In comparison, the RBK752’s internet speeds can be up to 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 1200 Mbps at 5 GHz. In the 30-foot test the Orbi satellite's throughput of 550Mbps trailed the Linksys by 61Mbps but showed a 46 percent increase over the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus satellite. As for the Orbi RBK852 satellite node, it managed 639Mbps in the close proximity test compared to 667Mbps for the Linksys Velop MX10 satellite. If you don't own any Wi-Fi 6 devices and aren't planning on jumping on the bandwagon any time soon, you can save a bundle with a Wi-Fi 5 mesh system such as our Editors' Choice, the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus. © 1996-2020 Ziff Davis, LLC. Like the Velop AX, the Orbi RBK852 is a two-piece system designed for larger homes that features a mobile app that makes it a breeze to install and manage, and it delivered impressive scores in our performance tests. It uses the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) technology to deliver faster throughput than its Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) cousins and offers the latest WPA3 encryption and OFDMA architecture. Subscribing to a newsletter indicates your consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Orbi Whole Home AC3000 Tri-band WiFi System (RBK50) features WiFi 5, the predecessor to WiFi 6. Expensive but fast mesh system for experienced users. Additionally, the RBK852 lacks the basic individual device prioritization settings that you get with the Linksys Velop MX10 system, although it does support WMM QoS which prioritizes voice and video traffic. The satellite node's LED will glow blue for three minutes when it acquires a solid connection to the router and amber when the connection is only fair. (RBK852) 4-Pack Orbi AX4200 Mesh WiFi 6 System (RBK754) 3-Pack Orbi AX4200 Mesh WiFi 6 System (RBK753) 2-Pack Orbi AX4200 Mesh WiFi 6 System (RBK752) 2-Pack Orbi AX4200 Mesh WiFi 6 System with Built-in Cable Modem (CBK752) 1-Pack Orbi AX4200 Mesh … Neither component is equipped with a USB port for connecting a printer or other peripheral. After a quick firmware update, the mesh system was up and running. The display of third-party trademarks and trade names on this site does not necessarily indicate any affiliation or the endorsement of PCMag. No anti-malware, parental control, or QoS options. That said, we expect more features from such an expensive Wi-Fi system, including things like USB connectivity, parental controls, device prioritization, and protection against malware and viruses. If you click an affiliate link and buy a product or service, we may be paid a fee by that merchant. A 13-year veteran of PC Magazine's Labs (most recently as Director of Operations), John was responsible for the recruitment, training and management of the Labs technical staff, as well as evaluating and maintaining the integrity of the Labs testing machines and procedures. To see a list of all connected clients, their security status, and which nodes they're connected to, tap the Device Manager tab. The RBK852 provides better speeds when connecting to the internet with up to 1200 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 2400 Mbps at 5 GHz. As with previous Orbi models such as the RBK50 and the RBK50V smart speaker, the RBK852 comes with two large nodes that use mesh technology to communicate with each other over a dedicated 5GHz radio band. As a Contributing Editor for PCMag, John Delaney has been testing and reviewing monitors, TVs, PCs, networking and smart home gear, and other assorted hardware and peripherals for almost 20 years. It's also equipped with a multi-gig WAN port and numerous LAN ports, and its user-friendly mobile app makes it a cinch to install and manage. Using my phone's camera, I scanned the QR code on the router, rebooted my modem, and connected the Orbi router to the modem using the included LAN cable. I created a network name and password and an administrator name and password, answered a couple of security questions to be used in case I forgot my passwords, and waited another two minutes for the system to save my settings. A magenta LED indicates that the node has failed to sync with the router. You may unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time. The Orbi RBK852 supports Alexa and Google voice commands that let you speak to do things such as enable guest networking or check your Wi-Fi settings or Internet speed. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, John spent six years in retail operations for Federated Stores, Inc. before accepting a purchasing position with Morris Decision Systems, one of New York's first value-added resellers of the original IBM PC. It delivered solid 802.11ac performance in our testing, comes with malware protection and parental controls, and doubles as a home automation hub. PCMag, PCMag.com and PC Magazine are among the federally registered trademarks of Ziff Davis, LLC and may not be used by third parties without explicit permission. We test Wi-Fi 6 routers using a Dell XPS 13 ultraportable with a Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s (802.11ax) network adapter as the client. To illustrate the speed gains you can expect from Wi-Fi 6, we've also compared its throughput to our Wi-Fi 5 Editor's Choice mesh system, the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus. For now, you can use the Netgear web console to create access schedules and manually enter website URLs that you want to block. Installation was quick, easy, and identical to the setup process for the Orbi RBK13 system. The Orbi RBK852 turned in solid scores in our performance tests. When it comes to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection to the internet, there is a 200% increase for the newer models: 400 Mbps for the RBK50 vs. 1200 Mbps for the RBK852 and RBK853.