Today at STYLEanthropy, I’m sharing how we’re making our new home smarter with the help of our Orbi WiFi System that was sent to me by NETGEAR! Orbi is a WiFi system that improves WiFi performance throughout your home – even outside! Since we have a lot of devices that rely on WiFi, it’s important to have a router that’s very dependable AND provides better coverage. NETGEAR Orbi is all that! If your home is growing, your WiFi should too! Orbi Mesh WiFi System can easily support your new WiFi devices. So you can stream or play games anywhere with seamless connectivity throughout the home. Let me share with you some of the gadgets that we have added to our new home, and of course, a little sneak peek of my office!
Late last year, NETGEAR launched a mesh WiFi system unlike any other product NETGEAR has offered before. The Orbi design is inspired by contemporary décor (decorative vases and sculptures) often seen in today’s modern homes, making it both functional and sleek, so you don’t have to worry about hiding it in the corner in your home office. The product is also super easy to set up and use – color LEDs guide the simple set up process. I love how it turns PINK when we’re doing a speed test!
The Orbi family consists of three products – The Orbi RBK50 covers up to 5,000 sq. ft., the Orbi (Mini) RBK40 covers up to 4,000 sq. ft., and the Orbi (Wall Plug) RBK30 covers up to 3,500. What I have here is the Orbi RBK50, which comes equipped with high-powered antennas and NETGEAR’s unique tri-band technology (most routers are dual-band), giving families, couples and individuals the bandwidth they need for the growing number devices in their home. Plus, if you choose to upgrade to a larger home, you can easily expand on any system with other available Orbi models and satellites.
Shop the Orbi Mesh WiFi System on Amazon here.
Smart Devices Powered by our Orbi
Right before Christmas, we decided to get a Philips Hue light strip to add much needed lighting to our kitchen. It can be turned on and off via our Samsung SmartThings hub/app. It’s also connected to our smart water leak sensor. So when it detects a water leak, it will switch to a red blinking light to alarm us!
Okay, so below, I’m not showing you our NYE mantel decor. What I’m actually showing you is one of our motion sensors (which I have moved elsewhere by now). But anyway, can you spot the monitor? This one came with our Samsung SmartThings starter kit but I suggest a higher end motion sensor because this has a narrower field of view than others. We also have this monitor in our doors and windows.
We also have some smart switches in our new home that can be turned on via an app in our phones or talking to Google or Alexa.
Now to turn any lamp into a smart lamp, we use this plug. Just plug in your lamp to this and then turn on the lamp like normal. Now, you can turn it off and then on again, just by using your app or commanding Google or Alexa! You can also check this set of smart plugs. We use our smart plugs on these beautiful tripod lamps.
Office / Desk Sneak Peek
We have other smart devices around the house – from the basement all the way to the second floor. So we have our second Orbi satellite in my office! That way, our WiFi signal anywhere in the house is a full bar! The other one is sitting right on top of my desk because it’s unlike other ugly square routers that I wanna hide. It’s actually beautiful and blends in nicely with the rest of my white gadgets! Here are photos of where I’m currently working.
This isn’t the final look yet as I tweak and edit a little more. Whenever I decorate a room, it takes a couple of days because I test out how it functions for me too. It’s not all about style and aesthetics. The most important thing for me actually is how functional and free flowing the space is. Because I decorate to make sure that everything has its place – so that you clutter doesn’t build up over time and you’ll have to clean up, decorate, or organize again!
If you want to learn more about the award-winning Netgear Orbi, make sure to check and read more information here. You’ll see all the praises it got from various popular tech websites there too! From CNET to PCMag among others, they all loved the Orbi WiFi System! Grab the Orbi now via Amazon here.