Netgear XR300 gaming router announced

A Nighthawk for gaming nightowls.

by Andy Bassett Mar 15, 2019 at 1:41 PM


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    Netgear XR300 gaming router announced
    Netgear release the latest member of their Nighthawk Pro Gaming family of products. The XR300 is designed to minimise ping and latency for a wide audience on a variety of gaming platforms.
    Aimed at gamers who need fast, stable connections that prioritise gaming traffic, the XR300 delivers its feature-set via a purpose-built gaming dashboard, powered by DumaOS. This prioritises internet speeds for faster online gaming and smoother streaming, minimises lag with ultra-low ping rates, and allows gamers to fully personalise the experience on the customisable dashboard, in order to get the best out of the current crop of online games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and Anthem.

    The main features of the XR300 Router include:
    • Optimised Gaming Performance. Lag is reduced by prioritising online gaming activities using Anti-Buffer Bloat (ABB) which prevents a single device from using all the network’s bandwidth and allows distribution of upload and download bandwidth to connected devices. Geo Filtering ensures the distance between game servers or other gamers is minimised and Quality of Service (QoS) prioritises gaming devices and allocates bandwidth by device. Maximum upload and download speeds per device on the network can also be controlled to minimize sudden lag spikes while gaming.
    • Gaming Dashboard. Every aspect of the connection can be customised to stabilise ping, reduce lag and ensure quality local connections. Bandwidth-hogging devices and applications which could be causing lag can be identified and de-prioritised.
    • Wired and Wireless Connectivity. Built around a powerful dual-core 1GHz Wi-Fi processor, the router has four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for maximized wired speeds, plus one WAN port. It is compatible up to the 802.11ac wireless protocol and simultaneously supports both 2.4 and 5GHz devices. The latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) protocol does not appear to be supported.
    • Compatible with Gaming Systems. Works with PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and more.
    David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for NETGEAR stated, “With more than 2.3 billion active gamers in the world, online gaming is truly becoming the world’s favourite 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” and went on to add “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.

    Watch out for an upcoming review of the XR700, the top end member of the product range.

    The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 Wi-Fi Router will be available worldwide in April of 2019 at an MSRP of £169.99 (GBP).

    Source: Press release.

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