The XR300 is the latest member of the Nighthawk Pro Gaming product family, designed to "minimise ping and latency on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, PCs and mobile devices, for a wide audience".
Netgear tells us its XR300 "leverages a purpose-built gaming dashboard powered by DumaOS, critical for an enhanced online gaming experience.
"With the explosion in popularity of online games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and PubG, the Nighthawk Pro Gaming Dashboard, used across our entire Nighthawk Pro Gaming line, prioritises internet speeds for faster online gaming and smoother streaming, minimising lag with ultra-low ping rates, and giving gamers a fully personalised experience on the customisable dashboard.
Meanwhile, its rich set of features "empowers a gaming experience unmatched by any other Wi-Fi router, while simultaneously delivering high-performance internet speeds for the entire home."
Note, the video starts exactly at the Nighthawk Pro XR300 presentation:
David Henry, SVP of Netgear's Connected Home Products said: “With more than 2.3 billion active gamers in the world, online gaming is truly becoming the world’s favourite pastime. As multiplayer online games grow in popularity, it’s known that latency kills.
"Our award-winning line of Pro Gaming routers, including the XR500 and the XR700, emerged very naturally as a response to the needs of the gaming community, who already favoured our Nighthawk routers.
“The XR300 is the latest addition to our NPG router lineup, and it ensures that every gamer is provided with a competitive edge to dominate their game, on their platform of choice.”
Features of the XR300 Router:
- Optimised Gaming Performance — Dramatically reduces lag by prioritising online gaming. Use Geo Filtering to control your lag by limiting distance to game servers or other players. Use Quality of Service (QoS) to prioritise gaming devices and allocate bandwidth by device. Control the maximum upload and download speeds per device on the network to minimise sudden lag spikes while gaming. Powered by DumaOS gaming software.
- Gaming Dashboard — Easily tweak every aspect of your connection to stabilise ping, reduce lag, and even ensure quality local connections. Check on bandwidth-hogging devices and identify the applications which could be causing lag.
- Wired and Wireless Connectivity — Four (4) Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for maximised wired speeds ideal for fast-paced gaming and high-quality streaming, plus one (1) WAN port. Super-fast 802.11ac wireless speeds.
- Compatible with Gaming Systems — Works with PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and more.
So, what's the Pricing and Availability?
The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 WiFi Router from Netgear will be available worldwide in April 2019 through authorised Netgear partners and other reseller channels, ecommerce sites, and major retailers, at A$299.
Part 1 of this series looks at the new Netgear Meural Canvas for incredible art in your home, Part 2 looks at the new Orbi Voice smart speaker and Part 3 looks at the Nighthawk AX8 Wi-Fi 6 router.
Here's my video interview with Netgear SVP David Henry from September 2018 on these new products: