Today, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas, NETGEAR revealed two new devices to help anyone looking to enhance their online gaming, streaming sessions in high-definition, or LAN parties, the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 WiFI Router and the SX10 10G/Multi-Gag LAN switch.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router (XR500) promises to optimize network connections by stabalizing ping, reduce lag spikes, and keep the player always-on with either a reliable wired or wireless connection made specifically with gaming in mind. The router will include a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, Quad-stream Wave 2 WiFi with MU-MIMO, and four external high-power antennas wrapped in an enclosure.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 10G/Multi-Gig LAN Switch (GS810EMX) is the successor of the nighthawk S8000 and will provide an advanced 10G switch to prioritize streaming. It will also offer hard-wired speeds for competitive gamers with two auto-adaptive 10Gigabit/Multi-Gigabit ports to deliver seamless data transfer with five different connectivity speeds: 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps, or 10GBps.
Here is a list of features for both the Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router (XR500) and NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 10G/Multi-Gig LAN Switch (GS810EMX):
Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router (XR500)
- Gaming Dashboard — On a single screen, view real-time bandwidth utilization by device, ping delays, and many other parameters.
- Geo Filter — 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.
- Quality of Service (QoS) — Prioritize gaming devices and allocate bandwidth by device to eliminate lag due to queuing at the ISP network.
- Gaming VPN — Protect your network identity, prevent DDoS attack, and use the VPN client to connect to the VPN server.
- Network Monitor — Check on bandwidth-hogging devices and identify the applications which could be causing lag.
- Gigabit Ethernet Ports — Maximize speed with four (4) GbE LAN ports for wired connections, ideal for fast-paced gaming and high-quality streaming.
- 802.11ac WiFi — Enjoy Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) for simultaneous streaming, Quad-Stream, and 160MHz for faster speeds.
- Dual-Core 1.7GHz Processor — Support more devices for better 4K streaming, VR gaming, surfing, and more with this powerful, faster processor.
- AC2600 WiFi — Take advantage of up to 800+1733 Mbps* wireless speed, and double the available bandwidth with simultaneous dual-band WiFi.
- High-Performance Antennas — Get better WiFi coverage and faster speeds with four (4) external antennas.
- Memory — Enjoy plenty of headroom with 256 MB flash and 512 MB RAM.
- Beamforming+ — Enjoy more reliable connections for fewer drops, providing jitter-free network performance.
Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 10G/Multi- Gig LAN Switch (GS810EMX)
- Two (2) 5-speed 10Gigabit/Multi-Gig Uplinks — Increase speeds and expand the bandwidth of your network with ports that automatically adapt to deliver 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps or 10Gbps.
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports — Connect more wired devices for fast action gaming parties though the provided 8 GbE LAN ports.
- Gaming Dashboard — Get real-time insight on performance and configuration in a unified view.
- Customizable RGB LED Controls — Personalize every light on your switch by color for better visibility, and easily adjust brightness and frequency.
- Up to 20Gbps Port-Trunking/Link Aggregation (LAG) — Aggregate Gigabit or Multi-Gigabit ports for even faster speeds.
- Advanced VLAN & QoS Configuration — Give your gaming devices the priority they deserve.
- Intuitive Interface — Take advantage of a mobile-optimized GUI and “one-click” pre-configured settings for all media needs.
- Low Latency — Experience the smoothest gaming and fastest action.
- Auto-Diagnostics — Troubleshoot instantly so you get back into the game faster.
- Silent/Fan-less operation — Enjoy silent operation, thanks to an aluminum enclosure that dissipates heat so there’s no need for vents or a fan.
- Integration with Nighthawk — Combine with NETGEAR Nighthawk routers for a top-notch home networking experience perfect for gaming.
- Warranty — Enjoy peace of mind with your 3-year hardware warranty and free technical support options.
The NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router (XR500) and the Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 10G/Multi- Gig LAN Switch (GS810EMX) are now available in stores for $299.99 each. For more information on these devices or to find where to purchase them, visit the official website.
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