Last year, Netgear had the best router for gaming with the Nighthawk XR500 Pro Gaming router. We reviewed it earlier this year and we were blown away by it’s speed, design, functionality, ease of use, network customization, bandwidth allocation and of course DumaOS. If you missed that review you can check it out HERE. Netgear upped the ante and made the best gaming router even better with the Nighthawk XR700 Pro Gaming router. Based on the looks of things, Netgear made some design changes and made the XR700 much more sleek, put a curved red accent strip on top that looks killer with that all black glossy finish and lastly the LED lights on the antennas.
You know that with a Nighthawk router you’re going to get some serious specs and the XR700 is not slouch in that area. Here are the specs according to Netgear’s press release:
Gaming Dashboard — View real-time bandwidth utilization by device, ping, and many other parameters including your favorite features
Geo Filter — Control lag by limiting distance to game servers or other players, get a guaranteed local connection, and create black/white lists of your preferred servers
Quality of Service (QoS) — Prioritize and allocate bandwidth by gaming device, even controlling maximum upload/download speeds to minimize sudden lag spikes
Network Monitor — Check on bandwidth-hogging devices and identify the applications which could be causing lag
Hardware Features of the XR700 Router:
AD7200 Quad Stream Wave2 WiFi — Enjoy Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) for simultaneous streaming at the fastest speeds up to AD7200*, and stream 4K UHD videos in pristine quality up to Gigabit WiFi speeds for mobile devices with 160MHz
10 Gigabit LAN SFP+ Port — Faster access to Network Attached Storage (NAS) for lightning-fast backup and streaming or connect to the Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 Multi-Gig Ethernet Switch for lower-latency LAN game parties
7 Gigabit Ethernet Ports (6 LAN + 1 WAN) — Aggregate two ports when connecting to a compatible switch to get even more wired ports for gaming LAN parties
Powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core Processor — Support more devices with the fastest processor for a home router for better 4K UHD streaming, VR gaming, and more
60GHz 802.11ad WiFi – Benefit from the fastest WiFi technology for instant downloads and backup
Built-in Plex Media Server — Enjoy your movie, TV show, music, video, and photo collections anywhere you go, on the devices you love
Additional DFS Channels — Enjoy 15 more channels in 5GHz for an interference-free gaming experience
High-Performance Active Antennas — Get better WiFi coverage and faster speeds throughout your home with four (4) external antennas
Two USB 3.0 Ports and ReadyCLOUD® USB Access—Get faster streaming and backup to stored media, and secure cloud access to USB storage
VPN Server — Enjoy secure access to your home network and Internet using any device.
Security Updates — Get the latest firmware updates to your router automatically
Automatic Cloud and USB Drive Backup – Back up to the cloud or use free ReadySHARE Vault® software to back up your PC to a connected USB hard drive
The Nighthawk XR700 Pro Gaming Router will be released worldwide next month at $499 (US). If you want to check out the full press release from Netgear then you can check it out HERE.