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R6250 Smart WiFi Router 
Installation Guide
Ethernet cable
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R6250 WiFi Router
Power adapter
In some regions, a resource CD is included in the package.
April 2013
1. Prepare your modem.
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Unplug your modem. If it has a battery
backup, remove the battery.
2. Connect your modem.
Plug in your modem. Put the battery
back in. Then cable the modem to the
router Internet port.
3. Power on the router.
Wait for the WiFi LED
to light.
4. Connect a computer.
You can use an Ethernet cable or 
connect wirelessly.
5. Launch a browser.
DSL or Cable
NETGEAR genie displays.
If you do not see genie, type
www.routerlogin.net. Type
admin for the user name and
password as the password.
After installing your device, locate the serial number on the label
of your product and use it to register your product at 
You must register your product before you can use NETGEAR
telephone support. NETGEAR recommends registering your
product through the NETGEAR website.
For product updates and web support, visit
NETGEAR recommends that you use only the official NETGEAR
support resources.
You can get the user manual online at
http://downloadcenter.netgear.com or through a link in the
product’s user interface.
Install Your Router. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
If NETGEAR genie Does Not Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Preset Wireless Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Wireless Network Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Join the Wireless Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Access the Router to Make More Changes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
ReadySHARE Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
ReadySHARE Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
NETGEAR genie App . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Install Your Router
Make sure that your Internet service is active before you install the
To install your router:
1. Prepare your modem.
DSL or cable
a. Unplug your modem’s
b. If the modem has a battery
backup, remove its
c. If your modem was already
connected to another
router, disconnect the cable
between your modem and
that router.
Your modem should be turned
off, and cabled only to the wall jack for your Internet service.
2. Connect your modem.
a. Plug in, then turn on your modem. (Replace the batteries if
you removed them previously.)
b. With the yellow Ethernet cable that came with the router,
connect your modem to the Internet port of your router.
3. Add power to the router.
a. Connect the power adapter to the router, and plug the power
adapter into an outlet.
on the front panel to light. If no
b. Wait for the WiFi LED
LEDs are lit, press the Power On/Off button on the rear
panel of the router.
4. Connect a computer.
You can use an Ethernet cable or connect wirelessly.
• For a wired connection, use an Ethernet cable (not included)
to connect your computer to a black Ethernet LAN port on
your router.
• To connect wirelessly, use the preset wireless security
settings on the label on the bottom of the router.
5. Launch a browser.
The first time that you connect to the router, the genie screen
displays. Follow the genie steps to connect to the Internet.
If the genie screen does not display, close and reopen the
browser. Type www://routerlogin.net in the address bar, type
the user name admin and the default password (password).
If NETGEAR genie Does Not Display
Make sure that the computer is connected to one of the four LAN
Ethernet ports, or wirelessly to the router.
Make sure that the router has full power, and that its WiFi LED is
solid blue.
To make sure that the browser does not cache the previous page,
close and reopen the browser. Then type www://routerlogin.net.
If the computer is set to a static or fixed IP address (this condition
is uncommon), change it to obtain an IP address automatically
from the router.
Preset Wireless Security
This product has a unique WiFi network name (SSID) and network
key (password). The default SSID and password are uniquely
generated for every device, like a serial number, to protect and
maximize your wireless security. This information is on the label on
the bottom of the product.
NETGEAR recommends that you do not change the preset WiFi
SSID or password. If you do change the settings, the SSID and
password on the label no longer apply.
Wireless Network Settings
Record the preset wireless settings on the label in the space below
for easy reference.
WiFi network name (SSID):
Network key (password):
If you change the default settings, record them here for easy
reference and store this booklet in a safe place:
WiFi network name (SSID):
Network key (password):
To retrieve or update your wireless password:
1. Type www.routerlogin.net in a web browser.
2. Log in using the user name (admin) and the default password
3. Select Wireless Settings.
Join the Wireless Network
You can use either the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) method or the
manual method to join your wireless network.
To join the network using WPS:
1. Press the WPS button on the router.
2. Within 2 minutes, press the WPS button on your wireless computer
or device, or follow the WPS instructions that came with your
wireless device to complete the WPS process.
Note: Some older wireless computers or devices cannot use WPS.
To join the network manually:
1. On your computer or wireless device, open the software that
manages its wireless connections.
This software scans for all wireless networks in your area.
2. Look for the WiFi network name (SSID) and select it. The SSID is
on the label on the bottom of the router.
If you changed the name of your network during the setup
process, look for that network name.
3. Enter the preset password (or your custom password if you
changed it), and click Connect.
Access the Router to Make More Changes
After you use NETGEAR genie to set up the router, you can log in to
the router to view or change its settings.
To log in to the router:
1. Launch a web browser from a computer or wireless device that
is connected to the router.
2. Type www.routerlogin.net or www.routerlogin.com in the
address field of the browser.
A login screen displays.
3. Enter admin for the user name and password for the password.
The Basic Home screen displays.
To change the password for the router user name:
1. Log in to the router.
On the ADVANCED tab, select Administration > Set Password.
Type your old password, and type the new password twice.
Select the Enable Password Recovery check box.
Click Apply.
When prompted, answer questions.
The answers are saved.
To use password recovery to retrieve a forgotten password:
To use this feature, you must have enabled password recovery.
1. Launch a web browser from a computer or wireless device that
is connected to the router.
2. Type www.routerlogin.net or www.routerlogin.com in the
address field of the browser.
3. When the login screen displays, click Cancel.
You are prompted to enter your saved answers so that you can
log in to the router.
ReadySHARE Access
You can connect a USB storage device or printer to the USB port on
the router and share it on the network.
To access your USB device on a Windows system, do any of
the following:
Select Start > Run and enter \\readyshare in the dialog box.
Click OK.
Open a browser and enter \\readyshare in the address bar.
Open My Network Places and enter \\readyshare in the address
On Mac systems, do this:
1. Select Go > Connect to Server.
2. Enter smb://readyshare as the server address.
3. Click Connect.
ReadySHARE Printer
To use ReadySHARE Printer:
1. Connect the USB printer to the router USB port with a USB
printer cable.
2. Install the printer driver software (available from the printer
manufacturer) onto each computer that will share the printer.
3. Visit www.netgear.com/readyshare and download and install the
NETGEAR USB Control Center utility onto each computer that will
share the printer.
4. For ReadySHARE Printer setup, follow the Easy to Set-up
Instructions available online just above the download links.
NETGEAR genie App
Download the free genie app from www.NETGEAR.com/genie.
Automatically fix common network problems and easily manage your
home network connections.
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