Nighthawk by NETGEAR has long been recognised by gamers for high-performance networking hardware. The introduction of Nighthawk Pro Gaming is the latest evolution of this highly acclaimed WiFi product line. Purpose built and fine-tuned to address the unique networking challenges of gamers, Nighthawk Pro Gaming combines best-in-class high-performance hardware with advanced software to enhance online gameplay providing players with an optimised network environment to perform at their very best.
This latest offering from NETGEAR was showcased for the first time in Australia at the Nighthawk Pro Gaming launch event last night. In fitting surrounds, professional gamers and industry partners gathered to experience Nighthawk Pro Gaming in action.
Key features of Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR 500 WiFi router include:
- Gaming Dashboard — On a single screen, view real-time bandwidth utilisation 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) — Prioritise 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 — Maximise speed with four (4) GbE LAN ports for wired connections, ideal for fast-paced gaming and high-quality streaming.
- 802.11ac 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.
“All online gamers, whether they are casual, avid or professional, have one thing in common — the need for responsive, reliable, low-lag game play. Nighthawk Pro Gaming is designed to meet the specialised needs of the gamer through groundbreaking software and dedicated features that help create the ultimate gaming experience.
“At NETGEAR, we’re committed to supporting gamers and the wider community both globally and locally. The eSports industry is growing at a phenomenal rate and it’s incredibly exciting to showcase our support with a product dedicated to the unique challenges gamers face.”
NETGEAR has recently signed on as a Gold Awards sponsor for the eSports Pro Oceana awards and continues to support the industry through long-term partnerships with local gaming teams Avant Garde and CyberGamer Globally, NETGEAR also works with Ninjas in Pyjamas and Seoul Dynasty
Pricing and Availability
The NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming (XR500) is available for pre-order now from the following retailers at an RRP of AU$449: