Manage music and Smart Home via voice control, enjoying the best WiFi connection anywhere: this is how Netgear presents Orbi Voice at IFA in Berlin, a device that combines WiFi mesh and a premium Smart audio speaker thanks to the collaboration of Harman Kardon.
In fact, the satellite Orbi Voice, which can be integrated into any Orbi WiFi system, expands the signal throughout the house to cover 150 m2 and a high-performance WiFi (up to 3GB per second) and then works as a HiFi audio. In the new integrated device the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, to which you can ask to play songs from the most popular platforms, manage IoT devices, check traffic and weather, read sports results and much more, without the need for an additional Amazon Echo device.
The two main trends for Smart Home technology are voice assistants and WiFi mesh systems said David Henry, Netgear's senior vice president of Connected Home Products Netgear has a long experience in WiFi Mesh systems and for this reason we decided to present in a the only solution is the WiFi Mesh and the Alexa voice assistant. Orbi Voice is the result of this combination.
The quality sound offered by Harman Kardon on paper promises defined sounds and a high richness of tonality thanks to its woofer (9 cm) and tweeter (3 cm) speakers. To the 4 built-in microphones, combined with far-field technology, credit goes to the ability to recognize voice commands even from the other end of a room.
Orbi Voice effectively eliminates the need to purchase two separate products to achieve the same functions. Through the Orbi app, it is also possible to set the censorship system Circle Smart Parental Control to manage content and time spent online by a minor or device, also benefiting from a separate guest WiFi network when needed.
Below are the images taken by macitynet at the Netgear stand of IFA 2018.
Finally, from a technical point of view, there are two Gigabit Ethernet ports available for connecting wired devices. Orbi Voice available starting from October at the price of 499 euros, the expansion version costs 399 euros. The actual functionality with Alexa in our country underway since the launch of Alexa in Italy, i.e. from 30 October 2018.