Netgear is upping its game as being the choice of network hardware for gamers by releasing a new router and a new switch delivering customizability and control. The company revealed and released the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 router and Nighthawk SX10 10G/Multi-Gig LAN Switch.
The Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 router is a dual-band AC2600 model with support for MU-MIMO, four spatial streams per frequency band, and beam forming. It packs a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 256MB of flash memory and 512MB of RAM. Round that off with a four-port gigabit switch onboard for wired connections and two USB 3.0 ports. The router shines by allowing you to prioritize gaming traffic thanks to the Netduma software, known as DumaOS, the router is running while being able to see through the system software just how your traffic is flowing through the network in real time. That also means you’ll be able to spot, and stop, who is hogging all of the bandwidth on the network. You’ll also be able to geographically limit the gaming servers you connect to making sure you get the closest connections. This feature will also be ideal for those in territories like South Africa and Australia.
The Netgear Nighthawk SX10 10G/Multi-Gig LAN Switch comes with eight 1Gbps (GbE) LAN ports, to multi-speed uplinks that can operate at 100Mbps or 1-, 2.5-, 5-, or 10GbE ports. You can also aggregate either the GbE or the multi-speed ports to achieve up to 20Gbps. Like the router, the switch includes the software you need to monitor network traffic in real time to see who is using the bandwidth or where bottlenecks on your network might lie.