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Feature Summary

As noted earlier, the R6250 has the admin GUI and feature set of other genie based routers. We explored genie pretty well when it first appeared in the WNDR3800. The Basic Home screen below greets you upon each login after you complete the initial setup wizard.

NETGEAR R6250 Basic Home screen

NETGEAR R6250 Basic Home screen

Here's a quick summary of the R6250's features.

Routing

  • DHCP, Static, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP WAN types with MTU adjust on all types
  • DHCP server with MAC address reservation
  • RIP_1, 2B, 2M versions with in and outbound support
  • Built-in dynamic DNS client for dyndns.com
  • Static routes
  • DMZ host
  • WAN port scan and DoS Protection and IGMP proxy disables
  • WAN ping allow / deny
  • IPv6 WAN connection support (auto-detect, 6to4 tunnel, Pass through, fixed [static], DHCP, PPPoE, Auto config )
  • "Live" Parental controls via OpenDNS
  • IP based, schedulable service (port and port range) blocking
  • Schedulable keyword blocking for all users with one trusted IP bypass
  • Single port, port range and triggered port forwarding. Can set source and destination ports on forwarded ports. Can set timeout on triggered port forwards
  • Remote admin access enable, IP access filtering, port setting and HTTPS support
  • UPnP enable/disable with portmap table
  • Logging (no syslog)
  • Emailed blocked site access and log send
  • Automatic uplink QoS with manual / automatic uplink speed detection and manual rule option
  • Traffic meter with programmable reset, volume and connect time limits and alerts

USB features

  • UPnP / DLNA Media server enable
  • TiVo support
  • SMB, HTTP, HTTPs, FTP storage sharing
  • USB Printer sharing (requires Windows / MacOS utility)
  • Approved USB device control

This feature set should keep most users happy. But folks looking for things like IPv6 port forwarding, ALG controls for VPN handlers, cookie/proxy blocking and other firewall controls will be disappointed. Note also that there is a DLNA/UPnP media server, but not an iTunes server.

The other fly in the R-series ointment is the lack of support for some key ReadySHARE features. If you carefully check the Supported Routers listed in the page grab below, you'll see none of the R-series routers supported for ReadySHARE Cloud or Vault. You also can't use the USB drive attached to any R-series router as an Apple Time Machine backup store.

ReadySHARE features

ReadySHARE features

NETGEAR confirmed that these features are indeed not currently supported. But they said "subsequent releases will add new features and functionality on the R6250 including genie+ marketplace". NETGEAR's response also indicated that "a lot of these premium features will be delivered through the marketplace", hence their current omission. No time frame was given, however, for when genie+ marketplace support would be added.

Wireless Features

Table 2 summarizes the basic wireless setting modes and channels supported.

Setting 2.4 GHz 5 GHz
Channel Auto, 1 - 11 36, 40, 44, 48, 149, 153, 157, 161
High-Throughput Mode (bandwidth) Up to 54 Mbps
Up to 145 Mbps
Up to 300 Mbps
Up to 289 Mbps
Up to 600 Mbps
Up to 1300 Mbps
Security None
WEP (Up to 54 Mbps only)
WPA-PSK [TKIP]
WPA2-PSK [AES]
WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]
WPA/WPA2 Enterprise
None
WPA2-PSK [AES]
WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]
WPA/WPA2 Enterprise
Table 2: Wireless settings summary

In addition to the manual wireless security settings, the router supports WPS PIN and pushbutton setup modes. You also can define schedules for turning each radio on and off for added security.

Updated 11/6/2013: Wi-Fi Certified Sept. 2013

The Advanced Wireless screen shown below lets you disable 20/40 MHz coexistence. This shouldn't be possible on a Wi-Fi Certified product, but the R6250 isn't Wi-Fi Certified.

 R6250 Advanced Wireless settings

R6250 Advanced Wireless settings

NETGEAR doesn't make wireless bridges to mate with its draft 11ac routers. So they have endowed the R-series with not only WDS bridging and repeating, but also the ability to act as a non-WDS wireless bridge. The latter controls are found by checking the rather cryptic Use other operation mode box shown above.

This exposes another set of controls for enabling both AP or Bridge mode. AP mode must be more popular, since it also gets its own link and page in the Advanced Setup menu group. You'll find screenshots of these pages and others in the gallery below.

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