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Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

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 This new groundbreaking NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router (XR500) leverages advanced cutting-edge software to optimize network connections by stabilizing ping, reducing lag spikes, and keeping you always-on with reliable wired and wireless connectivity for advanced online gameplay. The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500's Gaming Dashboard, Geo Filter, Quality of Service (QoS) and Network Monitoring capabilities make it the best gaming router and enables customization and gaming performance unmatched in the router space. The Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router includes best-in-class hardware features such as a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, Quad-stream Wave 2 WiFi with MU-MIMO, and four external high-power antennas wrapped up in an aggressive and formidable enclosure.

 

 Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router (XR500)

With the new Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router, you’ll enjoy frustration-free online and network gaming. Its MU-MIMO WiFi streams simultaneously to multiple devices on the same network so you and your pals can smoothly game online at the same time without affecting each other’s performance. Here are some of the other key reasons you’ll want to make the Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router the centerpiece of your gaming experience:

 

  • Gaming Dashboard — On a single screen, view real-time bandwidth utilization by device, ping delays, and many other parameters.
  • Geo Filter — Fix your gaming lag by limiting distance to servers or other players, get a guaranteed local connection, and create black/white lists of your preferred servers.
  • Quality of Service (QoS) — Prioritize gaming devices and allocate bandwidth by device to eliminate lag due to queuing at the ISP network.
  • Gaming VPN — Protect your network identity, prevent DDoS attack, and use the VPN client to connect to the VPN server.
  • Network Monitor — Check on bandwidth-hogging devices and identify the applications which could be causing lag.
  • Gigabit Ethernet Ports — Maximize speed with four (4) GbE LAN ports for wired connections, ideal for fast-paced gaming and high-quality streaming.
  • 11ac WiFi — Enjoy Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) for simultaneous streaming, Quad-Stream, and 160MHz for faster speeds.
  • Dual-Core 1.7GHz Processor — Support more devices for better 4K streaming, VR gaming, surfing, and more with this powerful, faster processor.
  • AC2600 WiFi — Take advantage of up to 800+1733 Mbps* wireless speed, and double the available bandwidth with simultaneous dual-band WiFi.
  • High-Performance Antennas — Get better WiFi coverage and faster speeds with four (4) external antennas.
  • Memory — Enjoy plenty of headroom with 256 MB flash and 512 MB RAM.
  • Beamforming+ — Enjoy more reliable connections for fewer drops, providing jitter-free network performance.

Pricing and Availability

The NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router (XR500) is now available. You can purchase it in retail shops and online at an MSRP in the U.S. of $299.99.

 

For more information and discussion, visit the new Nighthawk Pro Gaming forums.

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>Nighthawk Pro Gaming Routers Forum

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>Nighthawk Pro Gaming Teams and Players Forum

The latest on NETGEAR sponsored teams and players.

>Nighthawk Pro Gamers Lounge Forum

An open place for all things eSports, games and gaming culture.

 

Learn More about Nighthawk Pro Gaming products and brand.

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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

Most of the clients support DFS for a long time - that's how they can connect to enterprise WiFi networks that tend to be on DFS channels else they cannot handle the congestion that a large enterprise may endure. 

Abhay Bhorkar
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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

Has there been a confirmed release date for this in the UK / EU yet? Hoping to grab it on launch.
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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

This new router looks ace except for one strange thing. If they made the WiFi that powerful (up to 2.6 Gbps), then why only 1Gbps Ethernet? Talk about wrong priorities. 4x10GbE should've been the obvious choice, or at least matching that of the WiFi. 

 

Now I need to add a switch for my NAS and workstation but can't get full wireless speed to/from other wired units because of the extremely old 1Gbps Ethernet ports on the router. What were they thinking? Either it's supposed to be an extreme router or it's not. This is the latter.

 

Thoughts? 

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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500


@Aje wrote:

If they made the WiFi that powerful (up to 2.6 Gbps), then why only 1Gbps Ethernet?
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Thoughts? 


Yes - start with a reality test. Using your WiFi client (what WiFi interface, what operating system?) - can you reach some 108...110 MB/s throughput from/to your NAS?

 

I was soooo happy that a router vendor does avoid using these summed-up marketing classifications on a new product finally. Yes, this is an AC2600 product. And your WiFi client does either use the 5 GHz _or_ the 2.4 GHz band. So the theoretically and marketing-wise added link rates - which are by far not the real-world throughput numbers each of these will ever reach. But please start with the test above, and provide your environment and computer tech details.

 

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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

Hi,

Im really interested in buying the nighthawk xr500 just need some information.

1. At the earliest guess possible when would it be available in Australia?

2. What is the power adapter to the xr500 voltage wise (110v only or 110-240v).

Reasons why I ask both if its going to take 6-9mths or longer to get to australia I will purchase 1

from America if it has dual V for power so i only need a adapter not anything else to change

the voltage to the correct one

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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

 


@rusky1 wrote:

 

2. What is the power adapter to the xr500 voltage wise (110v only or 110-240v).

 


Netgear does commonly ship power supplies matching to the market. The XR500-100EUS (the North America XR500 SKU designation) does read like it's coming with a IEC Type A US plug, for 110V or 100..120V. Unfortunately, there are no power supply requirements (DC side) in the specs. From the photos available, the connector does look similar to what is used on Netgear's "smaller" routers like the Nighthawk R7000. 

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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

Hi,

Thank you for your interest for XR500 in Australia. We are looking to launch it in Australia in next couple of months. Will keep you posted on more concrete date. 

 

Regards,

Abhay

Abhay Bhorkar
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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

The great thing about this router is you can plug your PC, PS4 or Xbox into the 4 ports in the back. I'm playing with 16ms ping on my Xbox wired. If you are a mobile gamer playing Clash Royale or any persistant world or a mobile game that depends on Peer to Peer, your connection will be solid as well. 

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Thanks for your replies I am grateful and they are very helpful, to Bacevedo sounds like you have one if you wouldnt mind looking at

the details on the power adapter connected to your xr500 and let us know the power voltage it has It would be appreciated

R

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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500


@rusky1 wrote:

Thanks for your replies I am grateful and they are very helpful, to Bacevedo sounds like you have one if you wouldnt mind looking at

the details on the power adapter connected to your xr500 and let us know the power voltage it has It would be appreciated

R


My power adaptor says 12vdc 3.5A Tip positive. 

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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

It is a full-range power adapter so you can use it in Australia with a simple adapter.

 

Abhay

Abhay Bhorkar
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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

Thankyou so much for that bit if information

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Mine doesn't work. Updated to newest firmware immediately. Radios don't come on or they are on but my phone doesn't see them 3 ft away. The interface stopped working I had to use the old default interface acess to configure. It did get set up to connect to the internet and hardwire to my computer ok. Can't get wifi or thier new interface to work. The new inerface just says loading then couldn't load try back in a min. Tried all their advice to factory reset redownload and reinstall the firmware no luck. After 7 hours of f ing with the thing it gets one star on Amazon and is going back today. 

Model: XR500| Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router
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Hi Webrider357, this is a setup/configuration issue so I'm here to help immediately. Please could you download TeamViewer from here: https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/ and install it. Then open it and private message me the ID & password it shows you. Then I can connect to your PC to take a look at the issue. I'm very confident I can get this fixed for you.
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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

Hi Jhorath,

Please point conclusively to outlets carrying refurbished XR500s. We do not have any official offering of refurbished XR500. We want to make sure that gullible consumers don't get duped into buying one. 

 

 

Abhay Bhorkar
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Hi Jhorath,

Please point conclusively to outlets carrying refurbished XR500s. We do not have any official offering of refurbished XR500. We want to make sure that gullible consumers don't get duped into buying one. 

 

 


There wouldn't be any refurbished units at this time, This model router just hit the market. If there are, these maybe false advertising by these e-tailers or some marketing sceme they are posting about. 

 

Only by new from reputible e-tailers with good refund policies. 

 

Also there is nothing wrong with re-furbished devices. May have been new and someoen bought it, wasn't satisified with it, or didn't suite there needs and returned the device with in the return period while the unit is working just fine. So the e-tailer would have to check the unit, if all is working, they would have to sell the device as refurbished and not new since it had been opened. Nothing wrong with refurbs. 


My Setup (Cable 900Mbps/50Mbps)>CAX80>Orbi RBK50 v2.5.1.16(Router Mode)
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CM1200, Orbi CBK40, Orbi RBK50/RBK853, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111
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Re: Introducing: Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFI Router XR500

I am also waiting for an Australian launch. Sooner the better, please.
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