NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming Wireless Wi-Fi Internet Router 802.11ac Gigabit Ports, Black, XR500-100AUS
- Nighthawk Pro Gaming Wi-Fi Router is built to transform your gaming experience
- Supports 802.11ac connection with super fast speeds of up to 2.6Gbps, Blazing fast, reliable 2.6Gbps WiFi. Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) for simultaneous streaming
- 5 x Gigabit Ethernet ports, ideal for fast connection to gaming consoles and computers
- 4 x high performance external antennas for better Wi-Fi coverage, faster speeds and less interference
- AC2600 Dual Band Wi-Fi fast wireless connections for gaming on Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and more
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Extreme Wi-Fi Speed for Gaming Speeds of Up to 2300Mbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports. Dual Band Router. 4 x High Performance Antennas. Dual-Core 1.7GHz Processor. Simultaneous Dual-Band Wi-Fi. High-Performance Antennas. Additional DFS Channels. Guarantee Local Connection. XR500 Nighthawk Pro Gaming Wi-Fi Router uses state-of-the-art software to optimize your internet connection by stabilizing ping, reducing lag spikes, and keeping you in the game with reliable wired and wireless connectivity for fast-paced gaming. Personalize your gaming dashboard to view real-time bandwidth utilization by device, ping and many other parameters. Limit lag and get a guaranteed local connection with Geo Filter or enable Quality of Service for prioritized gaming devices and allocated bandwidth. VPN Client protects your network identity and prevents DDoS attacks. Blazing-fast 2.6Gbps Wi-Fi speeds, Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a dual-core 1.7GHz processor make online and network gaming frustration-free. System Requirements Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or higher, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome 55 or higher, Firefox 45 or higher, Safari 10 or higher
From the manufacturer
- AC2600 Dual Band WiFi - Fast and reliable WiFi
- 5x Gigabit Ethernet Ports - Maximised wired speeds
- Dual-core 1.7GHz Processor - Support multiple devices and demanding traffic
- 2x USB 3.0 Ports - Access media or connect a printer
Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router
Power to Win
The XR500 Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router uses state-of-the-art software to optimise your internet connection by stabilising ping, reducing lag spikes, and keeping you in the game with reliable wired and wireless connectivity for fast-paced gaming.
- Quality of Service - Prioritise gaming devices over others to prevent lag spikes
- Geo Filter - Limit distance to servers or other players
- Gaming Dashboard - View real-time bandwidth utilisation by device
- Network Monitor - Identify applications that could be causing lag
- Gaming VPN - Support your existing VPN service
Get blazing-fast WiFi & enjoy a lag-free WiFi experience for VR gaming, video streaming or surfing. Next-generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds.
Check bandwidth-hogging devices and identify what causes lag. Stay in the game with reliable connectivity for fast-paced gaming. Optimise your Internet connection by stabilising ping and reducing lag spikes.
Easy to Install
Start enjoying your new device faster than ever. NETGEAR wants to make sure installation and management is simple & easy, so you can connect quickly & make sure you stay that way!
Secure WiFi Connections
Maintain high security across your network to ensure your privacy & family is safe while online. Whether it’s preventing phishing & spyware or just limiting access for kids & guests, NETGEAR has you covered.
|XR500 WiFi Router||XR700 WiFi Router|
|WiFi per band||1733(5GHz)+800(2.4GHz) Mbps||4600(60GHz)+1733(5GHz)+800(2.4GHz) Mbps|
|Gigabit Ethernet Ports||(5) Gigabit Ethernet Ports||(7) Gigabit Ethernet Ports|
|10G SFP+ Port||-||(1) 10 Gigabit SFP+ Port|
|Plex Media Server||-||✓|
|Gaming VPN Client Support||✓||✓|
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We haven't seen the speed boost that we were hoping for, but we think it maybe more reliable than our connection through our previous device. We've also found that some of the features aren't useful for console gaming - attempts to set up the Geo-filter results in in-game errors with matchmaking. It's fine for PC gaming and the Ping functionality works for the PC in that case. I've also had to set up Port Forwarding for each console so that in-game chat works - those Toledo errors crop up for the XBox One.
Finally, coinciding with the changeover to this router, we found that our catch-up TV apps mostly stopped working through the Samsung TV and the consoles. This probably reflects something about how the apps are built for local TV channels, but still it's a frustration. One catch-up app works, as well as Amazon Prime, Stan and Netflix. If there's a fix I'd love to know - hours of googling hasn't identified something that works for us.
The Duma OS interface is nice. (A bit of playing around to work out how to customise the dashboard - you actually do it through the specific pages. Pinning a box makes it appear on the dashboard.) Frustratingly it repeatedly asks for the username and password and strangely Chrome doesn't give me an option to save it. Occasionally it gives errors and displays a blank screen.
Be aware that if you change routers, and even use the same SSID and password, you will still need to go into every device and re-enter the details (or forget the network and re-enter it). That includes every wifi connected light bulb, your solar inverter, every mobile device, TV, DVD player, etc! Found out that we have about 35 devices and the whole process took 5-6 hours (at least). The DumaOS gives you an option to clearly label what they are and how they're connected once you've gone around the house matching MAC addresses, which has been nice and handy. Once labelled, a chart shows you what each of the devices is downloading or uploading, which is an eye-opener.
Do I like it - YES. But I wish I'd seen a nice speed boost to justify the expense.
I switched to my older router since upgrading my internet and there was a significant difference in lag and signal connection. Definitely recommend if you have the internet to support it, otherwise it won't fix your problems.
However, I had all sorts of trouble getting a couple of ubiquity loco M5 nanostations to work with this router. The router would not recognise them as being plugged in and available on the initial IP those devices come with, no matter what I tried. Ended up trying with another Netgear router (R7000P) and the devices were accessible immediately.
This means I had to change what I was intending to use the device for, which was an annoyance.