Orbi RBK10-100NAS AC1200 Mesh Wifi
In the previous series, Netgear released several models of Orbi mesh with three-band system, such as Orbi AC2200 and also Orbi AC3000 which are both simultaneous 3 band mesh-based wifi systems. And the new WiFi-6 based series also uses simultaneous three-band technology (See Orbi RBK852 wifi 6 system).
To enliven the high demand market for the needs of small to medium-sized houses that have been widely enlivened by TP-link Deco series, Asus Lyra Trio, Meshforce m3, Google wifi and many other two-band products, Orbi has now released Orbi dual band RBK-10 based on wifi AC1200 technology and sold in packages of 2 (Orbi RBK12), 3 (Orbi RBK13) or four packs (Orbi RBK14).
What this product does
The shape of the body of this Orbi product is different from the previous Orbi products in general such as Orbi AC2200 or Orbi AC3000 series with tower form factor. Orbi AC1200 is designed with a rectangular desktop shape with the top side looking bumpy with white color like the other Netgear model – the Nighthawk MK62 mesh wifi 6 router with black charcoal.
Small to medium size home
For small home needs you can start by using one Orbi RBK10 unit that provides range up to 1,500 sq ft and you can add one or more similar Orbi units if you want to extend the signal coverage to further areas. This product provides dual band wifi speeds up to 867Mbps @ 2.4GHz plus 400Mbps @ 2.4GHz, nearly the same specs as those AC1200 products like Deco M5, Deco S4, Google mesh, Meshforce M3 and still more.
Can Orbi Rbk10 be able to take advantage of the large market share in this small to medium class given that similar products have been widely marketed so far, moreover many newcomer products provide prices that are much cheaper than products from large vendors such as Netgear, Asus or Linksys?
Orbi RBK13 vs Deco S4 vs Google Nest
Deco S4 series has nearly the same features as Deco M5 – the first Deco mesh series introduced to the market by TP-link. And Google Nest is the new product offered by Google, the successor to the first generation of popular Google mesh wifi.
The following two spec comparison tables show you spec comparison table for the three products, table shows you spec comparison table between Orbi AC1200 and Google Nest and table 2 is for spec comparison table between Orbi AC1200 and Deco S4.
Deco S4 does not distinguish between router unit and extender unit, both of which can be used either as router or as extender. So you can use the same unit to increase wider range. This is contrast to Google Nest and Orbi.
Orbi and Google Nest separate which one is router unit and which one is satellite unit. Orbi router unit is named as Orbi RBR10 and the satellite unit is called RBS10. So you need to start with one Orbi RBR10 router unit before adding the other RBS10 satellite units.
Google Nest is different, although it is distinguished which one is the router unit and which one is the satellite unit, you still use the same router unit to be combined into one mesh network as generally in Deco and Linksys Velop configuration. On the other hand, the Google Nest satellite unit has a different speed than the router unit (see the table), moreover the satellite unit has a built-in Smart Speaker so that you can play music on, and Google Assistant voice control. See also Orbi Voice satellite.
You can calculate how wide your home size that requires strong wifi signal coverage. Of course the signal strength will depend on how big the signal attenuators as the obstacle or barrier like the thick concrete wall. The strength of the line of sight signal will be much different from the strength of the signal through the thick walls, metal doors etc. Orbi AC1200 technically provides the same range as Deco S4. Goggle Nest is different; if you use two Nest routers it will provide different total range and bandwidth compared to the combined Nest Router and satellite, considering that Nest Satellite only has half the capacity compared to Nest Router.
Now please look in more detail in the following two tables to help choose which product is suitable to meet your needs and budget.
Table 1 Orbi AC1200 vs Google Nest
|Orbi RBK13-100NAS (3-pack)||Google Nest|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous dual band AC1200 with MU-MIMO||Router : dual band AC2200 Nest point : dual band AC1200|
|Wifi speeds||400Mbps @2.4GHz 866Mbps @5GHz||Nest router MU-MIMO 4×4 (5 GHz) 1,900Mbps 2×2 (2.4 GHz) 300Mbps Nest point MU-MIMO 2×2 (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) 867Mbps + 300Mbps|
|Antennas||2x high performance internal antennas||Unspecified|
|Coverage||4,500sq ft (1,500 sq ft /unit)||Nest router ~ 2200 Sq ft / router Nest point ~ 1600 Sq ft / point|
|Port interfaces||1x Gigabit WAN port 1x Gigabit LAN port||Dual Gigabit WAN/LAN ports|
|Processor||Powerful quad core 710MHz processor 256MB Flash and 512MB RAM||Quad-core 64-bit ARM CPU 1.4 GHz Nest router: 1 GB RAM; 4 GB Flash Nest point : 768 MB RAM; 512 MB Flash|
|Others||Netgear Armor for Comprehensive anti-virus & data theft protection||WPA3 ready, auto security update|
Table 2 Orbi AC1200 vs Deco S4
|Orbi RBK13-100NAS (3-pack)||Deco S4 (3-pack)|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous dual band AC1200 with MU-MIMO||Simultaneous dual band AC1200 with MU-MIMO|
|Wifi speeds||400Mbps @2.4GHz 866Mbps @5GHz||300Mbps @2.4GHz 867Mbps @5GHz|
|Antennas||2x high performance internal antennas||2 internal dual-band antennas per Deco unit|
|Coverage||4,500sq ft (1,500 sq ft /unit)||Up to 5,500 sq ft|
|Port interfaces||1x Gigabit WAN port 1x Gigabit LAN port||2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports (WAN/LAN auto-sensing) per Deco unit|
|Processor||Powerful quad core 710MHz processor 256MB Flash and 512MB RAM||Unspecified detail – just Qualcomm CPU|
|Others||Netgear Armor for Comprehensive anti-virus & data theft protection||Router / Access point mode|
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