Product Comparison: NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 (RBK50) vs Linksys Velop (WHW0303-UK)


General Specifications
Brand
NETGEAR
Linksys
Model
Orbi AC3000 (RBK50)
Velop (WHW0303-UK)
Origin
China
China
About the Product
Orbi by NETGEAR is the simplest and smartest way to enjoy high-speed WiFi in every corner of your home. The Orbi WiFi System easily covers 4,000 square feet of your home with strong WiFi signals. Because Orbi uses Tri-Band WiFi, your Internet runs at max speeds no matter how many devices connect. Enjoy better WiFi. Everywhere.
Linksys Velop is the is the Tri-Band Wi-Fi system that works in perfect harmony to create a high-range mesh network. Each Node increases Wi-Fi range up to 2,000 sq ft with the 3-pack delivering Wi-Fi up to 6,000 sq ft and you can continue to add more Nodes to grow your mesh network.* It features simple app-based setup using the Linksys App, which also keeps you informed of your network status and solves any Wi-Fi interruptions.
Key Specs
Kit Contents
Router, Satellite, Ethernet cable, 2x power adapter
3x nodes, Ethernet cable, 3x power adapter
Designated Areas
Up to 5.000 sq. ft.
Up to 6,000 sq ft
Max. Wi-Fi Speed
3000 Mbps
2134 Mbps
What customers say about "Key Specs"
NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 (RBK50)
  • I now have Wi-Fi all over the house with full speeds in every corner of my home.
  • No dropped connections, download speeds exceeding 200Mbps in most corners of the flat, and robust to multiple devices streaming music or movies at the same time.
  • Rock solid WiFi now. Very impressed with speed too.
  • I've suffered from poor WiFi coverage for years and grabbed the Orbi RBK50 on Black Friday. I am impressed!!! Amazing performance.
  • The speed tests were showing worse than my old 3 year old sky router and the range is even worse with additional of a satellite.
Linksys Velop (WHW0303-UK) Tri-Band AC6600 Intelligent Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, Works with Alexa (Pack of 3)
  • I am now running a mesh network with 3 units in total, which covers the whole house with no gaps, plus a sizeable area around it.
  • First class solution for large areas, office or home, where you want no deadsports and fast simultaneous throughput - Excellent.
  • The 3-stations enabled us to cover a huge mansion and an 80m long garden, with no deadspots.
  • Since installing linksys - no black areas, even getting 200mps in the outhouse .
  • The kit is expensive, and don't expect it to cover the area it says.
Size & Weight
Height
8 in.
7.3 in.
Width
6.4 in.
3.1 in.
Depth
3.1 in.
3.1 in.
Weight
1.72 lbs.
1.06 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 (RBK50)
  • I have a 4/5 bedroom property so I was really surprised, the units blend in well considering there size as well.
  • Easy to set up, as you might expect to get the power you compromise on size.
  • The devices themselves are fairly big so if you're looking for a small device that you can hide away, look elsewhere.
  • I wish it was cheaper and the units would certainly be nicer if they were smaller (the router and satellite are pretty large), but thankfully, I've managed to hide them away.
  • The units are large (vase sized) but look pretty good and at least discrete (until the issues below arise).
Linksys Velop (WHW0303-UK) Tri-Band AC6600 Intelligent Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, Works with Alexa (Pack of 3)
  • Compared to my old setup the velop units are great. They are neat (about the size of a pint glass) and easy on the eye (no antennae).
  • it certainly looks better than the standard router we have all got used to. It looks like a very small speaker.
  • The Velop is small, neat and easy enough to set up.
  • Decent quality and lightweight, highly recommended!
  • Excellent wifi connectivity, small and easy to set up.
Network Specifications
Wi-Fi Technology
Tri-Band
Tri-Band
Wi-Fi Bands
2.4Ghz + 5GHz + 5GHz
2.4Ghz + 5GHz + 5GHz
Wi-Fi Standards
802.11a/b/g/n/ac
802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Encryption & Security
128-bit AES encryption with PSK, Guest Wi-Fi network, Circle Smart parental controls
WPA2 personal
What customers say about "Network Specifications"
NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 (RBK50)
  • The connection to my iMac, iPad and iPhone all connect at the fastest speed of 5GHz.
  • I'm getting my full broadband speed, through my house... amazing!!!
  • It’s dedicated 5Ghz band for communication between the router and satellite works amazingly freeing up the other 2 bands, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz for uninterrupted, fast, reliable and a strong internet signal!
  • Had big issues with the fact you can’t separate the 5ghz band from 2.4ghz.
  • Main issue for me was not able to choose between 2.4 and 5 ghz.
Linksys Velop (WHW0303-UK) Tri-Band AC6600 Intelligent Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, Works with Alexa (Pack of 3)
  • The unit automatically update when new firmware is available so I don't need to worry about new security updates.
  • Smart, secure and reliable service with almost max available speed.
  • Jump between nodes is seamless and I do like the fact that it switches between 2.4 and 5Ghz bands with a single SSID.
  • Large variations of wifi standarts, stable and reliable device!
  • Good security and speed, a lot of wifi standarts, decent quality!
Features
Interfaces
WAN/3xLAN
2x WAN/LAN
Easy App Controls
Yes
Yes
Processor
Quad-Core 710MHz
716 MHz Quad Core
Memory
512MB NAND Flash and 512MB RAM
4 GB Flash and 512 MB RAM
Power Source
AC (power cord)
AC (power cord)
Extras
FastLane3 technology, One Wi-Fi network, Simple & secure
Simultaneous tri-band Wi-Fi mesh system, Seamless Wi-Fi, AutoFix & Instant alerts, Works with Alexa
What customers say about "Features"
NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 (RBK50)
  • The app is good and being able to see what devices are lined up to which router/satellite is nice and even when we are all on the same satellite the signal is still very good.
  • Nice android app and the configuration is very straight forward.
  • The app is intuitive and the amount of configurations you can do is a lot, from guest network to block certain devices from getting a connection and many more.
  • The Orbi iOS app is slow to list the connected devices (with their toggles for pausing).
  • From the iOS app it's also only possible to see which wifi band each device is using via the Network Map, which is a deeper navigation tree than the standard Device List.
Linksys Velop (WHW0303-UK) Tri-Band AC6600 Intelligent Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, Works with Alexa (Pack of 3)
  • The app for your phone (android or OS) enables you to prioritise devices, add / remove devices and even permit a guest network to ensure your data on the network is kept safe ad secure.
  • LED on the top of the units clearly show current status.
  • Via the app, I found an option to scan WiFi channels, so that the Velop would optimise itself to fit around any other WiFi networks in the area.
  • The range and speed is excellent, the app works very well for configuration and monitoring.
  • One problem is clearly the app; it kept freezing on my iPhone and required reboots (although while it worked it was fine)
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
3 year(s)
Certifications
CE
FCC, IC, CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
329.99 $


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