Netgear XR500 vs Asus AC5300 Wireless Gaming Router
One of online gamer demands is fast connection to the internet. The other things when using the wireless router for users sharing the internet in home, the quality of service for prioritizing the gamer device is also important. That’s what Netgear xr500 wireless gaming router provides to gamers in mind.
What this product does
In addition of Netgear XR500, Netgear also released another Pro Gaming router product with a technical spec higher than the XR500, the Netgear XR700 Pro Gaming Router. We did not discuss in detail the XR700, for more details please follow the following link Netgear XR700 Nighthawk router. But it would be better if we know the comparison of the two Pro Gaming series products from this Netgear.
XR500 vs XR700
Physically, both are designed similarly with 4pcs external antenna, and the body is colored with a red strip on the xr700 series so that it looks nicer, while the xr500 is just plain black without a separating color strip.
Technically the two xr500 and xr700 products are very different, consider table 1 below. In terms of the wifi technology applied to each unit, you can see that Netgear xr500 is based on dual band wifi ac2600 while the xr700 is based on the ad7200 wireless tri-band technology.
Another difference is the number of Ethernet ports, note that xr700 has 2x more gigabit LAN ports than xr500. And another advantage is the 10Gigabit FSP LAN port that allows you to do huge data transfers very fast, especially for data backup and gaming and ultra HD video streaming. With FSP LAN port you may connect to NETGEAR SX10 gaming switch using a 10G SGP module for lower latency LAN game parties.
On the other hand is the performance of the processor embedded on each unit, see that xr700 is powered by quad core processor while the xr500 is only a dual core processor.
Table 1 Netgear XR500 vs XR700
|Pro Gaming Series model||Netgear XR500||Netgear XR700|
|Wifi technology||wireless AC2600 simultaneous dual band with Quad streams with MU-MIMO technology||Wireless AD7200 Quad Stream wave 2 wifi simultaneous tri-band technology|
|Wifi speeds||up to 800Mbps @2.4GHz-256QAM support up to 1733Mbps @5GHz 11ac||Up to 4600(AD) + 1733(5GHz)+ 800(2.4GHz) Mbps wireless speed.|
|Processor||Dual core 1.7GHz processor with 256MB Flash and 512MB RAM||Quad core 1.7GHz Processor|
|Ethernet Port||Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps-(1 WAN & 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports||Seven (7) 10/100/1000 Mbps-(1 WAN & 6 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports 10Gigabit LAN SFP+ port|
|USB||2x USB 3.0||2x USB 3.0|
Of course, with this very noticeable differences Netgear xr700 can provide much better performance than xr500 only if it is paired with a device that meets compatible requirements to achieve optimum data transfer rate.
That’s it the xr500 and xr700 difference, now we begin to discuss the details of Netgear xr500 starting from the paragraph below.
XR500 Pro Gaming Router
XR500 is one of best wireless gaming router introduced by Netgear, launched to compete with other wireless gaming routers available in the market including Linksys and Asus gaming routers.
It’s a dual band wireless AC2600 router with gigabit Ethernet connection in addition of high speed wifi network up to 1733Mbps @5Ghz band plus up to 800Mbps @2.4Ghz band. For game console that requires wired connection you can connect using UTP cable with gigabit connection. Should you prefer wireless connection to eliminate wire clutter, your game console requires high speed wireless ac adapter for best wifi connection to the router. See also top 5 USB wireless ac adapter.
The good thing with Netgear XR500 wireless gaming router is the features to support online gaming including the easiness of using gaming dashboard to allow you view how your bandwidth is utilize across the home network, which device hogging the bandwidth, the ping utility etc. You can learn more detail later by following the product’s link end of article.
Later, we compare this product with similar product the wireless gaming router offered by Asus which is cost nearly the same bucks. Let’s see the highlights of Netgear XR500 wireless gaming router.
- Wireless ac2600 dual band gaming router
- Wifi speeds up to 1733Mbps @5Ghz band and up to 800Mbps @2.4Ghz
- Quad stream MU-MIMO technology
- 4x high power high performance external antennas
- Powerful dual core 1.7Ghz processor with 256MB flash and 512MB RAM
- 5x Gigabit LAN and WAN ports
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
- Pro gaming features including gaming dashboard, geo filter, QoS and network monitor
So far this product is tagged with the price around $300 in Amazon. now with nearly the same function as wireless gaming router you have more bandwidth offered by Asus.
Netgear XR500 vs Asus
As a wireless gaming router, Netgear XR500 and XR700 are not the only gaming routers in the market. You can see similar products have been around so far such as Linksys WRT32x and Asus RT-AC5300 AiMesh router.
The first main difference is the wifi network segment applied to each of the product. XR500 is based on wireless AC2600 dual band while Asus RT-AC5300 is based on wireless ac5300 three band router. Asus AC5300 offers twice as wide bandwidth as Netgear, moreover with three band router you have more devices to connect solidly.
Both have the same MU-MIMO and beamforming technology for better performance.
There is a little difference in the processor used, they come with built-in dual core processor but with slightly different clock speed. The Flash memory is also twice as much capacity as Netgear even though the RAM capacity is the same.
Unlike XR500, Asus RT-AC5300 comes with built-in AiProtection – a network security protection powered by Trend Micro for malware and virus protection. You don’t need to add any network protection product such as Roqos core network protection or Bitdefender Box internet protection.
You can find that Netgear XR500 offers gaming features like gaming dashboard etc, Asus RT-AC5300 features built-in access to WTFast Gamers Private Network (GPN) as a built-in game acceleration to assure low ping times.
Other features are nearly similar and not significant, except that port interfaces are different as shown and more over Asus router features link aggregation to allow you combine two ports as multi gigabit port.
Take a look at the following spec comparison table, comparison between Netgear XR500 and Asus RT-AC5300.
Table 1 Netgear XR500 vs Asus RT-AC5300
|Model||Netgear XR500||Asus RT-AC5300|
|Wifi technology||Wireless ac2600 dual band||Wireless ac5300 three band|
|Wifi speeds||1733Mbps @5Ghz + 800Mbps @2.4Ghz||2167Mbpps @5Ghz 1 + 2167Mbpps @5Ghz 2 + 1,000Mbps @2.4Ghz|
|Antennas||4x high power external antennas||8x high performance antennas|
|Ethernet Ports||5x Gigabit ports||5x Gigabit ports|
|USB||2x USB 3.0 ports||1x USB 3.0 & 1x USB 2.0 ports|
|Processor||Dual core 1.7Ghz with 256MB flash + 512MB RAM||1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM|
|Network protection||N/A||AiProtection powered by Trend Micro|
|Gaming features||Gaming dashboard; Geo filter; QoS; Gaming VPN-client support, Network monitor||Built-in access to WTFast Gamers Private Network (GPN)|
To learn more spec and manufacturer’s description each of the product including current price in Amazon, click each of the link below:
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