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#270227 29-Apr-2020 15:05
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Hey Guys

 

 

 

wondering if anyone has tried the Smart Mesh when compared with an ORBI system

 

 

 

Orbi has been killing me, might go to a smart mesh if i can

 

 

 

Thoughts?

 

 


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  #2473432 29-Apr-2020 15:43
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Yep I've tried it and it works very well. The Spark router can also do Gigabit internet (unlike the Orbi) so it does future-proof you too.







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  #2473500 29-Apr-2020 16:11
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michaelmurfy:

 

Yep I've tried it and it works very well. The Spark router can also do Gigabit internet (unlike the Orbi) so it does future-proof you too.

 

 

 

 

Did you use the mesh system?  what sort of coverage were you getting?  and did you buy one or two mesh nodes?  how far apart are yours sitting?

 

 

 

Thakns for the info


 
 
 
 


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  #2473544 29-Apr-2020 17:18
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I have been using the Smart Modem plus 2 Smart Mesh units for 2 weeks now. They provide seamless coverage within a 230 sq m house with problematic lathe and plaster walls. I also get good outside coverage over most of our 850 sq m section by iPhone where I always have at least 2 bars wifi. Previously when i was listening to streaming podcasts outside using my old Airport Express/Extreme setup I would periodically lose the connection and roaming was hit and miss. I can now wander all over the garden and almost never drop the connection.


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  #2473553 29-Apr-2020 17:53
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@mrhaboobi I've got a full on network at home with other gear so just did a quick review on it: https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=66&topicid=197871&page_no=21#2385019

 

The Spark Smart Modem + Mesh unit is now at a colleagues place where he had massive problems however has not had any since upgrading. The mesh unit can be connected via Ethernet if you've got Ethernet available at its location also. In my testing (of a few days in a lab type environment) it performed very well for a mesh kit.

 

Coverage wise - it will cover most large homes absolutely no problems.







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  #2473556 29-Apr-2020 17:56
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Thank you for the links, in your testing do you know roughly the best distance between the router and the nodes, my orbi is about 10M / 30Feet and thats what im hoping the smart mesh is able to achieve aswell.  that gives me some good locations to put the mesh units.  I wont have a wired backhaul, would need to be wireless.. dont suppose you tested the ORBI rbr50 and can do a comparison?

 

 

 

 


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  #2473623 29-Apr-2020 18:53
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Using smart modem and one mesh unit. Found mesh unit works best 10metres or less away. Im using the mesh unit to provide coverage upstairs and the modem is downstairs. I’m not using ethernet for the mesh unit but get between 100 and 200mb speed test results most of the time usually with 7 devices connected. I like the WiFi capability of this kit.

As per the other spark smart modem thread there are a couple of networking gremlins that are being looked at but when it’s working it’s very good.

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  #2473626 29-Apr-2020 19:28
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Have had customers with orbi's, what a nightmare. I'd pick a potato to compete with it for reliable WiFi, both objects seem to offer about the same reliability


 
 
 
 


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  #2473699 29-Apr-2020 22:05
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snnet:

 

Have had customers with orbi's, what a nightmare. I'd pick a potato to compete with it for reliable WiFi, both objects seem to offer about the same reliability 

 

That's not been my experience. Been using an Orbi RBK50 pair for around 12 months covering a two story house. Hasn't missed a beat (apart from one dodgy firmware upgrade which screwed the display names of connected devices).


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  #2473724 29-Apr-2020 23:16
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allan:

 

snnet:

 

Have had customers with orbi's, what a nightmare. I'd pick a potato to compete with it for reliable WiFi, both objects seem to offer about the same reliability 

 

That's not been my experience. Been using an Orbi RBK50 pair for around 12 months covering a two story house. Hasn't missed a beat (apart from one dodgy firmware upgrade which screwed the display names of connected devices).

 

 

The three I've had to deal with have all had weird issues with being knocked offline when touched - or when someone is breathing in the room around them. Replaced countless items and all it came back to was the orbi units themselves. Faulty batch maybe? no idea. netgear weren't forthcoming. These were all across different clients too, so I summed it up to not trusting the gear. 


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  #2473828 30-Apr-2020 09:40
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Have been using the smartmesh for about three weeks now, has been stable reliable and fast. Initially I set it up as a mesh, but the unit would lose coverage trying to connect through about 8 layers of gib board a flight of stairs and a two cupboards, a distance of around 12 metres. It would connect closer at around 10m in the hallway, but the signal to the end user was compromised in this position. Finally I've used power line adapters to provide a wired network connection and it's faultless now.

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  #2473843 30-Apr-2020 09:57
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I'd personally recommend the mesh over orbi. Simply had too many horror stories about the orbi. (Personal recommendation, not from my employer) 

 

 

 

as someone who has a complex network and directly engages with the team and vendor behind the device I'll be the first to admit, Spark Smart modem isnt perfect yet, It's new to the market, New Vendor for the NZ Market etc there are a few things that unfortunately cant always be caught in testing alone.

 

Personally from my base modem i get just shy of 700mbit when near over wifi, and mesh is Ethernet connected back to the modem so sitting at my desk i also get upwards of 500mbit over that.

 

 

 

It doesn't do the extra complex things, so i do have a second AP behind it routing my vlans (delivered over an EoIP tunnel behind it) but for a standard ISP modem, I'm impressed it doesnt freak out at what i make the poor thing route.

 

Mine passes daily a minimum of 2-3TB a day.





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  #2473850 30-Apr-2020 10:03
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Thanks for the reply :) really appreciate the insight...  Im stuck with a 500 orbi thats not working.. :(  but will get the smart modem.  and work on a mesh at some point 




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  #2479516 8-May-2020 22:55
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Anyone know what brand and model number the smart mesh is? Thanks

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  #2479520 8-May-2020 23:09
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mrhaboobi: Anyone know what brand and model number the smart mesh is? Thanks

 

It's a white label device, runs a different firmware for each provider although the same 'base'

 

 

 

You won't find it, a google search literally returns zero results :)

 

off the top of my head, Telstra is the other provider to offer the same device - Very different firmware though.

 

 

 

What do you want to know?





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  #2479525 8-May-2020 23:14
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Well I guess I’m trying to decide if I give up on the orbi rbk50. And spend 320 on two mesh units. Not knowing what they are makes me nervous. Guess I was just wanting to see if I could see speed tests , range sizes etc. I can’t get my money back on the orbi and it’s flakey as hell so don’t want to sink more money into “unknown” devices. Spark can’t be the only company worldwide using them .

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