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Upgrade to WiFI 6

Shorty86
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Upgrade to WiFI 6

Hello,

 

I am looking for some advice on whether I should upgrade from a WiFi 5 Orbi system to a WiFI 6 system.

 

I currently have a Motorola 8600 cable modem and a 1 GB internet plan from Comcast. My home is 3,600 sq feet.

 

My Orbi setup is in the screenshot below.

 

Reasons for upgrading:

  • Increased bandwidth for video streaming. I also have a Plex media server.
  • Looking to have coverage outside to a garage that the current setup can't support.
  • Currently have around 20-30 devices connected at any one time.

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I am also concerned about whether these Orbi products will still receive firmware updates in the future. I do check regularly for them.

 

I am not pulling the plug right now since the system I am looking to upgrade to, the Orbi 850 series are too expensive right now to buy new.

 

Are there any other alternative Orbi systems you'd recommend or should I wait for sales?

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F_V
Luminary
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Re: Upgrade to WiFI 6

I'll just add my 0.02c since we had similar hardware and layout.  I had an Orbi RBR50 with 3 satellites, one in guest room (closest to garage, about 30 feet), one in basement, one in upstairs office, and Orbi router in living room.  I transfer files around using wireless backhaul and was getting about 30-50MB/sec.  Just upgraded to an Orbi 960 with two satellites.  Local thruput is now about 100-105MB/sec, however the garage coverage is no better than it was before.  

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FURRYe38
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Re: Upgrade to WiFI 6

A Orbi AX 7 or 8 series system would be something to review. For that size of home, just 1 RBR and 1 RBS would work. Two RBS however I would turn down the power to 50%. 

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plemans
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Re: Upgrade to WiFI 6

Is the current system meeting your goals? Other than the not reaching the garage? 

How far away is the garage? 

And what are the home and garage's exterior walls made from? 

Certain materials block wifi better than others and it doesn't matter what you add for wireless access points if the home is made of those. 

 

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Shorty86
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Re: Upgrade to WiFI 6

The current system is meeting my goals except for not reaching the garage.  The home and garage is made out of cedar siding and coverage is good throughout the house.

 

The space between where the cable modem and Orbi router sits from the garage is about 40 feet. The Orbi router is in a second floor office.

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plemans
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Re: Upgrade to WiFI 6

Try taking on of the satellites from the home (furthest from the garage) and stick it in the garage to see if it can pickup the house wifi (try it in a window if there's one) and rebroadcast. If it can, I'd simply add a satellite. 

If it doesn't, you might need to figure out a way to connect them. 

Either by running ethernet, using a moca adapters (if they have coax connections), trying powerline, or a point to point system. 

Because wifi 6 didn't add much for range. What extra range it picks up is by increased efficiencies and not from increased broadcast power. 

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Luminary
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Re: Upgrade to WiFI 6

I'll just add my 0.02c since we had similar hardware and layout.  I had an Orbi RBR50 with 3 satellites, one in guest room (closest to garage, about 30 feet), one in basement, one in upstairs office, and Orbi router in living room.  I transfer files around using wireless backhaul and was getting about 30-50MB/sec.  Just upgraded to an Orbi 960 with two satellites.  Local thruput is now about 100-105MB/sec, however the garage coverage is no better than it was before.  

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Shorty86
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Re: Upgrade to WiFI 6

F_V Guide - thank you for your helpful reply.   I think for now I am going to wait and see if there are any price drops, and figure out a different way to get coverage to the garage, either by a satellite or some kind of extended or booster.

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plemans
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Re: Upgrade to WiFI 6

Did you test using one of the other satellites in the garage to see if it'd work? 

That'd be good to know either way. 

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F_V
Luminary
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Re: Upgrade to WiFI 6

Well I spent a lot of time tweaking my settings and my garage connection (same distance as yours) and it's much more stable now.  Settings that worked for me are to turn the transmit power down to 50% and disable AX on both bands.  Not sure why this worked but it did, all cameras are more stable now.  Oh, since I changed my satellites and router to the new Orbi I also went in to each camera and made sure it was connecting to the strongest AP again.

 

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