NETGEAR Orbi CBR40 Modem/Router Reviews

NETGEAR Orbi CBR40 Modem Reviews

Unique to its kind is the NETGEAR Orbi CBR40 Whole Home WiFi Router w/ built-in cable modem. With one main unit and a satellite unit that can be placed anywhere in the home, WiFi coverage is no longer hit and miss. With the new Fastlane 3 technology, WiFi speeds up to 2.2Gbps can deliver better and faster WiFi to more connected devices everywhere in your home. And with today’s ever-expanding smart home devices, better WiFi coverage is almost a must.

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  • DOCSIS 3.0
  • 32 x 8
  • AC2200 WiFi Built-in
  • No Voice

Orbi CBK40 = Modem/Router and One Satellite Extender and is currently cheaper than the CBR40 alone.

Netgear has done it again being on top of the latest technologies. This “Router” has a built-in cable modem and the ability to create a mesh network all in one unit. Purchase and add as many indoor or outdoor pods to create a seamless network around your property.

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NETGEAR Orbi CBR40 Reviews


The Orbi CBR40 comes in a sleek and compact package that declares its presence without screaming for attention.

The design of the CBR40 is reliable and reliable and the color combo looks good. It has a cylindrical shape with 3 antennas that extend outwards and then expand dynamically to keep up with the size of the router while you’re moving it around in your house. It’s compact enough to be placed on any surface while still feeling sturdy, but we wouldn’t recommend putting this router between anything fragile as it may get damaged easily.


The performance of this router is as good as the performance of the Netgear beamforming technology which creates a seamless network to enjoy an uninterrupted HD viewing experience, gaming, and streaming. It uses Tri-band Wi-Fi Connectivity so you can use up to 3 devices at the same time without experiencing any lag or buffering issues.

You can connect up to 16 devices at once which is pretty satisfactory if you want all your devices to be connected at the same time without experiencing lags or other issues related to network connectivity. The router comes with 2 LAN and 1 WAN port which you can use to connect your wired devices along with a USB port for printer or storage drive connectivity.


With Tri-Band Wi-Fi, MU-MIMO technology you will not experience slow webpage loading times even when multiple users are accessing it simultaneously from different parts I your home or office. You can use the Netgear Nighthawk app and schedule backups from anywhere from your home network from your smartphone or tablet.

There is a guest access option that lets you control the internet access of your guests, a feature that we absolutely loved as it made us feel safe rather than letting our friends worry about how much they’re allowed to browse online on our WiFi. You can also configure parental controls from anywhere using the Netgear genie app so if you have kids who are too addicted to YouTube, you can set time restrictions for them through this app.


The setup of the Orbi CBR40 is very easy and hassle-free. Once you’ve plugged in all the cables to power up the router, now you can connect it to your modem with an Ethernet cable (included in the box). Now turn on your computer or smartphone and start installing the router’s software through a USB drive that comes with the package.

Once this installation process is completed, download another Netgear app called “Netgear genie” which will help you manage all the settings of your network along with other features like parental controls, etc. You can easily set up guest networks if required or configure parental locks so no one can access something they’re not supposed to. We also liked how simple everything was once we had connected the router with our modem; everything was automatically set up by default and at no point did we need to deal with complicated settings.

Pros & Cons


  • Easy to setup
  • Parental Controls and Guest Network Accessibility
  • Works as expected as advertised! No need to keep checking if it’s working or not because it is working the whole time except the time when you’re not using it.


  • None really, I’d only suggest that they work on their instructions booklet. It would be easier to explain how certain things work together through pictures rather than words. They might take a little too long but that’s all 🙂 The price point is quite high so if money isn’t an issue then this could be the best choice for you! Otherwise, there are options that do the same thing for less money.

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This is undoubtedly one of the best routers you can buy online, so if money isn’t an issue then this could be your next purchase. We were very impressed by how well this product worked because we didn’t experience any issues when downloading files or streaming videos. It’s nice to know that our WiFi connection will never lag again thanks to the great range and speed offered by the Netgear Orbi CBR40.


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