The R6250 is NETGEAR's flagship AC1600 router and features everything you would expect from a top-end offering from the brand, including best-in-class performance, range and simultaneous throughput over both 5 MHz and 2.4 MHz networks. If AC1600 connectivity is all you need for now and budget isn't a major factor, you simply can't go wrong with the R6250. It is also one of the best reviewed routers of all time based on feedback by industry experts and users alike, and for good reason. It beats just about every other router in its class in every single aspect - it's that good.
In addition to simultaneous dual-band connectivity supporting link speeds of 1300 Mbps on 5 GHz Wi-Fi AC and 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi N (with backward compatability with Wi-Fi A, B and G), you get an 800 Mhz dual-core processor and 256 MB RAM to ensure optimal performance even under very heavy traffic loads, four Gigabit Ethernet ports for all your wired networking requirements, highly robust software with scheduling, parental controls and a powerful firewall, a USB 3.0 port for connecting an external hard drive and accessing it on any device connected to your network via its easy media sharing and FTP server features, DLNA, network printer support, Beamforming+ for high range and reliable connectivity on AC devices, guest networks, app-based dashboard for easy setup, monitoring, control and troubleshooting of your network from various smartphone, tablet and computer platforms including iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. And its 128 MB of ROM means enthusiasts and power users can install full versions of third-party custom firmware like DD-WRT and OpenWRT to take it even beyond what's offered by its stock firmware.
The R6250's price tag of $155 might be considered a little steep for most people, especially considering the availability of some excellent routers in higher classes for lower or similar prices. Though admittedly, all the great extra features and the powerful software you'll get with the R6250 still make it hard to beat.