The Netgear Orbi WiFi systems such as the RBK30, RBK40 and 50 are some of the best routers on the market right now.

Their newest products are pushing the limits of what is considered to be the new cutting-edge WiFi which is now being called Mesh WiFi. Their whole home system made our list for the best wireless routers for charter spectrum, and so we were interested enough to take another look at the Orbi models which seem to be one of Netgear’s best creations yet.

If you’re anything like us and you’re not too sure what the differences are between the various Orbi models then you might want to read on.

In this article, we’ll be going over some of the key things that we’ve discovered, such as feature variances and more. If you would like to know more about wireless routers, then you should check out our all-encompassing wireless router guide.

Model notation

There are a number of different Orbi models and this is because Netgear release products fast. One of their non-Orbi routers made our list of top budget routers on the market, so it’s safe to say that they produce a lot of quality hardware.

Let’s dig into the differences.

RBK What?

All Netgear Orbi Models are annotated RBKxx. The following two numbers then define which model of Orbi Kit you’re getting. (Yes, the K in RBK stands for Kit).

List of popular models

Orbi Kit Comparisons

You probably know by now that each kit comes with a certain amount of hardware such as a router, signal booster, satellite unit etc.

However not every kit/model is equal, so what are some of the key differences between the most popular kits?

RBK30 Vs RBK40

RBK30 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK30 covers homes up to 3500 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 2200 Mbps (AC2200)
  • The satellite contains no LAN Ports.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.
Sale
NETGEAR (RBK30-100NAS) Orbi Whole Home Mesh WiFi System – Simple setup, Wireless router replacement, no WiFi dead zones, Works w
  • FAST WHOLE HOME WIFI SYSTEM - Covers up to 3500 square feet with high performance WiFi, kit includes WiFi router and Wall Plug Satellite
  • Wall Plug form factor for easy placement. Just plug the Satellite into any electrical socket to extend WiFi coverage.
  • TRI-BAND TECHNOLOGY - Orbi routers maintain data flow for your connected devices using a dedicated backhaul connection
  • Quick & Easy Setup - Just download the Orbi app, plug in your system, and follow the instructions to get your house on the net
  • GUEST NETWORK - Easily set up a separate and secure WiFi network for visitors and guests to use. Works with Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant. Works with Orbi OS. WPA/PSK2 support

RBK40 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK40 covers homes up to 4000 sq.ft.
  • WiFi speed of 2200 Mbps (AC2200)
  • The Satellite includes 4 LAN Ethernet Ports for Wired Connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.
Sale
Netgear Orbi RBK40 IEEE 802.11ac Ethernet Wireless Router
  • Eliminate WiFi dead zones and buffering - Whole home Mesh Wifi is a new type of connected system for seamless wireless coverage throughout your home
  • Replaces your current router, and works with your modem and internet service. Compatible with major internet service providers including Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon Fios
  • Covers up to 4000 square feet with high performance WiFi - WiFi points work together so you can add more if you need additional coverage
  • Orbi routers maintain strong data flow for your connected devices using a dedicated backhaul connection between each point
  • Smart Parental Controls by Circle with Disney - helps parents filter content, manage screen time, and stay informed with what their kids do online.512 MB RAM

RBK30 Vs RBK50

RBK30 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK30 covers homes up to 3500 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 2200 Mbps (AC2200)
  • The satellite contains no LAN Ports.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.
Sale
NETGEAR (RBK30-100NAS) Orbi Whole Home Mesh WiFi System – Simple setup, Wireless router replacement, no WiFi dead zones, Works w
  • FAST WHOLE HOME WIFI SYSTEM - Covers up to 3500 square feet with high performance WiFi, kit includes WiFi router and Wall Plug Satellite
  • Wall Plug form factor for easy placement. Just plug the Satellite into any electrical socket to extend WiFi coverage.
  • TRI-BAND TECHNOLOGY - Orbi routers maintain data flow for your connected devices using a dedicated backhaul connection
  • Quick & Easy Setup - Just download the Orbi app, plug in your system, and follow the instructions to get your house on the net
  • GUEST NETWORK - Easily set up a separate and secure WiFi network for visitors and guests to use. Works with Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant. Works with Orbi OS. WPA/PSK2 support

RBK50 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK50 covers homes up to 5000 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 3000 Mbps (AC3000)
  • The satellite contains 4 LAN Ports for Wired Connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.
Sale
NETGEAR Orbi Ultra-Performance Whole Home Mesh WiFi System - WiFi router and single satellite extender with speeds up to 3Gbps over 5,000 sq. feet, AC3000 (RBK50)
  • Ultra-performance Mesh WiFi network blankets every inch of your home in super fast and seamless WiFi connectivity - room to room, wall to wall, floor to floor
  • Eliminates WiFi dead zones and buffering - 5,000 square feet of consistent coverage - with speeds up to 30 Gbps.
  • The most award-winning Mesh WiFi system on the planet: PC Mag, CNET, Wirecutter, Forbes, SmallNetBuilder.
  • Maintains speed even as more devices use your WiFi at the same time, thanks to patented tri-band technology.
  • Simple setup with the Orbi app - create guest network, access parental controls, perform speed tests, and more right from the appRefer to the PDF attached below in Technical Specification for Manuals.

RBK40 Vs RBK50

RBK40 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK40 covers homes up to 4000 sq.ft.
  • WiFi speed of 2200 Mbps (AC2200)
  • The Satellite includes 4 LAN Ethernet Ports for Wired Connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.
Sale
Netgear Orbi RBK40 IEEE 802.11ac Ethernet Wireless Router
  • Eliminate WiFi dead zones and buffering - Whole home Mesh Wifi is a new type of connected system for seamless wireless coverage throughout your home
  • Replaces your current router, and works with your modem and internet service. Compatible with major internet service providers including Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon Fios
  • Covers up to 4000 square feet with high performance WiFi - WiFi points work together so you can add more if you need additional coverage
  • Orbi routers maintain strong data flow for your connected devices using a dedicated backhaul connection between each point
  • Smart Parental Controls by Circle with Disney - helps parents filter content, manage screen time, and stay informed with what their kids do online.512 MB RAM

RBK50 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK50 covers homes up to 5000 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 3000 Mbps (AC3000)
  • The satellite contains 4 LAN Ports for Wired Connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.
Sale
NETGEAR Orbi Ultra-Performance Whole Home Mesh WiFi System - WiFi router and single satellite extender with speeds up to 3Gbps over 5,000 sq. feet, AC3000 (RBK50)
  • Ultra-performance Mesh WiFi network blankets every inch of your home in super fast and seamless WiFi connectivity - room to room, wall to wall, floor to floor
  • Eliminates WiFi dead zones and buffering - 5,000 square feet of consistent coverage - with speeds up to 30 Gbps.
  • The most award-winning Mesh WiFi system on the planet: PC Mag, CNET, Wirecutter, Forbes, SmallNetBuilder.
  • Maintains speed even as more devices use your WiFi at the same time, thanks to patented tri-band technology.
  • Simple setup with the Orbi app - create guest network, access parental controls, perform speed tests, and more right from the appRefer to the PDF attached below in Technical Specification for Manuals.

RBK33 Vs RBK50

RBK33 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK33 covers homes up to 5000 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 2200 Mbps (AC2200)
  • The satellite contains no ports for additional connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.
Sale
NETGEAR Orbi Wall-Plug Whole Home Mesh WiFi System - WiFi Router and 2 Wall-Plug Satellite Extenders with speeds up to 2.2 Gbps Over 5,000 sq. feet, AC2200 (RBK33)
  • Creates a Mesh WiFi network that blankets your home in super fast, seamless WiFi - room to room, wall to wall, floor to floor. Replaces your old router, works with your modem and internet service provider
  • Slim profile wall-plug satellites make it super easy to extend your WiFi to any room with a standard electrical outlet, just plug it in and stream with speed
  • Up to 123% faster than the leading brands, as certified by an independent study, makes Orbi the highest performance Mesh WiFi system on the market
  • Eliminates WiFi dead zones and buffering - 5,000 square feet of consistent coverage - at speeds up to 2.2 Gbps (gigabytes per second)
  • Maintains speed even as more devices use your WiFi at the same time - the difference is tri-band technology, others use dual band.Dedicated backhaul:2X2 (866Mbps)

RBK50 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK50 covers homes up to 5000 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 3000 Mbps (AC3000)
  • The satellite contains 4 LAN Ports for Wired Connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.
Sale
NETGEAR Orbi Ultra-Performance Whole Home Mesh WiFi System - WiFi router and single satellite extender with speeds up to 3Gbps over 5,000 sq. feet, AC3000 (RBK50)
  • Ultra-performance Mesh WiFi network blankets every inch of your home in super fast and seamless WiFi connectivity - room to room, wall to wall, floor to floor
  • Eliminates WiFi dead zones and buffering - 5,000 square feet of consistent coverage - with speeds up to 30 Gbps.
  • The most award-winning Mesh WiFi system on the planet: PC Mag, CNET, Wirecutter, Forbes, SmallNetBuilder.
  • Maintains speed even as more devices use your WiFi at the same time, thanks to patented tri-band technology.
  • Simple setup with the Orbi app - create guest network, access parental controls, perform speed tests, and more right from the appRefer to the PDF attached below in Technical Specification for Manuals.

Which Is Best?

If you wanted us to choose what’s best then we’d have to break it down into sub-categories…

The Best For Large Homes: RBK33 (on the assumption you want mainly wireless connections)
The Best For Speed: RBK50
The Best Value: RBK40

Conclusion

The Netgear Orbi models aren’t as complicated as they seem, and when you compare them the differences are pretty simple to understand.

We hope you found the article useful.

Last price update on 2019-04-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API