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Higher Speeds And Lower Ping Times With Netgear’s XR1000 WiFi 6 Router

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The Netgear XR1000 is a WiFi 6 router that's designed with gamers in mind.


Speed matters when you’re working, but it matters, even more, when you’re gaming. The growth in online gaming using consoles from Sony and Microsoft has been phenomenal. No matter where you are in the world, you can play with someone thousands of miles away and, providing your internet and wireless network is up to scratch, it can feel as if you’re in the same room. It’s bringing people closer together at a time when many people cannot travel to see loved ones.

Netgear is one router maker that seems to understand the distinct challenges that gamers face when it comes to using networks. The company introduced its first Nighthawk Pro Gaming line of routers back in 2018. The new routers feature DumaOS, an advanced dashboard that provides both analytics and the tools to control how a network performs and how it impacts the gaming experience.

To get the best gaming performance, it’s worth upgrading your home wireless network to the latest WiFi 6 standard. Not only does the new standard enable low-latency gaming, even while others in the house are streaming a Netflix movie or uploading a video to YouTube. The DumaOS can be used to configure the network to give priority to gaming exactly when it’s needed.

The XR1000 router from Netgear has beamforing antenna for increased range.


Thanks to the DumaOS there’s an easy-to-use QoS setting that can be used to give priority to the most important traffic on the wireless network. Gaming can be given preference while other uses can be pushed further down the priority ladder so that gamers need never drop a shot or lose a game because of flakey WiFi.


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The new Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 AX5400 router provides the robust WiFi connectivity that’s essential for gaming. According to Mat Piscatella, U.S. video games industry analyst at the NPD Group: “Video games are one of the primary ways friends and family are staying connected through a difficult time. The growth in both the number of players across all gaming segments, as well as time spent gaming or watching gaming-related content, reflects the variety and depth of gaming experiences available regardless of device preferences, gaming interests or budget.”

Some of the main challenges threatening to interrupt or spoil the online gaming experience are latency, congested networks, and slow internet connection speeds. The Nighthawk Pro Gaming

XR1000 WiFi 6 router can improve the WiFi performance by up to 40% and it can reduce all-important ping rates by up to 93% on a congested network. This alone can fundamentally resolve the primary pinch points that gamers experience providing an improved gaming experience.

The rear view of the Netgear XR1000 router houses Gigabit Ethernet WAN and four LAN ports. There's

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also a supersede USB 3.0 port for attaching network storage.


WiFi 6 is the latest generation of wireless technology with a focus on increased capacity. The new standard can cope better with a household of multiple connected devices and the WiFi 6 is now included by many new devices like the newest smartphones, laptops and the latest gaming platforms, such as the new Sony PlayStation 5.

The new XR1000 router leverages WiFi 6 to ease network congestion where households include people working from home, learning remotely and streaming 4K movies and hi-res music. All this traffic places a massive strain on a wireless network and that network congestion is not good for online gaming where the slightest delay or interruption can result in the end of a session. WiFi 6 (802.11ax) addresses these challenges and can handle multiple client devices all vying for bandwidth at the same time.

With faster and more reliable connection, plus a four-fold increase in capacity, the dual-band WiFi 6 AX5400 standard enables more devices to connect and stream simultaneously, without impacting speed or reliability. The five 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (one WAN and four LAN) on the XR1000, alongside its powerful 1.5GHz triple-core processor, means more devices can be supported simultaneously resulting in better VR gaming, reliable 4K streaming across wireless, wired and USB connections.

Thanks to the DumaOS

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applications priority to ensure peak performance.


One more feature of the XR1000 is how it can protect a home network and the privacy of people using it. The router supports

Netgear Armor cybersecurity

, an advanced cyber threat protection system from Netgear that protects the network at the router level and shields all devices on the network. Activation of the router kicks off a free 30-day trial, which can then be upgraded to an optional annual subscription of $34.99 / £59.99 / €69.99.

Pricing and Availability

: The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 AX5400 router is available now and costs $299 / £329.99 / €349.99 /

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DumaOS 3.0: For faster online gaming and smoother streaming.

Geo-Fencing: Customizable filter for game servers.

Bandwidth Allocation (QOS): Allocated by device or application.

Traffic Controller: Blocks traffic by device or application on a schedule.

Gigabit Ethernet: Five ports (1 x WAN plus 4 x LAN)

Ping Heatmap: Ping favorite game servers to display on a map.

Connection: Tests speed, ping and performance at peak congestion.

Improved Performance: 6-stream WiFi with up to 5.4Gbps.

Speeds: Up to 1Gbps WiFi speeds on newer mobile devices.

Superspeed USB 3.0 Port: Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0

1024-QAM: 25% increased data efficiency over 256-QAM router

Range: Extended WiFi coverage

Antennas: Four high-power external antennas for extended wireless range.

Beamforming: Improved range and performance for 2.4 and 5GHz devices

Simultaneous Dual-Band WiFi: Supports two WiFi bands to double bandwidth.

Additional DFS Channels: Reduced interference from neighboring networks

Smart Connect: Intelligently selects fastest WiFi band.

Voice Control:

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Netgear Armor: Advanced cyber threat protection.

VPN Support: On PC, MAC, and with OpenVPN Connect app.

WiFi Security: 802.11i, 128-bit AES encryption with PSK and WPA3

Guest Network: Yes

Auto Firmware Update: Yes