Netgear has launched a new system composed of both mesh WiFi hardware and a smart speaker, the combination providing whole-home wireless coverage as well as direct access to Amazon Alexa. The system brings together the Orbi WiFi router and the Orbi Voice smart speaker, each working together for simplified WiFi control and a smart home experience.
Netgear’s Orbi mesh WiFi system blankets homes up to 4500sqft with whole-home wireless coverage, and the Orbi Voice smart speaker provides direct access to Amazon Alexa, no Echo necessary. Users can utilize Alexa in the same way they would any other Alexa-based device, including controlling supported smart home devices, getting the weather, setting alarms, and more.
The speaker’s audio is by Harman Kardon, producing “impactful sound,” according to Netgear. As for the mesh networking side of the equation, the Orbi WiFi system offers a single wireless network name and smart roaming, the result being a seamless experience throughout the property.
Setup is said to be simple and performed through the Orbi mobile app, the same app used to enable Smart Parental Controls, control audio playing through the speaker, and more. As well, the system features a dedicated WiFi connection between the Orbi router and the smart speaker, this promising to deliver devices the fastest speeds available.
The complete Orbi Mesh WiFi system, which indulging both the router and the Voice smart speaker, will be available starting in September for $429.99 USD.