DUMAOS has been a mainstay of Netgear routers for some time, giving gamers access to QoS (Quality of Service) features like allocating bandwidth by device so that their PC or console can take precedence when traffic is heavy or the Connection has problems. DUMAOS 3.0 extends control further by allowing users to select not only devices, but also the type of traffic allowed. Web, messaging, and file sharing can override priority while a gamer is busy streaming live on Twitch, or a parent can assign the router̵
Not only is this useful for gamers, but there are also plenty of features designed specifically for those who compete online. Players can now call up a “heat map” of the servers from games such as call of Duty, FIFA and Fourteen days and see which offer the lowest ping rate. DUMAOS can also keep ping rate records over time, so you can view the average of each server and make a list of the best. Geofencing, a feature that allows players to only connect to servers nearby, has also been improved. The system used to create a circle around their physical location and only connect within that radius. Now DUMAOS 3.0 allows users to draw non-circular boundaries themselves, so they can include servers that will ping faster despite being further away. (Servers in less populated areas tend to be underutilized and may provide better connectivity than servers in a large city.)
Other new features focus more on connecting the user, with the addition of speed, ping, and bufferbloat tests. The last one, bufferbloat, lets you test your connection when it’s under stress – uploads and downloads – and when it’s idle. And parents will appreciate the addition of a timed traffic controller that allows them to block applications or devices at specific times. So no Netflix during dinner or games after bed. You can also permanently block certain hardware. This comes in handy with frequently attacked devices like home automation tools that can be locked if you don’t need to make any changes.
The PS5 may not be available until November, but gamers can set up their WiFi 6 connection right now. The NPG XR1000 is available in stores today for an expensive $ 350. Sure, that’s almost as much as buying a game console, but knowing you won’t have to worry about delays could be worth your while on your next game.