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Netgear releases water-resistant satellite to extend your Wi-Fi network outside

Monica Chin

If you've ever worried that you're not spending enough time outdoors, you're in luck. 

Networking hardware company Netgear has announced the new Orbi Outdoor Satellite, which will allow you to keep watching Netflix in your backyard, barn, garden, terrace, or anywhere else outdoors that you'd like.

The mesh-networking device promises to extend the range of your Wi-Fi connection by an additional 2,500 square feet, and is dust and water resistant, so it's safe from the elements (or your pool). 

You can easily control the Satellite with a mobile app, and can connect it to phones, computers, cameras, speakers, or any smart home device.

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Unlike other Wi-Fi range extenders, the Orbi Outdoor Satellite creates and utilizes dedicated bandwidth to exchange data with your router (which you can connect to any modem). This proprietary technology, called FastLane3, means your outdoor devices will still access the highest possible internet speed. 

The router and Satellite also operate a single network name, meaning you won't have to disconnect and reconnect as you change locations. 

The device is $330, and is available in the U.S. for purchase on Netgear's website and through major retailers. 

The Satellite isn't cheap, but Netgear has a history of releasing the best networking devices in the industry. 

The company was recently named a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree for the Orbi Outdoor Satellite as well as a wire-free security camera, security light, 5G mobile hotspot router, and wifi access management app. These products will be on display at CES 2018, Jan. 9-12. 

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