Straight out of the box, instructions guide you to an app to download to your mobile device. Then simple step by step set up instructions take you through how to set up your system.
Simply set up a Netgear account and you’re on your way. An easy to follow set up guide shows you how to connect the system to a router and how to link the devices to create your mesh system.
The Orbi 860 series boasts WiFi 6 and includes Netgear Armour protection for a year. Although sold as a high end home set up and solution, this is really a great solution for the small businesss market.
Netgear Armour protection gives extra protection against threats to every connected network device at source, through incoming connections. This is especially useful if you are using the system in a home environment but equally good for small businesses that may not have any protection in place.
The specification claims 6 Gbps and coverage of up to 8 rooms and 560m2 from one system.
You can set up and monitor traffic, test WiFi speed on different units and set up a guest WiFi.
The monitoring software allows you to control each device on your network and allocate more or less bandwidth to different connected devices.
Each Mesh device allows LAN connection of up to 10 Gbps per Ethernet port.
The greater need for strong connections since hybrid working was introduced has put a premium on bandwidth.
The Orbi 860 series uses the latest WiFi 6 protocol and Tri band connection to make sure connected devices are stable and maximise the bandwidth available.
In a mobile working environment the need for 4K streaming and seamless audio calls is paramount and in this regard this new offering from Netgear certainly delivers, allowing connections of up to 100 devices.
We have tried it in our offices and enjoyed a seamless WiFi connection with a router over 25m away. The range of this system combined with the fast connection between units is truly good for business use.
There are other Mesh systems that cost less on the market, but this one stands out for its combination of reliable speeds and useful features.
One of these is a feature called Dedicated Backhaul, which connects satellite units to the router individually through a direct pathway which ensures that you have a good, fast connection.
Other products just don’t seem as stable and consistent as the Orbi 860. There were no slow connections, no delays or lagging and no drop-outs in speed even at distance from the router.