Netgear Orbi Models Comparison: RBK30 vs RBK40 vs RBK50 vs RBK23 vs RBK33

The Netgear Orbi WiFi systems such as the RBK30, RBK40 and 50 are some of the best routers on the market right now.

Their newest products are pushing the limits of what is considered to be the new cutting-edge WiFi which is now being called Mesh WiFi. Their whole home system made our list for the best wireless routers for charter spectrum, and so we were interested enough to take another look at the Orbi models which seem to be one of Netgear’s best creations yet.

If you’re anything like us and you’re not too sure what the differences are between the various Orbi models then you might want to read on.

In this article, we’ll be going over some of the key things that we’ve discovered, such as feature variances and more. If you would like to know more about wireless routers, then you should check out our all-encompassing wireless router guide.

Model notation

There are a number of different Orbi models and this is because Netgear release products fast. One of their non-Orbi routers made our list of top budget routers on the market, so it’s safe to say that they produce a lot of quality hardware.

Let’s dig into the differences.

RBK What?

All Netgear Orbi Models are annotated RBKxx. The following two numbers then define which model of Orbi Kit you’re getting. (Yes, the K in RBK stands for Kit).

List of popular models

Orbi Kit Comparisons

You probably know by now that each kit comes with a certain amount of hardware such as a router, signal booster, satellite unit etc.

However not every kit/model is equal, so what are some of the key differences between the most popular kits?

RBK30 Vs RBK40

RBK30 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK30 covers homes up to 3500 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 2200 Mbps (AC2200)
  • The satellite contains no LAN Ports.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.

RBK40 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK40 covers homes up to 4000 sq.ft.
  • WiFi speed of 2200 Mbps (AC2200)
  • The Satellite includes 4 LAN Ethernet Ports for Wired Connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.

RBK30 Vs RBK50

RBK30 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK30 covers homes up to 3500 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 2200 Mbps (AC2200)
  • The satellite contains no LAN Ports.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.

RBK50 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK50 covers homes up to 5000 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 3000 Mbps (AC3000)
  • The satellite contains 4 LAN Ports for Wired Connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.

RBK40 Vs RBK50

RBK40 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK40 covers homes up to 4000 sq.ft.
  • WiFi speed of 2200 Mbps (AC2200)
  • The Satellite includes 4 LAN Ethernet Ports for Wired Connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.

RBK50 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK50 covers homes up to 5000 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 3000 Mbps (AC3000)
  • The satellite contains 4 LAN Ports for Wired Connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.

RBK33 Vs RBK50

RBK33 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK33 covers homes up to 5000 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 2200 Mbps (AC2200)
  • The satellite contains no ports for additional connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.

RBK50 Statistics & Features:

  • The RBK50 covers homes up to 5000 sq.ft
  • WiFi speed of 3000 Mbps (AC3000)
  • The satellite contains 4 LAN Ports for Wired Connections.
  • Router contains 1 WAN and 3 LAN Ports.

Which Is Best?

If you wanted us to choose what’s best then we’d have to break it down into sub-categories…

The Best For Large Homes: RBK33 (on the assumption you want mainly wireless connections)
The Best For Speed: RBK50
The Best Value: RBK40

Conclusion

The Netgear Orbi models aren’t as complicated as they seem, and when you compare them the differences are pretty simple to understand.

We hope you found the article useful.