Netgear Nighthawk Pro XR500 review: innovative gaming router

DumaOS gives wings to XR500



Especially at a time when more and more games are 'online only', every gamer knows how important it is to have a reliable and fast connection to the servers of your favorite game. This is of course partly dependent on the internet connection you obtain from your provider, but also on the configuration of your own network. Your router is of crucial importance in this respect. The Netgear Nighthawk Pro XR500 is a router designed to optimize your gaming experience both hardware- and software-wise. That, at least, is the manufacturer's promise to us to subject him to our usual intensive testing procedure.


Netgear Nighthawk Pro XR500
Netgear Nighthawk Pro XR500 gaming router

Netgear is a router brand that requires no introduction. This is now also the case for the Nighthawk series, which contains numerous routers with various specifications and functionality. The latest offspring of the Nighthawk family is the XR500 Pro gaming router. As the name suggests, this router is all about gaming. Under the hood, the XR500 is a 'regular' quad stream 4x4 dual-band router, albeit with support for things like MU-MIMO and beam forming. These are fine additions, of course, but we see those so often nowadays that they sound a little less special.

Abhay Bhorkar (Director Product Management Netgear) at the launch event of the XR500 in Alphen aan den Rijn

Gamers and non-gamers alert!

The distinguishing factor of this router lies with the software - stay with us, hardware enthusiasts - and it's a good idea to use it as a tool for this purpose. The Nighthawk XR500 Pro Gaming router runs on DumaOS from NetDuma and offers all kinds of features that should make gamers happy. This way you can decide which game server you want to connect to, the ping and lag are limited as much as possible and you can monitor your bandwidth in real time. The XR500 has a completely different interface than we are used to from Netgear, which we will of course elaborate on.

If you are a gamer and plan to buy a new router, then you should definitely read this review. However, if you aren't a gamer, but just looking for a new router, it is also wise to continue reading. Apart from the whole gaming story, the XR500 also has everything you need to set up a fast and reliable network. How fast and reliable this will be, you can read in this review. The Netgear Nighthawk XR500 Pro Gaming router is available at various (web) shops and can be found in our price comparison for an average price of 343 dollars.

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Netgear Nighthawk Pro XR500

Wireless, 802.11ac, 800 Mbit/s, 1733 Mbit/s

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