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Orbi not compatible with Netflix?

gettyjoe
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Orbi not compatible with Netflix?

Netflix just won't work with the new Orbi.  We're getting an error message stating that it looks like we're using an unblocker or VPN...we're not.  The guy at Netflix told my wife that, in effect, Netflix doesn't work with Orbi because of the way devices switch between one unit and the other to get the best signal, or something like that.  I switched back to our older Netgear router and everything's perfect.

 

All software is up to date.  I'm semi-computer-literate but I can follow directions!

Has anyone run into this?  Is there a fix?

Model: Orbi High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System (RBK50)
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creaky
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Re: Orbi not compatible with Netflix?

Are all streaming services problematic or just Netflix? I suspect your problem has more to do with the device you're using to stream (Roku, Amazon Stick, etc.) than the service.
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st_shaw
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Orbi works fine with Netflix for me.  Do you maybe you have an old router still in use? Can you describe what equipment you have and how it's wired up?

 

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gettyjoe
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Thanks for the reply.  We were attempting to stream Netflix through a smart TV, two different PC laptops and a chromebook.  Same error message for all. 

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gettyjoe
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Re: Orbi not compatible with Netflix?

We had the Orbi hard wired into an Arris cable modem from our ISP.  All the devices (Sony smart TV, 2 PC laptops, Chromebook, 3iPhones on wifi.  Great signal and functionality with everything but Netflix.  Took the Orbi off and put our Netgear Nighthawk (R7000) back in and Netflix was immeditely great.

FWIW, we could see Netflix on our devices, browse shows, etc. and it recognized us fine. But when we attempted to watch...error message.

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Re: Orbi not compatible with Netflix?

the question is are you in the country allow to view the data or are you trying to break some sort of geoblock

 

if trying to jump a geo block you may need to have the r7000 running as the router and turn of its wifi and have the orbi system running in AP mode behind it just doing the wifi

 

i suspect its a dns issue

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rhester72
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Re: Orbi not compatible with Netflix?

Could also be that the switch to Orbi prompted a DHCP address change from the ISP, and the one the OP got just so happened to previously be assigned to someone who was known to run a relay like Tor.  If that's the case, it'll expire on its own...eventually.

 

Netflix in particular is also VERY intolerant of IPv6 gateways like Hurricane Electric.

 

Rodney

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cyberprashant
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Re: Orbi not compatible with Netflix?

no problems here w charter cable for > 1 yr with orbi + netflix. (RBR50)

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gettyjoe
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Thanks!  We're just an average family in Northern CA,USA trying to watch Netflix!

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bobthebuilder19
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Re: Orbi not compatible with Netflix?

I went to http://orbilogin.net/QOS_wmm.htm and unselected wmm  WMM: Wi-Fi Multimedia enhances quality of service on wireless LAN by prioritizing data packets

 

Seemed to fix the issue without having to roll back firmware.

Model: Orbi High-Performance AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System (RBK50)
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cyberprashant
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Re: Orbi not compatible with Netflix?

i watch netflix all the time on Chromecast and sometimes on the dish network tuner netflix app - no issues.  Make sure your router or satellite isn't too far from the device. 

 

I have : everything default I didn't change the WMM.  OpenDNS parental control (if you're using circle try disabling that?).   Also turn OFF fast roaming but leave these checked

 

Enable Implicit BEAMFORMING - Boosts WiFi speed, reliability, & range for all mobile devices
Enable MU-MIMO

 

Try a chromecast they work great

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DudeDad
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Re: Orbi not compatible with Netflix?

Just set up my Orbi systems 3 weeks ago.  No problem with Netflix both from wired devices ad wireless.  Good luck!

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guzzijason
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@gettyjoe wrote:

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The guy at Netflix told my wife that, in effect, Netflix doesn't work with Orbi because of the way devices switch between one unit and the other to get the best signal, or something like that.

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I think they're going to have to come up with a better excuse than this. If Orbi had this problem, then all the other distributed/mesh systems out there should also be "incompatable" with Netflix. This is not the case, though. Whether or not you are jumping from satellite to satellite would be completely transparent to Netflix.

As a test, I just started a Netflix stream on my laptop and then started moving around the house. I verifiably saw my laptop jump from one Orbi satellite to another, and Netflix never missed a beat. So, gotta call b.s. on their claim that "Netflix doesn't work with Orbi".

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cyberprashant
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Occasionally on my TV's built in app netflix hiccups - I think this is more a netflix issue.  Try signing out of the app and back in.  No problems on iPads, chromecasts, and netflix all sorts of different places and locations.   Perhaps try a different wifi channel if you're in a congested wifi neighborhood.   Try channel 1 or 11.   

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