• One (1) Orbi Satellite (RBS40)


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Since this product is advertised on Netgear, this model is currently being manufactured.


Wireless Performance Explained

Advertised Speed of 5Ghz band

Theoretical 802.11ac speed on 5Ghz band (using 80Mhz channel, 256-QAM, 400 ns GI):

  • 2 spatial streams x 433.3 mbps/stream = 866.6 mbps


This is classified as a “Low-Performer” 802.11ac wifi system. If higher performance is needed, consider upgrading to a “Top-Performer”. Read: What’s the fastest 802.11ac (wifi5) wifi system possible?


  • WPA2-Personal (128-bit encryption)
  • WPA2-Enterprise (128-bit encryption)

Firmware Changelog

Does this support automatic firmware updates? To find out. If you have this model, and are running the latest firmware, contact us.

Download the latest firmware from netgear.com (2018-10-04)

Bug Fixes:

  • Support for Orbi Voice
  • Orbi Outdoor Satellite support in Europe & Australia
  • Stability & performance related bug fixes

New features and enhancements:

  • Bug fixes for Ethernet backhaul (2018-06-21)

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes issues with the Apple HomeKit connectivity
  • Fixes the wireless crash and reboot issue when the router is under stress
  • Fixes WiFi disconnection and IOT issues
  • Fixes an issue where devices on the Guest Network are able to see (but not connect to) some devices on the main network
  • Fixes an issue where device boot order caused devices connected over Ethernet Backhaul to connect wireless backhaul
  • Updates the OpenVPN certificate from MD5 to SHA-256 (2018-04-28)

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the issue where Orbi app displays a “Router Not Setup” message and requests the user to setup their Orbi router again even though the user already completed the Orbi router installation.
  • Fixes issues where Internet access is not available on some devices, but available on others.
  • Fixes an issue where Satellites get disconnected from Router
  • Protection for the MDNS packet flood issue
  • Addresses an issue where websites set to unmanaged are unreachable.
  • Multiple other connectivity & RF improvement

Known Issue:

  • When user has two or more Orbi satellites connected to Orbi router using Ethernet backhaul connection, an Orbi satellite might not connect to the Orbi router after the firmware update. A workaround solution is to reboot the Orbi router and then wait for 2 –5 minutes. (2017-09-21)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Supports daisy-chain topology, which allows Orbi satellites to connect to other satellites or to the router.
  • Updates the Speedtest API to provide in-progress data
  • Updates the Attached Device page in the UI with the following changes:
  • Shows device type
  • Shows connected Orbi and band
  • Allows connected device and Orbi satellite renaming
  • Supports radio transmit power control.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes a bug when the main SSID contains a space.
  • Fixes a bug where the genie remote reboot command might trigger a system factory reset.
  • Fixes a bug where genie remote access fails when the Orbi system is in AP mode.
  • Fixes security vulnerabilities. (2018-01-17)

  • Fixes an issue which causes high CPU on Orbi routers.
  • Fixes the issue where the attached devices do not display correctly on the Attached Devices page.
  • Fixes a WiFi issue if the WiFi password contains special characters,
  • Fixes the issue where the satellite sometimes are shown as disconnected on Attached Devices Page. (2017-12-19)

  • Fixes the issue where connected devices do not display on the Attached Devices page.
  • Fixes the issue where connected devices on the Attached Devices page do not displays the correct Orbi that they’re connected to.
  • Fixes the issue where the CPU usage is high when the Orib in AP mode. (2017-12-05)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Supports Circle with Disney parental controls
  • Supports Ethernet backhaul
  • Shows the satellite backhaul status and backhaul connection quality on the Attached Devices page
  • Supports renaming the satellite on the Attached Devices page

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the WPA2 Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK) vulnerability
  • Fixes the issue where remote access can’t be enabled using the genie app after factory resetting the Orbi (2017-08-08)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Updates the OrbiOS API to v3.14

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the issue where the wireless network is unavailable or the ring LED on the router or satellite pulses white after updating the firmware to version
  • Fixes the iOS disconnection issue.
  • Fixes the Dropcam disconnection issue.
  • Fixes the convergence issue when an Ethernet connected device moves from one Orbi to another.
  • Fixes the issue where the Orbi app can’t find the Orbi router if the router is using IPv6 and is in AP mode.
  • Fixes the issue where the Orbi app can’t display more than 20 connected devices.
  • Fixes the issue where the installation assistant might not display if the device is connected to the Orbi network wirelessly.
  • Fixes the issue where the 2.4 GHz backhaul setting is disabled if the fronthaul MU-MIMO and TxBF is disabled.
  • Fixes the issue where IPv6 devices on the guest network can access the Orbi router’s web GUI.

Includes security fixes for the following security vulnerabilities:

  • PSV-2016-0133, PSV-2017-0607, PSV-2017-0615, PSV-2017-0736, PSV-2017-2190 (2017-06-20)

  • Fixes wireless performance issues on RBR40 related SKUs (includes RBK40, RBK43, RBK30). (2017-05-22)

  • Fixed some bugs. (2017-04-30)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Enhances the attached device feature.
  • Includes router analytics.
  • Improves the auto detect firmware update feature. The router now automatically updates the firmware if it detects that the third digit in the firmware version number is higher than the current version number.
  • Improves the firmware update process.
  • Improves the wireless connection stability.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the issue where some guest clients cannot access the Internet when the router is in AP mode.
  • Fixes the backhaul interface for MU-MIMO.
  • Modifies the time the router and satellite checks for new firmware if the daily check feature is enabled.
  • Fixes the issue where two satellites are connected to the router but the router’s attached devices page only shows that one satellite is connected.
  • Fixes the issue where the router’s ring LED lights solid magenta when the router WAN type is PPPOE or PPTP and the router mode is switched from router mode to AP mode.
  • Fixes the issue where the Orbi app can’t disable the router’s guest network.
  • Fixes the issue where the GUI displays a “No new firmware” message if the firmware update process takes longer than five minutes. The router now displays an “Update failed” message. (2017-03-30)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Includes IGMP proxy support for the router and satellite.
  • Improves the wireless stability for client roaming.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed the issue where if the user clicks a blank space in their Google Chrome browser, a file selection pop-up window opens.
  • Fixed the PPTP/L2TP issue where the base WAN connection type can’t be set to PPTP or L2TP.
  • Fixed the issue where the HELP & SUPPORT section is missing.
  • Fixed the IPv6 DHCP page display issue for Safari.
  • Fixed the issue where a wrong message displays if the user enters the incorrect admin password.
  • Fixed the AP mode issue where the wall plug satellite can’t get a new IP address if the DHCP server is changed.
  • Fixed the issue where the guest network is still on when the user turns it off.
  • Fixed the issue where the satellite is shown in connected devices section if the user logs in to the GUI using iOS 10.2.
  • Fixed the issue where the Internet status displays as “Error Not Connected.”
  • Fixed the issue where the Internet status on the BASIC page changes when the page is refreshed.
  • Fixed the issue where the satellite’s name cannot be modified to include contains special characters. (2017-03-28)

  • Initial Release