× Some paid Circle Parental controls customers may be showing free options only. Router firmware correcting this issue will be available ASAP. Visit Status.NETGEAR.com for updates.

Discussion stats
  • 7 replies
  • 835 views
  • 3 kudos
  • 2 in conversation
Announcements

Top Contributors
Reply
Highlighted
Aspirant

sizing new orbi system

Hello,

 

I'm looking at buying the Orbi system for my home. I have two levels, basement, and a backyard patio/pool area that I'd like covered. All in, it's about 4500 ft2. I can put my cable modem about anywhere but I'm guessing I'd prefer it in my utility room in my basement. I'll have a Alexa home automation smart devices, a few wireless cameras, streaming video, gaming, etc. What do I need to buy?

Message 1 of 8

Accepted Solutions
Highlighted
Guru

Re: sizing new orbi system

Similar to mine. two story house with basement under mine.


Yes, keep router on same level or router on main level and satellite on 2nd level. I have my router up on 2nd level at one end of my house and 1 satellite at the opposite end on main level. My ISP modem is place up on 2nd level where my modem and all my networking equipment is.

 


My Setup (Cable 900Mbps/50Mbps)>CM1100>Orbi RBK50 v2.5.1.16 and Orbi RBK853 v3.2.11.2(AP Mode)
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CM1200, Orbi CBK40, Orbi RBK852, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111

View solution in original post

Message 4 of 8

All Replies
Highlighted
Guru

Re: sizing new orbi system

I would attempt to put the Orbi router on the main level, maybe at one end of the house and place the satellite at the other end opposite from the router starting at 30feet in between the router at satellite. Try to keep the main wifi at the first level and not in the basement.

 

What shape is your home?

 


My Setup (Cable 900Mbps/50Mbps)>CM1100>Orbi RBK50 v2.5.1.16 and Orbi RBK853 v3.2.11.2(AP Mode)
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CM1200, Orbi CBK40, Orbi RBK852, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111
Message 2 of 8
Highlighted
Aspirant

Re: sizing new orbi system

It's a big rectangle.  So you're saying keep both satelite and router on same level?

Message 3 of 8
Highlighted
Guru

Re: sizing new orbi system

Similar to mine. two story house with basement under mine.


Yes, keep router on same level or router on main level and satellite on 2nd level. I have my router up on 2nd level at one end of my house and 1 satellite at the opposite end on main level. My ISP modem is place up on 2nd level where my modem and all my networking equipment is.

 


My Setup (Cable 900Mbps/50Mbps)>CM1100>Orbi RBK50 v2.5.1.16 and Orbi RBK853 v3.2.11.2(AP Mode)
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CM1200, Orbi CBK40, Orbi RBK852, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111

View solution in original post

Message 4 of 8
Highlighted
Aspirant

Re: sizing new orbi system

Ok cool but I should be able to get this done with just a router and a satelite you think? And sorry for the dumb question but just confirming. The satelite bridges into the network wirelessly without an ethernet drop, correct?

Message 5 of 8
Highlighted
Guru

Re: sizing new orbi system

Yes should be good with just one satellite to start. 

Yes the satellite wirelessly bridges to the main router while also handling AP mode connections. 

 


My Setup (Cable 900Mbps/50Mbps)>CM1100>Orbi RBK50 v2.5.1.16 and Orbi RBK853 v3.2.11.2(AP Mode)
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CM1200, Orbi CBK40, Orbi RBK852, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111
Message 6 of 8
Highlighted
Aspirant

Re: sizing new orbi system

I bought what you recommended and will try it out! I'm hoping the app has coverage strenghth and mapping capabilities. I could see having to put an outside AP as well but will cross that bridge later.

 

Thanks

Message 7 of 8
Highlighted
Guru

Re: sizing new orbi system

Let us know how it goes.


Good Luck.


My Setup (Cable 900Mbps/50Mbps)>CM1100>Orbi RBK50 v2.5.1.16 and Orbi RBK853 v3.2.11.2(AP Mode)
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CM1200, Orbi CBK40, Orbi RBK852, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111
Message 8 of 8