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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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NETGEAR
R6250 Smart WiFi Router
 
R6250
R6250

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

Beamforming+

  • 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
AC1600
 
Beamforming+
 

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+
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
 

Sharing

 
DLNA Media Server
DLNA Media Server – Find & play your media on DLNA TVs & game consoles
 
ReadySHARE USB
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
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

 

Security

 
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
 
R6250
 

Choose the wireless router that fits your needs

  R6200 R6250 R6300
 
R6200
 
R6200 Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Router
R6250
 
R6250 Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Router
R6300
 
R6300 Wi-Fi Dual Band Gigabit Router
Performance      
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
 
1200Mbps
 
1600Mbps
 
1750Mbps
Wi-Fi Transmit Power To Maximize Range Better Best Ultimate
Beamforming+
yes
yes
yes
USB Ports 1 1 2
Client-supported Devices 8 10 12
Ethernet Ports – 4 LAN + 1 WAN Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet
Features      
Live Parental Control
yes
yes
yes
Broadband Usage Meter
yes
yes
yes
Guest Networks
yes
yes
yes
DLNA Media Streaming
yes
yes
yes
CD-less Install With Smartphones/Tablets
yes
yes
yes
Premium Features      
Genie – Dashboard Control
yes
yes
yes
ReadySHARE Print
yes
yes
yes
AirPrint
yes
yes
yes

†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
NETGEAR genie
  • 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
 
NETGEAR
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
 

 


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Warranty

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


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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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  • Donald 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 newegg@netgear.com-- 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.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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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 newegg@netgear.com; 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 forum1.netgear.com.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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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 newegg@netgear.com-- be sure to provide any information that you can.

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

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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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 newegg@netgear.com. We'll be happy to assist.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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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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  • Rory C.
  • 5/27/2014 7:38:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsOne or the other

Pros: High speed, easy to set up

Cons: Having the N signal and the AC signal up at the same time causes me to disconnect from anything that requires constant connection. Youtube videos will stop loading and need to be refreshed even though i never actually lose internet connection. Games will disconnect. I have to either turn off the AC and keep everything connected to N, do the opposite and lose the use of all the devices i have that can't connect to AC, or switch them both on and off whenever i want to change devices.

Other Thoughts: Spent hours on the phone and on chat with support to fix this problem, after nothing worked, i was told to contact the support of the programs i was disconnecting from because the problem wasn't the router. Right netgear, it's not your router, it's literally everything else.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Anonymous,

We want to help you with this ASAP. We'll work with you directly to troubleshoot or get you a warranty replacement if necessary. Please get in touch with us at newegg@netgear.com and we'll be happy to assist.

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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  • Bryan R.
  • 5/8/2014 5:37:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsExtreemly Disappointed

Pros: Good range and speeds so far. Easy basic network/wireless configuration and setup. Had it up and replaced my previous router within minutes.. well almost.

Cons: Unfortunately the device is sold as supporting Live Parental Controls (see newegg overview) but it apparently doesn't. Both the NETGEAR Management Utility and the NETGEAR genie App both report back that this router doesn't support it. I upgraded the router firmware and even downgraded it to older versions. No dice. Both applications report that it's not supported in all cases. Well that's not entirely true, the Genie app says that it can't connect and that the wireless network isn't connected to the internet which is comical since on the main page it says it is connected to the internet and it recognizes when the firmware is out of date.

So now I get to waste my already limited time dealing with a problem that shouldn't exist in the first place. I bought this router with my egg points and a promo code and as a result only paid $50. If I paid advertised price I would be livid as apposed to just ticked off. As it sits I have a really nice Access Point but it's hardly a router worth $199 retail let alone $129.

Other Thoughts: I have other NETGEAR products and they work well so this is disappointing.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Bryan,

The R6250 does support Live Parental Controls - you can refer to page 22 in the user manual for how to set it up:

http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/R6250/R6250_UM_15April13.pdf

If you're continuing to have trouble, we want to to work with you directly to get things running as they should, and you can contact us directly at newegg@netgear.com. We look forward to helping out!

Regards,

NETGEAR Team

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