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Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router review

Gordon Kelly




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Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router
  • Netgear R6250 802.11ac Router


Our Score:



  • Superb wireless speeds
  • Exceptional range
  • Well priced considering performance


  • Ageing UI and setup process
  • Drops ReadyShare Cloud

Key Features

  • 802.11abgn 2.4GHz & 5GHz WiFi
  • 4x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • WPS, WPA/WPA2 security
  • Manufacturer: Netgear
  • Review Price: £129.99

What is the Netgear R6250?

The R6250 is Netgear’s entry level 802.11ac wireless router. Interestingly, in hitting a lower price Netgear hasn’t compromised its wireless AC performance, but instead curtailed the theoretical top end of 802.11n – something that standard has never got close to reaching. It is a clever move that pays off in spades. If you want an 802.11ac router at a reasonable price, the Netgear R6250 could be the one for you.

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Netgear R6250 – Design & Features

Out the box the R6250 carries the familiar ‘upright slab’ look Netgear has adopted in recent years. We’re not fans given it makes the router stand out in rooms and Netgear continues to use a gloss finish that attracts dust, finger prints and – given its upright position – occasional reflections from the sun.

Aside from this the router is solidly built with particularly good ventilation on the sides and it is one of the increasingly few manufacturers to offer a physical Wi*Fi on/off hardware button. It is mounted on the right side beside the WPS button, another practical decision given many manufacturers still bury WPS beside the Ethernet ports, which leaves you groping between cables.

Netgear also deserves a pat on the back for integrated the R6250’s transformer, which means it can ditch the power brick. Most rivals have not, so if minimal cable clutter is important this will be significant. Hopefully it will also spur on others to follow suit.

GUIDE: 802.11ac vs 802.11n

Love or loathe the Netgear design aesthetic, what really interests us about the R6250 is its wireless approach. Normally entry-level wireless ac routers, like the Asus RT-AC56U, cut costs by slashing the 802.11ac bandwidth to 867Mbps, but Netgear has maintained the full fat 1300Mbps instead cutting 802.11n performance from 450Mbit to 300Mbit. Proportionally this is a much less brutal compromise.

Furthermore, Netgear has equipped the R6250 with Beamforming. This 802.11ac component is left out of many more expensive routers, which is criminal because it is incredibly effective. Beamforming works by detecting the location of connected devices and focuses signal in their direction rather than simply throwing it out equally in all directions.

Elsewhere Netgear also ticks a lot of the right boxes. We’re surprised to see USB 3.0 make it onto the back, though it is the only USB port, alongside 4x Gigabit Ethernet and the aforementioned WPS. WPA/WPA2 security is also included, though Netgear has removed the ReadyShare Cloud feature for remotely accessing files on a connected USB drive.

Netgear R6250 setup

Netgear R6250 – Setup

Where we are less impressed is the R6250’s setup process. While Netgear has joined Linksys and Asus in a CD-less setup, it lacks some of the finesse and security.

The first issue is Netgear continues to set its own passwords, an unnecessary step when the more modern approach is to automatically begin the setup wizard where you define your own on first connection. The second issue is Netgear’s choice of administration passwords: username – ‘admin’, password – ‘password’ really doesn’t cut it in 2014.

Netgear R6250 ui

Netgear’s router user interface isn’t the most glamorous these days, either. The big tile UI looks as if Linksys’ Smart WiFi took a step back in time and there is a notable lack of easily accessible information in each section to guide casual users. That said sections are clearly defined and users shouldn’t struggle with the basics.

Guntur Gunawan

April 17, 2014, 4:40 am

thank for the review... We Authorized Distributor Netgear in Indonesia. http://www.igsolusi.com


October 12, 2014, 6:46 pm

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.


November 10, 2014, 10:16 am

On the USB 3.0 issue, there isn't one. I've plugged in 2 different USB sticks, one 2.0 and one 3.0 and both worked straight away.


July 17, 2016, 3:59 am

Thanks for the info, so glad I didn't purchase this. I refuse to buy any product that outsources their customer service. It's to difficult to try and understand the language barrier and can be so frustrating because they are basically reading from a FAQ answer sheet. Sorry Netgear, you lost a customer.

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