Firmware 2.5.0.108 adds a new Wi-Fi network to Netgear Orbi Pro SRK60

By Dmitry Kann 2 min read This post in Russian 0543

My mesh router Netgear Orbi Pro SRK60 (see my review of the router) has recently received the firmware version 2.5.0.108.

What’s new in this version:

  • Support for WPA2-Enterprise security.
  • Support for 802.11w for better wireless security.
  • Addition of the fourth (“Wireless 3”) network.
  • HTTP certificate update.
  • In Insight, device access to the local network is now enabled by default.

For me personally the addition of another Wi-Fi network is the most useful. This turns an Orbi into a four-network access point: three “regular” ones + the guest portal.

Wireless 3 settings.
Wireless 3 settings.

This new network, which is called Wireless 3 in the admin interface, is supposed to be used for all kinds of IoT devices, which revel in prying into your personal affairs. In the settings you can (and should) deprive them of access to each other or the local network, so that they can only access Internet.

With regard to this update I have the following three remarks:

  • It’s peculiar a software update can nowadays add another Wi-Fi network.
  • Even before the update I used to put all IoT devices into a dedicated network, the Wireless 2 in my case. This change gives you more freedom in defining your network layout.
  • The update has reset my router to factory defaults for some reason, so I had to start configuring it from scratch. Do use the Backup Settings function!

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