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Does Orbi work with Spectrum?

Orbi with Spectrum

It can be a challenge to get WiFi signals in every nook and cranny of the house even if you have fast internet. Although a single wireless router would do the work in providing decent coverage around the house if you are expecting neck to neck coverage from your Spectrum Internet plans, then you’re probably going to need one of the Netgear Orbi mesh devices.

In case you’re wondering if Orbi works with Spectrum, the answer is yes! It works really well with Spectrum modems and it’s quite easy to set up. since Orbi uses a mesh system setup, it extends your wireless coverage without the need for upgrading equipment.

How to Set up Orbi with a Spectrum Modem

There are two ways to set up Orbi with your equipment. One way is to set the modem as the bridge to disable the router functionality and allow only the modem to work. In this case, Orbi functions as a router.

The second is to set Orbi to the (AP) access point mode. In this case, Orbi works as the AP whereas Spectrum remains in the modem/router mode.

Follow these steps to set up Orbi with your spectrum device to overcome the Internet connection problem and experience a steady speed:

  1. Download the Orbi app on your mobile device and launch it.
  2. Create your Netgear account and register your Netgear product if you like.
  3. Click Get Started
  4. Scan the QR code on the sleeve/base of your Orbi device
  5. Hit continue
  6. Select the product and select continue
  7. Locate your modem and hit continue
  8. Restart it and tap continue
  9. Connect the Orbi router’s internet port to your modem’s ethernet port
  10. Plug the Orbi router into the power outlet
  11. Wait for the device to start.
  12. Plug the Orbi satellites into the outlet in the same room
  13. Go back to the Orbi app and hit continue
  14. You will see a bar displaying the progress of the router
  15. Connect to the router’s default WiFi
  16. Once it’s done, go back to the Orbi app and hit continue
  17. Go to the settings inside the app
  18. Create a WiFi network by following the prompts
  19. Make sure the firmware is up to date
  20. Hit next
  21. You have now set up your Orbi WiFi system successfully

Placement Matters

Although it’s totally up to the user where to place the router and the Orbi satellites, it’s best to place the main router and the satellites in the same room. They must be located in a central part of the house so that the signals reach all corners of the house.

You can always launch the Orbi app to check the current upload and download speeds of your fiber internet since Orbi uses Speedtest.net for that.

Once Orbi is set up with your router, this will considerably increase coverage regions in your house, removing previously unusable dead zones and converting them into usable workspaces. You won’t have to worry about dead zones or a slow internet connection unless there’s some ongoing Charter Spectrum internet outage issue.

Why Choose Orbi?

The quality of Orbi that makes it different from the rest is that it creates a mesh network by combining multiple access points. For wireless internet connectivity, most consumers formerly relied on a single Wi-Fi router. But Single-router systems, frequently create dead zones, especially in larger homes or those with thick plaster walls.

One solution for that is to use a WiFi extender but these are difficult to set up, slower in speeds, and force users to manually switch their WiFi connections at times. It just takes 10 minutes for Orbi to set up with your Spectrum equipment. The “please wait” and “firmware updating” messages are common. It’s probably a sign that your devices are being set up and you will be ready to use the internet in no time.

The Orbi app does a great job of guiding the users throughout the entire setup process. You don’t have to push any button to make it work. Just power up the devices, wait for them to connect and you’re done!

Summing Up

Orbi is compatible with Spectrum equipment. If you’re having trouble receiving the wireless signals throughout the house, it’s best to get Orbi for wall-to-wall coverage. This is the only way to get real value for the Spectrum internet payment that goes out of your hard-earned income every month.

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