Has Anyone Used Netgear Orbi?



  • I'm looking for a decent way to provide wifi to the entire house. At the moment, we have a router in the living room running DD-WRT that bridges wirelessly to an office across the house so we can have wired connections for desktops, etc. in the office. That seems to cover everything in a 1-story home pretty well.

    Suppose we now consider a 2-story home. I am a little concerned that my DD-WRT setup won't quite cut it for servicing both floors plus the office (downstairs). I'm a big fan of Unifi but don't want to run a controller on a computer at the house. That would be where a cloud key comes into play. I would think 2 APs max should do the trick. I would also want the capability to wire in a desktop in the office downstairs and a TV upstairs. I'm ok with doing those using bridging if it works but may have to have cabling done for best experience.

    I heard about Netgear Orbi this week. I am liking the parental controls and the per-app filtering. It's certainly the more expensive solution here compared to Unifi. Is anyone using an Orbi today that can comment on how valuable it has been from a filtering standpoint to keep the bad stuff out of our kids' eyes and ears?


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    @BRRABill what solution did I tell you about for parental controls?

    @NetworkNerd You don’t want it , but then I 100% hate Netgear.

    I would recommend a service like the one Bill responds to me. It is separate from your service and works on cellular also as it installs on the devices.

    If you don’t want/need that level and you do not need a router than does VPN and shit, then I recommend the Ubiquiti AmpliFi with two mesh antennas.



  • @networknerd Honestly, I would stick to the plan, and get Ubiquity gear. You could skip the Cloud Key, and just setup the controller on a laptop, or find someone who would let you use there controller



  • @jaredbusch said in Has Anyone Used Netgear Orbi?:

    I recommend the Ubiquiti AmpliFi with two mesh antennas.

    I always forget about this option, also a good way to go.


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    @aaronstuder said in Has Anyone Used Netgear Orbi?:

    find someone who would let you use there controller 😉

    What so you can eavesdrop on his network? Randomly kick things off or shut it down?

    Edit: also Their



  • @jaredbusch said in Has Anyone Used Netgear Orbi?:

    @aaronstuder said in Has Anyone Used Netgear Orbi?:

    find someone who would let you use there controller 😉

    What so you can eavesdrop on his network? Randomly kick things off or shut it down?

    Sounds like fun to me!



  • @jaredbusch I wasn't suggesting me... Maybe he is close with someone in the community he would trust...