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Daisy Chain

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Senior PLM, Home Networking

Daisy Chain Networking for Orbi WiFi System

These days, everyone wants AND needs to stay connected. But with the number of devices per household on the rise, staying connected can be a problem without the right technology. NETGEAR is dedicated to bringing you the technology and the capability to keep up with modern day connectivity demands.

NETGEAR’s Orbi not only blankets your home in WiFi, but also provides blazing fast speeds with its dedicated Tri-band technology. Unlike dual-band routers that can lead to network congestion, Orbi has a third band that acts like a virtual Ethernet cable, connecting the router and satellite. With a dedicated backhaul, you can get ultra-fast speeds not just near your modem, but everywhere in your home.

Today’s most popular WiFi system has also gotten even better. We’re excited to announce the release of firmware update MR2.0 for the NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home WiFi System.


In this firmware upgrade, you can now “daisy chain” your Orbi satellites together, to extend the coverage of your Orbi WiFi System range. This new feature allows a satellite to dynamically pick the best way to connect to its router, either directly (as is currently supported in what’s known as a Star Topology), or through another satellite. Daisy chain is a term in networking to describe a type of mesh topology, or how your Orbi router talks to its Orbi satellite(s).

According to the Census Bureau link, the median house size in the US is 2,600 square feet. A typical Orbi kit easily covers 80% of newly constructed homes in the U.S. However, to address the remaining homes, such as those with a long floor plan or a multi-story unit – where the Internet connection is at one side of the house and coverage is needed on the other side – NETGEAR took the step of facilitating this networking topology. Each Orbi satellite dynamically picks the best path based on the current WiFi channel conditions. In most instances, to minimize latency and maximize airtime utilization, the satellite will select a direct connection. However, it now has the option to connect through an intermediary Orbi satellite.

No matter what your needs, NETGEAR has you covered. After more than 20 years of networking experience, we understand that no one router fits all. That’s why we came up with the Orbi Whole Home WiFi System. And that’s why we continue to make Orbi the best it can be.