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11.5 x 9.5 x 9.25 inches
September 3, 2020
– January 18, 2022
I just bought this mesh system and I’m really happy with it.
I had previously tested the Orbi RBK752 model, which provided great coverage but lacked the ability to separate WiFi networks by VLAN. That was a deal breaker for me since I have a number of smart lights, plugs, cameras, other IoT devices and wanted to keep them separate and limit their bandwidth and access. Additionally, I have a number of multimedia devices and also wanted to keep them separate from the lights, plugs, etc given that their bandwidth needs and profiles are very different.
I also tested a couple more access points (e.g. EnGenius EWS357AP), which had awesome management features (e.g. 8 WiFi networks, VLAN support, very precise QoS controls, channel and frequency levers, etc) but came short on performance. I wanted to have a nice balance between performance and advanced features. My core requirements mainly revolved around 2 things — great and sustained performance (at least 500 Mbps throughout my house) and the ability to deploy and manage multiple isolated WiFi networks. I do have a 1Gbps Internet connection.
The SXK80 model has:1 management network, which operates on the 2.4 and 5 GHz spectrum and defaults to VLAN 1 for obvious reasons,2 regular networks, which can be further split up into 2.4 and 5 GHz SSIDs for a total of 4 SSIDs, and1 Guest network, whose functionality has been greatly curtailed by Netgear (e.g. you cannot select the authentication/encryption scheme and may be vulnerable to malicious attacks).8 ethernet ports (4 on each unit), which can be link-aggregated or VLAN tagged
That said, it appears that the SXK80 model has a few bugs, which I hope Netgear resolves relatively soon:1. Client devices connected via the Satellite AP are assigned to the default network/VLAN even when they part of a different VLAN. I believe Netgear is aware and working on a fix.2. Client devices take a while to show on the list of connected devices3. Client devices appear to be tagged with the wrong SSID name in the UI even though they are part of another network/VLAN4. The QoS (bandwidth controls) appear not to be working at all. All my WiFi networks behave the same way with or without that feature enabled.5. Not so much a bug — I’m not sure why the Guest network is managed differently from other WiFi networks. It would have been nice to have the same management features across all the SSIDs. I’m hoping Netgear revisits this decision.6. Finally, the GUI is not very intuitive. Netgear could and should do much better on this front. I hope they do.
– March 6, 2022
I really wanted to like this product. I’ve owned many netgear modems and routers in the past. I briefly owned the consumer grade orbi ax4200 and it was awesome — easy to set up, great coverage with the router and 2 satellites, no issues. I decided to return it and replace it with the pro because I wanted more control over network segmentation, and I wanted the 4 SSID’s of the pro to separate out work computers, IoT, guests, and personal devices.
However, I had problems out of the gate. I was never able to register the product and needed to engage support, which involves creating a ticket online, calling netgear support, and giving them the ticket number (after 4 transfers and using the keypad to enter the ticket number, then they ask for you name and ticket number…). Support was able to get it added to my account, but then I couldn’t get it added to the insight app. Support was not able to resolve this for me. Aside from that, the coverage wasn’t as good as the orbi ax4200, so I gave up and returned it. I offered to buy another one to try again if they would give me a discount, but after 4 more transfers it was shot down.
I ended up buying a system from ubiquiti and I couldn’t be happier. Netgear lost a loyal customer.
– March 14, 2022
The only reason I posted a single star isn’t because of the router. I went through nearly all the reviews and then did a filter for this specific router (Orbi Pro SXK80) and there are none. All the reviews posted are for a different router and not the Orbi Pro SXK80. For me none of the posted reviews are helpful. I am not sure how or why these reviews are listed underneath this router when it is clearly meant for a different one. Perhaps because they are similar but that does not help a customer who is looking at a specific router and what is posted are reviews for a lower model. If anyone is interested in the Orbi Pro SXK80 do not go by these reviews until someone actually purchase this model and do benchmark testing on it. I don’t think it’s fair to use other reviews for a different model for the model that is listed.
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