Netgear announced last week that its new Orbi WiFi System eliminates wireless blind spots in smart homes. The system, which is similar to using a network extender, has a dedicated band for communication with the satellite devices.
An Orbi WiFi system consisting of one router and one satellite can cover a home of up to 372 square meters in area. The initial Orbi system will be available in September for US$400. Netgear's future plans include offering kits with more satellites for larger homes, as well as satellite add-ons for the Orbi system. Each satellite provides up to 186 square meters of coverage.
The Orbi system has a dedicated quad stream 1.7-Gbps 5-GHz band for connecting its router and satellites, and offers 802.11ac AC3000 WiFi speeds of up to 3 Gbps.
The router and the satellite both have four Gigabit Ethernet ports and one USB 2.0 port. The Orbi system features IPv6, dynamic DNS, port forwarding, parental controls and access point mode that allow it to offer advanced WiFi security with automated updates. Security is a critical issue for many consumers, and some are willing to pay extra for it.