This is a nice looking router and it promises much. I didn't see a reference to it in the few items of paperwork that come with it, but there's actually a decent user manual on the Netgear website. Download it in advance to a PC so you can refer to it during the installation process, when you won't have wifi. I wish that there had been some clear instructions on setting it up for the NBN - perhaps Netgear can send clear instructions with screenshots, to Internode?
We haven't seen the speed boost that we were hoping for, but we think it maybe more reliable than our connection through our previous device. We've also found that some of the features aren't useful for console gaming - attempts to set up the Geo-filter results in in-game errors with matchmaking. It's fine for PC gaming and the Ping functionality works for the PC in that case. I've also had to set up Port Forwarding for each console so that in-game chat works - those Toledo errors crop up for the XBox One.
Finally, coinciding with the changeover to this router, we found that our catch-up TV apps mostly stopped working through the Samsung TV and the consoles. This probably reflects something about how the apps are built for local TV channels, but still it's a frustration. One catch-up app works, as well as Amazon Prime, Stan and Netflix. If there's a fix I'd love to know - hours of googling hasn't identified something that works for us.
The Duma OS interface is nice. (A bit of playing around to work out how to customise the dashboard - you actually do it through the specific pages. Pinning a box makes it appear on the dashboard.) Frustratingly it repeatedly asks for the username and password and strangely Chrome doesn't give me an option to save it. Occasionally it gives errors and displays a blank screen.
Be aware that if you change routers, and even use the same SSID and password, you will still need to go into every device and re-enter the details (or forget the network and re-enter it). That includes every wifi connected light bulb, your solar inverter, every mobile device, TV, DVD player, etc! Found out that we have about 35 devices and the whole process took 5-6 hours (at least). The DumaOS gives you an option to clearly label what they are and how they're connected once you've gone around the house matching MAC addresses, which has been nice and handy. Once labelled, a chart shows you what each of the devices is downloading or uploading, which is an eye-opener.
Do I like it - YES. But I wish I'd seen a nice speed boost to justify the expense.
Fantastic Item for anyone on the NBN. Given the average family has minimum 11 devices connected on the network this item is a MUST BUY. Not only does the free network monitoring app make data nerds like me smile, its also presented in a very tech friendly easy to understand language. Really Really Recommend to all.
Having just migrated from ADSL2+ to a NBN FTTC connection, I needed an equally performing router to get the most out of the connection. The NETGEAR® Nighthawk® Pro Gaming WiFi Router AC2600 (XR500) was the perfect solution. I can stream, play and watch without interruption and love having the best equipment to support me. Thanks Netgear, another win!
Snagged this on sale it has not dissapointed. Wi-Fi cover is on point and I have had zero drops. The software is a cool plus as you can see exactly what is going on and monitor your speeds/latency. For NBN fibre to the premises, it has been solid.
This router does everything it says it’ll do and then some. I couldn’t be more impressed. The interface is amazing and it’s ease in setup and day to day operation should make it the envy of other brands. Five stars.