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Netgear Adds RBK152 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh to its Orbi Ecosystem

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Netgear's new Wi-Fi 6-enabled Orbi AX Mesh Wi-Fi system.
Netgear’s new Wi-Fi 6-enabled Orbi AX Mesh Wi-Fi system.

Netgear announced today at CES 2019 the latest addition to its popular Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi system, the Orbi RBK152, which supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).

Update: The RBK152 has been renamed RBK852.

Like all other Orbi variants, including the cable-ready Orbi CBK40 and the smart speaker Orbi Voice (RBS40V), the new Orbi RBK152 includes two hardware units, one working as the main router and the other, a mesh satellite. You connect the router unit to an Internet source and place the satellite unit at a distance to extend the Wi-Fi coverage.

Netgear says the new system runs a quad-core processor, uses Fastlane3 technology, and sports 1024 QAM. It also features a dedicated 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 backhaul, which connects the router and the satellite unit. As a result, it will have a much faster speed (up to four times) than previous models.

By the way, Fastlane3 conveys three critical features of Netgear’s Wi-Fi systems, including tri-band, dedicated back-haul band, and innovative antenna design. All existing variations of Orbi Wi-Fi Mesh support Fastlane3 for Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)

Considering the multi-gigabit-per-second speed of Wi-Fi 6, it’s safe to say the Orbi RBK152 is going to be fast. More than speedy enough to deliver even a multi-Gig Internet connection in full, in a large area.

It will take a while before you can get your hands on this new system, however. Netgear says the mesh system will ship sometime in the second part of 2019. By then, there will also be Wi-Fi 6 clients, which you need to benefit from the increased Wi-Fi speed.

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