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NETGEAR AC1600 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (R6250)

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  • Compatible with next generation Wi-Fi devices and backward compatible with 802.11 a/b/g/n devices, it enables HD streaming throughout your home.
  • With up to 300 + 1300Mbps speed and simultaneous dual band Wi-Fi technology, the R6250 avoids wireless interference, ensuring top Wi-Fi Speeds and reliable connections.
  • The dual-core 800Mhz processor delivers high-performance connectivity, while the USB 3.0 port provides up to 10x faster USB hard drive access.
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Product Description

Product Description

The NETGEAR R6250 Smart Wi-Fi Router with AC dual band Gigabit delivers AC1600 Wi-Fi speeds. It offers the best wireless coverage for large homes and is ideal for homes with 8 or more wireless devices. It also provides the best connectivity for dual band wireless devices like iPad and iPhone5.

From the Manufacturer

R6250 Smart WiFi Router

AC1600 Dual Band Gigabit Router

The NETGEAR R6250 Smart WiFi Router with next generation 802.11ac delivers AC1600 WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet speeds and offers the best wireless coverage for large homes.

  • AC1600 WiFi—300+1300 Mbps speeds
  • Best wireless coverage for large homes
  • Ideal for homes with 10 or more WiFi devices
  • NETGEAR genie App—Enjoy more of your connected home
  • Dual-Core 800MHz processor delivers high-performance connectivity
  • USB 3.0 port—Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0
  • Best connectivity for dual band WiFi devices like Smartphones/Tablets


  • Focuses your WiFi signal for stronger, faster, more reliable connections
  • Optimizes performance with two-way communication between your device and router
  • Locks in your WiFi signal even as your device moves around the home
  • Delivers stable WiFi connection for HD streaming and gaming

Network Speed

Fastest WiFi
AC1600 WiFi – Up to 300+1300‡ Mbps†
Gigabit Wifi
Gigabit WiFi – Next generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds
Gigabit Wired
Gigabit Wired – Ideal for HD gaming & video

Wireless Range

Ultimate Range
Best Range – Wireless coverage for large homes

Reliable Connections

Simultaneous Dual Band
Simultaneous Dual Band – Reduces interference for better connections to more WiFi devices
Beamforming+ – provides a stronger, faster, more reliable connection that is locked in even when the device is moved around the home
Advanced QoS
Advanced QoS – Optimized for smooth HD streaming & gaming


DLNA Media Server
DLNA Media Server – Find & play your media on DLNA TVs & game consoles
ReadySHARE USB – Wirelessly access & share USB hard drive via one (1) USB 3.0 port
ReadySHARE printer
ReadySHARE Printer – Wirelessly access & share a USB printer
USB 3.0
One SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port – Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0

Ease of Use

CD -Less Installation
Easy Installation – Easy setup for iPad, tablets, smartphones & computers
NETGEAR genie App – Personal dashboard to monitor, control & repair your home network
  Push ‘N’ Connect
Push ‘N’ Connect – Easy push button WiFi connections (WPS)
Wifi & Power On-Off

WiFi & Power On/Off – Convenient power savings


Live Parental Controls
Live Parental Controls – Web filtering for all your connected devices
Guest Network Access
Guest Network Access – Separate & secure access for guests
Secure Wifi Connection
Secure WiFi Connections – Highest level wireless security with WPA/WPA2

Choose the wireless router that fits your needs

R6200 WiFi Dual Band Gigabit Router
R6250 WiFi Dual Band Gigabit Router
R6300 WiFi Dual Band Gigabit Router
Combined WiFi Speed1200Mbps1600Mbps1750Mbps
5GHz WiFi Speed867Mbps1300Mbps1300Mbps
2.4GHz WiFi Speed300Mbps300Mbps 450Mbps 
WiFi Range
WiFi Transmit Power To Maximize Range BetterBestUltimate
USB Ports 1 1 2
Client-supported Devices81012
Ethernet Ports – 4 LAN + 1 WAN Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet
Live Parental Control
Broadband Usage Meter
Guest Networks
DLNA Media Streaming
CD -Less Install With Smartphones/Tablets
Premium Features    
Genie – Dashboard Control
ReadySHARE Print

†Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards. 802.11ac 1300 Mbps is approximately 3x faster than 802.11n 450 Mbps.
‡Up to 1300 Mbps wireless speeds achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 1300 Mbps devices.

  • Easily manage, monitor & repair your network
  • Makes any printer AirPrint compatible to print from an iPad or iPhone
  • My Media—Find & play media files in your network
  • For PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, & Android devices
R6250 Smart WiFi Router
Package Contents
  • R6250 Smart WiFi Router
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick install guide
  • Power adapter, localized to country of sale
System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4, or Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher
  • Use laptop with 3x3 300 Mbps adapter like Centrino 6300/5300, or 802.11ac adapter like NETGEAR A6200 for maximum performance

Product Information

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Processor800 MHz
Wireless Type802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand NameNetgear
Item model numberR6250-100NAS
Operating SystemWindows 7, 8, Vista, XP, 2000; Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux
Item Weight1.8 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H12.01 x 10.12 x 2.83 inches
Color Black
Flash Memory Size128
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #769 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableMarch 8, 2013
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Long-Suffering Technology Consumer TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 19, 2013
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The Netgear R6250 AC1600 router offers a complete set of features that should satisfy the demands of most SOHO, family, home theater/entertainment and gaming users. Using its default configuration, I had wired and wireless devices connected to it and sharing both Internet connectivity and the contents of a USB hard drive in less than 10 minutes. This router is at the higher end of the price range for similarly performing routers. At that price is should be nearly perfect in every respect. I encountered some minor issues with my user experience that keeps this from five stars. These don't detract from its basic data delivery and sharing functions.

-Front panel indicators for power, Internet connectivity and wireless transmitter operation
-Pushbutton wireless on/off button on side panel
-Dual 2.4 GHZ and 5 GHZ operating bands (independently selectable) providing 802.11 ac/n/g/b operation (collectively)
-Home and guest network options (for both 2.4 GHZ and 5 GHZ bands)
-USB 3.0 port with data sharing capability (via Windows networking settings or FTP)
-Relatively easy set-up with basic default security enabled by default
-Parental controls (by time or domain), port forwarding/prioritization (for gamers) and log/activity email notifications
-DLNA server services for streaming content from an attached USB storage device

-Some quirks in user interface; did not consistently display assigned IP address of all connected devices (even after manually assigning them)
-No wired port connection/activity indicators in front panel. This may not be an issue for everybody, but I regularly use three or four wired devices, and like immediate visual feedback about which wired ports are connected.
-"Constant on" backlit Netgear logo.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By JoeTagAZ VINE VOICE on May 23, 2013
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I counted all of the wired and wireless connections I have in my house and was surprised:

2 desktop pc's hardwired
1 Windows laptop wireless
1 iPhone
1 iPad
2 Droid phones
1 Nexus
1 BD player
1 Smart TV
1 Onkyo AVR
1 Wii
1 Xbox
1 wireless security system

Not all of those devices are putting demands on the router at one time that's still a lot of connections and I can only imagine that it will increase in the future (iToaster?).

Installation of this router was quick and easy. I gave it the same name and passcode as the router it replaced so the devices above wouldn't know that I did a switcharoo - that worked, they were all clueless.

Following the installation I hooked up a Canon printer to the router. I downloaded the print drivers to the PC's and the notebook and they all now share that printer. Netgear's documuntation says that I can make my printer work with the iPad and the iPhone but it's not clear how to do that. I'll update this review and share my experience once I figure it out.

I haven't had any problems with this router. The signal is strong throughout my home; I have a rather large ranch style home and the router is at one end - I have no signal problems at the far end of the house.
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70 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Donna on May 20, 2013
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The Netgear R6250 Smart WiFi Router is advertised as a wireless router that will give wireless coverage to larger homes/areas (couldn't find any information on what the coverage area was for this router) and it will handle 10 or more connected WiFi devices. At the bottom of this review I have listed the product specs from the Netgear website as of the date of this review they are not listed in the product description of this product's page.

Device Aesthetics:
This router is small, with a non-nondetachable stand with a glossy finish. The router sits upright and doesn't have any wall mounting brackets. There are not a bunch of blinking lights, just four small image lights at the bottom in the front of the router, indicating whether the power, wireless, usb and internet is on, along with a lit Netgear logo in the center front. If needed, it would be easy to cover the image lights with tape. The WiFi on/off button and WPS button are located on the side, making them easy to reach. The USB, 4 lan ports, internet port, reset button, power button and ac power connector are located in the back at the bottom.

Setting up the R6250 was very similar to setting up other Netgear routers. I was previously using a WNDR3800 and found the interface along with the setup near identical. I upgraded the firmware as soon as I connected to the R6250 before I customized it, to firmware version V1.0.0.70_1.0.70 with no problems. The documentation recommends that you keep the SSID that is factory assigned to this router but I always change mine and had no problem with doing so.

Wireless Speed:
As for wireless speed, I found the R6250 to be comparable to the WNDR3800.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 8, 2014
It died after 2 weeks (I should have bought it from Amazon instead of from the Big Box retailer that only has a 14-day return policy) and trying to get an RMA from Netgear was a horrible experience. The router failed and there were no LEDs at all on even though the Netgear logo was lit. After going through several diagnostic steps which included confirming that yes, there were no lit LEDs (she proposed that I send them a picture but even if I did, that still would not have gotten me an RMA!), the customer service rep insisted on troubleshooting the router further with a computer hard wired to it even though I don't have one (I have tablets and a laptop with only wifi). I asked why I couldn't just send it back and have them troubleshoot the problem but they have to "exhaust all troubleshooting steps" before I could get an RMA. Now I will need to borrow a computer just so I can go through more worthless steps and waste further time. Needless to say, I will never buy another Netgear product.
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October 9, 2014
Hi Amazon Customer,

We apologize for the support experience you had, if your router doesn't have any display lights lit then it is not powering up at all and additional troubleshooting can't be performed. We would like to help you get this issue corrected and ask that you email us your contact information along with a linkto your review to, and we will be happy to help you. Also can you please includethe case number you were given when you spoke with Support, so we can review the details of the call.


Netgear Team

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