Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅10-08-18
Software GUI & Performance

Setup isn't included in our software video, but we feel it requires very little mention. It was quick and easy to follow.

Netgear have installed the latest version of DumaOS onto their XR500 Gaming Router with full optimisation and configurability in mind. The OS is in its infancy and is still developing, with some features yet to surface, such as the ability to install R-Apps; we have no word on whether or not there will be any kind of application store or if these will be homebrewed but it’s an exciting prospect. However, having said that, we do hope that the 256MB of flash storage doesn’t become a tight constraint on what is possible; perhaps Netgear can configure one of those USB ports to be upgradeable flash.

Below is a video, roughly four and a half minutes in length, briefly showing the features and how responsive the OS is. Overall we’re very impressed by the operation and options available, while still remaining very accessible to people with limited networking knowledge.

To prevent the video from being too lengthy, we’ve only briefly shown some pages. Please pause the video at your preferred points to view specific pages.


We test both the WiFi and ethernet performance of the router below, at both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz on the WiFi tests. Please check the Test Setup & Methodology page for details.


These tests are designed to be particularly hard work to transfer, comprising of many small files. The router still handles them very well.


These tests, conversely to the Bastian transfer, are to test the theoretical maximum that the network is capable of. We see some incredibly fast transfers, far above what would reasonably be required in a home environment.

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