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Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

oregonbob
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Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

I have an Orbi RBK 853 which consists of 1 RBR 850 router and 2 RBS 850 satellites.  I need a third satellite and none of the RBS 850 are currently available.  I bought an RBS 750 satellite and it works well with the RBR 850.  All satellites have wired backhaul.

 

By mixing two different WiFi6 hardware series, have I harmed the system in any way?  I have read that, when older Orbi WiFi5 hardware series are mixed, the resulting system slows down to the slowest hardware.  I suppose the chain is only as strong as the weakest link.  I’m not noticing any system performance degradation but, after spending nearly $1000 on the RBK 853, I don’t want to hamper performance by adding an RBS 750 just because it was available and the RBS 850 was not.

 

Thoughts and suggestions welcome.
 
Thanks in advance.
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FURRYe38
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Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

No, if your using LAN wied backhaul then the backhaul will be 1000Mpbs for all RBS. Front haul won't matter. 

30 feet is recommended in between RBR and RBS to begin with depending upon building materials when wirelessly connected. https://kb.netgear.com/000036466/How-far-should-I-place-my-Orbi-satellite-from-my-Orbi-router

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oregonbob
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Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

Thanks for that reply.  So far, the RBS 750 seems to be working very well but I'm still searching for an RBS 850 before the return window for the RBS 750 expires.

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FURRYe38
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Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

The wait maybe longer due to the current world events are going. 

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oregonbob
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Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

I ordered another RBK 853 on Amazon.  Should be here Friday.

 

I needed one more RBS 850 satellite and could use a second for a less than ideal area.  The first one is for a basement that is a room-within-a-room, framed in metal and insulated with foiled rigid foam.  Not a good area for signal penetration.  The less than ideal area has an elevator between it and the nearest satellite.  It works, but not well.  The RBK 853 should solve both problems.  Both will be wired backhaul.

 

The RBK 853 has two satellites - plus an RBR 850 which I don't need.  More $ than I wanted to spend but I'm happy with the initial RBK 853 so I think it was a justifiable investment - at least that's what I'm telling myself.

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FURRYe38
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Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

Thats alot of money. LOL.

 

Good Luck. 

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Hogwarts
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Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

I don’t really understand why the product team ALLOCATED NO UNITS for satellite add on’s ? I can’t cat tell if it’s just bad planning, not being customer focused , Or just greedy about maximizing revenue. Regardless it’s not acceptable, My network is not functional, Because I can’t reach all my devices.
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oregonbob
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Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

I share your frustration.  If it helps, I found no practical difference between the RBS 750 and RBS 850 in my situation.

 

I started with an Orbi RBK 853 which consists of 1 RBR 850 router and 2 RBS 850 satellites.  I added an RBK 753S which consists of 1 RBR 750 router and 2 RBS 750 satellites, using the satellites to extend the RBR 850.  All backhaul is wired.  I worked well.  Per FURRYe38 earlier in this thread, "If you're using LAN wired backhaul then the backhaul will be 1000Mpbs for all RBS. Front haul won't matter".  I think s/he is correct.  Incidentally, I bought the RBK 753S at Costco for less than the cost of two RBS 750 satellites.

 

But, I wanted all 850's so I bought another RBK 853 and used the two RBS 850 satellites to replace the two RBS 750 satellites from the RBK 753S.  (The second RBR 850 is unused.) From my meaurements using Speedtest in my environment, I saw no difference.  However, I did note the dent in my wallet.

 

That's a long way of saying, perhaps you can consider the RBS 750 vs. the RBS 850 to extend your system.  It worked for me.  And, you'll save $.

 

I'm keeping the 850 system just because I want it.  I recently upgraded my Ziply Fiber to gig speed and, with the RBR 850, (plus a new ONT from Ziply and some tweaks in the Ziply system), I am consistently measuring 910Mbps - 940 Mbps up and down at the Orbi router.  That's good enough for me.

 

I am returning the RBK 753S.

 

Hope this helps.

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Pcyc
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Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

I have ATT fiber and getting 930-960mbps. But my wireless through my Orbi 750 is only 350-400. Is that about normal?
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FURRYe38
Guru

Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

If your wifi devices are AC mode supporting, then yes. These tend to max at around 400-500Mbps depending on there design and support.


@Pcyc wrote:
I have ATT fiber and getting 930-960mbps. But my wireless through my Orbi 750 is only 350-400. Is that about normal?

 

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oregonbob
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Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

I don't have any WiFi 6 wireless devices yet.  Your wireless speeds are much better than mine.  I'm seeing 150-200 most of the time.

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FURRYe38
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Re: Using Orbi RBS750 satellite with RBR850 router

What mfr and model# devices do you have? 

 

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Mikey94025
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