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by Rob Follis

26th March, 2018

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Gamers look for every advantage in online games and this fancy new wireless router from Netgear might be the answer.

With the new Nighthawk Pro Gaming Wi-fi Router, users will enjoy frustration-free online and network gaming. Its MU-MIMO Wi-fi streams simultaneously to multiple devices on the same network so users can smoothly game online at the same time without affecting each other’s performance.

This NETGEAR Nighthawk® Pro Gaming Wi-Fi Router (XR500) leverages advanced, cutting-edge software to optimise network connections by stabilising ping, reducing lag spikes, and keeping always on with reliable wired and wireless connectivity for superior online gameplay.

The Gaming Dashboard, Geo Filter, Quality of Service (QoS) and Network Monitoring capabilities enable customisation and gaming performance unmatched in the router space.

NETGEAR Nighthawk includes best-in-class hardware features such as a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, Quad-stream Wave 2 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO, and four external high-power antennas wrapped up in an aggressive and formidable enclosure. 

David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home for NETGEAR said:

All online gamers, whether they are casual, avid or professional, have one thing in common - the need for responsive, reliable, low lag gameplay. With the introduction of Nighthawk Pro Gaming, NETGEAR is demonstrating our dedication to gamers to deliver products that enhance gaming performance,

Here are some of the other key reasons to make the Nighthawk the centrepiece of a gaming experience: 

  • Gaming Dashboard — On a single screen, view real-time bandwidth utilisation by device, ping delays, and many other parameters.
  • Geo Filter — Fix gaming lag by limiting distance to servers or other players, get a guaranteed local connection, and create black/white lists of preferred servers.
  • Quality of Service (QoS) — Prioritize gaming devices and allocate bandwidth by device to eliminate lag due to queuing at the ISP network.
  • Gaming VPN — Protect network identity, prevent a DDoS attack, and use the VPN client to connect to the VPN server.
  • Network Monitor — Check on bandwidth-hogging devices and identify the applications which could be causing lag.
  • Gigabit Ethernet Ports — Maximize speed with four (4) GbE LAN ports for wired connections, ideal for fast-paced gaming and high-quality streaming.
  • 802.11ac Wi-fi — Enjoy Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) for simultaneous streaming, Quad-Stream and 160MHz for faster speeds.
  • Dual-Core 1.7GHz Processor — Support more devices for better 4K streaming, VR gaming, surfing, and more with this powerful, faster processor.
  • AC2600 Wi-fi — Take advantage of up to 800+1733 Mbps* wireless speed, and double the available bandwidth with simultaneous dual-band Wi-fi.
  • High-Performance Antennas — Get better Wi-fi coverage and faster speeds with four (4) external antennas.
  • Memory — Enjoy plenty of headroom with 256 MB flash and 512 MB RAM.
  • Beamforming+ — Enjoy more reliable connections for fewer drops, providing jitter-free network performance.

GadgetNET says: Netgear do make good routers, and the XR500 looks like it has the chops to perform in gaming. The styling is fabulous, if you want an evil spider crouching next to your rig, ready to intimidate your enemies.


Posted in: Gaming & Esports Computers
Tags: netgear 

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Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.

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