Orbi SXK80 Wifi-6 Mesh Wifi for Business
Netgear introduces another series of Orbi mesh wifi-6, the Orbi SXK80 mesh wifi-6 for business. What’s different with Orbi Rbk850 series? Why don’t use Netgear Wax610 wifi-6 Access Point for businesses?
Netgear has released the Orbi rbk850 series, which is currently the flagship product of the top class wifi-6 mesh wifi system and is still the most expensive among the other Orbi series for homes. And for business needs, Netgear previously released Orbi Srk60 which is based on wifi-5 technology, and today it releases Orbi SXK80 mesh wifi-6 series for business.
What this product does
Compared to its predecessor Orbi srk60 mesh wifi for business model which is still based on wifi-5 technology, Orbi sxk80 is designed with a more stylist body with four symmetrical angles and looks elegant when placed on your desk or in the middle of your office or home office.
The Orbi Pro Sxk80 is a simultaneous tri-band ax6000 mesh wifi-6 with 12-streams and is designed with dedicated backhaul link @ 5ghz radio band so that communication between router and it’s satellites is faster with wide bandwidth, reducing network bottlenecks when traffic is in rush hours. This is the same technology applied to Orbi Rbk850 series which is also a simultaneous tri-band mesh ax6000 with dedicated backhaul link @2,400Mbps @5GHz band.
Orbi Sxk80 consists of one Sxr80 mesh wifi-6 router plus one or more Orbi Sxs80 satellites you can add up to 6 units of Orbi satellites to cover up to 18,000 sq ft, large enough to cover your large offices with multiple divisions.
If you wonder why not just use Orbi Rbk850 series for your business needs, or use Netgear access point for business?
One of the best practices in business networking is to distinguish a specific network name for each division or department with different user and password so that it is more secure regarding data security management system. For this reason, the Orbi Sxk80 supports network separation of up to 4x SSIDs so that you can create separate network name for each of critical finance department, marketing division, and engineering division and a special network for IoT (Internet of Things) networks.
In the Orbi Rbk850 series there is only one network name plus the guest network, so it is less secure if it is used for business network that requires separate network name for each division. This is what distinguishes between Orbi Sxk80 and the Orbi Rbk850 series.
Take a watch at the following official video introduction by Netgear.
- Business class mesh wifi-6 system with 12-streams 4×4 MU-MIMO simultaneous tri-band ax6000
- Wifi speeds of up to 1,200Mbps @2.4GHz + 2,400Mbps @5GHz + 2,400Mbps @5GHz (dedicated backhaul link)
- Network coverage up 2,500 sq ft each Orbi unit, you can add up to 6 Orbi Sxs80 satellites to cover up to 18,000 sq ft area
- 1x 2.5Gbps WAN port and 4x Gigabit LAN ports for Orbi router, 4x Gigabit LAN ports for each of Orbi Sxs80 satellite
- Supports up to 4x SSIDs to allow you create up to four separate division networks
- Support latest WPA3 wireless encryption in industry and Netgear Armor
- Dedicated backhaul link @2,400Mbps @5GHz radio band and optional wired Ethernet backhaul for more reliable connection
Two packs of Orbi Pro SXK80 is tagged with the price around $770.0 in Amazon (#ads), you may compare with Orbi Rbk852 (2-pack) that is tagged around $700.0.
Orbi Pro vs Netgear wpa610 AP
Which one is more suitable for your business needs between Orbi Pro and Netgear Wax610 wifi-6 access point?
Across remote sites
With Netgear wax610 access point you can meet the needs of your business network either for local site or multiple site locations even though across remote sites and you can centrally manage your wifi network via the cloud remotely by subscribing to Netgear Insight.
For large scale enterprise network you need to deploy Netgear Wax610 across your enterprise sites, unlimited numbers of AP devices that can be easily managed remotely via cloud.
You may deploy Orbi Pro sxk80 for local business location and you can deploy up to 6 Orbi satellites to cover up to 18,000 sq ft area.
Most business class access point products use PoE (power over Ethernet) technology as media transmission for both power supply need and data in a single Cat5e / Cat6 UTP cable between AP devices to the POE switch.
Take a look at table 2 below for technical spec comparison between Orbi Pro for business and Netgear wax610 wifi-6 access point.
Table 2 Orbi vs Wax610 AP
|Model||Orbi Pro SXK80||Netgear WAX610|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous Tri-band wifi-6 ax6000 mesh wifi system with 12-streams||Simultaneous dual band ax1800 wifi-6 Access Point with remote cloud management|
|Wifi speeds||1200Mbps @2.4GHz (4×4) 2400Mbps @5GHz 1 (4×4) 2400Mbps @5GHz 2 (backhaul)||600Mbps @2.4GHz (2×2) 1200Mbps @5GHz (2×2)|
|Ethernet ports||Router: 1x 2.5Gbps WAN port + 3x Gigabit LAN ports Satellite: 4x Gigabit LAN ports||1x 2.5Gbps Ethernet port connect to POE switch – no direct connection to modem|
|SSIDs||4x SSIDs or separate and secure admin, employee, guest and IoT networks||8x SSIDs and supports captive guest portal|
|Security||WPA3, Netgear Armor||WPA3,|
|Price||$769.99 (2-pack)||$195.0 / AP unit|
Each unit of Netgear wax610 AP is tagged around $195.0 in Amazon (#ads). However you need to purchase separate POE switch and need to run UTP cable from each unit of AP to the POE switch.
For rural areas far away from wired internet services, you may consider Netgear Orbi Lbr20 4G LTE mesh wifi with built-in 4G modem, or you may consider affordable new comer Wirelessys TM120 ac1200 4g mesh wifi.
For homes wifi-6 routers that require network range extender, you may consider Netgear eax15 ax1800 range extender.