Ever wonder why your Wi-Fi router just sits there, delivering you sweet access to the whole internet but not much more? Netgear evidently realises that people like multipurpose gadgets because it's now offering an Orbi Wi-Fi router with a built-in Harman Kardon speaker and Amazon Alexa capabilities. It's like a pumped up Echo, in a really weird way.
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Routers are going through a design renaissance of sorts, and Netgear is a microcosm of that change. Take, for instance, the company's popular Nighthawk router -- black, angular, full of antennas. It's everything the Netgear's newest router isn't. Called Orbi, this router embraces the well-design future of your home's internet brain, explored the last few years by Google's OnHub and smaller startups like Eero and Luma.