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Netgear’s expensive new Orbi might have the cure to mesh Wi-Fi’s weakest link

The Netgear Orbi 970 mesh router system placed on a shelf.
It might be a little premature to purchase this given Wi-Fi 7 devices aren’t expected until 2024. | Image: Netgear

While many people are still considering whether they should upgrade their wireless network to the Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 6E standards, Netgear is already trying to tempt consumers with the technology’s future successor.

Announced in a press release, the new Orbi 970 mesh router series promises to combine the benefits of Wi-Fi 7 (aka 802.11be) — a new Wi-Fi standard that promises speeds up to 46Gbps using the 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz wireless bands — with a new antenna design and what Netgear calls its “patented Quad-Band technology” to deliver fast low latency internet across every device in the home.

Image: Netgear

Here’s a closer look at the design and ports that can be found on the rear of the Orbi 970 mesh system.

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