been popping up about once a month the past several months.
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Just recently set these up at my parents house. I've worked with a lot of routers, and this one is by far the most frustrating I've ever dealt with. It's mostly a "black box" system designed to simplify the setup process by hiding all of the features behind a pretty step by step interface, but it means when something goes wrong you have no way to go in and fix it, and each time you make a change it spends 5 minutes or more rebooting. It took nearly 10 hours to get the thing working, in no small part because after setting it up once one device (of about 30)could not access the internet, despite being clearly connected, and everything looking good on both the device and router end. Tried every step of troubleshooting, different bands, guest ssid, dhcp flush etc, but after an hour of troubleshooting, had to reset everything and start from scratch again. Now that device is working fine, but remote management through the app (and presumably voice features etc) are not, even though they did before. It's at least been working for the last month or so consistently, but I'm afraid to change anything on it again.

That's all to say nothing of the fact that many settings (including basic and necessary ones like port forwarding and device prioritization) don't exist in their setup process or app, and aren't officially documented anywhere. The only way I found them was by checking enthusiast forums where people found http configuration pages based on other routers that netgear had basically forgotten to turn off in the firmware of these. Some of the features on those pages (such as port forwarding) seem to work, but others don't. Makes me think these must have inherited a number of security flaws too, given the apparently slapped together nature of the firmware.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, these may work fine for you. If what I wrote above make sense, these will make you insane to work with.
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Just recently set these up at my parents house. I've worked with a lot of routers, and this one is by far the most frustrating I've ever dealt with. It's mostly a "black box" system designed to simplify the setup process by hiding all of the features behind a pretty step by step interface, but it means when something goes wrong you have no way to go in and fix it, and each time you make a change it spends 5 minutes or more rebooting. It took nearly 10 hours to get the thing working, in no small part because after setting it up once one device (of about 30)could not access the internet, despite being clearly connected, and everything looking good on both the device and router end. Tried every step of troubleshooting, different bands, guest ssid, dhcp flush etc, but after an hour of troubleshooting, had to reset everything and start from scratch again. Now that device is working fine, but remote management through the app (and presumably voice features etc) are not, even though they did before. It's at least been working for the last month or so consistently, but I'm afraid to change anything on it again.

That's all to say nothing of the fact that many settings (including basic and necessary ones like port forwarding and device prioritization) don't exist in their setup process or app, and aren't officially documented anywhere. The only way I found them was by checking enthusiast forums where people found http configuration pages based on other routers that netgear had basically forgotten to turn off in the firmware of these. Some of the features on those pages (such as port forwarding) seem to work, but others don't. Makes me think these must have inherited a number of security flaws too, given the apparently slapped together nature of the firmware.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, these may work fine for you. If what I wrote above make sense, these will make you insane to work with.
Well I am sorry it didn't work as easy as you thought it would be. I have had experience with velop, Samsung, tp link deco. They all have been terrible. I bought my Orbi last August, it was the easiest to install. Velop has a better app but a total PIA to set up.

Not sure if you know, they have a web interface that helps you do more than what the app lets you do.

I have mine set up on FiOS and it works like a charm.

The best feature of all is the Orbi Armor, it blocks all the junk at the network. I got a year included in my purchase from Costco.
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Have the RBK53's in my moms house, they work pretty well. Occasionally have issues with QoS not giving a lot of bandwidth to certain devices, only started recently. Outside of that they work pretty well.

Overall great price for a three piece triband system.
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Bought it, will see if I like it. My 5 year old Nighthawk with 2 "mesh-mode" extenders are on the fritz. My nighthawk's 5g just disappears for hours at a time while the 2.4 stays on, so odd.

Hopefully this Orbi works with vlan and pppoe for my centurylink fiber. I don't even have their "modem/router" thingamajob any more - I run their cat5 (from the fiber converter) directly into my nighthawk, currently.

This is a great deal, thanks for posting
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Was thinking about these, but AiMeshed an Asus AC 5300 that I already had. It claims 5,000sq ft coverage, but very weak at the tail end of my 3,000sq ft home. AiMesh an
AC 2900 and its picking up 235mbps all around and some on the 5G line. I say Asus is very solid compared to these as far as gaming etc.
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Just recently set these up at my parents house. I've worked with a lot of routers, and this one is by far the most frustrating I've ever dealt with. It's mostly a "black box" system designed to simplify the setup process by hiding all of the features behind a pretty step by step interface, but it means when something goes wrong you have no way to go in and fix it, and each time you make a change it spends 5 minutes or more rebooting. It took nearly 10 hours to get the thing working, in no small part because after setting it up once one device (of about 30)could not access the internet, despite being clearly connected, and everything looking good on both the device and router end. Tried every step of troubleshooting, different bands, guest ssid, dhcp flush etc, but after an hour of troubleshooting, had to reset everything and start from scratch again. Now that device is working fine, but remote management through the app (and presumably voice features etc) are not, even though they did before. It's at least been working for the last month or so consistently, but I'm afraid to change anything on it again.
I bought this same Orbi system several weeks ago hoping to solve some issues with dead zones in my house, and my experience was the exact opposite. I have 30+ devices currently connected including media streamers, game systems, security cameras, several Google home devices, laptops, cellphones, etc. The setup was quick and easy, and my coverage is MUCH better now.


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That's all to say nothing of the fact that many settings (including basic and necessary ones like port forwarding and device prioritization) don't exist in their setup process or app, and aren't officially documented anywhere. The only way I found them was by checking enthusiast forums where people found http configuration pages based on other routers that netgear had basically forgotten to turn off in the firmware of these. Some of the features on those pages (such as port forwarding) seem to work, but others don't. Makes me think these must have inherited a number of security flaws too, given the apparently slapped together nature of the firmware.
You can access port forwarding and etc by going to 10.0.0.1 in your browser, which is pretty standard... Not really the kind of thing I would want to do through an app in the first place.

*edit* Official documentation is also easy to find with a simple Google search...
https://kb.netgear.com/31069/How-...rbi-system
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Have the RBK53's in my moms house, they work pretty well. Occasionally have issues with QoS not giving a lot of bandwidth to certain devices, only started recently. Outside of that they work pretty well.

Overall great price for a three piece triband system.
I have always used Netgear but had some strange issues with one of their high end wireless routers severely limiting bandwidth due to QoS.

In my case, a 500mbit connection was limited to 65mbit wiht QoS enabled, and wouldn't supply more than 200mbit speeds even with QoS turned off. These are speeds measured from a gigabit hardwired connection. Switching to a competitior's router eliminated the problem. Probably not an issue with this ORBI system, but not something the average user would find unless they are looking for the problem.

This was a Nighthawk R8000 (ac3200) tri-band router.
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Was thinking about these, but AiMeshed an Asus AC 5300 that I already had. It claims 5,000sq ft coverage, but very weak at the tail end of my 3,000sq ft home.
Where do you have yours positioned? I had a little trouble getting good speeds in some rooms at the back of my house, so I moved one of my satellites to the top shelf in a closet and that made a huge difference.
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Just recently set these up at my parents house. I've worked with a lot of routers, and this one is by far the most frustrating I've ever dealt with. It's mostly a "black box" system designed to simplify the setup process by hiding all of the features behind a pretty step by step interface, but it means when something goes wrong you have no way to go in and fix it, and each time you make a change it spends 5 minutes or more rebooting. It took nearly 10 hours to get the thing working, in no small part because after setting it up once one device (of about 30)could not access the internet, despite being clearly connected, and everything looking good on both the device and router end. Tried every step of troubleshooting, different bands, guest ssid, dhcp flush etc, but after an hour of troubleshooting, had to reset everything and start from scratch again. Now that device is working fine, but remote management through the app (and presumably voice features etc) are not, even though they did before. It's at least been working for the last month or so consistently, but I'm afraid to change anything on it again.

That's all to say nothing of the fact that many settings (including basic and necessary ones like port forwarding and device prioritization) don't exist in their setup process or app, and aren't officially documented anywhere. The only way I found them was by checking enthusiast forums where people found http configuration pages based on other routers that netgear had basically forgotten to turn off in the firmware of these. Some of the features on those pages (such as port forwarding) seem to work, but others don't. Makes me think these must have inherited a number of security flaws too, given the apparently slapped together nature of the firmware.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, these may work fine for you. If what I wrote above make sense, these will make you insane to work with.
Way to flex. Yes, the app is limited per usual. There's a web interface. I've had no issue doing anything I've wanted to. I've got the AC3000. Has anyone seen the newest AX6000? Wow is it $$$ for features most wont be able to utilize at this point.
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Just recently set these up at my parents house. I've worked with a lot of routers, and this one is by far the most frustrating I've ever dealt with. It's mostly a "black box" system designed to simplify the setup process by hiding all of the features behind a pretty step by step interface, but it means when something goes wrong you have no way to go in and fix it, and each time you make a change it spends 5 minutes or more rebooting. It took nearly 10 hours to get the thing working, in no small part because after setting it up once one device (of about 30)could not access the internet, despite being clearly connected, and everything looking good on both the device and router end. Tried every step of troubleshooting, different bands, guest ssid, dhcp flush etc, but after an hour of troubleshooting, had to reset everything and start from scratch again. Now that device is working fine, but remote management through the app (and presumably voice features etc) are not, even though they did before. It's at least been working for the last month or so consistently, but I'm afraid to change anything on it again.

That's all to say nothing of the fact that many settings (including basic and necessary ones like port forwarding and device prioritization) don't exist in their setup process or app, and aren't officially documented anywhere. The only way I found them was by checking enthusiast forums where people found http configuration pages based on other routers that netgear had basically forgotten to turn off in the firmware of these. Some of the features on those pages (such as port forwarding) seem to work, but others don't. Makes me think these must have inherited a number of security flaws too, given the apparently slapped together nature of the firmware.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, these may work fine for you. If what I wrote above make sense, these will make you insane to work with.
I got the 3 pack from Costco and also had issues with their stupid "wizard" type setup. I'm a guy who has run custom firmwares on devices ever since it was possible, so to move to something like this was pretty frustrating. I also had to hard reset it numerous times to get everything working. Worth noting however, is I have another router doing the main routing and strictly using Orbi for wifi.
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Just recently set these up at my parents house. I've worked with a lot of routers, and this one is by far the most frustrating I've ever dealt with. It's mostly a "black box" system designed to simplify the setup process by hiding all of the features behind a pretty step by step interface, but it means when something goes wrong you have no way to go in and fix it, and each time you make a change it spends 5 minutes or more rebooting. It took nearly 10 hours to get the thing working, in no small part because after setting it up once one device (of about 30)could not access the internet, despite being clearly connected, and everything looking good on both the device and router end. Tried every step of troubleshooting, different bands, guest ssid, dhcp flush etc, but after an hour of troubleshooting, had to reset everything and start from scratch again. Now that device is working fine, but remote management through the app (and presumably voice features etc) are not, even though they did before. It's at least been working for the last month or so consistently, but I'm afraid to change anything on it again.

That's all to say nothing of the fact that many settings (including basic and necessary ones like port forwarding and device prioritization) don't exist in their setup process or app, and aren't officially documented anywhere. The only way I found them was by checking enthusiast forums where people found http configuration pages based on other routers that netgear had basically forgotten to turn off in the firmware of these. Some of the features on those pages (such as port forwarding) seem to work, but others don't. Makes me think these must have inherited a number of security flaws too, given the apparently slapped together nature of the firmware.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, these may work fine for you. If what I wrote above make sense, these will make you insane to work with.
100% agree and had the same experience. It ends up it is much easier to get the refurbish extender/AP from Walmart for 35 bucks each and setup the "mesh" that way. I offloaded my Orbi and is now happy with my 3 AP at home. I set them up and forget about them. Easy.
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