Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅10-08-18
Closer Look (Continued)
The left-hand side of the XR500 packs a pair of USB 3.0 ports, these can be configured to share a USB drive throughout the network, or even allow access remotely anywhere in the world; there’s a Windows Backup facility which can be automatically setup via this feature, too. They can also be used to attach USB printers to share throughout your network users.

Flipping the router onto its lid, the base is lacking a very important feature – any kind of mounting hardware. Many users prefer to mount their routers up high, away from sources of interference, giving a broader, less obstructed wireless reception. Surely Netgear can afford three or four small “keyhole” mounting slots within that £250 budget? Perhaps the router is designed to only be placed on a flat surface

Last but not least, the sticker placed on top of the router in the factory, while being handy to obtain the network name and wireless access password, removing it was very difficult. We used a specialised sticky-stuff-remover and still struggled to remove the residue left behind, mainly because of the matt plastic used by Netgear. Easy-peel stickers aren’t anything new, perhaps Netgear could invest in some of those; or even better, use a small piece of plastic which can be docked into the front of the router with the wireless credentials printed upon.

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