Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500

  • Hi everyone. I'm currently using a pfsense router that I built. I've been looking at the Netgear XR500 and wondering if it would better suit my needs. I game on PCs, Xbox and PS4. Also do 4k streaming. Will the Netgear be a better choice for my needs as compared to the pfsense?


  • Netgate Administrator

    I mean I realise this is off-topic but I don't think you'll get much love for dropping pfSense. 😉

    The one area where a device like that might be a better choice is if you need to connect multiple games consoles to the same game/server from behind it. For some reason I've yet to understand the networking code in many consoles/games appears to be straight out of 2002. They often use fixed source and destination ports and cannot cope with that being changed. Hence the need to set outbound NAT rules with fixed ports for games consoles. They often also require inbound connections be allowed directly and that often means UPnP. A terrible idea in a security product.
    The actual issue appears to be the fact that miniupnpd, the UPnP daemon used in pfSense, does not support 'masquerade' for FreeBSD/pf. It does in Linux which is what almost every other sogo router is using.

    If that is something that may apply you could always try OpenWRT on whatever hardware you're running pfSense on.


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