Netgear launches Nighthawk Pro gaming XR1000 WiFi router

NETGEAR, Inc. has released its new Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 AX5400 router. This technology blends WiFi 6 hardware with DumaOS 3.0 for improved gameplay. DumaOS 3.0 software ensures stabilisation of ping and reduction of lag spikes with reliable connectivity over both wired and wireless networks.

This WiFi 6 gaming router powered by DUMA OS 3.0 gaming software is designed specifically to improve performance and reduce network latency when it comes to the gaming environment. The DumaOS 3.0 software includes new top features, such as: customisable Geo-FencingPing HeatmapApplication QoS with Bandwidth AllocationConnection Benchmark, and Traffic Controller.  This new gaming router provides optimised control over the network connection while gaming or streaming, ensuring that gameplay can continue uninterrupted.



New Features powered by DumaOS 3.0:

  1. Bandwidth Allocation (QoS)—Prioritises gaming devices and allocates bandwidth per device or application.
  2. Geo Fencing–– Customises and filters which game servers you play on for an elevated gaming experience. No longer simply a spherical aperture with wasted area, this newly updated feature provides the capability to draw customised shapes with up to 47 angles.
  3. Ping Heatmap—Pings your favourite game servers to display your connection quality to each server on a World Map.
  4. Connection Benchmark—Tests your connection’s speed, ping, & performance under peak congestion.
  5. Traffic Controller–– Blocks traffic by device or application on a schedule.

NETGEAR first introduced the Nighthawk Pro Gaming line of routers in 2018 featuring DumaOS as an advanced dashboard for both analytics and control over how the network performs and impacts the gaming experience.

“NETGEAR is pleased to introduce the latest addition to the Nighthawk Pro Gaming Franchise developed to enhance the online gaming experience and provide improved network performance for an entire household of connected devices,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for NETGEAR. “Nighthawk has long been trusted as a performance line of routers that can be depended on for online gaming. Now with the DumaOS 3.0 software and the ultimate WiFi 6 hardware solution, the network will be equipped to handle the load of multiple streaming screens and gaming platforms without compromising on bandwidth or ping rates.”

“Video games are one of the primary ways friends and family are staying connected through a difficult time,” said Mat Piscatella, U.S. video games industry analyst, The NPD Group. “The growth in both the number of players across all gaming segments, as well as time spent gaming or watching gaming-related content, reflects the variety and depth of gaming experiences available regardless of device preferences, gaming interests or budget[1].”

With more gamers moving online, often using multiple connected platforms at once while gaming, the main challenges that threaten interruption of online gaming today are latency, congested networks, and internet connection speeds. This router is designed with the capacity to improve the WiFi performance by up to 40% and reduce the ping rates up to 93% under a congested network, which resolves the primary issues for gamers and provides the best gaming experience possible.

WiFi 6 can manage a household full of connected devices. The technology is now included in many new devices including the flagship phone releases of top manufacturers and has also been confirmed to be included in the latest gaming platforms, such as the new Sony PlayStation5.

Joining this release is the new XR1000, a gaming solution for home networking. WiFi 6 (802.11ax) is designed to address the new challenges of a congested network. With faster, more reliable connections and a 4X increase in capacity, the dual-band WiFi 6 AX5400 allows for more devices to connect and stream simultaneously, without impacting speed or reliability. The Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN and 4 LAN) and 1.5GHz Triple-Core processor support more devices for better VR gaming, 4K streaming and more while boosting both wireless, wired, and USB performance.

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