Updated 19 Dec 2017

Netgear

Orbi RBK40

Bottom line: This dual-band Netgear router's outgoing WiFi speeds are good on 5GHz band and OK on the 2.4GHz band. But incoming fibre speeds are only just OK meaning you’re limited in what speeds can be output to devices. For light to moderate household use then this router will be fine – though don’t expect to break any speed records.

Orbi RBK40
Consumer score
62
Avg price

$600

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Test results

Overall score
OK
62
WiFi performance
OK
6.3/10
Ease of use and setup
OK
5.8/10
Security
OK
6.5/10

Good points

  • OK WiFi performance on 2.4GHz.
  • Good WiFi performance on 5GHz.
  • OK to use and setup.
  • OK security.
  • Very good parental controls.
  • Has a guest network and it's enabled by default.

But

  • Just OK fibre speeds.
  • Just OK documentation provided.
  • No USB ports.

How we test

Overall score includes:

WiFi performance (60%) – measured at 4m and 10m from the router with the router and laptop in line of sight from each other. We calculated the speeds, in megabits per second (Mbps), by timing how long it took to transfer a 1.1GB file from a network attached storage (NAS) device, connected to the router, to a laptop over WiFi. We repeated the test 3 times on each band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and at each distance. The speeds from both distances were averaged and scored compared to the speeds expected for the WiFi standards they were using.

Ease of use and setup (20%) – based on an assessment of set up and how easy the device is to use including monitoring and managing network access and changing default settings (service set identifier (SSID), network key/password, encryption and WiFi protected set-up (WPS) settings). We also looked at the ease of accessing advanced functions such as guest networks, virtual private network (VPN), attached external media and parental control tools.

Security (20%) – looked at whether the networks were encrypted, how easy it was to identify them by SSID, and the security of the network key/password.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$600

Speeds

Fibre
5.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 200m
n/a
ADSL/VDSL performance 500m
n/a
ADSL/VDSL performance 1000m
n/a
ADSL/VDSL performance 1500m
n/a
Vectoring speed increase
n/a
WiFi performance 2.4GHz
5.5
WiFi performance 5GHz
7.0
Obstruction 2.4GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Obstruction 5GHz
Moderate interference from obstruction
Load test
Moderate drop in load test speeds
Channel switching ability
Good at channel switching

Specifications

ADSL
No
VDSL
No
Fibre
Yes
WiFi bands (GHz)
2.4 & 5
Antennas
None external
Antenna placement
n/a
Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]
159x72x205
Weight (g)
718

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
Ethernet LAN ports
3
VOIP/Phone ports
0
USB ports
0
Media sharing via USB
×
DLNA
×
Installation wizard
Quality of Service
Parental controls
Parental control features
Time scheduling, block websites and block or enable device access.
Firewall
Guest network WiFi
Yes
WPS support
×
3G/4G passthrough
×
VOIP
×
Wall mountable
×

More Info

Notes
The price for this router includes a second “satellite” unit. We’ve only tested the base unit’s speeds.

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