Netgear recently introduced a new device to its Orbi lineup, with the Orbi 970 series routers. Featuring a strong new antenna design and WiFi 7 support, Netgear claims the Orbi 970 is able to provide exceptional performance in 360-degree coverage throughout almost any house, regardless of layout.
With faster internet speeds now available to more households, more connected devices, and an increase in bandwidth-intensive applications, wireless networks need more capacity, lower latency, and support for higher speeds. That's where WiFi 7 comes in. Built upon the WiFi 6E protocol, WiFi 7 expands the channels to 320 MHz, increasing speeds and performance. The Orbi 970 Series capitalises on the new standard, guaranteeing that the benefits that come with WiFi 7 are spread within your house, from the front door to the backyard, across all devices at the same time.
To guarantee that WiFi remains fast across all devices, Netgear has implemented two of its own technologies: Quad-Band and Enhanced Dedicated Backhaul. The latter is the result of configuring multi-link operation (MLO), a WiFi 7 feature, to combine 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands to create a 10 Gig wireless backhaul offering reduced latency and high data delivery speeds. Moreover, Smart Connect, another feature of the system, automatically picks the quickest WiFi band for each connected device.
To attain the greatest wireless speeds possible today, the router has a 10 Gig internet connection as well as one 10 Gig and four 2.5 Gig Ethernet ports. The routers and satellites' sleek and cylindrical forms are carefully intended for best performance while looking good in your house. Each includes 12 high-performance internal antennas with high-powered amplifiers for 360-degree coverage.
According to Netgear, new Orbi 970 Series mesh system (three-pack) can cover up to 8,200 square feet and can accommodate up to 200 devices. Extra satellite(s) may be installed to increase coverage. Each add-on satellite expands the coverage of an existing Orbi 970 system by up to 2,700 square feet and includes one 10 Gig and two 2.5 Gig Ethernet connectors, enabling genuine multi-gig WiFi.
With the NETGEAR Orbi app, the setup process is quick and easy. In addition, the app also allows users to administer their network remotely. Another important feature on the Orbi 970 series is Netgear Smart Parental Controls, which allow you to control your children's online time across all of their connected devices and encourage healthy online behaviours for the whole family. The basic functionalities are accessible for free, but there's also a premium plan that unlocks extra features.
The Netgear Orbi 970 series is now available in white and black (a limited edition only available on netgear.com). The RBE973S three-pack (router and two satellites) is priced at £2,199.99/$2299.99, and the RBE972S two-pack (router and a satellite) goes for £1,599.99/$1699.99. Both include one year of Netgear Armor service. A single satellite (RBE970) can also be acquired for £799.9/$899.9.
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KitGuru says: If you were planning to expand your home's wireless network, would you consider the new Orbi 970 series for the job?