Buy it on Amazon – http://lon.tv/rv3m (affiliate link) – Netgear’s new XR500 combines their popular hardware with a new gaming router OS called Duma. See more routers: http://lon.tv/routers and subscribe! http://lon.tv/s
00:43 – Price and hardware overview
01:15 – Front panel
01:36 – Ports
03:18 – Wifi modes and range estimate
04:57 – Wifi bandwidth speed test
06:50 – DUMA-OS interface
07:43 – Geo filter
09:48 – Quality of Service / Bandwidth Allocation
12:46 – Anti buffer bloat protection
14:27 – High priority traffic detection for bufferbloat
15:53 – Network monitor, VLANs, VPN / OpenVPN
18:00 – final thoughts
Duma simplifies the “quality of service” feature found on many routers to help prioritize traffic for minimal lag or latency. The router can prioritize gaming traffic from many popular games automatically running on specific devices on the network.
In my testing I found the bandwidth allocation feature to be very simple to use and it successfully directed a majority of the pipe to the device I specified. It also features an anti “buffer bloat” feature to prevent games and other activities from slowing down when the connection is saturated. It might be helpful in busy households where a lot of upstream communications are going on at the same time.
My only two knocks against this one are the lack of Ethernet ports (4). Other routers at the price point from Asus have 8. The DumaOS also carries a premium price here at $299 – Netgear has the exact same hardware in another router called the R7800 that costs $100 less.
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