WiFi mesh network

Netgear Orbi RBK40

Orbi Home WiFi System
Netgear Orbi RBK40

Netgear Orbi RBK40
Key Features (as described by the manufacturer)
  • Single Network Name - One WiFi name and seamless roaming for your whole home to enjoy.
  • Max Internet Speeds - Innovative Tri-band WiFi helps deliver fast Internet speeds even as more devices connect.
  • Your Home Covered - This kit of two covers up to a 4,000 sq ft home with high performance AC2200 WiFi.
  • Simple & Secure - Use the Orbi app or a web browser to create secure whole home WiFi in minutes. With no accounts to set up.


Netgear Orbi RBK40 Test Review (methodology)
Whole Home Internet Speed Coverage

Internet Speed Download

The speed of download from the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP download speed
All Locations Average: 95.7%
All Locations Average: 95.7%
1st Floor Average: 97.7%
1st Floor Average: 97.7%
2nd Floor Average: 93.7%
2nd Floor Average: 93.7%
analiti @1: 97.9%
analiti @1: 97.9%
analiti @2: 97.8%
analiti @2: 97.8%
analiti @3: 97.3%
analiti @3: 97.3%
analiti @4: 90.3%
analiti @4: 90.3%
analiti @5: 94.2%
analiti @5: 94.2%
analiti @6: 96.7%
analiti @6: 96.7%

Internet Speed Upload

The speed of upload to the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP upload speed
All Locations Average: 91.9%
All Locations Average: 91.9%
1st Floor Average: 94.6%
1st Floor Average: 94.6%
2nd Floor Average: 89.2%
2nd Floor Average: 89.2%
analiti @1: 90.7%
analiti @1: 90.7%
analiti @2: 97.8%
analiti @2: 97.8%
analiti @3: 95.2%
analiti @3: 95.2%
analiti @4: 91.3%
analiti @4: 91.3%
analiti @5: 83.2%
analiti @5: 83.2%
analiti @6: 92.9%
analiti @6: 92.9%

RSSI Average

Signal strength
average
in dBm
All Locations Average: -54dBm
All Locations Average: -54dBm
1st Floor Average: -55dBm
1st Floor Average: -55dBm
2nd Floor Average: -53dBm
2nd Floor Average: -53dBm
analiti @1: -47dBm
analiti @1: -47dBm
analiti @2: -57dBm
analiti @2: -57dBm
analiti @3: -61dBm
analiti @3: -61dBm
analiti @4: -51dBm
analiti @4: -51dBm
analiti @5: -71dBm
analiti @5: -71dBm
analiti @6: -37dBm
analiti @6: -37dBm

RSSI 95th percentile

Signal strength
95% of measurements
are stronger than
in dBm
All Locations Average: -56dBm
All Locations Average: -56dBm
1st Floor Average: -56dBm
1st Floor Average: -56dBm
2nd Floor Average: -55dBm
2nd Floor Average: -55dBm
analiti @1: -49dBm
analiti @1: -49dBm
analiti @2: -58dBm
analiti @2: -58dBm
analiti @3: -62dBm
analiti @3: -62dBm
analiti @4: -53dBm
analiti @4: -53dBm
analiti @5: -72dBm
analiti @5: -72dBm
analiti @6: -39dBm
analiti @6: -39dBm

WiFi AP Speed Average

WiFi AP Speed Average
All Locations Average: 541Mbps
All Locations Average: 541Mbps
1st Floor Average: 571Mbps
1st Floor Average: 571Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 511Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 511Mbps
analiti @1: 843Mbps
analiti @1: 843Mbps
analiti @2: 457Mbps
analiti @2: 457Mbps
analiti @3: 412Mbps
analiti @3: 412Mbps
analiti @4: 456Mbps
analiti @4: 456Mbps
analiti @5: 212Mbps
analiti @5: 212Mbps
analiti @6: 866Mbps
analiti @6: 866Mbps

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile
All Locations Average: 512Mbps
All Locations Average: 512Mbps
1st Floor Average: 544Mbps
1st Floor Average: 544Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 480Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 480Mbps
analiti @1: 836Mbps
analiti @1: 836Mbps
analiti @2: 446Mbps
analiti @2: 446Mbps
analiti @3: 350Mbps
analiti @3: 350Mbps
analiti @4: 390Mbps
analiti @4: 390Mbps
analiti @5: 180Mbps
analiti @5: 180Mbps
analiti @6: 870Mbps
analiti @6: 870Mbps

WiFi AP Speed Maximum

WiFi AP Speed Maximum
All Locations Average: 867Mbps
All Locations Average: 867Mbps
1st Floor Average: 867Mbps
1st Floor Average: 867Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 867Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 867Mbps
analiti @1: 867Mbps
analiti @1: 867Mbps
analiti @2: 867Mbps
analiti @2: 867Mbps
analiti @3: 867Mbps
analiti @3: 867Mbps
analiti @4: 867Mbps
analiti @4: 867Mbps
analiti @5: 867Mbps
analiti @5: 867Mbps
analiti @6: 867Mbps
analiti @6: 867Mbps

Internet Dns Success

Internet Dns Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Dns Latency Average

Internet Dns Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 15.1ms
1st Floor Average: 13.8ms
2nd Floor Average: 16.4ms
analiti @1: 13.5ms
analiti @2: 14.3ms
analiti @3: 13.6ms
analiti @4: 15.9ms
analiti @5: 16.8ms
analiti @6: 16.5ms

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 24.8ms
1st Floor Average: 23.7ms
2nd Floor Average: 25.9ms
analiti @1: 21.7ms
analiti @2: 27.0ms
analiti @3: 22.3ms
analiti @4: 25.7ms
analiti @5: 25.3ms
analiti @6: 26.7ms

Internet Dns Latency Jitter

Internet Dns Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 4.0ms
1st Floor Average: 4.0ms
2nd Floor Average: 4.1ms
analiti @1: 3.7ms
analiti @2: 4.8ms
analiti @3: 3.4ms
analiti @4: 3.3ms
analiti @5: 4.3ms
analiti @6: 4.6ms

Internet Http Success

Internet Http Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Http Latency Average

Internet Http Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 32.2ms
1st Floor Average: 30.8ms
2nd Floor Average: 33.7ms
analiti @1: 30.3ms
analiti @2: 31.4ms
analiti @3: 30.7ms
analiti @4: 32.1ms
analiti @5: 32.9ms
analiti @6: 36.0ms

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 47.5ms
1st Floor Average: 44.9ms
2nd Floor Average: 50.1ms
analiti @1: 38.7ms
analiti @2: 51.0ms
analiti @3: 44.9ms
analiti @4: 43.3ms
analiti @5: 47.9ms
analiti @6: 59.0ms

Internet Http Latency Jitter

Internet Http Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 7.2ms
1st Floor Average: 7.0ms
2nd Floor Average: 7.4ms
analiti @1: 7.1ms
analiti @2: 7.2ms
analiti @3: 6.7ms
analiti @4: 5.5ms
analiti @5: 7.3ms
analiti @6: 9.4ms

WiFi Router Ping Success

WiFi Router Ping Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
All Locations Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @5: 100%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

WiFi Router Ping Latency Average

WiFi Router Ping Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 4.0ms
1st Floor Average: 3.0ms
2nd Floor Average: 5.0ms
analiti @1: 2.9ms
analiti @2: 3.2ms
analiti @3: 2.9ms
analiti @4: 4.8ms
analiti @5: 5.3ms
analiti @6: 4.9ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 6.2ms
1st Floor Average: 4.8ms
2nd Floor Average: 7.7ms
analiti @1: 4.3ms
analiti @2: 5.0ms
analiti @3: 5.0ms
analiti @4: 7.0ms
analiti @5: 8.0ms
analiti @6: 8.0ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0ms
All Locations Average: 1.5ms
1st Floor Average: 1.3ms
2nd Floor Average: 1.6ms
analiti @1: 1.1ms
analiti @2: 1.4ms
analiti @3: 1.3ms
analiti @4: 1.5ms
analiti @5: 1.7ms
analiti @6: 1.7ms

Our whole home WiFi testing methodology

We test whole home WiFi products - but our tests are independent and objective:

  • We test only products that were purchased from well known retailers when they were publicly available. We don't test samples pushed to us by the manufacturer prior to release date that may contain different software and hardware than the actual units that you can purchase.
  • We only test performance, measurable with objective metrics. You will not hear what we think of design, or apps, or functionality that has nothing to do with product performance or subjective preferences.
  • We test with a publicly available tool - the fasTest app. Our tests are repeatable - not just by us, but also by you, in your home or office.

We test whole home WiFi products in a real home lab. It's a two level apartment in multi-family building, comprising of the two top levels. The levels are separated by a concrete slab, making it especially difficult for wireless signals to pass through.

Lab layout
whole home WiFi testing lab

The orange squares are locations where we have routers, access points or range extenders placed, whereas the blue circles are location where we perform measurements. We use the fasTest | speed test app (in the "deep" testing mode) for running the tests (and you can, too - in fact, it is recommended you test your solution at home, before you install it and after you set it up, to make sure you got an effective solution for your specific situation).

We perform the fasTest Deep test (using a single TCP connection for data download or upload) in every location for 3-5 times - measuring and recording multitude of parameters. We then pick the top (best) three measurements and average the measurements fto get the result for the specific parameter using the specific network at the specific location.

We then calculate the average whole home performance by averaging the location-specific results in all measurement locations.

Test configurations

Our test configuration depends on the type of UUT (Unit Under Test) - whether a range extender, a standalone router or a WiFi mesh system - as well as the form factor of the UUT components - desktop or wall-plug

Test configuration for range extenders
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The range extender (the UUT) is placed at location @B
  • The range extender is connected to the ISP modem/router using WPS Push Button method.
  • The range extender is configured to use both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for serving clients, regardless of the capabilities of the ISP modem/router (that are limited to 2.4GHz only).
Test configuration for mesh systems
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • Primary mesh unit of the UUT placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
  • Additional mesh units of the UUT are placed at location @C and @E (for the desktop form factor) or @B and @E (for the wall-plug form factor)
  • For UUTs with only one additional unit - that unit is placed at location @E
Test configuration for standalone routers
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The standalone router (the UUT) is placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
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