Netgear has finally announced the Australian availability of what it dubs "the world’s first mesh Wi-Fi System with Orbi Voice Smart Speaker and Wi-Fi Mesh Satellite with Built-In Amazon Alexa".
As Netgear explains, "Orbi Voice as part of any Orbi Wi-Fi System creates expansive whole home Wi-Fi coverage up to 418 square meters or more of high-performance Wi-Fi up to 3 Gigabits per second combined Wi-Fi speed, along with premium audio by Harman Kardon for incredible sound in any room.
"With the built-in Amazon voice assistant capability fully integrated into Orbi Voice Satellite, Alexa can be asked to play music from the most popular music services as well as set alarms, control IoT devices, check traffic, weather, sports scores, and so much more, without needing a separate Amazon Echo device".
Netgear Australia presenting the new Orbi Voice:
Note, the video starts exactly at the Orbi Voice presentation:
David Henry, the SVP of Netgear's Connected Home Products division said: "The two fastest growing consumer trends for Smart Home technology have been the popularity of the voice assistant control and the growth of Wi-Fi mesh systems.
"Netgear, the established leader of WiFi Mesh with our award-winning Orbi Whole Home Tri-band Mesh Wi-Fi systems and Nighthawk Mesh Wi-Fi extenders, is driving the next step in innovation with a built-in Alexa assistant and WiFi mesh satellite in a single consumer solution.
“Orbi Voice is the result of combining the three key technologies used in the Smart Home environment in order to deliver both exceptional Wi-Fi and quality sound from our audio technology partner Harman Kardon. It is also widely known that the most popular skill employed with smart speakers is to enjoy streaming music services.
"To address this need, we have taken our expertise in Wi-Fi and married it with a legend in the industry, Harman Kardon, to deliver superior sound quality while aligning with the leading providers of streaming music to give our customers the best Wi-Fi and HiFi in one package,” Henry continued.
Orbi Voice will delight your friends and family with superior sound clarity providing a captivating listening experience. Premium audio by Harman Kardon creates exceptionally rich, room-filling sound. A built-in four-microphone array and far-field voice recognition enables Orbi Voice to hear you from across the room. To easily adjust the volume and equalizer controls, simply use the Orbi mobile app to adjust the treble and bass emanating from the 3.5-inch front-facing woofer and 1-inch tweeter.
“Products that solve multiple consumer needs are increasingly in demand, and the exquisite sound quality of Harman Kardon elevates the dynamic Orbi Voice Smart Speaker,” added David Rogers, president of HARMAN’s Consumer Audio Business Unit.
“We’re pleased to partner with Netgear to bring this product to consumers looking for a single device that offers tremendous audio, in addition to its voice intelligence and Wi-Fi capabilities.”
Netgear happily notes: "With its sleek, modern design, Orbi Voice is the perfect smart speaker to display on a bookshelf, side table or kitchen counter, so you can listen to your favourite music and podcasts in any room, without missing a beat. The combination of a voice assistant, high-end audio and high-performance Wi-Fi in one device, eliminates the clutter of three individual products to deliver the same features.
"With Orbi Voice, you will be able to enjoy music from the most popular music streaming providers, such as Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Deezer and other services. Orbi Voice is also capable of playback of audiobooks from Audible, podcasts, radio stations, news briefs, and more – all you have to do is ask."
Here's more on the Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System
Netgear tells us that "Wi-Fi Systems are designed for a broad range of home environments, from apartments and townhouses to single family homes and sprawling estates. The new Orbi Tri-band Mesh Wi-Fi System with Orbi Voice Smart Speaker and Wi-Fi Satellite (RBK50V) delivers up to 3Gbps high-performance Wi-Fi coverage for homes up to 418 square meters for a nearly zero buffering and no dead zones Wi-Fi experience.
"The new Orbi System is ready right out of the box and will work with current internet service providers. Setup for an Orbi System is easy using a mobile device through the free Orbi app. It offers easy network management and helps to keep the device current with automated Orbi software updates for new features and Wi-Fi enhancements.
"Through the Orbi app, set Circle Smart Parental Controls on Netgear https://www.netgear.com.au/landings/circle/ to manage content and time spent online on a per-child or per-device basis. You’ll also benefit from a separate guest Wi-Fi network and other advanced router features.
"Each Orbi Voice Satellite offers two Gigabit Ethernet ports for connecting wired devices for even faster file transfers and reliable connections."
So, what is the Pricing and Availability?
"The Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System (RBK50V), consisting of the Orbi Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router plus one Orbi Voice Smart Speaker and Wi-Fi Satellite, is now available at A$799.00.
"For those with an existing Orbi Wi-Fi system, the add-on Orbi Voice Smart Speaker and Wi-Fi Mesh satellite (RBS40V) by NETGEAR is now available at A$499.00.
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Here's my video interview with Netgear SVP David Henry from September 2018 on these new products: