Generations ago, the internet spoke of an old saying that involved a man exhibiting excitement about hearing of a person’s love of an object, so he did favor, and put that something inside of something else. That’s what Netgear did here. Netgear heard people like the internet so much that the company put an internet modem inside a WiFi router.
The Orbi WiFi System with Built-in Cable Modem is just that. It’s an Orbi WiFi router with a DOCSIS® 3.0 cable modem built in. In theory this setup would make for easier setup and troubleshooting of internet issues while providing the home with great WiFi.
I have an Orbi system in my house and it’s wonderful. The system does a far better job at covering my home with WiFi than my previous single router setup. Including the cable modem in the setup, though, just makes sense and other networking companies would be smart to follow Netgear’s lead. Naturally, there’s a danger in including a cable modem in a router as one piece could become obsolete before the other but I would argue that most consumers upgrade their equipment every few years anyway.
This convenience comes at a cost. The router with built-in Orbi networking costs $299 and a system with an Orbi extender costs $399.