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on May 14, 2018
What this does NOT do is make you a better player, or give you some kind of tech advantage over other players, so if you're hoping to get the R1 and then go beast on people and watch your stats climb straight up, forget it. What it does do is help eliminate, or reduce sources of latency (lag) and give you better quality lobbies and games. So if you experience a lot of laggy games and get unfairly shot through walls, or dead before you can even see the other player, or always hit first but die first, then this box can help, but will NOT eliminate lag. Nothing can completely eliminate lag.

The good- It does work and it does help. The two most useful features are Host Filtering and Congestion Control. The first is limiting the players you get in your lobby to those close to you and with a short ping from you. This is huge because it eliminates those guys 1500 miles away from you with 100ms pings that will cause the game to be crap. You can make sure that everybody you play with is at least about the same as your ping. There will still be lag, but greatly reduced and often not noticed at all.

Congestion Control helps filter out latency problems on your end of the modem. If you live in a household with a lot of internet users and maybe don't have the best bandwidth, the other users in the house can cause your game to sporadically lag. The R1 allows you to get total priority of the available bandwidth. This means the others in your home aren't going to screw up your game. The R1 also has some nice diagnostic features to help identify problems in your house.

The bad- The user interface is pretty rotten and not at all intuitive. It's clunky and unrefined. It feels like a beta somebody gave up on. Some of the features are also buggy. This is compounded by the fact that the customer support is almost nonexistent. There is no phone number. There is no email address for customer support. All there is is a web forum hosted by Net Duma. There you can ask your questions to the random members there and hope their answers help. Sometimes they do.

There are employees of Net Duma that do monitor the forum from time to time, but factory response to your question can take days. As best I can tell, this device was the brain child of a couple of guys in the UK who were techie gamers and they either thought this was their ticket to better things and it hasn't worked out, or they just wanted better games for themselves and thought they could sell some on the side. The fact that the software hasn't been updated in ages and their slow response on the forums, tells be they are kind of bored with the whole thing.

Bottom line- The box works well enough, so if you're having a lot of lag issues, I recommend it, but it's pretty pricy and once you get it, you're nearly on your own to figure it out.
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on August 4, 2016
I am a long time gamer. This Router is AMAZING. the control I have over every aspect of my gaming, internet connection and host to lobby's is ridiculous. This is a must have for any gamer.
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on July 14, 2017
 I have experience in the past and built my own pfSense router and followed foxale08's guide to distribute bandwidth evenly when the network is under-load. Then I also bought a $60 MikroTik Box and was able to do the same thing as this Netduma R1.

I bought this router because I wanted to see if it really did stop lag caused by people in your own household and it did! It's great for the average user and is so much easier to configure the anti-lag portion compared to a pfSense box or a MikroTik hEx box.

I set my bandwidth to 90% of my actual download and upload speeds. This doesn't seem to affect upload for some reason but does indeed cap downloads.

I had to use the slider to cap my upload (about 80%) in "anti-flood" for it to not lag my other computers. I would get massive ping spikes if I didn't.

I attached a video showing this. Sorry about the background noise... My test setup was a Surface Pro 3 with gigabit ethernet adapter, and a random windows 8 tablet with a gigabit ethernet adapter all plugged into this router. I ran speedtest.net on my surface pro 3 and ran ping www.google.com -t in cmd prompt on my tablet. Without this router I would see crazy pings on my tablet when running speedtest.net on my surface pro. However with this router and the 80% upload cap my ping pretty much remained the same.

Without the 80% upload cap the tablet would shoot over 200ms ping during the upload portion of speedtest.net (one of the videos shows this). works flawlessly with the upload caps! Mind you I left the bandwidth distribution as equal and it works fine.

Conclusion: If your a newbie and have money this is worth the $200. However if you're an enthusiast and cheapie like me and don't mind the challenge it's much cheaper to buy a MikroTik box and set the PCM queues and you'll achieve the same thing! Or build your own pfSense router...

They were telling the truth when they said this wasn't QoS. MikroTik and pfSense methods are also not QoS and work! You do need to know how to set them up though. For Mikrotik hEx look up "PCM queues Mikrotik equal bandwidth" in google. For pfSense look up "foxale08 equal bandwidth for all users" in google.

This box has wireless built in. Whereas you'd have to buy an access point like the ubiquiti Unifi UAP if you wanted wireless with your pfSense box or MikroTik hEx. You'd also need a switch for more ethernet ports if you went the pfSense route.... because the hEx has 4 ports like this netduma R1.

The R1 is a rebranded Routerboard router. It is unique because of the software because it makes it easy for the average Joe to set up.Not a lot of people know how to buy routers that distribute bandwidth evenly under-load... That's why they lag when someone else in their household is Dling....

I wanted to do this as a business idea to but Netduma got in the business long before me! Anyways I'm returning this product because I bought it to scope out the competition and decided I gave up. If I could be an affiliate for these guys I would!
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on April 14, 2018
This is the second time I've had to purchase a netduma since my first one failed , and I have to say the second one now has a problem where it just keep shutting itself off, I own many electronics and they all are in pristine condition I take very good care of my things , and I have never experienced something like this before. Netduma's customer service is also honestly terrible. They have no phone support and their shipment base is in the uk so if you are from the states get ready to wait 3 weeks to wait for something that cost $200. In addtion their web support is very slow and they dont say much at all and seem to have no hours of operation and respond to you when they feel like it. The actually device is absolute poor quality of the lowest standards. The software is great and it's a shame it comes on such a low quality router. Which for $200 dollars is unexcusable.. In the end I've spent $400 plus tax to end up with weeks of wait times and headaches.
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on October 17, 2016
FINALLY!

This router has saved my life! I've had to go through "the process of elimination" in order to fix my lab's network which started from contacting my ISP and eventually doing research on countless products in order to fix the problems of packet losses and frequent disconnections on a daily basis. These problems still persisted after I've had techs come to my home and run several tests. Next, I bought and replaced the cables and old router. The first router was from TP Link. It sort of did the trick but eventually the problems still persisted and that's when I decided to get the Netduma R1 Router. Setup was easy and I put it through several test runs by having everything connected and running. Never had a disconnection ever since I powered the device on! Connection is fast, smooth, and the user interface is practically self-explanatory. Playing online games that are known to have frequent disconnections during online gameplay (such as Call of Duty, Killer Instinct, Street Fighter 5, etc...) practically disappeared with the "Host Filtering" feature this device comes with. This router is ESPECIALLY useful for Twitch streamers, Youtube streamers, and businesses that need to always be connected for "remote office" work or simply to have conference meetings. With the help of the congestion control feature, you can prioritize which computer or mobile device can have the best connection. I can ramble on about the rest of the features but trust me when I say: do NOT get any other router unless you don't care about lag, big packet losses or frequent disconnection problems. If you have any questions, just feel free to ask or visit their website for further explanation.
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on April 5, 2018
This is a pretty cool router because of the various options you have available to you. I gave it a 4 star because there were a few times where I lost WiFi connection out of the blue and had to reset the router. Speed is noticeably slower on my phone when gaming if you are further from the router but I guess that is to be expected.
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on February 23, 2017
I can't believe wifi is better than ethernet, and I can stream with no lag ha , this router wins!
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on May 21, 2018
I used this for a couple days and it works as expected. Personally I wanted more horsepower so I returned my Netduma R1 and bought a Netgear XR500 (which uses the DumaOS software).

This is ideal for people like me who are within 5ms of a major hub (Dallas Tx) and do not want to get thrown into games with users from across the country who slow the game down by subjecting everyone to lag prediction.
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on July 9, 2018
My router is 6 months old. It just stopped working one night. Netduma makes you go through a forum to get technical support. It takes someone 10-12 hours to respond to a forum post you can't talk to anyone you can't email anyone. My router is toast, and I can't do anything about it. It worked great while I had it but the lack of support is troubling.
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on September 27, 2016
Works great. Host filtering and congestion control are really handy. I can also monitor who is using my network and how much with a graph that resembles task manager. Each device connected has a color and their color will fill the graph as they use more and more data. So you can tell exactly which device is even using the internet.
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