on May 20, 2013
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.
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 V126.96.36.199_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.
As for wireless speed, I found the R6250 to be comparable to the WNDR3800. I currently don't have a 11ac device or adapter to test the speed this newest wireless standard so my connection speed is based on the 11n standard. Here are my test results with my laptop using a 11n adapter being in the area of my house with the worst coverage area:
Avg of 3 tests using Speedtest.net (note my Cable Interenet provider says I should get around 8mbps for download, 348k for upload):
Ping- 24 ms
Download- 7.79 mbps
Upload- 0.37 mbps
Ping- 27 ms
Download- 7.47 mbps
Upload- 0.37 mbps
I didn't see much of a difference between read/write speeds between using a USB 3.0 or a USB 2.0 device. Also, the router would not recognize my Toshiba Canvio 3.0 1TB hard drive however it's not on Netgear's list of supported devices for this router but neither is the Seagate Backup Plus or the Western Digital WD Elements that I have, and they were able to connect it.
Test results with a Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive using 100 MB:
Sequential Read : 4.327 MB/s
Sequential Write : 3.736 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 3.536 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 2.576 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.544 MB/s [ 132.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.264 MB/s [ 308.5 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.839 MB/s [ 204.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 2.430 MB/s [ 593.3 IOPS]
Sequential Read : 17.056 MB/s
Sequential Write : 22.138 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 14.104 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 18.502 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.606 MB/s [ 147.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 2.590 MB/s [ 632.2 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.827 MB/s [ 201.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 7.480 MB/s [ 1826.1 IOPS]
Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive using 100 MB:
Sequential Read : 4.488 MB/s
Sequential Write : 4.409 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 4.300 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 3.646 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 1.004 MB/s [ 245.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.560 MB/s [ 380.8 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 1.597 MB/s [ 389.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 3.628 MB/s [ 885.6 IOPS]
Sequential Read : 12.942 MB/s
Sequential Write : 15.832 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 11.056 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 15.705 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.462 MB/s [ 112.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 3.203 MB/s [ 782.0 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.498 MB/s [ 121.5 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 4.429 MB/s [ 1081.2 IOPS]
Simultaneous Dual Band WiFi:
I have my iPhone5 and FireHD setup to use both WiFi bands, 2.5GHz and 5GHz. On the WNDR3800, my iPhone5 had to be within 15 feet of the router or the signal for 5GHz was too week to pick up. After I setup the R6250, my iPhone5 switched to the 5GHz connection all the way to the back of house about 40 feet from the router. So, I have to say that the signal for 5GHz is signficantly more robust than my previous router.
Within my household there usually at least 12 or more devices connected simultaneously with an combinations of the following:
1 Macbook Pro
1 wireless printer
2 wireless Foscam ip cameras
So far, I have had the R6250 connected for several days with no drops. We have had Netflix streaming in two rooms and HuluPlus streaming in another room with three laptops connect along with the three iPhones, a wireless printer and the IP cams without much of a problem. However, I had to at one point downgrade streaming to medium on my FireHD while Netflix stayed at HD. To me, that's much better than how my WNDR3800 was handling the traffic. I was having to reboot the WNDR3800 several times a week up and back to back days.
My wireless IP cams stay connected to the R6250 and I'm able to view them both remotely without losing one of the cams, which was a problem for me with the WNDR3800.
- It supports Max 1300Mbps at 5GHz, and Max 300Mbps at 2.4GHz. In order to get close to the 1300Mbps speed you will need a 11ac device like the new Samsung Galaxy 4 or 11ac capable wireless adapter.
- Will handle dual band WiFi devices like the iPhone 5 and iPad
- Guest Network Access
- Has parental controls, web filtering
- Also supports DLNA
Overall, I'd definitely recommend the R6250 if your looking for a device with a wider wireless range and one that can handle a multitude of devices simultaneously connected. It's price point is in the same price range as the WNDR3800, offering the same features but with several enhancements over it, such as the extra coverage area especially in the 5GHz range, the handling of multiple devices and support for the new 11ac wireless standard.
- R6250 Smart WiFi Router
- Ethernet cable
- Quick install guide
- Power adapter, localized to country of sale
- Dimensions: 191 x 198.5 x 65 mm (7.5 x 7.79 x 2.55 in)
- Weight: 417 g (.91 lb)
- Free phone technical support provided for 90 days from date of purchase
- Simultaneous Dual Band WiFi--2.4 & 5 GHz
- WiFi Transmitters/Receivers (Tx/Rx)- 2x2 (2.4 GHz) + 3x3 (5 GHz)
- Powerful dual-core 800 MHz processor
- WiFi Boost with high-powered radio amplifiers
- Memory: 128 MB flash and 256 MB RAM
- Advanced Quality of Service (QoS)
- IPv6 support (Internet Protocol Version 6)
- One (1) USB 3.0 port
- IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
- IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac 5.0 GHz
- Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
- Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, or Google Chrome(tm) 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
- WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2--PSK)
- Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall)
- Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
on May 14, 2015
Strong router for the price.
I have this hooked up to my Comcast 100 meg speeds. My four bedroom house is covered in wifi signal, even my lawn. I placed the router directly in the middle of the house and placed it high enough for reach.
The setup was fairly simple, very simple actually.
Each one of these routers has a funny yet unique default password, in which is printed on the bottom of the router, if you ever forget.
2.4 GHZ is very strong, of up to about 85 feet.
Alot of customizations to make the router perform the way you want.
I'm not an expert, but I'm not a novice either.
For the price, I can't complain.
The only issue I have with this router is the fact it feels very breakable. Small rubber feet mounts on the bottom. You can see the internal parts if you look at the bottom. Please keep your kids out of reach, and make sure no water will ever touch this or else it will be easily toast. Other than that, it's a solid router.
The 5 GHZ runs very strong too, I can get signal about forty feet away, through walls. Not bad at all.
on March 5, 2015
I was looking for a low profile AC router. I have tried other brands like Asus and D-Link. None of them came even close to this one.
The setup is super easy that you can even use your iphone or ipad to do the initial setup.
The web interface offers the same similar menu as previous Netgear routers.
If you have used Netgear routers before, configuration is not a problem for you. I literally completed the configuration and had the network up and running in 10-15 minutes. uPNP and port forwarding works as usual.
This is the AC router supporting both 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands. I have more than 15 wireless devices connected to the router. I used the old SSID on the 2.4GHz for the legacy devices and move the new devices to 5GHz with new SSID. All legacy devices were able to connect to the router without reconfiguration.
The speed is definitely faster than my old Netgear WNR2000v2. I got ~ 60Mb/s downlink on 5GHz versus 50Mb/s running on 2.4GHz using WNR2000. I think it is the limit of my cable service.
The wireless coverage is pretty good. I don't get much speed reduction(5-10%) in my bedroom which is far away from where the router is. I used to get 50% reduction when I used the WNR2000v2.
It has Gigabit Ethernet interface. I can see the LED color changed on my cable modem. I have not tested the USB yet. So far the router is working like my old Netgear router: reliable and fast.
Just one little thing that I had to download the new FW file to my PC then upload to the router. The one-step webGUI upgrade did not go anywhere. However, it is not a big deal just you have to fire up the PC versus just use your iphone or ipad to do it.
on November 18, 2014
I bought this router in August 2013 and it worked fine until two months ago. The setup was easy and we were able to link a number of wifi devices (laptops, phones, tablets) to it. I specifically bought this router because of the 5G. There were occasional drops of devices and we also had to reboot the router periodically. Well about two months ago, the 5G signal disappears completely. No amount of troubleshooting helped. Of course the problems didn't start happening until after the one year warranty expired. And Netgear customer support is a joke....totally useless. I understood that the one year warranty had ended, but to provide me a standard stock response that wasn't remotely related to my question is ridiculous. Now it appears that the router is about to die completely and I'm back on the search for a router. Needless to say, my next router won't be a NETGEAR. Buyer beware.....it worked fine while it lasted, but at this price, a router should last a lot longer than one year.
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.
on January 2, 2016
I have a streaming service and the 2.4 ghz single band on my old router was not cutting it as I got buffering and interference on my TV due to other devices such as the microwave oven. I set up the Roku 3 for 5 ghz (had to get Roku support as it's not intuitive, had to unplug the Roku a couple of times), but saw a vastly improved signal, apps loaded fast and there was no buffering nor interference from other devices, plus the HD quality of the picture was above and beyond what I got before. I'm one kitchen wall away. The new router has what they call beam focusing, and it seems to work.
I'll take up knitting before I ever go back to cable. Enjoy paying for what I want instead of cable jamming down my throat useless stations.
The router is advertised as a large house router, but I didn't see any difference in signal strength from the old router at 2.4 ghz as far as my computers are concerned.
What I don't like is the bright NETGEAR logo on the front, it's not necessary, outside of that I recommend it.
on November 6, 2014
Total waste of Money! I bought this router about 6 months ago. It worked great at first, wireless signal is fantastic. Now, Everyday I have to constantly reboot the router due to the fact that it will just all of a sudden drop wireless connections to half of my devices. Once it reboots, it works for a little while, until again it will just suddenly drop the wireless again.
Now the devices it kick's off are a Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Apple iPhone 5s, and Chromecast... so you can see it is several manufacturer's. My Lenovo Carbon X1 stays connected as does my smart TV.
Netgear support is useless, they will not help after 90 Days even though the majority of people have this SAME EXACT PROBLEM!!!
DO NOT BUY THIS ROUTER OR ANYTHING FROM NETGEAR!!!!