Net­gear’s XR700 Nighthawk Pro Gam­ing Router fea­tures 10-gi­ga­bit eth­er­net

Lag-hat­ing gamers aren’t the only tar­get, this 802.11ad router has Plex Me­dia Server on­board, too. But brace your­self for the price tag.

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Net­gear is up­ping the ante in the gamer-ori­ented router arena with the XR700 Nighthawk Pro. This 802.11ad router’s sig­na­ture fea­ture is a 10-gi­ga­bit-per-sec­ond eth­er­net port that, when con­nected to Net­gear’s SX10 Nighthawk Pro switch, pro­vides a whop­ping 15 wired gi­ga­bit ports for the ul­ti­mate LAN party. If you’re lucky enough to have an in­sanely fast broad­band con­nec­tion, that 10G port can be con­fig­ured as a WAN port.

As with Net­gear’s pre­vi­ous gam­ing router, the XR500, the XR700 fea­tures the Du­maos qual­ity-of-ser­vice en­gine that au­to­mat­i­cally

pri­or­i­tizes gam­ing traf­fic on your home net­work. But the firmware also al­lows power users to get deep into the router’s set­tings, twist­ing vir­tual di­als and knobs to op­ti­mize the router’s per­for­mance for which­ever ap­pli­ca­tions you wish.

For mul­ti­player games, for in­stance, there’s a geo fil­ter that al­lows you to draw a cir­cle on a map to limit the dis­tance to servers and op­po­nents to re­duce lag-in­duc­ing ping times. But you can achieve even finer con­trol than that, iden­ti­fy­ing and block­ing spe­cific play­ers known to have slow broad­band con­nec­tions even if they’re within that cir­cle.

Du­maos also lets you iden­tify and pri­or­i­tize clients on your own net­work, so you can shunt your room­mate’s Tor­rent to low pri­or­ity so it doesn’t suck up your band­width, or boost­ing the pri­or­ity of your stream­ing box so you don’t ex­pe­ri­ence any in­ter­rup­tions while watch­ing a show on Net­flix.

Speak­ing of stream­ing, the XR700 has Plex Me­dia Server on­board, so you can stream mu­sic and video stored on a NAS box ( go. pc­world.com/nsbx) or USB hard drive ( go. pc­world.com/xtdv) to all the wired and wire­less de­vices in your home. The router also comes with a six-month un­lim­ited sub­scrip­tion to Ama­zon Cloud Drive Backup and will au­to­mat­i­cally back up spec­i­fied di­rec­to­ries of hard drives con­nected to ei­ther of its USB 3.0 ports to Ama­zon’s ser­vice.

Du­maos on the Nighthawk XR700 gam­ing router en­ables you to fine-tune the router’s per­for­mance to fa­vor gam­ing and me­dia-stream­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

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