Friday, March 15th 2019

Netgear Introduces New Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router Optimized For Minimal Lag

NETGEAR, the leading provider of networking products for online gaming, has debuted the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 WiFi Router, during the SXSW Gaming Expo. This latest member of the Nighthawk Pro Gaming product family is designed to minimize ping and latency on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, PCs and mobile devices, for a wide audience.

The XR300 leverages a purpose-built gaming dashboard powered by DumaOS, critical for an enhanced online gaming experience. With the explosion in popularity of online games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and PUBG, the Nighthawk Pro Gaming Dashboard, used across our entire Nighthawk Pro Gaming line, prioritizes internet speeds for faster online gaming and smoother streaming, minimizing lag with ultra-low ping rates, and giving gamers a fully personalized experience on the customizable dashboard.
Its rich set of features empowers a gaming experience unmatched by any other WiFi router, while simultaneously delivering high-performance internet speeds for the entire home.

"With more than 2.3 billion active gamers in the world, online gaming is truly becoming the world's favorite pastime. As multiplayer online games grow in popularity, it's known that latency kills. Our award-winning line of Pro Gaming routers, including the XR500 and the XR700, emerged very naturally as a response to the needs of the gaming community, who already favored our Nighthawk routers," says David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for NETGEAR. "The XR300 is the latest addition to our NPG router lineup, and it ensures that every gamer is provided with a competitive edge to dominate their game, on their platform of choice."

Features of the XR300 Router:
  • Optimized Gaming Performance- Dramatically reduces lag by prioritizing online gaming. Use Geo Filtering to control your lag by limiting distance to game servers or other players. Use Quality of Service (QoS) to prioritize gaming devices and allocate bandwidth by device. Control the maximum upload and download speeds per device on the network to minimize sudden lag spikes while gaming. Powered by DumaOS gaming software.
  • Gaming Dashboard- Easily tweak every aspect of your connection to stabilize ping, reduce lag, and even ensure quality local connections. Check on bandwidth-hogging devices and identify the applications which could be causing lag.
  • Wired and Wireless Connectivity-Four (4) Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for maximized wired speeds ideal for fast-paced gaming and high-quality streaming, plus one (1) WAN port. Super-fast 802.11ac wireless speeds.
  • Compatible with Gaming Systems - Works with PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and more.
Pricing and Availability:
The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 WiFi Router from NETGEAR will be available worldwide in April of 2019 through authorized NETGEAR partners and other reseller channels, e-commerce sites, and major retailers, at an MSRP of £169.99 (GBP).
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45 Comments on Netgear Introduces New Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router Optimized For Minimal Lag

#1
TheLostSwede
Amazing, an entire press release for a Wi-Fi router without a mention of what Wi-Fi speeds it supports...
Super-fast 802.11ac wireless speeds isn't precise enough...
Based on the antenna configuration I'm guessing it's AC1900.
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#2
PerfectWave
my netgear 6220 died after 2 year and 2 months. Junk trash hardware
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#3
JalleR
i have a really old WNDR3700v2 that is still working perfect…. But but but..... not with Netgears crapy firmware but with DD-WRT... but my primary router R7800 is running with stock firmware and that sucks need to reboot min once a week otherwise the Wi-Fi is S...… (Super Nice HW (Dual core ARM 1.7Ghz + Dual core Network processor 800Mhz) but the firmware is plan and unstable) the only good thing about it is the Lan and Wan connection is perfect the best i ever had from a router.
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#4
stanleyipkiss
DumaOS is amazing. Miles better than any router OS. I'd buy it just for that.
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#5
lynx29
But is it Nvidia certified router? :roll:
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#6
Readlight
Is there also gaming 4g router? Or optic, wifi, tv, gaming, modem? All un one.
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#8
JalleR
Moofachuka, post: 4012516, member: 46319"
Worth upgrading from Ubiquiti?
my guess would be no... depending on what ubiquiti you have. :)
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#9
Moofachuka
JalleR, post: 4012527, member: 50355"
my guess would be no... depending on what ubiquiti you have. :)
edgerouter x with UAP-AC-HD lol
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#10
yakk
TheLostSwede, post: 4012434, member: 3382"
Amazing, an entire press release for a Wi-Fi router without a mention of what Wi-Fi speeds it supports...
Super-fast 802.11ac wireless speeds isn't precise enough...
Based on the antenna configuration I'm guessing it's AC1900.
For the intended market, I doubt speed is a consideration, but the TOTAL LACK OF RGB is surely a product killer.

lynx29, post: 4012496, member: 153071"
But is it Nvidia certified router? :roll:
Not certified is the last nail in the coffin of this gaming router...


Ok..ok..

/sarcasmoff
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#11
AnarchoPrimitiv
Nearly every router has QoS, so what's so special about this one?
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#12
20mmrain
lynx29, post: 4012496, member: 153071"
But is it Nvidia certified router? :roll:
LOL What does that even mean?

I'm going to make a router and have it certified by the Pope!! Which will make it faster and 100% more Holy!
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#13
Jism
Nothing beats a good old UTP cable.
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#14
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Just as point of note... this 'Geo Filtering' feature is Bullshit. Its not the router that decides which server to put you on when youre gaming but the game and sometimes yourself. Its not going to actively drag the servers closer to your doorstep.

Your ISP on the other hand. Your connection always runs to the nearest telephone exchange and Geo Filtering wont move the exchange closer to your door.

Either you move close to your target server or gaming region for lower latency
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#15
dirtyferret
TheLostSwede, post: 4012434, member: 3382"
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Based on the antenna configuration I'm guessing it's AC1900.
It is an AC 1900 router not that it makes much of a difference to the gaming consoles since most are basic 2x1 or 2x2 clients.

The thing with netgear is they don't own their own factories but rather sub-contract manufacturing to various factories around the world (well China and Vietnam). So once the contract is up the next wave is coming from a different factory with different parts that's why there are so many versions of the same netgear router model etc., r6700, r6700v.2, r6700v.3, r6900, r6900 v2, etc., Sometimes the differences are minor sometimes they are major like switching the chipset from broadcom (very good) to mediatek (mediocre). I have a netgear r6700 v3 (broadcom based) and it works great, solid 2.4 ghz performance, great 5ghz performance and excellent range. It replaced an Asus AC66U B1 that was overheating while sitting under the family room TV console (I have two toddlers so I have to hide it).

FYI, the majority of wi-fi ping/latency issues will most likely be upstream issues that a "large number" router won't fix. Also a $10 Ethernet cable or $40 power line adapter will fix most downstream issues and save you plenty of cash.
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#16
bpgt64
Wifi and Gaming...AHAHAHAHA
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#18
TheLostSwede
JalleR, post: 4012468, member: 50355"
i have a really old WNDR3700v2 that is still working perfect…. But but but..... not with Netgears crapy firmware but with DD-WRT... but my primary router R7800 is running with stock firmware and that sucks need to reboot min once a week otherwise the Wi-Fi is S...… (Super Nice HW (Dual core ARM 1.7Ghz + Dual core Network processor 800Mhz) but the firmware is plan and unstable) the only good thing about it is the Lan and Wan connection is perfect the best i ever had from a router.
You got a dud mate, I have had mine for around three years now and the only time I reboot it is when there's a firmware update. Best router I've ever had.
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#20
v12dock
Moofachuka, post: 4012516, member: 46319"
Worth upgrading from Ubiquiti?
That would be a unanimous no from everyone who uses Ubiquiti at TPU.
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#21
Emboldi
bpgt64, post: 4012550, member: 60142"
Wifi and Gaming...AHAHAHAHA
Exactly. If you plug ethernet into it the latency will be similar compared to other routers.
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#22
dirtyferret
TheLostSwede, post: 4012554, member: 3382"
You got a dud mate, I have had mine for around three years now and the only time I reboot it is when there's a firmware update. Best router I've ever had.
I bought one on sale for $19 at walmart. I was going to replace an Asus N56U I use as an AP but the N56U does the job so well as an AP for the master bedroom.
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#23
lynx29
The fiber optic company I use for my internet provides its own proprietary router. Same with ATT on my dads internet. WHat company you all using that you have to buy your own router still? Must be Comcast/Time Warner, in which case I feel sorry for ya indeed. Their customer service made me few years of lifespan with how incompetent they were even after a 4 hour phone conversation.

My fiber optic company is the best, 1 gig down 750 up for $80 a month, it's a small private company, surprised the big boys haven't bought them up yet.
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#24
yakk
lynx29, post: 4012590, member: 153071"
The fiber optic company I use for my internet provides its own proprietary router. Same with ATT on my dads internet. WHat company you all using that you have to buy your own router still?
I use ISP hardware as a modem only. I prefer having my own router setup.
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#25
dirtyferret
lynx29, post: 4012590, member: 153071"
The fiber optic company I use for my internet provides its own proprietary router. Same with ATT on my dads internet.
Those "proprietary" routers are mediocre at best. Optimum was using re-branded D-Link routers then switched over to sagecom. The only thing "proprietary" about them is their firmware which is never updated, spies on you, and creates "hot spots" which is nothing more then a guest network creating interference. I remember I had comcast years ago living in a codo complex and their were 20 different comcast hot spot signals I was receiving all on 2.4ghz frequency.

I prefer my own router thank you, I can always convert them to AP/bridges when something better is needed.
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