Netgear Orbi RBKE963: Mesh WiFi system costs $ 1,500

Anyone who ponders whether the provider should use the free router or the better model for 3.99 euros a month should shake their heads in disbelief when looking at the price of the Orbi RBKE963: a whopping 1,500 US dollars -Dollar calls on manufacturer Netgear for its new premium WiFi mesh system. Admittedly, it also has a lot to offer – around four WLAN radio units and support for the 6 gigahertz frequency with Wifi 6E. What’s in it in detail?

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Netgear Orbi RBKE963: With 6 gigahertz WLAN

The Netgear Orbi RBKE963 consists of three devices: The base connects users via LAN cable to an existing modem (router), the two satellites (basically WLAN repeaters) distribute them around the house as they wish. Then the Orbis set up a WLAN that always optimally connects end devices such as smartphones and notebooks. The Orbi RBKE963 has four WLAN radio units: one for 2.4 gigahertz, two for 5 gigahertz and one for 6 gigahertz. The mesh system thus masters the new WLAN standard Wifi 6E, which enables the use of the 6 gigahertz frequency band – provided that devices are compatible.
The 6 gigahertz WLAN offers additional space and at the same time relieves the congested 2.4 and 5 gigahertz frequencies, especially in metropolitan areas. The Federal Network Agency released the necessary 6 gigahertz frequencies in July 2021. In this country, however, only a small part of the total spectrum approved in the USA can be used so far. It is currently unclear whether and when the usable spectrum will be expanded in Germany.
Netgear Orbi RBKE963
The Netgear Orbi RBKE963 transmits via 2.4, 5 and 6 gigahertz WLAN.

Orbi RBKE963: Suitable for 10 Gigabit Internet

Anyone who has booked an Internet speed of 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) with their provider can be pleased that Netgear has installed a correspondingly fast network socket in the Orbi RBKE963 for the connection to the Internet. Nobody in Germany should be interested – after all, private customers in this country can reach a maximum of 1,000 megabits per second (1 Gbps). In addition to the Turbo Internet connection, Netgear has soldered further LAN ports with a speed of 2.5 Gbps – this means that end devices in the network can also be quickly supplied with data via cables.

Netgear Orbi RBKE963: Price and Release

The three-pack Netgear Orbi RBKE963 costs 1,499.99 US dollars – the same applies to the “Black Edition” RBKE963B with black Orbis. A single retrofit satellite (Orbi RBSE960) costs $ 599. In the USA and Great Britain, delivery starts for the Christmas season. Prices and the release date for Germany are still unknown.



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