Wi-Fi routers have become a lot more critical today, even in regular households. The number of connected devices in homes and their varied uses of the Internet means that the simple, straightforward routers of the past can no longer satisfy some of the most common use cases, like video streaming and online gaming. To meet the needs of modern gamers, network hardware maker NETGEAR established its Nighthawk Pro Gaming line of routers and its newest member, the NPG XR300, is designed to minimize lag and maximize bandwidth by making sure online games get priority over everything else.
With games like Fortnite, PUBG, and, now Apex Legends dominating the gaming scene, the need for lag-less Internet connections at home becomes even more critical. Anyone who has played these and similar games how a cruel and random lag spike can mean the difference between victory and insanity. While there might be little gamers can do to fix the ISP side of the equation, a gaming-oriented router could help alleviate the pain.
In this context, the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 helps by tuning the Quality of Service (QoS) towards gaming needs. It prioritizes gaming devices to ensure they get the best bandwidth allocation. And if you think wireless Wi-Fi is actually a factor, the router has four Gigabit Ethernet ports to allay your fears.
And then there’s NETGEAR’s DumaOS. While most routers have a plain, boring web interface, DumaOS removes all doubt that the XR300 is meant for gaming. With a dashboard that looks like a game HUD, DumaOS gives gamers the insight and the tools they need to maximize their gaming experience.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 will be available starting next month from retailers worldwide. At $199.99, the router joins the $300 XR500 and $490 XR700 as the entry-level option for gamers on a strict budget.