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Re: Orbi RBK 53 & new CBR40

JimHolman
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Orbi RBK 53 & new CBR40

I own the Orbi RBK 53 package distributed by Costco. This is the combination of an Orbi router + 2 satellites. My question is about the yet to be released new CBR40 combo of a modem & Orbi router. My question is will the older base station router (not a satellite) be able to operate as a satellite to the CBR40 router? My goal would be to have the new CBR40 act as a base to both my existing router & satellites - all 3 acting as satellites.

Model: RBK53| Orbi Router + 2 Satellites Orbi WiFi System
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DarrenM
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Re: Orbi RBK 53 & new CBR40

no the old router can not function as a satellite.

 

DarrenM

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JimHolman
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Re: Orbi RBK 53 & new CBR40

Hmmm. Now I have conflicting answers. In a Netgear chat with Tricia T, who seemed knowledgeable, I got the opposite answer. She said all that was necessary was to set the RBK53 router to Access Point mode.

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DarrenM
Sr. NETGEAR Moderator

Re: Orbi RBK 53 & new CBR40

yes it can be used as a AP but you can not use it like a satellite and connect it via wireless backhaul.

 

DarrenM

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JimHolman
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Re: Orbi RBK 53 & new CBR40

Thank you, Darren. After re-reading the manual on AP,  think I understand now. If I understand correctly now, the older router would have to be connected by an ethernet cable to the newer CBR40 to act as a satellite in a system with other satellites connected wirelessly.

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Re: Orbi RBK 53 & new CBR40

Any chance of Netgear releasing update to convert RBK into RBS ?

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FURRYe38
Guru

Re: Orbi RBK 53 & new CBR40

RBKs are kits, router and 1 to 3 satelllites. Orbi routers only run in router mode or AP mode. They are not designed to be extenders like satellites. RBS models are just that, satellites. 


@ConstantineP wrote:

Any chance of Netgear releasing update to convert RBK into RBS ?


 

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Re: Orbi RBK 53 & new CBR40

What i meant is if i replace my RBK with the new CBR40 can i then flash the old RBK and make it a sattelite to extend network ? Would that be an option ? Thank you 

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FURRYe38
Guru

Re: Orbi RBK 53 & new CBR40

The RBR50 in that kit can't be run like a satellite. So no. You can use the RBS satellites from that kit with the CBK kit. 


@ConstantineP wrote:

What i meant is if i replace my RBK with the new CBR40 can i then flash the old RBK and make it a sattelite to extend network ? Would that be an option ? Thank you 


 

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