While I am more of a mesh Wi-Fi kind off guy, if you are a serious gamer and need to use Wi-Fi to connect you console or gaming PC, then a proper gaming orientated router is a good idea. These routers are designed to offer peak performance with minimal lag ensuring optimal gaming conditions, which is critical when playing online in fast paced games.

The new Netgear XR300 gaming router is one of the more affordable options with a pre-order price of $199.99 in the US and an RRP of £169.99 in the UK.

This latest member of the Nighthawk® Pro Gaming product family is designed to minimize ping and latency on Xbox®, PlayStation®, Nintendo® Switch, PCs and mobile devices, for a wide audience.

The XR300 leverages a purpose-built gaming dashboard powered by DumaOS, critical for an enhanced online gaming experience. With the explosion in popularity of online games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and PUBG, the Nighthawk Pro Gaming Dashboard, used across our entire Nighthawk Pro Gaming line, prioritises internet speeds for faster online gaming and smoother streaming, minimising lag with ultra-low ping rates, and giving gamers a fully personalised experience on the customisable dashboard. 

Its rich set of features empowers a gaming experience unmatched by any other WiFi router, while simultaneously delivering high-performance internet speeds for the entire home.

“With more than 2.3 billion active gamers in the world, online gaming is truly becoming the world’s favorite pastime. As multiplayer online games grow in popularity, it’s known that latency kills. Our award-winning line of Pro Gaming routers, including the XR500 and the XR700, emerged very naturally as a response to the needs of the gaming community, who already favored our Nighthawk routers,” says David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for NETGEAR. “The XR300 is the latest addition to our NPG router lineup, and it ensures that every gamer is provided with a competitive edge to dominate their game, on their platform of choice.”

Features of the XR300 Router:

  • Optimised Gaming Performance— Dramatically reduces lag by prioritising online gaming. Use Geo Filtering to control your lag by limiting distance to game servers or other players. Use Quality of Service (QoS) to prioritise gaming devices and allocate bandwidth by device. Control the maximum upload and download speeds per device on the network to minimize sudden lag spikes while gaming. Powered by DumaOS gaming software.
  • Gaming Dashboard— Easily tweak every aspect of your connection to stabilise ping, reduce lag, and even ensure quality local connections. Check on bandwidth-hogging devices and identify the applications which could be causing lag.
  • Wired and Wireless Connectivity—Four (4) Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for maximized wired speeds ideal for fast-paced gaming and high-quality streaming, plus one (1) WAN port. Super-fast 802.11ac wireless speeds.
  • Compatible with Gaming Systems — Works with PC, Xbox®, PlayStation®, Nintendo® Switch, mobile devices, and more.

Pricing and Availability:

The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 WiFi Router from NETGEAR will be available worldwide in April of 2019 through authorized NETGEAR partners and other reseller channels, ecommerce sites, and major retailers, at an MSRP of £169.99 (GBP).