NETGEAR have announced their new Nighthawk gaming router will be on Australian shelves from late November, with an RRP of AUD$549.
The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 AX5400 router is described by Netgear as the first WiFi 6 gaming router powered by DumaOS 3.0 gaming software and is expected to offer ping reductions of up to 93 per cent, insert asterisk with the sort of disclaimers that implies.
Per the official announcement:
“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.”
The geofencing aspect in particular looks especially appealing, meaning Australian gamers can pick which areas they want to connect to for the best gaming experience. Thus, for their game the best server may be in Los Angeles rather than Singapore, or they might be playing with a clan in Seoul and want to prioritise a South Korean connection over Hong Kong.
Netgear connected home products senior vice president David Henry said the company was pleased to be introducing the newest member of the Nighthawk family, bringing with it an enhanced online gaming experience as well as improved network performance for connected devices throughout the user’s household.
“Nighthawk has long been trusted as a performance line of routers that can be depended on for online gaming,” he said.
“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.”