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Costco Members: Netgear Orbi Home AC3000 Tri-Band Router for $449.99 - LIVE AGAIN

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Costco.com has Netgear Orbi Home AC3000 Tri-Band Router WiFi System w/ Satellites [costco.com] on sale for $449.99 valid for Costco Members only. Shipping is free. Thanks j1huynh

Note, be sure to login to your Costco account w/ a valid membership to purchase this item. Limit 3 per member.

Includes:

Orbi Router (RBR50)
2x Orbi Satellite (RBS50)
2m Ethernet Cable
3x 12V/3.5A Power Adapter

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I'm just looking to learn a bit more. Why would someone spend $400+ on a router? I'm not thread crapping at all. I honestly just don't know and am curious as to what I'm missing out on with my ~$150 buffalo router.
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I'm just looking to learn a bit more. Why would someone spend $400+ on a router? I'm not thread crapping at all. I honestly just don't know and am curious as to what I'm missing out on with my ~$150 buffalo router.
This system uses 3 satellites that creates a mesh system. If you live in a small apartment you are correct - I would not spend that much of a money. However if you have issues with wifi signal or leaving ion a big house you may want to consider this as it will provide you super fast internet across the whole house. Just my 2 cents.
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This system uses 3 satellites that creates a mesh system. If you live in a small apartment you are correct - I would not spend that much of a money. However if you have issues with wifi signal or leaving ion a big house you may want to consider this as it will provide you super fast internet across the whole house. Just my 2 cents.
i still dont get it...

i live in a moderately sized house, 3400 sq ft - with finished basement, main floor and second floor. i have an Archer C9 router and i get perfect reception throughout the entire home.

then i go back about 250-350 ft from the house outside to my pool or kids swingset and i still have plenty of reception.

so i dont know who would need this unless you lived in a compound or had a farm.
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I'm just looking to learn a bit more. Why would someone spend $400+ on a router? I'm not thread crapping at all. I honestly just don't know and am curious as to what I'm missing out on with my ~$150 buffalo router.
Basically, get strong wi-fi signal and high speeds anywhere in your house with minimal hassle.

Orbi uses a central router and satellite routers to get strong wifi signal coverage throughout larger houses. It's not actually a "mesh" router - the base station and satellites have separate radios for talking to each other and for talking to your wi-fi devices. Smallnetbuilder did a review on it and concluded that it delivered what it claims (which is a strong recommendation).
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Basically, get strong wi-fi signal and high speeds anywhere in your house with minimal hassle.

Orbi uses a central router and satellite routers to get strong wifi signal coverage throughout larger houses. It's not actually a "mesh" router - the base station and satellites have separate radios for talking to each other and for talking to your wi-fi devices. Smallnetbuilder did a review on it and concluded that it delivered what it claims (which is a strong recommendation).
i am like the other guy posting and also trying to understand.

From a coverage perspective, I am not seeing the issue with the more recent tri-band routers - they seem to provide adequate coverage.

Granted, I am going based on my phone's bars and havent done any real throughput testing.

So is it that the coverage is really much better or is it that where the coverage is will actually get increased/higher rate speeds?

for me, wireless is a "as absolutely necessary" and thus for me limited to tablets, phones and unfortunately fire sticks (i wish there was a way to hardwire them) and therefore, aside from the fire stick, throughput is usually not an issue. i try to hard wire any cameras, other streaming boxes, consoles, pcs, etc where throughput is important.
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i am like the other guy posting and also trying to understand.

From a coverage perspective, I am not seeing the issue with the more recent tri-band routers - they seem to provide adequate coverage.

Granted, I am going based on my phone's bars and havent done any real throughput testing.

So is it that the coverage is really much better or is it that where the coverage is will actually get increased/higher rate speeds?

for me, wireless is a "as absolutely necessary" and thus for me limited to tablets, phones and unfortunately fire sticks (i wish there was a way to hardwire them) and therefore, aside from the fire stick, throughput is usually not an issue. i try to hard wire any cameras, other streaming boxes, consoles, pcs, etc where throughput is important.
I did a lot of research on this based on my unique layout (limited router placement options/several diverse devices, 4 floors) and I think the short answer is, if you aren't having coverage options, you don't need it. However, it's not just the sq ft-age of a house that determines whether you need this or not. The beauty is that you don't have to worry about access points and your devices switching between networks. Also, as the previous poster explained, it works...and right out of the box.
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i am like the other guy posting and also trying to understand.

From a coverage perspective, I am not seeing the issue with the more recent tri-band routers - they seem to provide adequate coverage.

Granted, I am going based on my phone's bars and havent done any real throughput testing.

So is it that the coverage is really much better or is it that where the coverage is will actually get increased/higher rate speeds?

for me, wireless is a "as absolutely necessary" and thus for me limited to tablets, phones and unfortunately fire sticks (i wish there was a way to hardwire them) and therefore, aside from the fire stick, throughput is usually not an issue. i try to hard wire any cameras, other streaming boxes, consoles, pcs, etc where throughput is important.
this is more for people abroad with concrete walls. the signal from regular routers barely make it past a couple of rooms.
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i am like the other guy posting and also trying to understand.

From a coverage perspective, I am not seeing the issue with the more recent tri-band routers - they seem to provide adequate coverage.

Granted, I am going based on my phone's bars and havent done any real throughput testing.

So is it that the coverage is really much better or is it that where the coverage is will actually get increased/higher rate speeds?

for me, wireless is a "as absolutely necessary" and thus for me limited to tablets, phones and unfortunately fire sticks (i wish there was a way to hardwire them) and therefore, aside from the fire stick, throughput is usually not an issue. i try to hard wire any cameras, other streaming boxes, consoles, pcs, etc where throughput is important.
here's my feedback after using this for 5 months.

I live in an apartment and my garage is a few garages away. I live on the second floor so to get signal to my garage it has to go through metal doors and a lot of walls away.

I tried wifi boosters, signal boosters, and even the best tri bans routers and nothing worked. I tried this and man I got not only amazing signal in my garage now but full speeds as if I'm in my apartment.
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I'd rather go with the Google Wifi 3 pack for $300.
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1 router 2 satellites that is over kill for my single home 3 floors
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here's my feedback after using this for 5 months.

I live in an apartment and my garage is a few garages away. I live on the second floor so to get signal to my garage it has to go through metal doors and a lot of walls away.

I tried wifi boosters, signal boosters, and even the best tri bans routers and nothing worked. I tried this and man I got not only amazing signal in my garage now but full speeds as if I'm in my apartment.
ok, legitimate usage then, but not a common scenario.

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this is more for people abroad with concrete walls. the signal from regular routers barely make it past a couple of rooms.
ok, confirming my "limited american usage" scenarios
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i still dont get it...

i live in a moderately sized house, 3400 sq ft - with finished basement, main floor and second floor. i have an Archer C9 router and i get perfect reception throughout the entire home.

then i go back about 250-350 ft from the house outside to my pool or kids swingset and i still have plenty of reception.

so i dont know who would need this unless you lived in a compound or had a farm.
your definition of moderately sized scares me. That said, sounds like this product isn't for you. There are plenty of people that do have dead zones/poor spots for whatever reason. They are the target audience.
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your definition of moderately sized scares me. That said, sounds like this product isn't for you. There are plenty of people that do have dead zones/poor spots for whatever reason. They are the target audience.
Yeah, 3400 sq ft isn't moderately sized LOL. It all depends on where you live. He may live in a community where the houses range from 3k-5k Sq ft, so his idea of moderate could be right given his frame of reference.

My house is almost 3200 sq ft and I feel lost in it sometimes.

With that said, yes. even tiny houses or apartments can have dead zones. My house has a few, but I'm waiting for a Google Wifi deal before I bit the bullet.
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Worth checking this out for DIY extenders - http://freeantennas.com/
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