NETGEAR has refreshed its award-winning Orbi line-up with a new antenna design and exclusive patented technology that enhances the benefits of Wi-Fi 7.

The Orbi 970 Series delivers speeds of up to 27Gbps, a slim design and high-performance antennas for 360-degree coverage around the home.

While Wi-Fi 6E opened the 6GHz band for the latest devices, Wi-Fi 7 builds on this by expanding the channels to 320MHz for unprecedented speeds and performance. The Orbi 970 Series maximises the potential of the new standard with new technology that ensures the benefits are delivered throughout the home and across all devices simultaneously. 

Orbi’s exclusive patented Quad-Band technology and unique Enhanced Dedicated Backhaul ensure Wi-Fi stays fast across all devices. NETGEAR configures multi-link operation (MLO), a feature of Wi-Fi 7, to create Enhanced Dedicated Backhaul which combines a dedicated 5GHz band with a 6GHz band to double the connection speed between the router and satellites and achieve 10 Gig wireless backhaul for reduced latency. The Smart Connect feature also intelligently selects the fastest Wi-Fi band for each connected device.

The router features a 10 Gig internet port as well as one 10 Gig and four 2.5 Gig Ethernet ports. The new cylindrical bodies of the routers and satellites are designed for optimal performance within a smaller footprint They feature 12 high-performance internal antennas with high-powered amplifiers for 360-degree coverage.

“The Orbi 970 Series is another major milestone in delivering the extraordinary power of our patented Quad Band technology across the whole home – from the wine cellar to the game room to the backyard grill – with speeds up to 2.4 times faster than Wi-Fi 6,” NETGEAR president and general manager of connected home products and services, David Henry said.

“We’ve combined our extensive radio frequency expertise and new patented technology with Wi-Fi 7 to provide the fastest Wi-Fi speeds, ensuring anything and everything connected to the Orbi 970 system operates at optimal performance even across the most demanding smart homes.”

The kit comes with one year of NETGEAR Armor Powered by Bitdefender, providing an automatic shield of security for connected devices. Armor is built into the router as an all-in-one security solution to monitor activity going to and from the internet.

Orbi 970 Series also comes with NETGEAR Smart Parental Controls to manage kids’ time online. Basic features are available free of charge. A subscription fee applies for a Premium Plan after a 30-day trial.

The NETGEAR Orbi app enables convenient set-up of the router and satellites, and access to the router features for network management from anywhere.

The new Orbi 970 Series mesh system (three-pack) covers up to 660 square metres – 10% more than the Orbi 960 Series – and supports up to 200 devices. To extend coverage, extra satellites can be added with each increasing the coverage of an existing Orbi 970 system by up to 220 square metres.

The NETGEAR Orbi 970 Series is available for pre order on the NETGEAR Australia website and at major retailers subsequently for MSRP $4,299 for the router and two satellites (three-pack) and MSRP $1,599 for each add-on satellite.