Netgear Orbi RBK50 iinet NBN FTTP ForTheWin

Just wanted to create another post out there to confirm that you can easily use Netgear Orbi to be the main internet router on the iiNet/TPG NBN Fibre To The Premise (FTTP) service. You do not need to purchase another device to connect to the ethernet port on the FTTP NBN Fibre Modem.

Not only is it a great direct to NBN modem, but the wireless mesh is fast and reliable. No username or password is needed on the orbi, just plug it in, default values for VLAN tagging and PPPoE are just fine.

It even supports wired backhaul from the satellite to the main modem.

Indeed iiNet has now listed the RBK50 as a viable non-iiNet Modem for FTTP

NBN hardware compatibility | iiHelp (

She is working a charm at my place. In fact I am able to get very close to the theoretical maximim 990 MBps (yes!) when using a wired PC and the iiNet Ultrafast service. The web pages arrive *before* you click on them 🙂

Netgear Orbi RBK50 iinet NBN FTTP ForTheWin

Using sendy and Siteground cloud server

Its seems that you can run on Siteground’s Cloud service. Previously the cron and CPU restrictions from Siteground made sendy difficult to run.

I have moved my installation of sendy from an AWS EC2 tiny instance to my newly upgraded (and 20% more expensive) cloud service on Siteground.

I love Siteground, and have been with them for over 10 years. Everything they do is to make their service better for their customers. Not so excited about how much they now charge for their cloud service though. That being said, I do get 4 CPUs, 8 GB RAM, 40 GB SSD which is not too shabby.

Anyway here is what needed to be configured. I created a new subdomain, transferred across the mysql database, installed sendy and configured the cron scripts.

Siteground cron configuration

The cron configuration is located under DEVS in the beautiful new SG SiteTools.

To make the sendy scripts run every 5 minutes, you can paste the cron schedule string “*/5 * * * *” into the form and it senses automatically that this means every 5 minutes. Just set the Interval to Set Manually.

So here is my configuration, you need to prefix the script with “/bin/php”. I blanked out the username.

I used “pwd” to find the full path name of the php scripts. This required me to login via SSH, which always makes things easier for installing new software.

Send Rate

Whilst I could get 50 emails a second from the N. Virginia located EC2.tiny, the SG server in Iowa is slower to send to Amazon’s SES servers, more like 10 per second effective send rate. Whilst this is a lot slower, it is more convenient to have all my services in one location.

Proving it worked

I’m still proving that the emails were actually delivered. Sendy says that 5804 emails were sent to the SES servers, but my SES status page says only 1958 emails have been sent in the last 24 hours. I seems to be missing a few of my honeypot emails as well.

Stay tuned.

Update February 2022

Siteground have since migrated to Google Cloud Services to host all of their infrastructure, so the path names have changed and usernames to login with ssh.

I seem to be able to maintain a solid 20 emails per second with the SG cloud server which is enough for me.

So overall it is good news that send and siteground look to be ok.

Using sendy and Siteground cloud server

Sonos Play:1 and Netgear Orbi WiFi – may be solved

OK, if I factory defaulted the Play:1, connected direct to router with ethernet. Configure the Wireless Password while connected using the ethernet, then remove the ethernet cable and reset, it now DOES login to the Orbi WiFi and I can stream again.


Until the next time it won’t login again of couse.

Not sure if I had to default the config or not, but am glad I seem to have a solution.

Sonos Play:1 and Netgear Orbi WiFi – may be solved

Sonos Play:1 won’t authenticate to Netgear Orbi Password Incorrect

I’m really happy with the performance of my new mesh WiFi setup. It gives me awesome WiFi coverage of my entire property. See my posts here and here. What I’m not so hot on, though is the issue that keeps arising with my Sonos Play:1 getting into a state where it will not join the Orbi WiFi network.

You connect to the Sonos Play:1’s configuration WiFi, and supply the credentials for the Orbi WiFi, but you get a continual password incorrect error.

I was in this state when I first upgraded to my new Netgear Orbi mesh WiFi. Immediately I could not connect to the new WiFi. Then a few weeks later I tried again and I could connect and had a few weeks of useful operation. Can you think that I remember what part of the configuration reset I performed? Sadly no. It was not a factory reset because the Sonos has retained my favourites and playlists that I have saved there in the past.

I powered the Sonos off and on a few times as I moved it round the house, and it seems it has lost some part of the configuration that allowed it to connect to the WiFi. I also updated to Sonos S2 which might also have triggered my issue.

Sadly, as is often the case, searching the online forms is frustrating with lots of useless advice and repeat copies of the same fluff. No one who had this problem seems to be able to provide a workable solution.

Trying the cabled connection directly to the Orbi does not help, neither did a factory reset. It still won’t come online.

Very frustrating SONOS.

Sonos Play:1 won’t authenticate to Netgear Orbi Password Incorrect

orbi mesh Wi-Fi using ethernet backhaul – works!

I’m really impressed with the orbi wireless router. So far it has done everything that I asked of it. The software seems pretty rock solid.

I had the Satellite-2 located quite a few metres away from Satellite-1. The backhaul status was listed as poor, but worked quite ok. The max download was around 15Mb/s through my 100Mb/s internet link. Whilst this is not fabulous, I could use the same SSID throughout the whole property – bonus!

So now I plugged the Satellite-2 into ethernet that was connected back through 2 hubs to the orbi router module, reset and waited a few minutes. Voila – the Satellite-2 saw that there was a wired backhaul available and reconfigured to use it. Now I’m getting a solid 89Mb/s over wireless down in my office! Yay. Finally super fast Wi-Fi everywhere at my place.

Thanks orbi, you are a legend.

It is a bit hard to see, but here are my 2 satellites both showing good backhaul – one over wired and the other over 5G.

orbi mesh Wi-Fi using ethernet backhaul – works!

Tetris Effect on Surface Laptop i5 8Gb laggy and drops keypresses

Please help me work out why my version of Tetris Effect is unplayable on my otherwise very nice and fast Surface Laptop Core i5/8GB.

There is a very long delay from pressing a key to the piece rotating and even lost key strokes altogether.

The surface laptop has a simple Intel Graphics 620 HD Controller. It seems that I need at least a NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti . Sad 😦

A lower spec older machine with a dedicated graphics card runs just fine and this laptop is plenty fast enough for any other task I throw at it.

So what should I look at to see why have such a poor experience with Epic Game’s Tetris Effect?

Tetris Effect on Surface Laptop i5 8Gb laggy and drops keypresses

Netgear orbi – for the wifi mesh win

This wee map might not look like much, but it shows my new netgear orbi setup build a mesh wifi network that covers my whole property.

I have traditionally had 2 separate WiFi APs, requiring another WiFi device down at the back of the property in my office. This caused a lot of issues with a phone preferring to hang onto a poor WiFi signal rather than switch over to a stronger one closer by. So if I was to walk past the office on the way to house the office AP would be connected to, and held onto even when in the house. The signal from the remote AP was strong enough to hang onto, but not strong enough to provide a working internet connection. Happened several times each week.

Enter WiFi mesh. Let the WiFi devices talk amoungst themselves and present a single SSID to users. Netgear orbi delivers and works well.

I have the main router in the house, the first satellite in the playroom and the second satellite down in the office. It is a around 10-12m between the 2 satellites and a couple of brick walls, so the backhaul link it judged to be “poor”. The throughput is good enough though – 30-40Mbps, far better than a barely working dribbling WiFi connection.

Netgear orbi – for the wifi mesh win