Choosing a new router can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it first appears. Focusing in on the features you need for your home network will help you narrow the field down.
First take an inventory of how many devices you have in your home and how they are connected. Do you have a lot of gaming devices? Do they need to be connected through ethernet? Do you have multiple devices that are cord cutters or stream boxes? How many smart devices do you have throughout your home?
Second, how are you connected to the internet? Are you using an ISP gateway or modem? If so, how old is that model? Take a look at the back or underside of the device to find the model and serial number. A little internet sleuthing should get you more information about your gateway and model age and capabilities. If it’s three years or older, we recommend replacing it with a new model.
The next step is to plot out your home and where your internet comes in and configure where the modem and router should be, and you need to add an extender or mesh system.
Now, here’s where we can start making decisions on which router you’d want to base your home network around. Most homes these days have at least one gamer. If you do, you might want to look at a WiFi gaming router, so we are going to focus here on the four gaming routers from Nighthawk Pro Gaming.
One thing that makes your choice easy is all Nighthawk Pro Gaming routers come with DumaOS, a powerful operating system with a suite of features designed for gamers and gaming traffic. Features like geo-filtering, bandwidth reservation, ping assist, and advanced DPI quality of service keep your gaming at the front of the line and leave lag in the dust. The hybrid VPN feature allows you to designate what stays behind your firewall and what passes through. This allows you to not have the lag or latency issues with other VPN’s while gaming, while keeping your other network devices safely hidden and secure.
Pre-optimized out of the box, the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300’s dual core 1GHz processor can easily handle most small homes and apartments with 1 or 2 gamers or gaming devices. Four ethernet ports can handle all the wired traffic while the AC1750 dual-band wireless can keep your phones, tablets and smart devices in the fast lane. One USB 3 port allows for local storage.
Households with more gamers and more gaming devices have two choices to power their home network. The XR450 has a dual core 1.7 GHz processor which has more power to handle multiple gaming and streaming devices at the same time. Four ethernet ports for wired connections and AC2400 wireless for connecting everything else in the house. Push button WPS connection allows easy set up for extenders and mesh systems. Two USB 3 ports allow for local network storage.
BONUS: It comes bundled with a PC copy of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.
The Gaming Router of the Year from IGN and PC Mag, the XR500 has a same dual core 1.7 GHz processor and can handle multiple gaming and streaming devices at the same time. Four ethernet ports for wired connections and a faster AC2600 wireless for connecting everything else in the house. Push button WPS connection allows easy set up for extenders and mesh systems. Two USB 3 ports allow for local network storage. This is the router that changed the industry. Paired up with a Nighthawk EX8000 or EX7700 mesh extender and you can have stable, worry free WiFi throughout your home and keep the gamers from yelling down the hall that they are lagging on Fortnite.
This is the top of the line router for Nighthawk Pro Gaming and it shows! Quad-core 1.7 GHz processor, 6 ports for wired connection, one SFP port that can run at 10GBz and two USB 3 ports for local network storage. The AD7200 quad-stream WiFi can handle all the wireless devices you can throw at it. Pair it up with the Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 switch and a ReadyNAS storage, and you have the ultimate 10G system for streaming, media rooms and gaming lounges. This is the router for multiple gamers playing together or on separate games in the same home. Powerful enough for an entire squad, but able to handle all the devices that run your day to day, the XR700 is a beast.
Wherever you are on your gaming journey, Nighthawk Pro Gaming has a router for you. From the aspiring player just starting out, to the team or family that demands multiple concurrent connections, play with confidence that your gaming is powered by the state-of-the-art Duma Operating System and the proven performance of the NETGEAR Nighthawk brand.
Remember, either you have a Nighthawk Pro Gaming router, or your opponent does.