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4 Simple Upgrades to Your Home Gaming Network.

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4 Simple Upgrades to Your Home Gaming Network.

 

Getting the most from your home network is almost universally important right now, as the need to work from home, engage in remote learning, or stay connected with friends and family through things like gaming has become more critical than ever. With more users on your home network, chances are you’ve seen a big hit to performance. And, as more games require online connection for even single-player experiences, a lag-free connection is more crucial than ever.

Conference calls, video chats, virtual classrooms and other streaming services can drag down your overall performance and impact your gaming.

 

That’s where Nighthawk Pro Gaming routers come in. NPG routers give you the tools to prioritize gaming traffic to the front of the line and reduce your standing latency by up to 84%! That can make a huge difference every gaming session!

 

But if you’ve already made the switch, that’s not all you can do… here are 4 other simple upgrades.

 

Replace Your Modem

 

Most of us in North America have cable internet. It’s fast, easy to setup and convenient, but did you notice how old your ISP’s gateway is? Most are at least one generation back and are missing the latest features and that can have an effect on your overall speed. To add to it, many ISP’s charge for renting the device each month as well. You modem connects your home gaming network to the world and it is an essential key to quicker speeds.

 

There are several fantastic cable modems from NETGEAR with several to choose from based on your needs:

 

The CM series has DOCSIS 3.1 and ready right out of the box with most cable providers. The CM series supports link-aggregation and is ready to deliver multi-gig speeds. If you have cable internet and XFINITY Voice, there is the CM1150V that can handle both high-speed internet and give you crystal clear calls.

 

Find out more: https://www.netgear.com/home/products/networking/cable-modems-routers/default.aspx

 

Get Whole Home Coverage with an Extender

 

There’s nothing worse than dead spots in your own home. That guest bedroom, attic, garage or basement, backyard where internet just doesn’t seem to make the trip. With a mesh extender, you can fill in those dead spots and have whole home coverage as well as solid connections for your gaming devices.

 

Nighthawk X6S Mesh Extender has patented FastLane3 technology boosts your WiFi with speeds up to 3Gbps. EX8000 is the most advanced tri-band WiFi extender that includes a dedicated 5GHz band with up to 1.7Gbps for extending internet speeds to your devices. Works with any router. And, unlike other extenders, the Nighthawk X4S and X6 keep the same WiFi name and password you already have so you’ll enjoy seamless all through the house. Both have the same patented FastLane3 technology as the X6S.

 

https://www.netgear.com/landings/mesh-wifi-extenders/

 

Mobile Router

 

A small percentage of gamers don’t have access to traditional ISP’s. Perhaps you live in the woods overlooking a magnificent lake or are a world traveling gamer that is never in the same place twice. Having a connection that is stable and portable is a huge advantage. The Nighthawk M1 Mobile Router, as an unlocked device, this mobile router is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile mobile SIM cards and bands and limited with Verizon mobile SIM cards and bands. The M1 has an ethernet port on the back, so you can plug your console or pc directly.

 

https://www.netgear.com/home/products/mobile-broadband/mobilerouters/MR1100.aspx

 

Switch it up

 

Have you run out of ports on the back of the router? Typically, routers have 2-4 ports for ethernet on the back. These can get used up quickly with multiple devices demanding ethernet. The easiest way around this is to use an Ethernet Switch.

 

With a sleek and stylish design and the built-in cable organizer the GS908 and GS908E will help keep your station neat and tidy. Every port has an innovative shaped design so cables won’t come loose on their own. Moreover, the Port LED ON/OFF button will keep your environment quiet so no light will disturb your movie, gaming or sleep.

 

The GS908E has Smart Management and 2 USB ports for power, both will add 8 gigabit ports to your gaming network.

 

https://www.netgear.com/home/products/networking/switches/lifestyle-switches/GS908E.aspx#tab-techspe...

 

To summarize, when it comes to optimizing your home network to be at its best during these challenging times, you have a number of tools available. Change out your modem, add a mesh extender, wire up your devices and add a switch to wire up even more devices. If you are the edge case gaming, maybe a mobile router like the M1 is something that add solid internet and gaming on the road.

 

Stay Connected and Stay Safe!

Model: XR500|Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router
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Re: 4 Simple Upgrades to Your Home Gaming Network.

I am facing issues while using this router i have also visit other realated post on this forum but i  didn't found any solution.

 

 https://community.netgear.com/t5/Nighthawk-Pro-Gaming-Routers/XR500-Locks-up-after-latest-firmware/td-p/1622471 

 

Model: XR700|Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router
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Re: 4 Simple Upgrades to Your Home Gaming Network.

Could you make a new topic please describing the issues you're having as well as what you have tried and we can help you there.
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Hi,

 

I have XR700 and i want to use xr700 as my router in my home.
I am from Portugal and i saw that ASUS as a Firmware to use ASUS routers instead of operators router.

My operator is MEO in Portugal. Do Netgear Have any firmware for use in my rx700 to substitut  MEO's router?

 

Regards 

Paulo Sousa

Model: XR700|Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router
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Re: 4 Simple Upgrades to Your Home Gaming Network.

We don't have specific firmware versions for different ISPs. What requirements do you need to obtain a straight connection without the ISP router? PPPoE, VLAN, DHCP 60/61?
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I can putt router operator on bridge mode that allows me to gain control on Netgear router.

how do i do PPPoE, VLAN, DHCP 60/61? Whats the difference between them?

 

Regards

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Yes you can do that easily. I was just wondering if there is a specific kind of connection method that you need but it sounds like you can obtain a connection without them already so thats good!
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So, How do i configure any of those connections on XR700?

 

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 I have 1000Mbs/400Mbs download/upload and on PS4 i can't have a constant connection 

Sometimes 350/20mbs them 50/10... but most of the time under 60/20mbs.

I don't understand how do this happen, because in my pc when i test it always gives me close 100/100mbs because my pc net board is 100/100mbs.

But in Ps4 is 1gb net board. So uncostant.

Playing against players from other contries like UK they move faster then me, it is so fustrating

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Re: 4 Simple Upgrades to Your Home Gaming Network.

The PS4 is pretty notorious for it's network card. Until the Pro Edition the PS4 couldn't connect to 5 GHz WiFi. The best solution for connecting with a PS4 is wire it to the router.

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The PS4 speed test is not entirely accurate but you have plenty of bandwidth for gaming so that's not an issue. I'd recommend going through our optimal settings guides: http://support.netduma.com/en/support/solutions/folders/16000090646
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Ok. thanks. i will take a look.

yes my ps4 is connected by cable.

I'm testing DNS server on "DNS BenchMark" and in different tests  with different DNS

It says that : One or more of this system's 3 nameservers are dead!
Although the whole point of having multiple redundant DNS resolving nameservers is to have a reliable source of DNS lookups, any nameservers that actually are dead and not replying to DNS queries can seriously hamper a system's performance as it waits for the dead nameserver to reply before trying to use its backup nameservers. Therefore, removing any persistently dead nameservers is always a good idea.

 

I think that: 

When i change DNS server in SX10 the router operator blocks DNS changes.

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Re: 4 Simple Upgrades to Your Home Gaming Network.

Have you made the DNS changes on the router also as you will need to do that.
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I Know, but the router operator to change DNS it is Block. I can´t change DNS operator router. 

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Hi, 

I think that i have resolved the problem.

I port forwarding Playstation Network ports and the game ports

Then i have change DNS in my Netgear router to Google DNS IPV4 and IPV6

Then i have configurate Internet connection in PS4 and activated DHCP, plus i have

put Google DNS too in PS4.

I have realized a few tests and it seems +/- constant  200/200mbs at most of the times.

Now tomorrow let see in game pratice.

Final question:

Do i make a static route or let it be?

 Regards

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I would let it be, if it's working then there is no need to change anything else.
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Ok. Well, see you soon.

Thanks for everything.

GodSpeed.

Regards 

Paulo Sousa.

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