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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 ; 14.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104 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

This router is fantastic. Setup is wonderfully simple. Have had absolutely no issues with it, and we've had video streaming on the TV, the computer going, and phones… Read more ›
I also liked that it invited multiple devices with multiple smartphones and other…The installation was relatively simple for anyone with any experience with routers. Read more ›
Setup was pretty easy which included checking for the latest firmware and updating the router - Good. It has four ports in the back to hook up any nearby systems with cat 5… Read more ›
Downloaded the Genie software.. Setup was easy, changed the user info and name. I use the 5G as well as 2.4.. Read more ›
Setup was extremely easy and this router is ready to go in minutes. Read more ›
The setup process is simple enough that a user of any experience level should have no issues. Much like the other later model Netgear routers, as soon as you hook up the… Read more ›
Our old router had a bad habit of dropping the wifi signal to our kindles, but so far this…The signal is strong throughout our apartment and even outside on our back porch. Read more ›
Works great, and my neighbor across the street told me that my signal is strong enough to pick up in their backyard. Much more than I expected. Read more ›
Up to 78 mbps is the truth. Being 805 mbps slower than the CAT6 connection is a huge letdown. Read more ›
I just started using the R6250 and I am extremely impressed. Speed and signal distance are amazing. HUGE difference. Read more ›
I am very disappointed because this router does not meet my…Reason why I give it 3 stars, hence sending signal is fast, so fast down the video which I am happy. Read more ›
This wireless router is great it may be a bit pricey but well worth the investment, the wireless strength alone is literally like a bulldozer the signal is strong. My house… Read more ›
I also get frequent disconnects even though I am sitting less…Speeds are great on 5GHz (50Mb/s down 15Mb/s up) but absolutely unacceptable on 2.4GHz (7Mb/s down 10Mb/s up). Read more ›
This router is great for streaming and for playing cod wirelessly highly recommend. Read more ›
Amazing range and unbelievable speed on 5g band compared to FIOS crap router. No more dead spots in the house and online gaming lag has improved as well. Read more ›
Update: I bought TRENDnet TEW-812DRU. This router has amazing speed and power with the newest standard 802.11ac. My Wireless speed now is very close to my cable modem speed… Read more ›
Wifi speed and range were better than…The new router alone improved wifi download speed in the far corner of my house from 2-6 Mb/s (Apple) to 10-19 Mb/s (Netgear R6250). Read more ›
In the 2.4Ghz band I got an average performance of 64182 kbits/sec and 190800 kbit/sec in the 5 GHz. That's decent 5GHz performance but pretty mediocre in the 2.4GHz. For… Read more ›
This is the Router I have been waiting For !!!! I have been using Dir-655 ( for a few years ) but this R6250 is smoking fast and the range is fantastic !! Also it has… Read more ›
The downsides are…For most people, who do not have a device with 802.11 ac adapter, and no problems with range, then device is an overkill and not worth the extra cost. Read more ›
FAST, BEAMFORMING, easy to setup. Nice features...GREAT COVERAGE with wireless! Reaches 3 stories! Read more ›
This router got high ratings, but it seems only slightly better than the Linksys it replaced. To get full coverage, I'm using it with a Netgear extender. The combination… Read more ›
The range of this router is terrible. Our previous router the WNDR3800 had awesome range, all through the house plus quite far outside. This router will not reach the… Read more ›
I've only used it for a few days, but the range does seem to be better than our previous router. We've never had huge range problems except in the far two bedrooms. With… Read more ›
The user interface on the R6250 is geared for typical (simple) home configurations, so it took me a bit of hunting around, but I finally found the Advanced > Advanced… Read more ›
If all you're trying to do is to connect one machine wirelessly to the internet,…Now, if you try to mix 2.4GHz, 5GHz, as well as guest networks, this thing just struggles. Read more ›
I also noticed that i cant use both bands as 1 wireless id as i could wirh my other dual and router. This is a great feature that is missing here. But that was ok for now,… Read more ›
Every time the bridge disconnects from the internet the nexia…This is a great feature because when everything is online if my alarms on my door locks go off I get alerted. Read more ›
The R6250 allowed me to easily…In addition, I like to reserve IP addresses for devices that connect regularly, and this router has easy to use options for doing this. Read more ›
Before buying this router, I was researching other routers and I shortlisted few routers which were Asus rt-ac66u, Netgear R6300 and…All these routers have good features. Read more ›
I'm a tech consultant so we had the house wired with CAT5e when it was built and this router also drives a few…It's a well priced, solid, and strangely attractive device. Read more ›
Very easy to set up - excellent price - works to perfection. The interface can be used on your computer or as an app on your smart phone. Read more ›
This is a great router by a great brand, for an amazing price! I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. Read more ›
[[ASIN:B00BR3ZYIW Netgear AC1600 Dual Band…We did extensive research on line asked in stores and we decided that the Netgear 6250 was the best value on the market today. Read more ›
This router provides a decent value for money in terms of network strength and range it provides. - Setup was really very easy and quick. Read more ›
I have had my share of routers over the years-- Netgear, Linksys, Apple,…In the end I always end up falling back on Netgear as the best value and performance for the money. Read more ›
With dual option, had setup the WLANs for both…The Genie UI is pretty good to use/manage various options including password, connected devices, traffic, troubleshooting. Read more ›
It has improved both, network strength and range, but is comparable to…- Netgear Genie software is good to use on a computer for managing the settings and network etc. B… Read more ›
-Easy to set up, easy to use. I did not use the setup disk (I like to tinker directly with the router directly). Read more ›
-Software is easy to use. I actually prefer the interface of this Netgear R6250 than the older GUI of the D-Links. Read more ›
The Netgear AC1600 Dual Band Gigabit Smart Wi-Fi Router (R6250-100NAS) is an excellent router for home use. With the latest firmware update, the 5GHz wireless is much… Read more ›
The R6250 allowed me to easily…In addition, I like to reserve IP addresses for devices that connect regularly, and this router has easy to use options for doing this. Read more ›
The Netgear was a cinch to install an operational within five…The Netgear interface is superbly designed and very easy to understand and make changes to if you so desire. Read more ›
The Genie web interface, windows program and android app are all nice. They have a nice simple design. However, the advanced menus are pretty sparse: for example, there is… Read more ›
It worked great and I was happy . . . that is for 7 months when I experienced the "single…In essence the electronics was poorly designed and was not ready for prime time. Read more ›
So I purchased the then…This has been a great router and I can report that Netgear in that product greatly improved their design, electrical components and durability. T… Read more ›
I really like the design and speed of this Netgear AC1600 router. Read more ›
The Netgear was a cinch to install an operational within five…The Netgear interface is superbly designed and very easy to understand and make changes to if you so desire. Read more ›
It has improved both, network strength and range, but is comparable to…- Netgear Genie software is good to use on a computer for managing the settings and network etc. B… Read more ›
-Software is easy to use. I actually prefer the interface of this Netgear R6250 than the older GUI of the D-Links. Read more ›
I've been trying various…Compared to comparable ASUS and Linksys models, the connection strength is noticeably weaker, and the software capabilities more rudimentary. T… Read more ›
Pros: Small footprint, easy setup, pleasant to look at (if that is on your list of wishes), easy networking and top of the line speeds. Cons: price, performance not easily… Read more ›
It has improved both, network strength and range, but is comparable to [[ASIN:B0098QV038 TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 Wireless N600 Dual Band Router, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 300Mbps, USB… Read more ›
I have been using Asus rt-n56u for almost last two yeas, I have to restart the router couple times…And also down speed is not that great for 5G network in that router. I… Read more ›
Terrible wifi for two story house, and the customer service is the worse I have ever experienced been hung up and left waiting for over 1 hour. All without any resolution… Read more ›
The ability to print to a regular or older printer that wasn't designed…I've looked for workaround hacks to do this in the past and for the router to support it is great. Read more ›
Able to take on 2 iphones,ipad as well as 2 kindles with no problem. Very easy hook up with great support if needed. I would recommend it highly. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 45 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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17 of 17 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 35-year Technology Consumer TOP 500 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Kirk House on November 3, 2013
I've been happy with my Dlink DIR-655 router for a long time, but recently it has begun dropping connections. I wasn't sure if it was because there are so many (over 12) 2.4Ghz wifi signals that overlap on my house now or if it was just getting old, but I decided it was time to upgrade. I selected the AC1600 (R6250) while shopping at Walmart, since the price matched Amazon. I've switched routers before, so I decided to ignore the R6250 instructions about having to turn off my Motorola SURFboard SB6141 and just connected the R6250. Turns out they were right. That didn't work. I was forced to power cycle the SB6141.

Lesson 1: follow the instructions and power cycle your cable modem.

After that the internet connection came up fine. I switched the default IP to match my old LAN and everything seemed to connect and start working fine initially. After a while, I began to get get intermittent warnings about duplicate IPs from my windows laptop. I began watching the attached devices and it appeared that there was something really wrong with the DHCP server. Duplicate IPs were being given out to same MAC Id. I pulled my thinning hair out for a day or so on this. I tried assigning MAC IDs to IPs but that didn't help. New IP and duplicate IPs kept being given out. Finally I gave up and decided to switch everything over to static IPs. In the process of doing that, I discovered that the issue seemed to be between the R6250 and my Diamond WR300N Wireless Repeater which I was using in wireless bridge mode. Unplugging the WR300N and instead running an Ethernet cable cleaned up most of my DHCP issues, right away. However, the Satellite STB which I had on the wireless bridge still has two IPs with the same MAC ID in the Attached Devices list.
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