NETGEAR Nighthawk XR450 Pro Router Review 2020 Latest Updated Review
The Nighthawk series isn’t actually a gaming series. But the Nighthawk routers tend to be some of the fastest and strongest of Netgear’s stuff. Which is why Netgear usually sticks all of their gaming routers inside of this series.
Netgear Nighthawk XR450
As you’re probably aware, you don’t actually need a Gigabit internet connection to enjoy gaming. Most games are a fairly low-bandwidth activity. But you do need packets to arrive on-time.
Because minor interruptions are something you can easily feel.
And in terms of its ability to limit those interruptions, the Nighthawk XR450 Pro Gaming Router is a small leap over many members of this series.
Most importantly, the XR450 was designed with a whole bunch of modernized software features aimed at helping to smooth out your connectivity.
For people who are looking to save a couple of bucks, taking a step down towards the NETGEAR XR300 Nighthawk isn’t such a bad choice.
But how does a comparison of Nighthawk XR300 vs XR450 work out?
XR450 Nighthawk Pro Gaming WiFi Router uses state-of-the-art software to optimize your Internet connection by stabilizing ping, reducing lag spikes, and keeping you in the game with reliable wired and wireless connectivity for fast-paced gaming.
Personalize your gaming dashboard to view real-time bandwidth utilization by device, ping and many other parameters.
Limit lag and get a guaranteed local connection with Geo Filter or enable Quality of Service for prioritized gaming devices and allocated bandwidth.
Get blazing-fast WiFi & enjoy a lag-free WiFi experience for VR gaming, video streaming or surfing.
Stay in the game with reliable connectivity for fast-paced gaming. Optimize your Internet connection by stabilizing ping and reducing lag spikes.
Got range? Homes come in all shapes and sizes and the XR450 Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router provides WiFi coverage no matter where you connect in your home.
Single Network Name.
- One WiFi name and seamless roaming for your whole home to enjoy.
- Max Internet Speeds.
- Innovative Tri-band WiFi helps deliver fast Internet speeds even as more devices connect.
- Your Home & Yard. Covered.
This kit of an AC3000 Router & two AC2200 Satellites covers up to a 5,500 sq ft home with highperformance WiFi.
Use the Orbi app or a web browser to create secure whole home WiFi in minutes. With no accounts to setup.
- Package Contents
- XR450 Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router (XR450)
- 4 detachable antennas
- Ethernet cable
- Quick start guide
- Power adapter
Netgear Nighthawk XR450 setup
When it comes to network caapcity, the XR450 definitely has something to offer. Since the XR450 is based around AC2400, you should already have a pretty good idea of what to expect in relation to its bandwidth. You’re basically looking at two and a half gigabit connections here.
That’s more than the typical user has in their home… and it’s more than the average gamer needs to be certain.
You can pretty much support four separate channels of UHD streaming across this kind of bandwidth. And the coverage itself is pretty compelling, too.
As long as you’re not trying to broadcast your signal to areas greater than 2,500 square feet, you shouldn’t encounter any problems with bandwidth.
And of course, as long as you’re not going far beyond 2-gigabits of bandwidth consumption.
With respect to security, the XR450 has three layers of noteworthy protection.
The first is a full layer of VPN support. The second is more standard protections like WPA/WPA2.
And the third layer is DDOS protection.
Most people probably don’t have to worry about suffering from those kinds of attacks. But if you stream games, then you just might…
Which is something easily overlooked by a lot of people picking a gaming-entertainment router.
In any case, the requirements to run an XR450 are fairly low.
You’ll basically need a computer using a Windows operating system made sometime in the past 15 years.
You can also use Linux or UNIX. But you will need an internet browser that was updated in the past 15-years, too.
The XR450 has an array of speed-boosting techniques using NetDuma’s DumaOS software, which is similar in many respects to the Linksys WRT 32X’s Killer Prioritization engine.
The XR500’s quality-of-service (QOS) feature is for prioritizing bandwidth:
You can hog all the bandwidth for a gaming session or apportion it more equally to other connected systems.
My favorite is the one-click box that gives one system – presumably mine – top dog status for bandwidth.