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802.11ax support for RBK-53?

Corival
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802.11ax support for RBK-53?

I bougt a RBK-53 kit last week to replace my almost 10 year old Linksys network.

I have a 30 day trial period.

 

at CES the new Orbi system is presented

https://www.cnet.com/au/news/netgear-orbi-mesh-router-gets-a-next-gen-wifi-6-edition-at-ces-2019/

 

It is not clear to me if the current hardware is replaced or if we can enjoy all new features and speeds with a firmware update

 

Model: RBK53| Orbi Router + 2 Satellites Orbi WiFi System
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FURRYe38
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Re: 802.11ax support for RBK-53?

Current Orbi HW doesn't support AX wifi. Only AC. AC and AX are different HW chipsets. 

 

If you want AX, you'll need to but AX supporting models.

My Setup (Cable 1Gbps/50Mbps)>CAX80 v2.1.2.1(LAG Disabled)>RBK853 v4.6.3.16
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CM1200CM2000, Orbi CBK40, CBR750, RBK50(v22), SXR30(v110), R7000(v34), R7800(v84), R7960P(v82), EX7500/EX7700, XR450(v120) and WNHDE111
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ekhalil
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Re: 802.11ax support for RBK-53?


@Corival wrote:

I bougt a RBK-53 kit last week to replace my almost 10 year old Linksys network.

I have a 30 day trial period.

 

at CES the new Orbi system is presented

https://www.cnet.com/au/news/netgear-orbi-mesh-router-gets-a-next-gen-wifi-6-edition-at-ces-2019/

 

It is not clear to me if the current hardware is replaced or if we can enjoy all new features and speeds with a firmware update

 


Found it strange that in your CNET article it says that Wifi 6 will be available in Orbi with a software update which I don't think possible.

I think it will be a totally new hardware using a qualcomm chipset: https://www.anandtech.com/show/13802/netgear-orbi-ax-qualcomm

My Setup Internet Fiber ONT 250↓/250↑ISP Telenor | Wifi Router Orbi RBR850 + RBS850 + RBS750, AP Mode, Wired/Wireless Backhaul / Orbi RBR50 + 6x RBS50, Router Mode, Wired/Wireless Backhaul | Switches Netgear GS208Time Zone CET (Sweden)

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Jeremyinsf
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Re: 802.11ax support for RBK-53?


@ekhalil wrote:

@Corival wrote:

I bougt a RBK-53 kit last week to replace my almost 10 year old Linksys network.

I have a 30 day trial period.

 

at CES the new Orbi system is presented

https://www.cnet.com/au/news/netgear-orbi-mesh-router-gets-a-next-gen-wifi-6-edition-at-ces-2019/

 

It is not clear to me if the current hardware is replaced or if we can enjoy all new features and speeds with a firmware update

 


Found it strange that in your CNET article it says that Wifi 6 will be available in Orbi with a software update which I don't think possible.

I think it will be a totally new hardware using a qualcomm chipset: https://www.anandtech.com/show/13802/netgear-orbi-ax-qualcomm


I agree, and had already contacted the author of the article - he responded right away.  It's been updated and no longer says it's via software update. 

 

No doubt new hardware will be required, second half of this year.  I just wish we could have some solid firmware along the way, on existing systems :-$

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Blanca_O
NETGEAR Moderator

Re: 802.11ax support for RBK-53?

Hi All, 

 

Read our full Press Release:

https://netgear.com/about/press-releases/2019/NETGEAR-ANNOUNCES-ORBI-MESH-WI-FI-SYSTEM.aspx

 

Learn about AX WiFi (Wi-Fi 6)

https://www.netgear.com/landings/ax-wifi/

 

Regards, 
Blanca 
Community Team

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