DumaOS is a powerful router operating system that gives you control of your home network.

It is pre-installed on the NETGEAR Nighthawk XR500, XR450 and XR700. For all Netduma R1 users it is now available as a free download.

This guide is a selection of important elements from the DumaOS Optimal Settings Guides. This guide will get you up set up quickly, but we'd still recommend reading through our entire set of Optimal Settings Guides to get the most out of your router: https://netduma.freshdesk.com/en/support/solutions/folders/16000090646 

Setting up your Router

The first step in accessing DumaOS on your router is to connect a PC or laptop to your router. You can do this either with a wired or wireless.

If using WiFi, search for your router’s Wi-Fi name (SSID) and enter the password.

  • On the Netduma R1, the default name is 'Netduma R1' and the password is the serial number taken from the label on the bottom of the router (do not enter the '/' and the final three characters after it. 
  • On the Nighthawk routers, the default name and password are on a label on your router 

Accessing DumaOS

DumaOS is compatible with most Internet browsers. For the best experience we recommend using Google Chrome; although you can use Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 as well.

In your browser, type the following into your address bar:

  • Netduma R1 users should type:
  • Nighthawk users should type: routerlogin.net or the router’s LAN IP address (which by default is into the address bar 

You will then be asked to sign into your router. The default details are:



Make sure to type these in lower case and in English


The Anti-Bufferbloat feature is designed to prevent your game data from being impacted by someone downloading or uploading.

To configure Anti-Bufferbloat for gaming, first open the Anti-Bufferbloat submenu and input your expected speeds that your Internet Provider gives you. If you are not sure what these are, run a speedtest at speedtest.net

Next, select 'Only When High Priority Traffic Detected' above the sliders. This option automatically enables Anti-Bufferbloat only when you are playing an online game. If you have a very busy home network such as a smart home, we recommend selecting 'Always' instead.

Finally, set your Anti-Bufferbloat sliders to 70% Upload and 70% Download. This will prevent greedy devices from using more than 70% of your bandwidth, meaning there's always room for your gaming.

With this setup, whenever you play games your speeds will be throttled automatically and local congestion will be prevented. We recommend 70% as a good starting point and this should work well for all connection types, but feel free to move these up and down if you want to experiment.

Geo-Filter and Ping Assist

The Geo-Filter will guarantee that game servers are always located near your home, giving you the best possible connection. 

Click ‘Add Device’ on the Devices panel. Select your device from the list. If your selected device is a console, it will be added to the Geo-Filter upon clicking ‘Done’. If you have added a device that is not a console such as your gaming PC, you will be asked to select the game you wish to filter. Now put your device in Filtering Mode.

Set your home location on the map by clicking the ‘Pin-Drop’ icon located just above the Geo-Filter Map. Then click on your location on the Geo-Filter Map.

Now Set Distance by dragging the distance slider. For a game that requires filtering, we recommend 1000km-2000km (600 miles - 1200 miles) to begin with. Once you start playing, you can move this up or down depending on your experience. For example, if search times are high, increase the size of the distance or if you feel search times are fast but your ping could be better, reduce the distance.

Open the Geo-Filter options menu at the side, and set Ping Assist to a ping that you consider reasonable for gaming. If you're not sure, try setting it to 50ms. This will allow connections outside of your radius, but only if they're at or below the ping you set.

Now that you've got your basic settings, you can customise the router even further to get the perfect gaming connection. Check out the guides on the following page to fully understand what your DumaOS router can do: https://netduma.freshdesk.com/en/support/solutions/folders/16000090646