Published on October 27th, 2020 | by Andrew Bistak


Stabilise ping rates and reduce lag for faster bandwidth to enjoy uninterrupted superior gameplay with Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi 6 gaming router with the new DumaOS 3.0

NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of networking products that empower your gaming experience, today announces the local availability of the new Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 AX5400 router. The XR1000 couples next-generation WiFi 6 hardware with advanced DumaOS 3.0, the latest innovation in managing your network settings for optimised gameplay. DumaOS 3.0 software is purpose built for gamers to enjoy superior gameplay and smoother video streaming. This stateof- the-art software combined with the most advanced networking hardware ensures stabilisation of ping and reduction of lag spikes with reliable connectivity over both wired and wireless networks.

The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 is the first WiFi 6 gaming router powered by DUMA OS 3.0 gaming software. Equipped with the latest WiFi 6 technology, XR1000 is designed specifically to improve performance and reduce network latency when it comes to the gaming environment. Further, it will also enhance the overall home networking experience for every connected device. To further boost the gaming experience and give gamers the best gaming connection possible, the DumaOS 3.0 software includes new top features, such as: customisable Geo-Fencing, Ping Heatmap, Application QoS with Bandwidth Allocation, Connection Benchmark, and Traffic Controller.

This new Nighthawk Pro Gaming router stands alone with its advanced list of features, which provide optimised control over the network connection while gaming or streaming, ensuring that gameplay continues uninterrupted.

New Features powered by DumaOS 3.0:

Bandwidth Allocation (QoS) – Prioritises gaming devices and allocates bandwidth per device or application.
Geo Fencing – Customises and filters which game servers you play on for an elevated gaming experience. No longer simply a spherical aperture with wasted area, this newly updated feature provides the capability to draw customised shapes with up to 47 angles.
Ping Heatmap – Pings your favourite game servers to display your connection quality to each server on a World Map.
Connection Benchmark – Tests your connection’s speed, ping, & performance under peak congestion.
Traffic Controller – Blocks traffic by device or application on a schedule.

Understanding the distinct challenges gamers face with their networks, NETGEAR first introduced  the Nighthawk Pro Gaming line of routers in 2018 featuring DumaOS as an advanced dashboard for both analytics and control over how the network performs and impacts the gaming experience. “NETGEAR is pleased to introduce the latest addition to the Nighthawk Pro Gaming Franchise developed to enhance the online gaming experience and provide improved network performance for an entire household of connected devices,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for NETGEAR. “Nighthawk has long been trusted as a performance line of routers that can be depended on for online gaming. Now with the DumaOS 3.0 software and the ultimate WiFi 6 hardware solution, the network will be equipped to handle the load of multiple streaming screens and gaming platforms without compromising on bandwidth or ping rates.”

As demand for online entertainment via streaming and gaming has increased, the new Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 AX5400 router addresses a growing market need for robust WiFi connectivity that is expected to continue to expand according to current industry research. As more gamers move online, often leveraging multiple connected platforms at once while gaming, the main challenges that threaten interruption of these online gaming experiences today are latency, congested networks, and internet connection speeds. The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 router is designed with the capacity to improve the WiFi performance by up to 40% and reduce the ping rates up to 93% under a congested network, which fundamentally resolves the primary pain points for gamers and provides the best gaming experience possible.

Next generation technology

WiFi 6 is the next generation of WiFi technology. Focused on increased capacity, WiFi 6 can manage a household full of connected devices. The technology is now included in many new devices including the flagship phone releases of top manufacturers and has also been confirmed to be included in the latest gaming platforms, such as the new Sony® PlayStation®5. Joining the highly acclaimed award-winning Nighthawk Pro Gaming line up, the new XR1000 is the best gaming solution for all your home network needs. With households impacted by working, learning and entertaining from home, networks have become strained with the demands of numerous screens streaming simultaneously.

The congested network environment is not well suited for online gaming where the slightest of delays or interruptions could mean the end of a session. WiFi 6 (802.11ax) is designed to address the new challenges of modern households with their abundance of connected devices that are vying for network bandwidth. With faster, more reliable connections and a 4X increase in capacity, the dual-band WiFi 6 AX5400 allows for more devices to connect and stream simultaneously, without impacting speed or reliability. The Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN and 4 LAN) and powerful 1.5GHz Triple-Core processor support more devices for better VR gaming, 4K streaming and more while boosting both wireless, wired, and USB performance.

With heightened online activity, the importance of protecting your network and privacy comes to the forefront. Now available on the Nighthawk Pro gaming XR1000 router, NETGEAR Armor™ cybersecurity is the most advanced cyber threat protection for your home network and connected devices. NETGEAR Armor is complimentary for a 30-day trial period. Following the trial period, a yearly subscription is required in order to upgrade the VPN from the free 200MB of encrypted data traffic per day per device to unlimited encrypted data traffic.

Pricing and Availability

The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 AX5400 router will be available in Australia from late-November 2020 with an RRP of $549 (AUD), and will be available initially through JB HiFi in Australia.

About the Author

When he's not trying to save the world, Andrew enjoys travel (although loathes turbulence), going to the movies, reading and being a dad to his two dogs (and now twins) with his wife.

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