Netgear's latest router is for those who value 802.11ac over 802.11n performance.
The new R6520 Smart Wi-Fi router from Netgear is the company's newest product to support the 802.11ac wireless standard, and it's designed specifically for people who care more about the draft specification than with having the fastest 802.11n Wi-Fi performance in the 2.4GHz band. It's armed with a dual-core 800MHz engine to enable combined Wi-Fi connections at speeds up to 1600Mbps.
As is often the case when talking about performance routers, Netgear's taking some liberties with its marketing claim. That 1600Mbps figure is what you get when you add the 300Mbps 2.4GHz (802.11n) band with the 1300Mbps 5GHz (802.11ac) band, even though you can't actually combine the two for a single turbocharged wireless connection. Still, the 5GHz band is pretty fast.
"802.11ac is the wireless standard you need for your network to cope with the growing demands you’re placing on it for smoother HD video streaming and low-latency online gaming," said Sandeep Harpalani , Netgear's Director of Product Marketing for Core Networking. "he R6250, our newest addition to the 802.11ac WiFi router lineup, will help your network achieve the high performance you expect to support your increasingly digital lifestyle and premium WiFi devices — now, and for years to come."
The new router also boasts a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port and supports a number of protocols, including ReadyShare printing, guest network access, AirPrint, and more.
Netgear's R6250 is available now for $170 MSRP.