Right after you are done with setting up the Orbi in your home, the next question arises where to place it? While the setup process is going on the Orbi router is placed near the existing host gateway. But after the Netgear Orbi whole home WiFi system setup is completed you ought to shift the Orbi router as well as the satellites to new locations. What are the factors that need to be considered while placing the devices and how to choose an appropriate location to place them is what this article is all about. Give this piece of write-up a thorough read and get the answers to your questions.
Factors to Consider While Placing the Orbi
Choose Open Place
An optimum place for the Orbi router as well satellite is an open place. Avoid placing the devices at a congested and enclosed place in your home. The signal transmission gets affected if you choose a closed place. Thus, avoid placing the Orbi router and satellite in corners, behind furniture, attics, basements etc.
Place it Higher
The networking devices are known to give out signals outwards and downwards. Thus if you place the devices at a higher place, then the signal loss will be less. So, place the router as well as satellite at some high place in your home. This will help you get better signals.
No WiFi Interference allowed
Both devices should be placed away from any devices or appliances that can cause signal interference like microwave ovens, Bluetooth speakers, cordless phones, smart TVs, etc. These radiate EM waves that interfere with the WiFi network thereby reducing the quality of the network.
Place it Near Modem
The Orbi router gets its network from the modem. Thus it is required to be placed within the modem’s network range. But then the devices should not be placed very close either. This way the signals of both the devices (router and modem) will clash which is also going to badly affect the WiFi. You can also avoid Netgear Orbi random reboots issue with this.
The same goes for the satellite as well. The satellite receives the network from the Orbi router. So, both should be placed in close proximity.
Keep Away From Reflexive Surfaces
The reflexive surfaces like heavy mirrors also need to be kept away from the networking devices. These can also hamper the WiFi in your home. Not just reflexive surfaces but large water bodies are also known to affect the WiFi. While placing the Orbi router and satellite you need to take this also into consideration that there are no swimming pools, fish tanks, etc. around.
Stay Away From Building Materials
Building materials like thick concrete walls, wooden floor, metallic surfaces, etc. are also known to affect the WiFi signal. So, your Netgear Orbi router and the satellite need to be placed away from such things to ensure you are getting full network coverage.
Other than the factors mentioned above, there are some more points that you need to take care of to get the most out of your Netgear Orbi devices. Find them below:
Provide a Proper Power Supply
Make very certain that the Netgear Orbi router and satellite are always receiving the proper non-fluctuating power supply. For this, you need to plug the devices into active power sockets. Also, the power adapters should be plugged in properly. In the event, of a power outage, use a UPS.
Ensure Stable Internet Connection
The devices should be connected to a stable internet connection. This point has been discussed earlier. But also make sure that there is no issue from the ISP end.
Keep the firmware of the Netgear Orbi updated to the most recent version at all times. Netgear keeps releasing the latest firmware for its devices. You just need to keep an eye on them. Every time you find any update ready, get it installed. You just need to access the Orbi login page using orbilogin.com for this.
We hope by now you have chosen the best place to place your Netgear Orbi router and satellites. Make sure that you are considering all the factors that have been highlighted above. You also know what else needs to be taken care of. With the hope that you are able to access the trouble-free internet access, here we put a full stop to our article.