Date of publication: 2018-01-10 03:10
Since 1997, when the first SURFboard was launched in Retail, SURFboard modems have been amongst the modems that are leading the market and saving consumers money on their monthly rental fees.
Installing or replacing your modem is usually a fairly straightforward process. You can follow the instructions that come with the new modem, but frankly you can probably figure out what to do just by looking at your existing modem and swapping it for the new one.
We’ve looked at a trio of modems that offer a little more horsepower than their 16 x 9 counterparts, but with 16 x 9 devices capable of handling up to 855 Mbps download speeds, only a sliver of internet users will need to pay for performance beyond that, and most who do should probably jump on the DOCSIS modem train since that's what many ISPs are upgrading to.
I was currently faced with the decision of purchasing this modem or the 5891J, purchased the just because they had it on special and I could not be happier with it.
Don’t buy a cable modem if you’re on DSL or fiber those technologies use different standards and connectors. Also don’t buy one if you use your cable provider for telephone service: The models we cover here don’t have phone ports. If you need one that does, check to see which “telephony” or eMTA modems your ISP supports, and if the company allows you to buy your own. Telephony modems are more expensive than regular cable modems.
This will need to be updated. With the release of the new 855MBPS service from TW and many other cable providers, they are stating that this modem doesn 8217 t support that level of speed. Instead they are pushing for 16 215 9 channel modem solutions like the Arris models (SB6188 is the current private party solution). However nobody can find them in stock at the moment. I would recommend a quick revisit and update at the top.
Oh, and the LED lights on the motorola are insanely bright. Typically this doesn 8217 t bother me because I can just cover them up with some LightDims, but these LEDs shine out through the ventilation holes and are uncover-upable. Forget the SB6191 if you need to use it in the GuestRoom/Office like I did. There is absolutely no way to sleep in the same room with it.
“As far as I know, no US cable operator currently exploits the full
capability of an 8×9 DOCSIS modem, but they are instead only running
a maximum of 8×1 on their plant. Therefore, an 8×9 modem will last
longer, but it won’t run faster right now.”
According to this blog by Joe Giron, the Motorola Surfboard modems (he doesn 8217 t give model numbers) can be reset and/or rebooted by viewing a malicious web page. This is possible since the devices are not password protected.
I agree the SB6191 is a very good modem. Comcast will soon be jacking their rental fee up to $ a month so there really is no better time for those customers to buy.
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