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.

Ethernet ports

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.

High speed

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.

Pro gaming

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.

Nighthawk XR500 wireless gaming router ~$300

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.

Asus RT-AC5300 router
Asus RT-AC5300 router ~$320

Wifi technology

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.

Gaming features

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

ModelNetgear XR500Asus RT-AC5300
Wifi technologyWireless ac2600 dual bandWireless ac5300 three band
Wifi speeds1733Mbps @5Ghz + 800Mbps @2.4Ghz2167Mbpps @5Ghz 1 + 2167Mbpps @5Ghz 2 + 1,000Mbps @2.4Ghz
Antennas4x high power external antennas8x high performance antennas
Ethernet Ports5x Gigabit ports5x Gigabit ports
USB2x USB 3.0 ports1x USB 3.0 & 1x USB 2.0 ports
ProcessorDual core 1.7Ghz with 256MB flash + 512MB RAM1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM
Network protectionN/AAiProtection powered by Trend Micro
Gaming featuresGaming dashboard; Geo filter; QoS; Gaming VPN-client support, Network monitorBuilt-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:

With a new firmware update you can connect Asus AC5300 router with Asus RT-AC86u AiMesh router to create a whole home mesh wifi network. Or you may connect to latest wifi ax routers, see this link Asus vs Netgear wifi ax11000 wifi6 routers.

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