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Relative position of the Orbi satellites

mossfam
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Relative position of the Orbi satellites

Just wanted to see if it has made any difference in your WiFi signal throughout your home/office when you have adjust the position of the Orbi router or satellites? Not sure if turning the units 90˚ or other angle or moving them away from a wall (or not having them against a wall) have made any difference in the signal.

 

BTW we are not having any issues with our system and actually love it.

Before I mess around with the units, I just wanted to find out if is basically unnecessary to reposition them in their same space or if they are omnidirectional and can broadcast the WiFi signal all around from where they are located.

 

Thank you.

Model: RBR50|Orbi AC3000 Tri-band WiFi Router
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FURRYe38
Guru

Re: Relative position of the Orbi satellites

Distance is more important. 

 

30 feet is recommended in between RBR and RBS to begin with depending upon building materials when wirelessly connected.

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tucsontico
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Re: Relative position of the Orbi satellites

As Furry38 said, distance between the router and satellites is the most critical parameter. Supposedly the ORBI radiates WiFi signals omnidirectionally ( I cannot verifiy this as I do not own proper test equipment) but that is only in a pristene, open environment. Walls, windows and objects will reflect and absorb those signals based on the materials they're made of. Turning the ORBI 90º (or any angle) should not matter to its signal radiation.

 

Any metallic object or construction materials will degrade the signal tremendously. Metal window frames and bug screens will practically stop the 5 gHz signal. Even though the 2.4 gHz signal is best through walls and for longer distances, metal objects will cause reflectons and interfere with the signal strength.

 

The bottom line is: the best placement of your router and satellite(s) is a trial and error event. Any changes to the environment after deciding where to put them, e.g., moving furniture, may cause unwanted consequences to your WiFi signal strength.

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mossfam
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Re: Relative position of the Orbi satellites

Thank you for those replies. I actually had no idea that metal was such a barrier to the signal, particularly metal window frames and bug screens.

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FURRYe38
Guru

Re: Relative position of the Orbi satellites

Windows screens would only effect signal if they were also metal mesh. Most newer, current or average home windows screens are of a plastic threaded kind of screen mesh. These shouldn't effect signal. Concrete and metalict building materials will. Especially for 5Ghz. 

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rt7085
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Re: Relative position of the Orbi satellites

I would like to place one in the living room and then one more one floor up right above it. Will the radiation pattern support that or does it have to place "in plane" so to speak?

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FURRYe38
Guru

Re: Relative position of the Orbi satellites

Distance is key here rather then relative position: 

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


@rt7085 wrote:

I would like to place one in the living room and then one more one floor up right above it. Will the radiation pattern support that or does it have to place "in plane" so to speak?


 

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Retired_Member
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Re: Relative position of the Orbi satellites


@rt7085 wrote:

I would like to place one in the living room and then one more one floor up right above it. Will the radiation pattern support that or does it have to place "in plane" so to speak?


the best scenario would be to place the Orbi router in the middle and the sats out from there on each circle side

 

the built in ring colors will let you know when you've placed the sat too far from the orbi router

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