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Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi system

The Netgear Orbi might just be the best Wi-Fi system on the market.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.
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Orbi Wi-Fi system

The Orbi is a Wi-Fi system that includes a router and an add-on satellite unit. They look identical but they can't work interchanably.

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Orbi Wi-Fi system

The router has a darker top than the add-on unit.

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Orbi Wi-Fi system

The router also has a WAN (internet) port while the add-on unit has all four LAN ports.

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Orbi Wi-Fi system

The two are preprogramed to work together, if you cahnge the Wi-Fi settings on the router that will automatcially be replicated to the add-on unit.

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Orbi Wi-Fi system

What's special about the Orbi is the fact the two unit uses a dedicated band to connect to each other and two other bands for clients to connect to. This means no matter what unit, the router or the satellite, clients are connected to, they receive the same end result, without signal loss.

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Orbi Wi-Fi system

In testing the Orbi proved have both fast speed and large Wi-Fi coverage, enough to justify its high-cost of $400.

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Orbi Wi-Fi system

There will be more Wi-Fi systems coming soon to the market, but for now, the Orbi is the best system you can get. It can quickly cover a large area with Wi-Fi without compromising the speed.

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