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NETGEAR Moderator

Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

We’re excited to announce that OrbiOS 2.1 is now available for immediate download here:

https://www.netgear.com/support/product/RBK50.aspx#download

https://www.netgear.com/support/product/RBK40.aspx#download

 

To manually upgrade your Orbi, see the KB article here: https://kb.netgear.com/31573/How-do-I-manually-upgrade-firmware-on-my-Orbi-Satellite

 

This firmware contains several new features that have been eagerly awaited by the community.

  1. Parental Controls using Circle with Disney
  2. Ethernet Backhaul, which allows to use Ethernet to connect two Orbi
  3. Backhaul Status & Quality on the Attached Devices Page
  4. Other smaller features
  5. bug fixes 

 

OrbiOS 2.1 will be available through auto-firmware upgrade soon, but if you want to get started on it sooner, feel free to download and install.

 

Orbi Product Management 

 

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Initiate

Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

Great news ! 

Really hope it solves all the stability problems ! That is all I am asking for ! 

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Initiate

Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

When you say you have support for ethernet backhaul for two Orbi, do literally mean only two? So if have 3 Orbi (i.e. two satellites) I can't connect them all with ethernet?

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Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

System- RBR50 and 2 RBS50's

 

Process followed to upgrade:

 

1) Factory reset system

2) Upgraded firmware on Sats

3) Upgrade firmware on Router

4) Factory Reset System

5) Manually reconfigured all rules and settings

 

Attached Devices shows no devices or Sats connected, however 62 devices are connected as are both Sats and devices connected to the Sats are working.

 

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Apprentice

Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

Same, not showing any connected devices, nor do I see any options for ethernet backhaul, are we supposed to just connect it and it will detect it?

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Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

I manually installed the latest firmware yesterday night, I have been noticing that my wifi speedtest throughput is dropped.

 

Specifically, my broadband provider has 20mb download speed. (Yes, very slow, but I swear not going to Comcast) If I did speedtest from Orbi admin menu directly, I can get close to the max 20mb download speed. However if I do it from my laptop or my phone, I only get 12mb. Even if I stand right next to my Orbi router it is the same. 

Does anyone see similar throughput dropping issue?

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Apprentice

Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

Same issue here. No attached devices showing but everything is working.

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Strange because it is working for me also on the detailed page?

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Model: Orbi High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System (RBK50)
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NETGEAR Moderator

Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

No, you can attach multiple Orbi over Ethernet.  See attached for supported topologies:  

https://kb.netgear.com/000051205/What-is-Ethernet-backhaul-and-how-do-I-set-it-up-on-my-Orbi-WiFi-Sy...

 

 

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NETGEAR Moderator

Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

Yes. Once you connect two Orbi using Ethernet, it will auto detect and switch over.  May take a few mins.

 

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Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

Any early perfomance reports on 2.1 from indiviudals that have been suffering dropouts?

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@MrX911 wrote:

Any early perfomance reports on 2.1 from indiviudals that have been suffering dropouts?


No improvements for Google Home, Fire TV sticks (1st and 2nd gen), S8's, S8+'s, S7E's, Amazon dot, tap, show, and echos and Surface 2017.  They continue to disconnect or show no internet.  Many other devices are fine, IP cameras, ring, etc.

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Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

Update complete here - I did a full factory-reset, as I typically do with major f/w releases.

 

The update & install went really really smooth smooth for me.  All of my devices are showing up perfectly fine in the GUI, and all are connecting quickly to "where" they each should (router vs sat, 2.4 vs 5, etc). 

 

I wasn't having any connection issues prior to this update, so I hope this initial smoothness continues on!  Time will tell, of course Smiley Wink

 

 

Model: Orbi High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System (RBK50)
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I am seeing no issues with this either. Everything upgraded, kept my settings, detecting all devices and still getting the great speed that I was before from my cable - 165/16

Not using ethernet backhaul, but I have pretty much every other feature enabled across the router and 2 satellites.

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Luminary

Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

Upgrade when smooth.

 

Unfortunately no return (yet?) of the Wifi Scheduling capability (as per the user manual) :-(

 

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Aspirant

Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

Updated firmware to V2.1.1.12 and connected satellite via wired backhaul. Now devices connected to Satellite are incorrectly shown with a connection type of WIRED.

Model: Orbi High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System (RBK50)
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Is it necessary to do a factory reset before the upgrade?  I followed the online intstructions from Netgear and there was no mention of this so I proceeded without it. Less than 24 hours but no drops yet and I’d been suffering a lot on the last firmware. Might get to keep the Orbi after all.  Fingers crossed.

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@MrX911 wrote:

Is it necessary to do a factory reset before the upgrade?  I followed the online intstructions from Netgear and there was no mention of this so I proceeded without it. Less than 24 hours but no drops yet and I’d been suffering a lot on the last firmware. Might get to keep the Orbi after all.  Fingers crossed.


You just never know.  I've had periods of days and weeks where it was rock solid and then be terrilbe. Reboot the router a few times and use it before declaring success.  

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Luminary

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@AmitR

 

I have just one satellite, and I'll contunue to use wireless backhaul (no ethernet). 

 

In the Attached Devices screen, I see a new entry for the status/quality of my satellite's wireless connection -- mine says "Good" (in green-colored font)

 

Beyond "Good", can you please tell us what the other possible values for this field are?  (i.e. Bad, Poor, Excellent, etc)

 

Is "Good" the best / most desirable entry that I can have here? 

 

I'm curious if there's an "Excellent" or (some similar descriptor that's higher that "Good") that I should perhaps try to shoot for.

 

Thanks!

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Initiate

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If i use the Ethernet Backhaul, what happens with the Wireless Backhaul?

Will it be disabled? Can it be used by Client Devices to connect?

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The connection details are all set, and my connections are reliable, however I'm getting the same old orbi thing where my 350 mb connection is only coming through wireless at 40-50 meg or so. Factory reset will probably fix it for a time. I wish netgear would get to the bottom of that issue.

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I'm not showing that anything happens to it. I was hoping it'd be freed up for the 3rd radio to be used. I show through inssider though that its still there as a hidden network. I don't see any options to use it. That's to bad as it was one of the major benefits of ethernet backhaul. Here's to hoping a future upgrade allows us to use it.  Or at least allow us to disable the wireless backhaul so I can use a different device in the 149-165 range without having to worry about any interference. 

CM2000-> Arris AX11000 W31-> GS716v2-> WAX***-AP
Model: Orbi High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System (RBK50)
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Aspirant

Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

I have the same question as Hydro130... mine says good also... wondering what other indicators may appear here.

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Great Smiley Happy

A few questions

1. If I have a satellite connected with Ethernet Backhaul, can the satellite still use wifi backhaul to another satellite using Daisy chain?

2. Does the Ethernet Backhaul satellite use all its antenna bandwith to the ”ordinari wifi” because it has no longer use for the 5G backhaul anymore?

3. I assume the router can connect to one satellite with ethernet backhaul and another satellite with wifi backhaul?

 

Sincerely

David

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Luminary

Re: Announcing availability of OrbiOS 2.1

Does this Firmware include the fix for the hack that came with the .76 patch? Or we have to apply patch after upgrading Firmware? 

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