NETGEAR ORBI RBK853 setup, review, and troubleshooting

Every house needs an internet connection because currently, nothing works without being connects online. Ever so happens that you have a fast WiFi subscription but still you keep getting slow speeds? Aren’t you tired of blaming your Internet Service Provider? Your router could be mainly at fault. With the new NETGEAR ORBI RBK853 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System, you won’t have to worry about any problems. The NETGEAR ORBI RBK853 has won several awards from major companies like C-Net, Forbes. Problems like connectivity issues, slow internet speeds, loss of network coverage won’t be faced with the ORBI WiFi System.

With this system, dead zones and buffering are a thing of the past. It is a modern, reliable, and highly secured home WiFi system. Now equipped with NETGEAR Armor, your connected devices will have advanced protection from cyber threats. Streaming, Gaming, and Browsing can be done simultaneously with the greatest performance, making the ORBI RBK853 the ultimate system in smart home WiFi. If you are still not satisfy with the specs, the ORBI RBK853 works with smart devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.


Being one of the most popular and powerful WiFi systems in the market, The ORBI RBK853 is packed with high-end features. Blazing fast WiFi capable of simultaneously browsing, streaming, and gaming without any loss of speed or connectivity. If you think you can connect only a limited number of devices, you’re highly mistaken. No more setbacks with limited capacity and everyone can enjoy thanks to the ORBI RBK853 having 4x more capacity than a normal system having WiFi 5. The ORBI router comes with two satellites. Meaning no more dead zones and WiFi connection to every nook and corner of the house.

The ORBI router also has 4-gigabit ports each. These ports can give up to 2.5Gbps individually. The ORBI has two separate channels being 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands which ensure maximum bandwidth. Each ORBI device has eight internal antennas that give maximum performance with the help of amplifiers. Thanks to Beamforming, there is no more network congestion. The ORBI is also capable of MU-MIMO meaning multiple devices can connect and stream in 4Kor even 8K seamlessly. It is a Mesh WiFI band system that allows for maximum coverage and range delivering connection for about 7500 sq. ft.

The ORBi app is useful for managing the Orbi wifi system. This app is also useful for controlling the ORBI RBK853 remotely. The ORBI RBK853 is now protected by NETGEAR Armor. NETGEAR Armor is able to protect your devices from any cyber threats, viruses, and malware. You can also control the WiFi system by Voice Control. The ORBI is able to connect and pair with smart devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.


The ORBI box contains one main NETGEAR ORBI RBK853 router, two NETGEAR ORBI RBK853 satellites. The box also gives a long 2m Ethernet cable. Power adapters for each of the Orbi devices and a quick start guide. The box is very minimal and simple.


Setting up the WiFi device is quite simple and it can be done by anyone. A professional is not really required. One has to just follow the instructions on the NETGEAR ORBI RBK853 user manual and you’re good to go. You can download the installation guide and user manual from their website.
Firstly, you will have to download the ORBI app which is available for mobile phones in the play store. Make sure your phone either has Android 10 or iOS11 versions or higher to be able to download the app. After that, you will need to connect the ORBI router to a modem. Using the power adapter plug the router and also plug in the power adapter into the power outlet. After this, attach the Ethernet cable with your Modem. Make sure the LED is lighting up, else check your connections.

If you want to attach the ORBI satellite with your router first you choose a specific location for the satellite. Make sure the satellite is within range of the router to ensure sync and connectivity. Now the satellite needs to be connected to a power source. Once connected and the satellite switches on, the LED on the satellite will blink white rapidly. This means that the satellite is trying to connect to the WiFi router on its own. If the LED on the satellite turns blue, that means that the satellite has successfully connected with the router.

In the case if LED is yellow or amber, it means that the satellite is a bit out of range of the router and needs to be moved closer to it. If the LED turns magenta, you may have to disconnect the satellite and try the same steps again.

Network Connection

Once the router and satellites have synced, it is possible to connect to the ORBI network. You can connect through wired means and even wireless means by WiFi connection. To get the wired network connection on your PC just attach the Ethernet cable with your router port. Before that make sure that the LED has been lit up. Your computer will be prompted that an ethernet cable has been connected.
For a WiFi connection, you will need to go on your mobile device and enable WiFi. Then select the WiFi network. The network name can be find on the router label. For connecting the wifi network you have to need a wifi password and enter this and enjoy the wifi network. You are now connect to the WiFi network.

NETGEAR ORBI App set up and management

With the help of the ORBI app, you can set up and manage networks easily. The app is available in both app stores of iOS and Android. Once you connect your mobile device to the ORBI system, open the app and follow the instructions displayed on the screen.
If you do not want to use the app to manage your network, you can also use a web browser. During initial access to the router, your computer will automatically get checked by the NETGEAR installation assistant. This is to see if your device can connect to the Internet.
To change the settings of the router or satellite, the ORBI RBK835 login is require. Just enter and enter your router username and password. Once you have successfully log in, the router web interface can be use and changes in settings can be made.


The web interface of the router can be used for the NETGEAR ORBI RBK853 firmware update, it is also possible for the ORBI RBK853 manually, both router and satellites. It is recommend that the satellites be update first before the router. And ensure that there is only one ORBI device getting update at a time. Make sure that you update the ORBI RBK853 to the latest firmware update. For more information on firmware updates, refer to the NETGEAR ORBI RBK853 user manual.


The NETGEAR ORBI RBK853has a limited one-year hardware warranty backed by NETGEAR. For support, you get 24×7 technical support for ninety days from the day of purchase from an authorized seller. You can also visit their website for support and to solve your issues.
For troubleshooting, you can either restart your WiFi device and make sure everything is connect properly. There is a troubleshooting guide given in the user manual that can be found in the box or it can also be download from their website.


Before I purchase this, I was frustrate with my WiFi because I use to have problems with connectivity. Not anymore, this is a great product and very easy to use as well. Now my whole house gets WiFi coverage and it is very fast. I was also sold when I saw that this particular model had won an award from Forbes. But after some time, it causes the issue with the ORBI RBK853 light not working. To fix various issues I update my router firmware. The customer support has been really reliable and they make sure my issue is solved.

The app allows me to manage the network, check speeds and see the connected devices. Overall, I am very happy I purchase this because there are a lot of devices at home. And ever since quarantine, the internet has become an important necessity. Everyone at home uses it and has complaints or problems with it.