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NETGEAR R6250 Wireless AC1600 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

  • AC1600 WiFi 300+1300 Mbps speeds
  • Dual Core 800Mhz processor
  • 256MB Memory and 128MB Flash
  • 1 USB 3.0
  • Open Source
  • Simultaneous Dual Band WiFi - 2.4&5GHz
  • WiFi Boost
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R6250 Smart WiFi Router

AC1600 Dual Band Gigabit Router

The NETGEAR R6250 Smart Wi-Fi Router with next generation 802.11ac delivers AC1600 Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet speeds - while offering the best wireless coverage for large homes.

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


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

Network Speed

Fastest WiFi
AC1600 Wi-Fi – Up to 300 + 1300‡ Mbps†
Gigabit Wifi
Gigabit Wi-Fi – Next generation Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi devices
Beamforming+ – provides a stronger, faster, and more reliable connection that gets 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 drives 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 10 x 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 Wi-Fi connections (WPS)
Wifi & Power On-Off

Wi-Fi & 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 Wi-Fi Connections – Highest level wireless security with WPA/WPA2

Choose the wireless router that fits your needs

  R6200 R6250 R6300
R6200 Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Router
R6250 Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Router
R6300 Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Router
Combined Wi-Fi Speed 1200Mbps 1600Mbps 1750Mbps
5GHz Wi-Fi Speed 867Mbps 1300Mbps 1300Mbps
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Speed 300Mbps 300Mbps 450Mbps 
Wi-Fi Range
Wi-Fi Transmit Power To Maximize Range Better Best Ultimate
USB Ports 1 1 2
Client-supported Devices 8 10 12
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 1300Mbps is approximately 3 x faster than 802.11n 450Mbps.
‡Up to 1300Mbps wireless speeds achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 1300Mbps devices.

NETGEAR genie mobile
  • 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 Wi-Fi 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 3 x 3 300Mbps adapter like Centrino 6300/5300, or 802.11ac adapter like NETGEAR A6200 for maximum performance


Learn more about the Netgear Inc. R6250

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Netgear Inc. R6250

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  • Nathan W.
  • 1/6/2015 6:20:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsUpdated Review

Pros: Fast LAN & Wireless (when it works). Shared USB port, multi bioses to choose from to get the best one you like. If you disable the router's QOS you will see a small gain in a speed test.

Cons: The hugest CON I have found is that the wireless on the unit will stop accepting connections. Not sure how long this takes to mess up or what causes it. I usually must reboot the unit about every 3-4th week per month. Most devices keep their connection, but new or resumed connections don't.

Other Thoughts: I am now getting the Asus ac1900 router to do a small upgrade and see if that holds wireless and allows new connections without reboot.

Manufacturer Response:

Hey Riga,

We would like to help figure out what is causing the problem that you are having with your R6250-- please email us at right away. Please give a description of your network and what you described in your review to help us help you faster.

We apologize for your time and any frustrations.



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  • Anonymous
  • 12/23/2014 8:40:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: - Router Range is very good. Have no issues with picking up full connection in the whole townhome I live in.
- Router Speed, connection through AC I was receiving almost the same downloads speeds as my hardwire connection. I couldn't believe it. Wireless N, not as fast ofcourse, but still receiving 75% of the download speeds.
- Setup is so easy. I think my grandmother could figure it out.. She still lives in the stone age(no internet)..
- No annoying blinking LED's. The router has 3 basic lights they are bright enough to see but also won't light up your whole room.
- Genie APP is cool, you don't have to mess with going into deep rooted settings as if it was still 1990. Very user friendly and straight forward.
- Literally a plug and play type of router. I'd recommend it to anyone. Also its not super expensive, but I believe its also at least 5-8 year future proof. Most hardware technology will change significantly in that time.

Cons: Nothing as of yet. Besides the bottom being purple. I'd prefer a more manly color in my bachelor pad ;)

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend it to beginner and internet junky.

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  • Yric H.
  • 11/3/2014 4:07:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStable Performance

Pros: WiFi stability. We have a lot of devices on the WiFi network and this router has not had an issue handling the demand at all. This includes streaming Netflix, while listening to Pandora on another device and YouTube on a few other tablets. No issues. Definitely worth a purchase when on sale.

Cons: Couldn't get the hard drive to work on the usb which cost the rating one egg. I'm using an NAS on my wired network so not really a big deal for this house hold.

Other Thoughts: It looks nice on the shelf and doesn't have any crazy blinking lights on the front that I can see across the room. I prefer it like this.

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4 out of 5 eggsVery Solid Performance and Good Features

Pros: Easy to set up. Clear instructions. Great aesthetics. Ethernet cable included. I experienced absolutely solid performance for each connection type (N, AC, Gigabit wired).

It comes preconfigured with a secure SSID and password. This is a handy way to help beginners use encryption to protect their wireless network from neighbors and passersby.

Product was packaged well, both to explain and protect the contents.

The LEDs are just bright enough to be easily seen, not annoyingly bright like I've experienced with other networking hardware.

The performance is very consistent. The unit has never needed a reset for any reason. I've never had a file transfer or internet stream hiccup. All of my devices (laptops, tablets, etc) were able to connect to it.

If you are shopping specifically for an AC router, this one would be a very good choice.

Cons: I compared the wireless file transfer speeds of my old N and new AC router for transferring both small files (collection of ebooks) and large files (HD video). I transferred them from one PC to another, on my home network. For my case, there was nearly no improvement in file transfer speed simply by replacing the router. My old wireless N router can still be purchased and costs half what this AC router costs.

Other Thoughts: The preset SSID and password are written on the unit. This sticker is super helpful for home use. However, if using this router in a semi-public place, make sure to change the password or remove/cover the sticker.

There is no wall mounting capability. I personally do not need this feature, but as most home networking devices are wall mountable, and Newegg does not list this feature in the specifications, I decided to mention it.

I think this is a very solid router. Its got great features, price, and performance. However, if you've already got a good Wireless N system, there may not be much reason to upgrade to AC.

While this is wireless AC hardware, and is technically capable of transfer speeds well over 800Mbps (100MB/s), most consumers' experience will be far slower. Factors like the performance of the computers using the router, the building materials (walls, furniture, etc) between router and adapter, and the types of files being transferred are what govern the real world experience.

I compared file transfer speed on my home network, from one PC to another, under various conditions. I then graphed and analyzed the results. My data included:
1) Distance from router (garage at 80ft vs same room at 5ft)
2) File size (collection of 0.5MB e-books vs 26GB HD video)
3) Router type (AC vs N)
4) Adapter type (internal N vs external AC)
5) Laptop type (old clunker vs modern mid-grade) (both laptops have USB 2.0 only)

The largest factor to file transfer speed was the file size. It is much more efficient to transfer large files. If the reason you are shopping for a router is because it takes you a long time to transfer collections of small files, consider zipping them for transfer.

The next biggest factor was distance from router. It was much faster to be close to the router.

The next biggest factor was AC adapter type. It was faster to have the external AC adapter. I am not sure whether the improvement was due to AC technology, or due to having an external antenna. Whichever was the case, it was clearly faster.

The next biggest factor was laptop type. It was slightly faster to transfer files using the newer laptop. I wish I could have included a laptop with USB 3.0 ports in my test.

The least important factor was the router type. I found the file transfer speed to be nearly independent of router type. To be honest, this result surprised me. I expected the AC router to be much faster when using an AC adapter, but this just wasn’t the case. Thank you statistics for helping me see past my bias!
For my situation, I could not see much performance improvement by using this router, as compared to my old wireless N router.

I was going to paste my data table below, but it took up too much space (3000 char limit).

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  • Don M.
  • 11/3/2014 6:05:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat unit for a great price.

Pros: Great range. Great speed. Many options.

Cons: Not reviewed as a "top of the line" unit but I've had no problems and it meets all of my needs.

Other Thoughts: Client has six (count them, 6) Comcast wireless routers. None can reach any of his devices on a reliable basis. We purchase this unit and.... Everything works. Two Apple TVs, three iPhones, an iPad, Microsoft surface and three laptops. Plus the devices of their teenaged daughters friends. The guest network feature is a godsend for them.

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  • James W.
  • 10/17/2014 10:16:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsEasy to configure, but loses connection to cable modem

Pros: Easy to configure, has a power switch (which is nice for having to restart it, which is necessary often)
Look good,
Strong wireless transmitter
capable to streaming media well from PC to Xbox in another room

Cons: The router drops the connection to my cable modem constantly. Requires a router restart to regain connectivity to the internet. Issue happens most often when gaming (league of legends and Battlefield 4) along with Mumble (a VoIP app)
Internal network is not affect, just the connection to the modem

Manufacturer Response:

Hey J. Wilson,

If you would like us to help fix the connetion issue you are having please get in contact with us as soon as you can. You can email us at be sure to provide any information you can about your R6250 and what modem you are using.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to get it patched up right away.



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  • David A.
  • 10/12/2014 11:52:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsUSB 3.0 works with limited number of hard drives

Pros: Works as a router. Fast when working.

Cons: Drops connections regularly. No actual DD-WRT support.

According to Netgear Tech Support, the R6250 USB 3.0 connection only works with a small list of compatible hard drives, which is not mentioned on the box or in the manual. After spending hours on the phone with Netgear Tech Support (which is foreign based and difficult to understand) I was told I should go buy one of their higher end routers in order to get the connectivity I needed. That is completely unacceptable, especially considering I have no way of knowing if the "higher end" models will work as advertised. If you are looking for 3.0 USB connectivity for your hard drive, DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

Manufacturer Response:

Hey Rider,

We would be glad to offer you further assistance-- please email us when you get a chance. We can be reached at; in the email please include any of the case numbers that support gave you.

We will be happy to answer any basic or techinial questions on our forums at



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  • John D.
  • 9/18/2014 10:48:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsfor a prototype is OK

Pros: Good 5GHz speed, stylish design

Cons: Slow 2.4GHz and NAS; firmware bugs and "features"

Other Thoughts: It is a router with a potential, but it is still in prototype stage - one could wonder what it does on the market. Ending up as a beta tester instead of end user is frustrating, given one has paid full retail price for mature product and has been looking for a mature product.

Be noted that it can stream smoothly HD(720p), but not the full HD(1080p@30) from your phone/camcorder if you think to buy it for that, while using the (supposed to be fast) NAS feature.

Aside from having USB for NAS, I see no other real world improvements over N300 budget version which it has replaced.

If Netgear couldn't fix it in an year trough the firmware updates - that unfortunately means sub-optimal hardware ...

Well, good effort Netgear, but not quite there, carry on

Manufacturer Response:

Hey Johny,

We would be happy to take a look at your R6250 and see if we can't fix any of the problems you are having. You can email us at be sure to provide any information that you can.

If you need anything else please include it in the email.



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  • Kevin H.
  • 6/18/2014 7:13:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggshorrible 2.4ghz spectrum

Pros: 4 Vlan's (1 per spectrum 2.4-5ghz) and the same for guests.
You can isolate the guests or allow them to communicate to each other. The functionalities are limited (aka i wished i could use proxy on the guest) but overall good.

Cons: 2.4ghz spectrum is... horrible even in AC. the traffic is approx 1m down/upload , is so slow you cant stream content in low resolution accross the network.

Other Thoughts: if you are only looking for 5ghz devices you should be good, otehrwise, skip

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Anonymous,

The problems you're experiencing with the 2.4 GHz band are definitely not normal, and we'd like to investigate. Are you seeing this issue with all devices on the 2.4 GHz band or just certain ones? What type of encryption are you using? Also, have you checked for firmware updates for the R6250? This will ensure the best performance and reliability.

if you are continuing to see issues, please get in touch with us directly at We'll be happy to assist.



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  • Philip S.
  • 6/2/2014 5:51:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPowerful Router

Pros: -Duel core processor
-Duel Band
-Wireless AC
got it for $100 on sale and totally worth that price.

Cons: None

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