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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 Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.1 x 2.8 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: R6250-100NAS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 8, 2013

Product Description

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 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I will buy some other manufacturer's router.
In summary, this is a fast router with all the features a high end router should have and am very happy with it!
Moreover I noticed a faster WiFi (perhaps due to better WiFi range and speed).
Altar Boy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 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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10 of 11 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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tprime on May 7, 2013
i like the router, its solid, hasn't dropped a connection yet, i haven't tested the range of the wifi, but i don't need to go too far from the house, 50feet at most and only in summer. anyway my only gripe is with the slow speed of the usb port.

also i would like to have 2 usb ports.

so the speed problem: i reset the router to defaults then flashed with the firmware from [...]

it was the same version from the factory but did it anyway figuring it couldn't hurt.

The usb 3.0 transfer speeds are the same as before:

The hardware used for the test was:

R6250 + vertex 4 + Nexstar HX usb 3.0

while on my laptop's usb 3 port this caddy+ssd can do 185MB/s read and 119MB/s write.
on the router: 34MB/s read 21MB/s write

i double checked with a Kingston DTU G3 32GB
it got 33MB/s read and 18MB/s write on the router, but on my laptop that usb flashdrive goes upto 150MB/s read and 80Mb/s write.

Tested with crystaldiskmark, 2x100Mb size test.

Somebody in engineering or marketing lied, this is not a usb 3 port it only functions like a usb 2 port.

i contacted netgear and the tech support was somewhat helpful, they only said to reflash the unit, then when i sent in this report they said to ask for a refund or exchange.

weirdly enough i can't seem to find any reviews on google that tested usb speeds. you'd think usb 3.0 being the super speed it is, somebody would've tested it by now, its been a month since the product was launched.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TobycW on May 23, 2013
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I have set up quite a few routers over the years and this Netgear is the easiest to set up so far. After connecting it up to my cable modem and powering up both devices, my browser immediately has a setup screen for the device. After the quick setup, I verified that I had internet access and then proceeded to go to the router control page. I saw there was a notice for a firmware update and selected the option--lo and behold, it downloads the proper file and then asks if you want to update--no more searching for it, downloading it and then going to the update page. Kudos Netgear!

Really, this Netgear R6250 router has everything I want--simultaneous dual band, gigabit ethernet ports, QoS, and excellent wifi range. The other features are icing on the cake. Looking forward to setting up a limited access guest network, as well as having my own network storage with a USB external drive. The Netgear Genie app is optional and provides some good information like devices connected to your network, status of internet/wifi connection, and access to some of the router settings and parental controls. Not the best app and could use some work.

In summary, this is a fast router with all the features a high end router should have and am very happy with it! Will update this review if I anything further to add.

-fast simultaneous dual band (max 300 + 1300 Mbps for 2.4/5 GHz bands)
-easy setup
-easy firmware update process
-very good range (covers all 3 floors of my home)
-full-featured (USB3.
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