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ORBI, Cost effective expansion - 2 RBK53s?

ModManDoc
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ORBI, Cost effective expansion - 2 RBK53s?

I have a difficult home to have complete wifi coverage. Currently I have 3 ASUS routers using their AiMesh system over ethernet and I have not been happy with the coverage. Also, AiMesh seems to not be very reliable - i.e. dropped aignals. I have a 4th router that I connect to a decicated VPN in my office. I was looking at options with Orbi - can I purchase 2 RBK53s and dasiy chain the 4 satelites to one router and use the second router as my dedicated office VPN router?

Model: RBK53| Orbi Router + 2 Satellites Orbi WiFi System
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CrimpOn
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Re: ORBI, Cost effective expansion - 2 RBK53s?

Yes, of course, you can use the satellites from one RBK53 set with the router from an another.  Although satellites are packaged in a box with a router, they do not "pair" with the router until you physically do so. (One at a time.)  At Amazon's current pricing (even better at Costco?), it is actually less expensive to purchase an RBK53 package than two RBS50 satellites, so the extra router is "free".

 

I do use VPN, so I am not competent to advise on whether you benefit from having one Orbi to handle your entire house WiFi and another to handle your office by setting up a VPN. 

I love my Orbi.
Model: RBK53| Orbi Router + 2 Satellites Orbi WiFi System
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FURRYe38
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Re: ORBI, Cost effective expansion - 2 RBK53s?

Just FYI, the RBR units do NOT support being used as a satellite, just as a main router or wireless AP. 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode |  Wifi Router MK83+ (Router Mode) | and RBK853 (Router Mode) | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK40, CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, MR6150, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, R8500, R9000, RAXE500, RAX50, XR450, XR1000, EX7500/EX7700

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CrimpOn
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Re: ORBI, Cost effective expansion - 2 RBK53s?

We're all having trouble with our keyboards today.  My reply should have read, "I do NOT use VPN" and Furry's should have read, "RBR units do NOT support".  And, that is exactly correct.  The RBR can ONLY be a "router", never a satellite.

 

That said, what he proposed was to (1)  save a couple of dollars by purchasing the RBK53 package instead of two additional satellites, and (2) deploy the second router as a router to support a VPN for his "office".  He didn't specify exactly how he intended to configure the two routers.  i.e. maybe connect both to his modem using a simple switch or connect one router behind the other with an ethernet cable.  The VPN part is where I have nothing to contribute.

I love my Orbi.
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ekhalil
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Re: ORBI, Cost effective expansion - 2 RBK53s?


@ModManDoc wrote:

............. can I purchase 2 RBK53s and dasiy chain the 4 satelites to one router and use the second router as my dedicated office VPN router?


Totally gree with what @CrimpOn said. Yes, you can use all 4 satellites from the two RBK packages and connect them all to one router. You can use the other router for a dedicated VPN towards your office VPN server. You need to sort out how to provide internet to the two routers.

My Setup Internet Fiber ONT 250↓/250↑ISP Telenor | Wifi Router Orbi RBR850 + RBS850 + 2x RBS750 + 3xRBS350, Wired/Wireless BH / Orbi RBR50 + 6x RBS50 + RBS40V + RBS50Y, Wired/Wireless BH | Switches NG GS208Time Zone CET (Sweden)

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st_shaw
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Re: ORBI, Cost effective expansion - 2 RBK53s?


@ModManDoc wrote:

I have a 4th router that I connect to a decicated VPN in my office. I was looking at options with Orbi - can I purchase 2 RBK53s and dasiy chain the 4 satelites to one router and use the second router as my dedicated office VPN router?


 

It's not clear what you mean by, "I have a 4th router that I connect to a decicated VPN in my office."  In any case, note that the Orbi RBR50 router has no support for being a VPN client, as would be required for connecting Orbi as a VPN endpoint to another router on the Internet.

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