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Dual-band Wi-Fi® router and cable modem (C6250)

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Our take on the NETGEAR AC1600

If it's been a while since you've upgraded both your modem and wireless router, you're in for a treat. NETGEAR's AC1600 combines a high-speed cable modem with far-reaching Wi-Fi coverage to deliver strong, reliable Internet connectivity throughout your home. It delivers blazing-fast streaming for gaming, music, and movies. Plus, its compact vertical design won't take up much space on your desk. 

Unleash your high-speed Internet connection

Netgear AC1600 Nighthawk (C6250)

Plug in a USB hard drive or printer and access it wirelessly through your network.

If it's been a while since you've upgraded both your modem and wireless router, you're in for a treat. NETGEAR's AC1600 combines a high-speed cable modem with far-reaching Wi-Fi coverage to deliver strong, reliable Internet connectivity throughout your home. It delivers blazing-fast streaming for gaming, music, and movies. Plus, its compact vertical design won't take up much space on your desk. 

Get fast streaming with dual-band Wi-Fi

The AC1600 takes your incoming coaxial cable Internet signal and broadcasts it over two separate bands to maximize connectivity and reduce interference. The 2.4 and 5GHz ranges provide flexible wireless connectivity for your smartphones, tablets, and other streaming devices in your home. You'll enjoy fast downloads, even with heavy traffic. Two Ethernet ports provide direct connections for your hard-wired equipment.

Easy to set up and share content 

Set up your new router using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Easy browser-based installation means no CDs to load or keep track of. Simply connect a few cables and then use the single-button Push ‘N' Connect function to create your Wi-Fi network. The free NETGEAR genie® app lets you monitor, control, and troubleshoot your network. You can even connect an external USB hard drive loaded with photos, music, and other files, then access them wirelessly around the house using DLNA-compatible devices. 

Enjoy a safe, secure network

NETGEAR's Wi-Fi Protected Access® offers tough WPA/WPA2 encryption that denies outsiders access to your wireless signal. This router also offers double firewall protection and a stiff defense against denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. Parental controls provide filtering of content that you don't want youngsters to have access to.

Product Highlights:

  • AC1600 cable modem and wireless router (model C6250)
  • 802.11ac simultaneous dual band 2.4 & 5GHz Wi-Fi (300 Mbps + 1300 Mbps)
  • uses high-powered radio amplifiers for strong Wi-Fi
  • DLNA capable for movie, photo, and music access with compatible devices
  • 16 downstream and 4 upstream channels provide fast download and upload speeds
  • meets DOCSIS 3.0 specifications and is backward compatible with DOCSIS 2.0
  • browser-based installation makes setup easy using a tablet, smartphone, or computer
  • IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) supported
  • CableLabs® certified to work with Comcast XFINITY® and Time Warner Cable® Internet services
  • use the NETGEAR genie® app to monitor, control, and repair your home network
  • includes AC power adapter, Ethernet cable and quick start guide
External Connections:
  • two 10/100/1000 LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
  • one USB 2.0 port to wirelessly access and share a USB hard drive or printer
  • coaxial input for cable Internet service
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2-PSK) and WEP
  • double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall)
  • Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack prevention
  • easy Push 'N' Connect push-button Wi-Fi setup (WPS)
Dimensions and Warranty:

What's in the Box:

  • WiFi cable modem router
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 5' Ethernet cable
  • Quick Start Guide

easy to install. Works great and to get rid of cable rental.

Anonymous, Adrian, MI


NETGEAR AC1600 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

Needs better range

Michael from South Florida on 12/31/2017

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It seems to be working pretty good, but it does have any range. I have it hooked up in my garage and when I'm out in the driveway I get a very weak signal.

Pros: Easy to hook up, and pretty fast


Initial problems that were a headache...

Kenton R. from Decatur, GA on 10/24/2017

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I purchased this browser last week with a free gift card I received from Crutchfield for a promotion they're doing with LG OLED TVs. I received my modem in 2 days as Crutchfield always does, but the problem was not with Crutchfield it was with Netgear. I had this modem set up with Xfinity so I could save money on my bill. After going to the Comcast store to drop off old equipment when I called to have this modem set up, Xfinity informed me that the serial numbers on this modem were already in use by another account. Long story short, after 2 long phone calls with xfinity and a drive back to the Comcast store, a rare problem had occurred. They used these same numbers on a modem years ago. The account was long closed. Very annoying that Netgear would use the same numbers from an old modem on a brand new modem. That is why this product received 3 stars. I have the xfinity 300mbs internet package and sometimes I get close to those speeds, and sometimes I do not.




Anonymous from Adrian, MI on 8/13/2017

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easy to install. Works great and to get rid of cable rental.




Brian from Monroe, MI on 8/7/2017

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Awesome product for the price. So much stronger than the supplied unit I was using from xfinity. My back yard and garage now have great coverage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: better range than free unit from cable provider

Cons: none

Netgear AC1600 Cable Modem/Router

Daniel from Harrisonburg, VA on 2/16/2017

This modem/router combo is an excellent product that was quick and easy to set-up. The device interfaces perfectly with my Comcast service, and more than covers my 2 story apartment providing the excellent speeds that I expect with my service. The device's interface was easy to understand and configure to my preferences (static internal IPs, guest network, 2.4 & 5GHz networks, network shares, downloadable configuration file, etc.) The capability to connect with the Genie app from my smartphone has also been a nice plus. My only complaint (if one can call it that) is the location of the ethernet ports on the back of the device. During my initial setup as I connected my laptop to the device, it was difficult for me to plug/unplug the ethernet cable due to the tight space formed by the angle of the device as it sits on its base. That being said, it was not and I doubt it will ever be a major issue.

Pros: -Easy Setup -Great Coverage

Cons: -Location of ethernet ports

Perfect all in one.

Leslie from Waipahu, HI on 1/28/2017

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Excellent product!

Pros: Perfect combo product. No need for separate modem and router. Perfect wifi signal in my 2000 square foot home with no issues thus far. Setup simple and easy.

Cons: None


Jonathan from West Hills, CA on 8/21/2016

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Easy to install. Fast respond time. Good overall.




Anonymous from Arlington, VA on 7/12/2016

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Fast shipping, excellent product, everything was great!



NETGEAR AC1600 Dual-band Wi-Fi router and cable modem (C6250)

Alex B from Arlington, TX on 6/29/2016

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I purchased 2 of these modem router combos for 2 different homes. It is easy to install. It works well in small homes but not so well in large homes. I notice the modems from Time Warner Cable gives off a stronger signal, however it does do its job. If you are looking for speed i recommend buying modem router separately. For the price offered on this website i give it 4 stars, otherwise i would give it only 3.

Pros: easy to install and use.

Cons: Signal not as strong in bigger homes.


Hands-on research

Product Research


WiFi Cable Modem Router: NETGEAR's AC1600 WiFi Cable Modem Router (C6250) combines a cable modem and WiFi router in one device, so you can connect to your cable internet service provider and other network devices in your home without having to connect a separate router or gateway. The NETGEAR AC1600 is certified by most major cable Internet providers in the US. The WiFi cable modem router saves you money over time by owning your cable equipment and avoiding monthly rental charges from your cable internet service provider.

US Cable Internet Service Provider Compatibility: The AC1600 WiFi Cable Modem Router is compatible with most major US cable internet service providers; like Comcast XFINITY, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision & more (up to Ultimate 300 plans). The cable modem supports the assignment of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses by cable Internet providers. Not compatible with Cable bundled voice services.

  • You must contact your Internet service provider (ISP) and tell them that you are using the cable modem. Before you connect the cable modem and contact your cable Internet provider, collect your cable account number, account phone number, and login information (your email address or user name and password).
  • If Comcast XFINITY is your cable Internet provider, setup Internet service by using Comcast XFINITY self-activation process. If you are unable to self-activate your modem router, call Comcast XFINITY customer service.

CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 Certified: The NETGEAR AC1600 WiFi Cable Modem Router is designed to meet DOCSIS 3.0 specifications and backward compatible with DOCSIS 2.0 networks. DOCSIS 3.0 is 16-times faster than 2.0 devices.

Ultra-Fast Cable Internet Speeds: You get up to 680Mbps download and 132Mbps upload 4k streaming speed for streaming HD videos, faster downloads, and high-speed online gaming. Its high performance 1.4GHz processor supports 16 download & 4 upstream channels for efficient and reliable Internet access.

Dual Band WiFi: The NETGEAR AC1600 WiFi Cable Modem Router supports WiFi connection speeds up to 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz band for 802.11n devices and up to 1300Mbps in the 5GHz band for 802.11ac devices. Both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands can be active simultaneously. The modem router supports the following advanced WiFi features -

  • WiFi Multimedia (WMM): WMM QoS prioritizes WiFi data packets from different applications based on four access categories - voice, video, best effort, and background.
  • Protected Management Frames (PMF): Protected Management Frames (PMF) is a security feature that protects unicast and multicast management frames from being intercepted and changed for malicious purposes.
  • Wireless Multicast Forwarding (WMF): Wireless Multicast Forwarding (WMF) lets the modem router forward multicast frames to wireless LAN (WLAN) hosts, using unicast addresses. WMF provides robust wireless communication because unicast frames are acknowledged, retried, and dynamically rate-controlled.
  • Airtime Fairness (ATF): Airtime Fairness (ATF) ensures that all WiFi clients receive equal time on the network. Network resources are divided by time, so if five WiFi clients are connected to the network, they each get one-fifth of the network time. The advantage of this feature is that the slowest WiFi clients do not control network responsiveness.

802.11ac: The modem router supports the 802.11ac networking standard. This new standard offers better speed, improved reliability, and more range than older WiFi networking standards. The extender is also backward compatible with earlier WiFi a/b/g/n standards. However, to get the benefits of 802.11ac, your WiFi router must support the 802.11ac WiFi networking standard. In comparison, the latest 802.11ac WiFi standard is 3x faster than the older 802.11n WiFi standard. 

Beamforming: The modem router supports beamforming in the 5GHz band to enhance the WiFi range and performance for your a/n/ac WiFi devices. When you enable beamforming and connect to the WiFi network, the modem router actively tracks your device and directs WiFi to your device, rather than just blasting it out in all directions. Beamforming provides a better range and performance

NETGEAR Genie App: The NETGEAR Genie App makes getting the most out of your home network fun & easy. The Genie App lets you easily monitor, connect & control your home network from a Windows PC, Mac computer/laptop, Apple iOS device, or Android smartphone/tablet. With the NETGEAR Genie App you can share & stream music or videos, diagnose & repair network issues, set up parental controls & more.

Convenient Content Sharing: With NETGEAR, sharing across your network is built-in and simple, anything from accessing stored photos & music to wireless printing.

  • DLNA/UPnP: Find & play your media on DLNA/UPnP compatible TVs & game consoles.
  • ReadySHARE USB Access: Wirelessly access & share USB hard drives via the one USB 2.0 port.
  • ReadySHARE Printer: Wirelessly access & share a USB printer.

High Security: Maintain the highest security across your network to ensure your privacy & family is safe while online. Whether it's preventing phishing & spyware or just limiting access for kids & guests, NETGEAR has you covered.

  • Parental Controls: Keep your Internet browsing experience safe and secure with free parental controls. It allows you to limit access to certain web sites at certain times. For example no social networking or gaming site access after dinner time.
  • Guest Network Access: Separate & secure access for guests. Guest networks create a completely separate WiFi network for your guests' devices, ensuring they do not have access to your home network or to the shared USB hard drive with all your personal data.
  • Secure WiFi Connections: Secure WiFi connections offer the highest level of WPA/WPA2/WPA2-PSK security with Double firewall protection (SPI/NAT firewall) and Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack prevention.
  • Personal FTP Server: With your customized free URL, you can use FTP to access your network when you aren't home through Dynamic DNS.

Wired Connections: The modem router provides one coaxial cable connector, two 10/100/1000 LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports, and one USB 2.0 port.

  • Coax Connector: The modem router's coax connector plugs into your cable internet service provider's coax cable.
  • Dual Ethernet Ports: The two RJ-45 Ethernet ports (10/100/1000) let you make a wired connection to local LAN devices, like your computer, game system, or smart TV.
  • USB Port: The one USB-A 2.0 port lets you connect a USB hard drive, flash drive, or printer to the modem router. USB storage devices must be formatted in FAT16/32, NTFS, or Ext2/3/4. If you attach a USB storage device to the modem router, you can access the storage device from your local network or outside your local network via the internet.

Browser-Based Installation: Browser-based installation makes setup easy using an Apple iOS iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, or Mac computer/laptop.

Computer Requirements: The NETGEAR AC1600 is compatible with Windows PC (8/7/Vista/XP/2000) and Mac computers (OS X). It also supports Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4, or Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher.

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Why did you buy this?

Replacing FIOS modem router. Ordered a router first then realized I needed a modem router. Don't need to run too many devices so didn't need top of the line, but reviews were good and the price was right. [ Douglas  Apr 11, 2017 ]
Good reviews in comparrison to the other modems on the TWC approved list [ Leslie  Jan 13, 2017 ]
Met my needs [ DEIRDRE  Sep 08, 2016 ]
Its compatible with my cable company's service, which will save me money in the long run, and the 3 year warranty's price was very reasonable. Plus it got great reviews. [ Tiffany  Aug 30, 2016 ]
I do not want to get a second-rate modem/router from a cable provider. In fact, I don't want cable at all. [ E  Apr 15, 2016 ]

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