Netgear AC1600 R6250-100NAS Review

The Netgear AC1600 R6250-100NAS is the latest router in the Netgear chain. Wireless AC is bundled in with some cool features, including use of the Netgear Genie app, QoS and Parental Control. As ever, we run through what is on offer and pick out any negatives, if any, that could have been avoided or improved. Let’s get started….

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Netgear AC1600 R6250-100NAS Features

 

You want Dual Band, fast USB access and a killer processor that will run anything thrown at it? Well luckily enough, Netgear boast that this router has it all…

 

7 Features of the Netgear AC1600 R6250-100NAS

 

Dual Band 1.6Gbps
Using both 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequencies, a total of 1600Mbps throughput is available. The 5GHz frequency range is used for bandwidth thirsty and sensitive traffic types e.g. HD streaming and online gaming, whilst the 2.4GHz frequency is used for normal data types e.g. downloads, internet browsing, file-sharing etc.

Wireless AC
The very latest in wireless technology is here – 802.11ac. More bandwidth is available than ever before, with extended coverage and more channels, using AC Beamforming to make sure that you stay connected faster, for longer and without interference.

USB 3.0 Port
Share a printer, or the contents of a USB drive at super fast speeds. USB 3.0 lets you share your data at up to 10x faster then your standard USB ports.

Dual-Core 800MHz Processor
Discover high performance connectivity, with Netgear’s dual-core processor. The CPU will process data packets faster than ever before, reducing latency and lag.

Backwards Compatibilty
Support wireless old and new. Connect all your old hardware using 802.11 a/b/g/n.

QoS Control
Have advanced control over your traffic using Quality of Service. Traffic types sensitive to jitter, delay or bandwidth hogging can be prioritized to ensure that it gets the network backbone it needs.

Parental Controls
Make sure your kids can’t access sites or material that are unsuitable. Have complete control over what can be viewed and/or when it can be viewed.

Netgear AC1600 R6250-100NAS Other Features

 

DLNA
Connect to other DLNA standard devices with ease using DLNA. Play media on DLNA TV’s and gaming consoles.

Push ‘n Connect – WPS
Connect wireless users easily using WPS (WiFi Protected Setup).

Guest Wireless Network
Have a separate network for your guests. Give them access to the Internet without giving access to your LAN.

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Netgear Genie App
Install the Netgear Genie app to enable simple monitoring and the ability to repair your network from your tablet or smart phone.

 

Netgear AC1600 R6250-100NAS Technical Specs

  • 300Mbps + 1300Mbps wireless
  • 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • NETGEAR GENIE® APP
  • WPS wireless setup
  • DLNA compatible
  • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
  • IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac 5.0 GHz
  • IPv6 support

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Conclusion for the Netgear AC1600 R6250-100NAS

 

Good

  • Exceptional Coverage
  • USB 3.0 Port
  • Dual Core Processor

 

Not so Good

  • Only one USB port

 

First off, the Netgear AC1600 R6250-100NAS is as good-looking as the previous recent releases from the Netgear fold. A shiny, black flat front, which beautifully disguises the computerized grunt beneath. Boasting a 800MHz dual processor, the R6250-100NAS has no problems with routing traffic in and around your network and beyond – either using the wired Gigabit ports, or the wireless network, which is capable of a combined throughput speed of 1.6Gbps. Latency and jitter test results against the Internet returned very good, which we put down to the dual processor. Only 15ms RTT for latency and 7ms jitter, which is very respectable. This was tested on an ADSL circuit.

Setup is straight-forward. There is the option to use the Netgear Genie app, meaning no CD installation is required (although CD installation can be done if preferred). The Genie app is also a monitoring tool, so you can keep an eye on the performance of the R6250-100NAS from your PC, phone or tablet.

We really liked the inclusion of the USB 3.0 port, which should be standard on all routers these days. However, it would have been nice to have more than one USB port. So often, users like to have a hard drive and a USB printer as shared devices.

Other features that we liked were the intuitive QoS and Parental Control settings.

The Netgear AC1600 R6250-100NAS is a welcome addition to the Netgear family…

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