NETGEAR is proud to announce the launch of Nighthawk Pro Gaming (NPG) XR 500 WiFi router in Australia, designed to cut lag and enhance gameplay to provide a whole new level of speed, performance, personalisation and control.
Nighthawk by NETGEAR has long been recognised by gamers for high-performance networking hardware. The introduction of Nighthawk Pro Gaming is the latest evolution of this highly acclaimed WiFi product line. Purpose built and fine-tuned to address the unique networking challenges of gamers, Nighthawk Pro Gaming combines best-in-class high-performance hardware with advanced software to enhance online gameplay providing players with an optimised network environment to perform at their very best.
The ground-breaking NPG XR500 WiFi router leverages cutting-edge software to optimise network connections by stabilising ping, reducing lag, and keeping you always-on with reliable connectivity for advanced online gameplay.
This latest offering from NETGEAR was showcased for the first time in Australia at the Nighthawk Pro Gaming launch event within fitting surrounds, professional gamers and industry partners gathered to experience Nighthawk Pro Gaming in action.
Key features of Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR 500 WiFi router include a unique Gaming Dashboard where on a single screen, you can view in real-time bandwidth utilisation by device, ping delays, and many other parameters. This is crusical and works with the onboard Geo Filter which aims to fix your gaming lag by limiting distance to servers or other players, get a guaranteed local connection, and create black / white lists of your preferred servers.
With the Quality of Service (QoS) the NPG XR 500 will prioritise gaming devices and allocate bandwidth by device to eliminate lag due to queuing at the ISP network. There’s also a builtin Gaming VPN to protect your network identity, prevent DDoS attack, and use the VPN client to connect to the VPN server.
Alongside the bandwidth monitoring feature, the Network Monitor will check on bandwidth-hogging devices and identify the applications which could be causing lag.
The NPG XR 500 offers up maximised speed with four GbE LAN ports for wired connections, ideal for fast-paced gaming and high-quality streaming and 802.11ac WiFi to enjoy Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) for simultaneous streaming, Quad-Stream, and 160MHz for faster speeds.
Inside the NPG XR 500 is a Dual-Core 1.7GHz Processor supporting more devices for better 4K streaming, VR gaming, surfing, and more with this powerful, faster processor and onboard with a 256MB flash chipset and 512 RAM.
The AC2600 WiFi will take advantage of up to 800+1733 Mbps wireless speed, and double the available bandwidth with simultaneous dual-band WiFi. If you opt for Wireless gaming the High-Performance Antennas are built to get better WiFi coverage and faster speeds with four external antennas. Couple all of the above with the propriertory Beamforming+ to ensure a more reliable connections for fewer drops, providing jitter-free network performance.
Brad Little, vice president and managing director for ANZ at NETGEAR said the company is excited to launch the company’s first product developed exclusively for professional gaming. “All online gamers, whether they are casual, avid or professional, have one thing in common — the need for responsive, reliable, low-lag game play. Nighthawk Pro Gaming is designed to meet the specialised needs of the gamer through groundbreaking software and dedicated features that help create the ultimate gaming experience.
“At NETGEAR, we’re committed to supporting gamers and the wider community both globally and locally. The eSports industry is growing at a phenomenal rate and it’s incredibly exciting to showcase our support with a product dedicated to the unique challenges gamers face.”
NETGEAR has recently signed on as a Gold Awards sponsor for the eSports Pro Oceania awards and continues to support the industry through long-term partnerships with local gaming teams Avant Garde and CyberGamer Globally, NETGEAR also works with Ninjas in Pyjamas and Seoul Dynasty.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming (XR500) is available for pre-order now at a RRP of $449.00 AUD.