Netgear Unveils Game Booster Service for Orbi Wi-Fi Systems – PCMag

Reduce lag and ensure network priority for online gaming when using Orbi mesh Wi-Fi.
Netgear is rolling out a new service aimed at improving online games for Orbi mesh Wi-Fi users.
Nighthawk Pro Gaming routers such as the XR1000 include a number of tools to enhance network performance specifically for online gaming. Netgear is set to launch those same tools as a subscription service called Netgear Game Booster. It will initially be compatible with the 750 and 850 series of the Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh system, as well as the 960 series Orbi Quad-band 6E Wi-Fi mesh system.
There are three key benefits to Game Booster for Orbi owners. A Ping Heatmap tool will rate servers for your preferred games, allowing you to more easily see and choose the fastest one for your location and time of play. The Geo-Filter tool aims to dramatically reduce lag and complements the Ping Heatmap by offering to select servers based on distance and ping rate. You can even block undesirable servers completely.
The final tool, and probably the most useful, is Network Priority. Your Orbi mesh is serving multiple devices around the home, but when gaming you really want as much of the available bandwidth as possible reserved for the connection to the game server. Network Priority allows you to control bandwidth across all applications and connected devices, including setting upload and download speeds for each. Gaming traffic is also automatically detected and prioritized, with rules available to apply to suit your setup.
Netgear Game Booster is not a free service. Compatible Orbi owners will be able to take advantage of a 30-day free trial to see if it makes a difference. After that, it’s $49.99 per year. Expect Netgear to launch Game Booster before the end of Q1 this year.
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Matthew is PCMag’s UK-based editor and news reporter. Prior to joining the team, he spent 14 years writing and editing content on our sister site Geek.com and has covered most areas of technology, but is especially passionate about games tech. Alongside PCMag, he’s a freelance video game designer. Matthew holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from Birmingham University and a Masters in Computer Games Development from Abertay University.
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