Ah, WiFi 6, you are finally here! We took a look at a 60 GHz IEEE 802.11ad based product last year, which was just one of a handful of implementations using the high bandwidth, terrible signal attenuation protocol. Indeed, companies that had plans to make routers supporting 802.11ad/ay quickly canceled them in favor of some WiGig networking solutions and instead began to focus on WiFi 6. Technically known as the IEEE 802.11ax standard, WiFi 6 got a nice marketing coat of paint for consumers to better relate it to the more widespread 802.11n/ac, wherein the latter is now referred to as WiFi 5. It is 2021, WiFi 6 has become more common in consumer products to where we now have WiFi 6E, the upstart aiming to make things more complicated again. NETGEAR is how we kickstart our coverage of WiFi 6 consumer products, and thanks again to the company for sending TechPowerUp a review sample!
NETGEAR had actually sent a set of three new WiFi 6-compatible networking solutions, and this just happened to be the first one out of the box. We have previously looked at the company's Orbi lineup of successful mesh WiFi systems, be it the then-flagship Orbi RBK50 for 802.11ac or newer hybrid wired/mobile Orbi LBR20 earlier this year. I have the consumer side of the Orbi WiFi 6 lineup here too, but did you know that there is a separate Orbi Pro line from NETGEAR intended for small businesses and prosumers who want more control and monitoring compared to the more user-friendly Orbi products? We go through the two-pack Orbi Pro SXK80 AX6000 WiFi system in detail now.
Eight high-performance antennas with high-power amplifiers
OFDMA and bi-directional MU-MIMO WiFi 6 throughput
Implicit/Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands
Link Aggregation Grouping:
Local Area Network Ports for Router Unit 4x GbE, of which two can be formed in a LAG. Local Area Network Ports for Satellite Unit 1x 2.5GbE; 4x GbE, of which two can be formed in a LAG
Ports – Orbi Pro WiFi 6 Router:
One Gigabit or 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet WAN or LAN port. Two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, Link Aggregation Mode4 optional. Two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
Ports – Orbi Pro WiFi 6 Satellite:
One Gigabit or 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet LAN port. Two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, Link Aggregation Mode4 optional. Two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
Four SSID wireless networks (Administration, Employee devices, Guest WiFi, IoT devices) with Flexible VLAN configuration on all four. Client isolation by default on Guest SSID and configurable on other SSIDs. WPA/WPA2/WPA3 support.
Insight App and Web Portal - Secured cloud and local management
Local Admin UI available for extensive feature setting and maintenance
Dimensions (each router/satellite unit):
17.3 x 8.4 x 24.6 cm
Weight (each router/satellite unit):
0.93 Kg / 2.06 lbs
Warranty and Support:
One year hardware warranty + 90-day ProSupport (24x7 on call technical support) + One year NETGEAR Insight Premium Subscription