Since this product is advertised on Netgear, this model is currently being manufactured.


Wireless Performance Explained

Advertised Speed of 5Ghz band

Theoretical 802.11ac speed on 5Ghz band (using 80Mhz channel, 256-QAM, 400 ns GI):

  • 4 spatial streams x 433.3 mbps/stream = 1733.2 mbps


This is classified as a “Top-Performer” and therefore the fastest 802.11ac wifi system.


  • WPA2-Personal (128-bit encryption)
  • WPA2-Enterprise (128-bit encryption)

Firmware Changelog

Does this support automatic firmware updates? To find out. If you have this model, and are running the latest firmware, contact us.

Download the latest firmware from netgear.com (2018-12-17)

New features and enhancements:

  • Added the Hybrid VPN feature, which replaces the VPN client feature.
  • Added the VPN provider PureVPN to the Hybrid VPN feature.
  • Added the ping assist feature to the Geo Filter.
  • Added advanced ping stats to the auto ping dashboard.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the issue where the speed test feature in the Nighthawk app does not work.
  • Fixes the issue where the speed test feature in the installation process might fail. (2018-09-07)

New features and enhancements:

  • Improved the Smart Connect feature
  • Supports USB printers.
  • Supports WiFi HT160 for Korea and Japan.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes security issues.
  • Fixes the disconnection issue for wired devices. (2018-06-18)

New features and enhancements:

  • Installation flow improvement.
  • Added support for SHA256 certificates in lieu of MD5 for OpenVPN.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the UPnP port mapping issue. (2018-03-23)

New features and enhancements:

  • Supports more languages.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes security issues.
  • Fixes the firmware update issue. (2018-02-06)

  • Fixes stability issues. (2018-01-13)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Includes usability improvements for the Geo Filter and QoS.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the issue where the Internet status, guest wireless status, or wireless status might not display.
  • Fixes security issues. (2018-01-08)

  • Initial release for XR500 firmware which supports Netduma gaming features.