One of the most frustrating first world problems today is not being able to connect to your home WiFi network in spots that are farther away from your router. Netgear believes it can get rid of that problem with its latest product: a WiFi system called Orbi. The $400 basic kit comprises of a router and a satellite that the company says will cover up to 4,000 square feet together. Orbi's standout feature, said Netgear, is its tri-band mesh system that dedicates one channel to extending the internet from the router to the satellite while keeping the other two free for your other devices' connections.
The Orbi system is also designed to be easy to set up. Not only has Netgear created an uncomplicated, browser-based installation program that you can access through your phone and your computer, but it has also made it simpler to figure out where to place the extender.
First of all, the router that you plug into your gateway has a sky blue top, while the satellite is white on top. After you plug in the router and are bringing the satellite around your house to find a good spot for it, a halo at the top glows magenta, amber or blue. Respectively, the colors indicate if you are out of range, if the signal is in range but weak and if you are within a good distance from the router. So it's basically a visual game of hotter or colder.