Netgear XR500 router, EX8000, SX10 (10GigE) Switch review

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Product Showcase XR500 Gaming router


The back side shows vents for airflow. Under load, we checked, the unit gets luke-warm at best. The router is equipped with four thick rubber pads, this raises the router upwards a bit to better allow heat to pass through the mesh at the bottom. Let me also make another remark, it's a big router and the unit cannot be wall mounted, not very practical to tuck away. Then again it's quite something to look at, so you might prefer it in visual sight. You'll notice stickers. Your security is pre-arranged for you. Each router has a unique WPA2 key for the wireless network. You simply use that key (again unique to each router) and you are good to go. The LAN router's IP address, the default is or, and the default password to log in is admin/admin (which you should change!).



Looking at the sides of the unit you can see the antennas for wireless networking, note that high power antennas on all routers are restricted to transmission power regulations, this is a multi-band router, ergo there are four of them. A bit hard to see but at the front side are a series of white LEDs indicating LAN/WAN activity, and sure, power on. You can disable the LEDs with a button located on the back side.


Connectors then

  • 1x WAN (Gigabit) port
  • 4x Gigabit Ports
  • 2x USB3.0 Port
  • Reset Button
  • DC Power
  • On/Off Switch



The router's USB ports are located at the side and can be used to connect to external storage devices of any capacity. You can use external hard drives formatted in FAT32, or NTFS. The router supports UPnP and DNLA streaming, so content stored on an external drive can be played back by network media streamers.




Located on the front side are easy to access standard buttons for quick connect WPS and Wifi on/off.


BTW the activity LEDs at the front side can get a bit annoying if your router is in visual range all the time, you can disable them with a simple switch. Also, next to it, a reset pin to return to the initial factory firmware mode.

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