Better WiFi. Everywhere.
What is a Wi-Fi System?
Wi-Fi Systems are used to provide the signal in every corner of your home without the use of extenders, additional wiring or access points. Wired connections to have access to the internet is a mess, range extenders do not provide a strong signal as provided by your router or access points are fairly difficult to setup. So, to have a proper range in every corner and to overcome these situations, Wi-Fi systems were created. The Wi-Fi systems use satellite or extension nodes to extend the Wi-Fi signal. Mesh technology is used by some of the Wi-Fi systems. In this, to provide the overall coverage, satellites communicate with each other. The orbit router uses a Wi-Fi band to communicate with its satellite. The advantage of using these Wi-Fi systems rather than using extenders or access points is that they provide seamless connectivity all over your house. They provide the same speed as provided by your router. The satellites do not any management or configuration. On the other hand, extenders need to be setup; they reduce the speed and also require management or configuration.
Overview of the Netgear Orbi RBK50 router
The Orbi AC3000 router is a tri-band router having six internal antennas. It gives a total speed of up to 1266 Mbps to users. On 2.4 GHz band, it provides a speed of up to 400 Mbps and on 5 GHz band; it provides a speed of up to 866 Mbps. It has written that it is a tri-band router means it has three bands. Two of the three bands are given above. The third band is dedicated to communication between the satellite and the router. The third band is also a 5 GHz band and provided a speed of up to 1733 Mbps. Some Wi-Fi systems do not use the tri-band technology; they are dual-band systems such as the Luma, the Eero.
At the top of each component is a LED light ring. The LED light turns amber when there is poor connection otherwise it turns solid white. Various buttons and ports are located at the bottom of the router such as a WAN port, three Gigabit LAN ports, a USB 2.0 port, power button, sync button and reset button. You can use the USB port to connect the peripherals devices such as printers and hard drives. And can also share files and documents with other users.
The satellite also has a light ring that shows different colours according to the connection. To know more, see the below-mentioned points:
- White: It shows the satellite is booting up.
- Blue: It shows the connection to the router is good.
- Amber: It shows the connection to the router is fair.
- Magenta: It shows there is no connection between the satellite and the router.
With the help of these lights, you can easily find the perfect location for your satellite to work properly.
Log In to Your Router and Add Satellites to Your Network
You can use the router web interface to add a satellite to your Orbi network.
To add a satellite to your Orbi network using the router web interface, follow the steps given below:
- 1. Open an Internet browser from a mobile device or computer. Make sure that the device is connected to your Orbi network.
- 2. In the address bar of the browser window, type orbilogin.com. A login screen appears.
- 3. The Basic Home page displays after entering the default username and password in the respective fields given on the login page. By default, the username is admin and password is password. Keep in mind that both the username and password are case-sensitive.
- 4. Select Add Orbi Satellite. The Place Your Satellite page displays.
- 5. Check out the article on how to place the satellite in your house. In my knowledge, the best place is to place it in the centre of your house.
- 6. Find a power outlet and plug in the satellite.
- 7. Make sure that after plugging the satellite, the Power LED lit up. If it is not, press the Power On/off button.
- 8. Click on next button to proceed.
- 9. Wait until the ring LED of the satellite turns solid white. You have to wait around two minutes for this to happen.
- 10. Press the Sync button on the satellite. The satellite’s ring LED pulses white.
- 11. Click the SYNC button in the router web interface. The router attempts to sync with the satellite. The satellite’s ring LED lights one of the
following colours for about three minutes and then turns off:
- a. Amber: both the satellite and the Orbi router sync successfully. The connection between the satellite and the router is fair. In this case, to make the connection stronger, move the satellite closer to the router.
- b. Magenta: The sync process gets failed. Try again to sync the satellite and the Orbi router by moving the satellite closer to the router.
- c. Blue: the connection established in this case is good. The Orbi router and satellite synced successfully.