Netgear's new Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System is arriving soon for $700
Netgear's next-gen Wi-Fi mesh network system arrives in October. It's faster with compatible devices and offers four times the capacity of a Wi-Fi 5 network.
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Orbi Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh System is one of the better Wi-Fi mesh network systems on the market. Now the company is releasing its next-generation Orbi Wi-Fi 6, which offers not only higher wireless speeds but four times the capacity. Alas, there are caveats: You'll need an ultrafast internet connection and Wi-Fi 6-enabled devices to fully take advantage of all that speed -- and not many of you are there right now. It's also expensive: The Orbi Wi-Fi 6 costs $700 for a bundle that includes a router and one satellite. It's due to ship in the next month or so.
Along with the enhanced network speed and increased capacity, Netgear says Wi-Fi 6 or 802.11ax (the sixth generation of 802.11) is more energy-efficient and doesn't drain the battery life of your mobile devices nearly as much as Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) does. Right now, only the
Samsung Galaxy S10
and Note 10
lines are Wi-Fi 6-enabled. Google's Pixel 4 phone, rumored to arrive in October, may also be Wi-Fi 6-enabled. But it's unclear if the new iPhones being announced next week will be.