Netgear unleashes new Orbi tri-band mesh router with Wi-Fi 6 on board

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What you need to know

  • Netgear today announced a new Wi-Fi 6 addition to its Orbi family of routers.
  • The new Orbi AX4200 (RBK752) makes Wi-Fi 6 a little more affordable with tri-band connectivity on board.
  • The Orbi AX4200 (RBK752) is available now as a two-pack system for $450.

The move to Wi-Fi 6 is now in full force, with new routers and devices supporting the latest Wi-Fi standard being announced constantly. Netgear is the latest to bring a new device to the market with another addition to its Orbi mesh router family, the Orbi AX4200 (RBK752). The two-part system joins Netgears previous Wi-Fi 6 Orbi, the RBK852, but with a more affordable price of $450 (compared to $700).

As the latest Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 6 brings the ability to connect many more devices to your network without experiencing any compromises in speed. Netgear says that the Orbi AX4200 is rated to support 40 plus devices with internet speeds up to 1 Gigabit. That's down a bit from the previous RBK852 system, which is rated at 60 plus devices and 2.5 Gigabit speeds, but you'll be hard pressed to notice in most home networks.

The Orbi AX4200 also features tri-band networking, meaning there's a dedicated backhaul band between the mesh points. That means you shouldn't notice a drop in speeds as you add more nodes to your network. There are also three ethernet ports on the main node, with two more on the sattelite node.

Netgear says the two-pack system provided by the Orbi AX4200 should be able to cover up to 5000 square feet with Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Orbi AX4200 tri-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system is available today at Best Buy for $450.

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