The Orbi App from NETGEAR makes it easy to set up and get more from your Orbi WiFi system.
You can quickly install your WiFi in just a few steps. A dashboard provides easy access to additional app features:
• Remote Management. Manage your router and connected devices from anywhere with Internet access
• Network Map. Easily view the status of your Orbi router and satellites
• Smart Parental Controls. Manage content & time online with Circle® with Disney.
• Internet Speed Check. Test the broadband speeds from your service provider.
• Pause Internet. Pause the Internet on any connected device.
• Traffic Meter. Supervise Internet traffic usage by day, week, month, and more
• Guest Network. Set up a guest WiFi network to keep your main network private and secure
• and more!
For more information about your Orbi WiFi System, visit http://www.netgear.com/support/orbi
We are always working hard to improve our apps and truly appreciate your feedback! This release includes some key feature improvements and bug fixes. Make sure to update your router to the latest firmware version using the app in order to explore all the great features your router has to offer. Please continue to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re having any issues!
Ratings and Reviews
Parental controls are cumbersome and lacking
I was wondering pretty excited about getting this WiFi router. I’ve been hearing such great things about mesh type WiFi routers. Setup was easy and comes in two flavors; the Orbi app or a web browser. I chose the Orbi app and it was easy. Our WiFi was up and running within 20 minutes. Every item we have connected easily to the router and speeds seemed great (no specific speed tests were run, just watched Netflix on each device). I have a 14 year old and needed to setup some limits. I had time limits for each day on my old router where it would allow a connection to the internet between 7am and 10pm on his devices. I also have a few websites blocked through my old router. I could not do this on the Orbi. You had to use Open DNS (separate website) along with the Orbi’s parental controls menu to setup websites or servers. You could not, however, setup times for internet access to devices. This is unacceptable to me. The Orbi has Circle Disney setup on it, which gives you more parental controls at a cost of $5/month?!?! That is also a separate login. Both Circle and what little parental controls within the Orbi router was just too complicated and lacking for me to keep the device, so we returned it and reconnected our old WiFi router. We now will be looking for another router manufacturer for our home.
Netgear listens to feedback
I’m updating my previous review from 1 to 4 stars. The latest app revision does away with the requirement to have a Netgear account. It has reverted to router credentials only. Thanks for listening.
1st the Orbi is both amazing and infuriating. When it works it’s the best home router hands down, but it tends to be unreliable and plagued by half baked firmware updates. Now they just updated the app. The first thing it asks for is a Netgear account. Not the router login. So now I can’t manage my Orbi without having a Netgear account. It’s so frustrating. I just want to go into the app and turn off my kids iPads. Why can’t I do that without a Netgear account? I could one version ago. Everything piles up. Eventually the Orbi is going on eBay.
This is a follow up to Netgear’s canned response as to why it’s good to require the Netgear ID for app access.
You’ve got to be kidding me. Your own post from the community page advises against using remote access to protect against the VPNFilter Malware. This right here is emblematic if the whole Netgear experience. Oh and BTW on the Genie app you’re off on the device type so when I set a device type on the Orbi, it is miss identified in the Genie app. Again an example of what to expect from the Netgear experience, just slightly off.
Hi, 1993rx7. Connecting your Orbi to your Netgear account provides a number of benefits including enabling voice controls, the ability to manage and monitor your network from anywhere, receiving important security updates, and more. You can read more about it here: https://kb.netgear.com/000058257/Why-do-I-need-to-create-a-NETGEAR-account-for-the-Orbi-App We’d also like to help you with any other issues you’re having with Orbi – please email us at email@example.com.
Support for VoiceOver is lacking.
I bought this system to eliminate dead zones and interference. Now, we do not have dead zones, and interference caused by all of the surrounding routers in the area are nonexistent. The web based interface is easy to use from a computer. This app, however, leaves a lot to be desired. I rely on voiceover to read the contents of the screens and controls. Voiceover will identify most of the controls in the app, but does not identify them as buttons. I have to guess whether it is a control or not. Also, I cannot turn Internet access on or off using voice over. The device list and associated information such as whether a device is connected to the main router or a satellite, is very difficult if not impossible to read accurately while using voice over. I would like to see improvements with regards to accessibility. I will update this review if I discover that net gear has put some attention toward this area. Thank you.
- NETGEAR, Inc.
- 201.4 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2015 NETGEAR, Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.