How To Configure Orbi Pro: A Beginner’s Guide?

To configure the Orbi Pro system, simply connect the main unit to a router: the Ethernet cable must be inserted at the WAN port on the Orbi Pro and, with the other side, at a free LAN port on the modem router or on the switch.

At this point, we suggest connecting to the Orbi Pro router unit via Wi-Fi: just search for the new SSID (usually ORBIxx, where “xx” is a number) by entering the temporary password shown on a label on the front of the module.

The page for the first system configuration will open automatically. If this does not happen, just type in the browser address bar.

Furthermore, at the first startup, Orbi Pro takes care of resolving possible IP address conflicts: the main unit uses IP but if for example the modem router to which it is connected already uses this address, it will use another private IP class.

The Orbi Pro system can be configured, from the time of the first installation, in router or access point mode.

In router mode, Orbi Pro is installed “behind” the modem or the existing router that ensures connectivity. Client devices that need to “see” each other has to be connected either wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable to the Netgear Orbi Pro router or one of its satellite units.

If you set up Orbi Pro in access point mode, then you will find the Netgear system becoming a part of a unique device that can be compared to a wireless switch. Then, if any client connects to Orbi Pro is going to connect to the main router or a gateway. Then, the exchange of data will take place within the local network and the devices that are physically connected to the gateway.

The configuration of the Orbi Pro system will then continue with the detection of the satellites and their setting.

The following steps are trivial: you can choose the password to access the administration panel and then define the SSID and password for the Wi-Fi network.

The firmware update, where versions that are more recent are available, completes the installation of the Netgear system.

When you choose access point mode, you won’t be able to access all Orbi Pro features.  Features like setting QoS, VPN server, defining the criteria to assign private LAN IPs, parental controls, management remote, traffic indicators, access control, blocking sites, traffic forwarding on doors and UPnP. All these particularly useful features can be configured by clicking on the ‘Advanced’ tab of the Orbi Pro web administration panel but they will not be selectable if you do not configure the system as a router instead of an access point.

To change this setting later, just click on Advanced, choose ‘Advanced’ setup followed by Router/AP mode.

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