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Netgear's XR500 router gives gamers complete controlThe Netgear XR500 router has high-end hardware and lots of gaming features to reduce latency and ensure a more reliable local connection.
[MUSIC] Netgear's new Nighthawk XR500 router gives you complete control over your gaming experience with the help of Netduma's Duma OS firmware. If you. If you play console games like Xbox One, or PS4, you'll benefit the most. PC gamers can't take advanatge of all the features, but the router will definitely help reduce lag and stabilizae your pain. The dual band XR-500 has a VC-2600 rating, giving you 800 MB per second on 2.4 GHz, and 1,733 MB per second on 5 GHz. In testing, it's range and speed were impressive on bot hands. But it's peak performance on 5 gigabytes topped out only 772 megabytes per second. Other routers like the TP Link Archer 3150 V2, maxed out at 900 megabytes. Bits per second. Still, the XR500 has more than enough bandwidth for all your devices. But let's talk about the real reasoning about the router, the gaming features. It is geo filtering which lets you set a radius around your location to make sure you connect to your local server and players. Anti buffer broad let's you limit the bandwidth with non gaming devices, and bandwidth allocation let's you set percentages for every device To make sure your gaming gets the bandwidth it needs. These settings may sound a bit complex, but the Dumo S menu has helpful tips on every page. All you do is click a question mark and every setting is defined for you. These settings may sound a bit complex, but the Dumo S menu has helpful tips on every page. All you do is click a question mark and every setting is defined After a few passes through each page, you should quickly get the hang of it. The router also has parental controls, VPN support, and two USB 3.0 ports. The main thing missing is an app that's actually usable. Netgear has the Genie app and the Up app but both offer very little. Overall, the XR500. Hundred is a solid router that gives you gaming features and analytics for days. Netduma OS looks intimidating, but anyone can get the hang of it. And its WiFi coverage should be plenty for a medium to large size home. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]