Reddit Reddit reviews ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, Approved for Cox, Spectrum, Xfinity & others (White)

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ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, Approved for Cox, Spectrum, Xfinity & others (White)
Compatible with major U.S. Cable Internet Providers including Cox, Spectrum, Xfinity & others. Not compatible with ATT, Verizon, CenturyLink or other DSL or Fiber internet providers. Compatible with major U.S. Cable Internet Providers including Cox, Spectrum, Xfinity & others. Not compatible with ATT, Verizon, CenturyLink or other DSL or Fiber internet providers.DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem best for cable internet speed plans up to 600 Mbps32 downstream x 8 upstream DOCSIS 3.0 bonded channels1 Gigabit Ethernet port for connecting to a Wi-Fi router or other device.Cable internet service required. Does not inlcude Wi-Fi and does not support cable digital voice service.
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87 Reddit comments about ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, Approved for Cox, Spectrum, Xfinity & others (White):

u/silverbullet1972 · 14 pointsr/phoenix

For the best modem, get this one:

And in combination with this router, you will get every bit of speed you pay for:

I regularlly get ~180Mbps down. Good luck! (I only pay for the 150 down plan)

u/banzaiburrito · 11 pointsr/vegaslocals

Don't rent a modem from them. Buy your own. You're literally giving them free money for no reason if you do that.

u/iHelp101 · 9 pointsr/perktv

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u/DZCreeper · 8 pointsr/buildapc

It has to be DOCSIS 3.0. The more channels available the more stable your speeds and the higher speeds you can buy. This is why some models costs more but look the same. Channels = Speed.

The SB6190 is the best consumer modem that money can buy.

u/Clarice01 · 6 pointsr/Wilmington

Pulling about 117/11 here in Monkey Junction, on the formerly 30/5 service.

For those of you with your own modems (if you don't have your own, you're wasting money btw!), you may need to upgrade to get the full throughput.

I have a Motorola/Arris SB6141, and the reason I'm not getting 200/20 is because of it. Realistically whatever the max speed claimed on a cable modem is, divide it by three and that's what you'll actually be able to max.

Anyone in need of upgrades, I'd suggest one of the following:

u/houndazs · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I have the Asus AC68U Router paired with an Arris 6190 Modem. Blazing speeds ready for Gigabit internet. I'm a network engineer, and this is what i use.

Edit: I also game with this Asus PCIe WiFi Adapter

u/slayerbrk · 3 pointsr/HomeNetworking

I swapped my modem for a Motorola Surfboard and got a Netgear router haven't had any issues with the setup.

Note that I pay for the fastest internet spectrum offers amd plan to upgrade to fiber when spectrums competitor in my area lays the lines so my setup is a tad overkill.

u/hunleyd · 3 pointsr/eero

I generally prefer the 6190 over the 6183:

Any reason to prefer the 83 over the 90?

u/rtechie1 · 3 pointsr/HomeNetworking

You should buy the newer SB6190 instead. More future-proof.

u/VA_Network_Nerd · 3 pointsr/Ubiquiti

If the company is paying, and you just want the best:

If the company is paying, but they don't want to spend more than is necessary:

u/mixermixing · 3 pointsr/techsupport

Are you renting/leasing the router? For the cable internet setups, it's best to get a dedicated modem by itself and buy an external router. The AIO modem/router usually has compromises and not really upgradable if you want faster wifi speeds.

Since it's from 2010, I'd upgrade the setup completely with a new modem (depending on what your provider speeds are) and a router (TP Link Archer C9 because it's what I use and provides great wifi speeds when you have dual band devices).

u/MassOrbit · 3 pointsr/torrents

Are you using the wireless part of that combo? Their modem combo is your problem. What is the model number of your modem combo? Get this ARRIS-SURFboard-SB6190 and the NETGEAR Nighthawk and your troubles will end

u/benderunit9000 · 2 pointsr/boston

Yes, SB 6190

u/joeh4384 · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

I have an Arris Surfboard SB6190 that I would sell. I am in Sterling Heights. I used it with both Comcast and WOW with no issues. I had 100 MBs service.

u/MericaMofoUSA · 2 pointsr/TriCitiesWA

You will want your own modem. You may have a $5/month charge for their modem. Or, if you have an older modem, it's probably free.


You can check Charter's approved modems I bought a ARRIS SURFboard that was approved by Charter and drastically improved speeds. You'll also want a wireless router, since the SURFboard doesn't have wireless capabilities. I got a Netgear Nighthawk that has been an excellent router for streaming to multiple TVs and gaming.

u/kronickhigh · 2 pointsr/ColoradoSprings

Just picked up this one a couple months ago, it's been great so far

u/keastes · 2 pointsr/homelab

Try this

It's what I've got at home on Comcast's 200 so I know it works

u/Herr_Rambler · 2 pointsr/HomeNetworking

Get a modem than can handle as many downstream channels as possible.


u/loveshercoffee · 2 pointsr/desmoines

We have this modem and this router. We replaced lesser models of the same brands just this summer. They are on a shelf in the open in the center of our house on the first floor, not hidden in cabinetry or tucked away in a corner. We have an X-Box, a laptop for the grandchildren, a work laptop and an external hard drive connected to it via Cat 6 cable. Everything that can use 5 ghz uses that band, and everything else uses the 2.4 ghz band.

My laptop, which is on 2.4ghz, right now is blazing along at 49.95/mbps download and 14.41/mbps upload. What makes that even more lovely is that I'm the only one home. No one else is here even using any bandwidth. By this evening when the house is full of Netflix and YouTube users and such, I really don't even like to be online.

In addition to slow speed we have complete signal drops at least three times a week. Sometimes it will come back on its own but sometimes it doesn't cycle the modem and I have to manually reset everything. This isn't new to this modem. It used to happen with the modem before this one and the modem before that one and even back to the modem before that. The problem though, was 10x worse with the modem we had from Mediacom, which is what prompted us to buy our own.

Now, our house is quite old (built in 1899) but as there are a bajillion old houses in Des Moines and in Iowa in general, you would think that Mediacom would know by now if something in the construction of old houses interfered with wifi or cable or something of that nature.

All I know is that it's the same story over and over and over again. We have had Medicacom internet service since the very day it was offered and it has never lived up to the promise. We have had I don't know how many modems, computers, routers, phones, tablets and other devices that use the internet in that time.

Either this house is some kind of signal-jamming device or the speed is just not reaching us.

u/SemperFlux · 2 pointsr/linux

Ha, that's totally fair!

I thought at first I could get away with buying The SB6190 (, because it said it was valid for 1.4Gbps downstream, but I could barely get 250 down out of it. I really don't understand where that claim comes from or why it's full of shit, but I really didn't care to figure it out.

I looked at Comcast's site and they actually recommended the SB8200. It was pricey, but it fit the bill and works great. I bought it from Amazon:

I bought mine for $210, but now, it looks like with the $20 coupon on the listing, you could get it for as little as $169, quite the deal.

What was nice for me was because I was moving up from an older Comcast registered modem, all I had to do was plugin the modem, plug my laptop directly into the modem, sign into my Comcast account, and boom, it took care of registering everything for me. I didn't have to manually register the MAC on the modem.

It was surprisingly and suspiciously easy for a standard Comcast service experience, so might not be as smooth for you.

u/lyoko37 · 2 pointsr/HomeNetworking

Do you use Comcast VOIP? If you do, I know that can be harder to switch. If you don't I'd look at getting one of the Arris Surboards. I've always been a fan of them and they've worked well for me. I'd probably recommend looking at the Arris 6190 You can usually find them through Amazon's Open Box Warehouse for slightly cheaper.

I'm a fan of it because it supports 32 downstream channels while I believe Comcast's Gateway only supports 8. Most Comcast locations around the country have access to between 16-24 channels which means that you have more pipes to get your Internet from compared to only having 4-8 channels.

u/CommodoreC64 · 2 pointsr/PleX

Since I've had their service, my internet has crapped out at least 5 times and I just got their service maybe two months ago, so I went out and bought a new modem (from a list of supported modems on their site):

ARRIS SURFboard SB6190

This has excellent reviews; it's a shame though that they don't support DOCSIS 3.1 yet (heard they are working on it).

The router of choice I went with is: Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X x ER-X-SFP

and then I purchased this Wireless Access Point from Ubiquiti. High reviews, large coverage, and easy to setup/maintain.

All in all, for under $300 I feel good about my purchases and getting rid of this leased modem. I've always used ISP provided equipment, whether it be AT&T or Time Warner/Spectrum and it's been quite the headaches over the years and finally wanted to do something about it.

Not sure if any of this will help you out, but hopefully it does!

u/unixwizzard · 2 pointsr/Comcast

I would recommend staying away from any of the modem/router combos. Mainly if one of the components goes bad you'll need to replace the whole thing.

I'm going on the assumption that you do not have the Comcast Voice (telephone) service, you can't go wrong with the SURFboard SB6183, SURFboard SB6190, or if you want to go cheap the Zoom 5341J is a good modem.

As for WiFi.. depends on your needs.. how many users, how big your house is, how much coverage is needed.. You can get something relatively low cost such as the TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 or you can spend a ton of cash on something like this monster ASUS RT-AC5300.

u/AV1978 · 2 pointsr/phoenix

Buy this modem. It's $99 on Amazon Prime delivered today. Supports up to 1.4Gbps throughput for the coming 1GoFiber service they will be offering in the fall.

Cheaper than renting. As to the business plan im curious why you didn't opt to go with the 300/100 plan instead? It's only $200 versus the $100, gives you more speed and its dedicated. On a residential plan you share your access with the neighborhood. On the business plan you do not.

u/zzzaacchh · 2 pointsr/gaming

Arris Surfboard is what I use.

u/johnny-max · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Question for most affordable options for modem and wireless router.

I've upgraded my internet service to 500mbps and my current modem and router can't provide the speed. The isp installer said the Sb6190 modem would work, he said it should have at least "32 x 8 modem channels." My area is getting Google fiber soon which I may be interested in. Any options that could handle both?

u/Subaudible91 · 2 pointsr/chicago

If you really want to be prepared for gigabit service and want to spend the money on the modem now, buy this. If you want to save some money and be just fine for most normally priced service plans, buy this.

u/Cl3v3landStmr · 2 pointsr/Louisville

What modem do you have? Even though a modem says it's capable of speeds of up to 343Mbps down, like the SB6141 (which is an 8x4 modem), TWC will only provision it for 100Mbps. You'll need at least a 16x4 modem (like the SB6183 or even the 32x8 SB6190 to utilize their 200/300 tiers. The reason for this is to cut down on node congestion.

u/-Aaron- · 2 pointsr/Bend

I am using the Arris / Motorola Surfboard 6141 now, you can get them for $54.99 on Amazon:

They have a newer model for $99 with a higher theoretical top speed, but I'm not sure if would have any effect for Bend Broadband:

Not sure which model is at Costco

I would avoid modem / router combos. A separate router will have better WiFi reception and you won't need to replace your modem the next time a faster WiFi standard comes out.

u/Phr057 · 2 pointsr/techsupport

I'm a fan of the ASUS AC1750 and the ASUS AC1900 for general home use. If you want more bells and whistles like mesh capability, MU-MIMO, etc. You'll be paying a bit more money, but you can take a look at Orbi, Netgear and Google for mesh capabilities if you want to go that route.

Additionally, if you want to save some money in the long run, you can buy your own modem. ISPs generally (I'm not sure about Cable America) charge you between $8-$10 a month to use lease their modem. I'm assuming it is a cable modem with a coaxial cable coming in through the back? If it is, you can pick up one of these and install it. It pays itself off generally in 8 months.

These are much higher quality than what the ISP provides and all you have to do is shoot your provider a call and let them know you are setting up a new modem and would like to return theirs. All they need is the MAC address on the box!

u/chi_nate · 2 pointsr/chicago

>So what you are saying is if i have a router that supports 802.11AC as well as a 16 channel modem i will experience no such bottleneck with connection?

I think most of the bottlenecks people in experience are due to one of those 2 factors. For example, in my apartment I can see 30+ other wifi networks but only 3 of them are on 5ghz (802.11N or 802.11AC.) That being said there are many different ways a bottleneck can occur on the public Internet most of them are beyond your control. What you can control is your cable modem and router.

>I do have a Netgear AC1750 Smart Wifi Router which does support 802.11AC. As far as the 16 channel modem, you said RCN supplies these now with the service?

The official line form RCN is they require you to rent their 3 in 1 gateway on their faster speed tiers. Unofficially many people are using their own (better) equipment. On paper the 3-1 gateway is a fine device but I found it to be sort of buggy. It also runs way hotter than I would prefer. I got sick of paying $7 / month for a buggy device. I switched to a SB6183 cable modem with Ubiquity AC pro access point both of which have been rock solid.

The specs on the netgear AC1750 seem awesome so I doubt you’ll have any issues with it. If you’re on a budget I pare it with a SB6183, you can find refurbs on ebay for around $60. If you want to through money at the situation get a SB6190.
Currently both devices will perform identical on RCN but it’s possible that the sb6190 will be better in the future as it supports up to 32 channels. Currently RCN deploys 16 channels in the Chicago area.

u/zephroth · 2 pointsr/technology

Those ciscos surfboards are the bomb. I have an Arris surfboard as well though.

Go big or go home amirite?

Edit: Corrected info that was pointed out to me

u/QWERTYtheASDF · 2 pointsr/houston

I have bounced between the two frequently and have found that cable speeds depends on how many people are hooked up to the box in either yours or your neighbors backyard. Comcast also did tend to go out quite a bit, but they usually are aware of the outage pretty fast and will send people out to repair. Moved to Richmond and decided to give AT&T's fiber a try. From what I found, you do get close to the advertised 1gbps at 940 down / 940 up. Probably a hardware limitation. HOWEVER, I believe AT&T throttles certain traffic such as Youtube for some reason. Can't even play some videos at 480p.

For gaming, try to avoid wireless since that introduces more latency than a wired connection.

Either way, with both companies, look at the fine print and what they are charging you. If you're going with Comcast, buy your own modem such as this, otherwise they will charge you a rental fee for a crappy modem. They also have a 1 TB data cap IIRC. With AT&T, check to see if they charge rental fees or not. I believe that AT&T forces you to use their gateway BUT doesn't charge a rental fee.

u/Kirbsotros · 2 pointsr/irvine

At my apartment, we dont use any of the cox equipment (Saving us $9 a month), and we have an Arris Surfboard serving as out modem. We use a TP Link C7 as our router. We dont have any problems. Now, we are paying for 400 mbps, so these models may be overkill. You can easily switch in the older models.

u/KingdaToro · 2 pointsr/HomeNetworking

Your post is a wall of text and very difficult to read. It needs line breaks.

First, nothing (such as your smart TV) goes between the modem and the router. Ever. You connect an Ethernet cable between the modem's Ethernet port and the router's WAN or internet port. That's it. Everything else connects to the LAN side of the router.

You also seem confused on what a modem is. There's no such thing as a modem with N or AC. Modems don't provide Wi-Fi, they simply translate signals between Ethernet and Coaxial cable. Any "modem" with Wi-Fi is not a dedicated modem, it's a combined modem and router.

There is absolutely no need to get a modem and router from the same company, particularly since the companies that make the best modems typically don't make the best routers and vice-versa. The best modem you can get is the SB6190. For a router, pretty much the best wireless router you can get is the RT-A68U. Don't even think about A/B/G Wi-Fi, only worry about N and AC.

Now, if you really want to go the route of dedicated devices (which is the best way to go but it's more expensive and needs more tech savvy) then you'll want to avoid getting a wireless router altogether. A wireless router is three devices combined: router, switch, and access point. The router directs traffic between your network and the internet and allows more than one device to connect to it, the switch gives you multiple LAN ethernet ports, and the access point gives you Wi-Fi. You can instead get all these devices separately, and each will do a FAR better job. The way to go here is Ubiquiti Networks. For the router, EdgeRouter X, EdgeRouter Lite, or UniFi Security Gateway. They're all very similar but each have some minor pros and cons compared to the others. They can all handle a 1000 megabit internet connection at full speed. For the access point, UniFi AP AC Lite. You'll also need a switch, as (except for the X) those routers don't do switching. Any gigabit switch will do, make sure to get one with more ports than you currently need.

Powerline is hit-or-miss. Your house has two separate phases of electricity, and the only place they connect to each other is the transformer on the pole. If a powerline device on one phase has to communicate with one on the other phase, the signal has to go all the way to the transformer and back rather than just to the breaker panel and back. This will slow it down. Massively. To figure out which phase is which, look at your breaker panel. The rows of breakers alternate between phases. Odd numbered rows are one phase, even numbered rows are the other. Keep everything on one phase or use something else.

A much better, but more expensive alternative to Powerline is MoCA. If your house is pre-wired with coaxial cables for cable TV, it will be the best thing to use aside from actually running Ethernet cables everywhere. You'll need a MoCA adapter at your router and another in any place you need an Ethernet connection. They're also available in pairs at significant savings.

u/XxSliphxX · 2 pointsr/Comcast

I bought my own router and modem and get faster speeds because of it. I'm a heavy gamer so speed and stability across multiple devices is extremely important for me.

ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem :

Linksys AC2600 4 x 4 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Gigabit Router :

Also suggest investing in some good Cat6 cables much higher data transfer rates than the normal cat5 most people use:

May seem pricey to some people but this is something you will be using 24/7 for years so imo it's better to pay upfront for quality rather than go the cheap route and have nothing but issues. Also not renting equipment anymore pretty much makes them pay for themselves.

u/0110010001100010 · 2 pointsr/HomeNetworking

Not all-inclusive, still need some physical cables and such, but hopefully this is a starting point:

16-port gig switch: Probably overkill but a few more ports doesn't cost all THAT much more and this leaves you plenty of room for expansion. Also managed so can setup VLANs, QoS, whatever.

Router: These are solid for home and small business use. Config can be a little tricky if you are using any of the advanced features but plenty of throughput (1 million pps). Also supports VLANs if you want to spin up a guest wifi later.

Wireless AP: This supports multiple SSIDs on different VLANs and offers really solid performance for not a ton of money. From the physical space you listed below I'm thinking one should me more than enough.

Cable modem: I know you said this wasn't finalized but thought I would toss it in anyway. Don't skimp here, a low-end modem will really limit throughput and can crash under heavy-load. Whatever you go with make sure it's on your ISPs compatibility list! They may not support it if not.

That should put a total around $512 USD or so JUST FOR HARDWARE. Keep in mind this is a pretty basic setup but should serve as a starting point. You'll still need the physical cabling and someone able to set it all up. As mentioned earlier also this is only MY BEST GUESS as to what you will need. Please don't take this as your bible or anything like that. :)

I know I mentioned it before but I really don't mind helping set things up if needed. I'm not going to be your "call at 3AM tech guy" but if you need a bit here and there I can try to assist. :) Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts on the build. Cheers!

EDIT: Something else to keep in mind that's not really network related is backups. YOU NEED THIS. Even if you go with a cloud service like carbonite or whatever, you need to make sure the PCs have regular backups. You WILL have a hard drive die and need to pull a backup from somewhere.

u/meatwaddancin · 2 pointsr/GoogleWiFi

Your best case scenario would be to wire it into the same Google WiFi puck that is plugged into the modem. The second best scenario is if any of your two remote Wifi nodes were wired to the first, main node, then plugging your Xbox into one of those would mean your Xbox is basically wired directly to your modem.

As for anything else, it will depend on how good the wireless antennas are. However in my experience, I've found the wireless antennas on the Google WiFi pucks to be much better than any other common devices (phones, computer, consoles) for pretty obvious reasons.

So unless your Xbox One has amazing antennas that can beat a router, your second best option would be to plug you Xbox directly into one of the two remote nodes, which will basically be acting like a super WiFi antenna for your Xbox.

But, I'm a gamer too, and I feel your pain and also share you enthusiasm for trying to improve it. Here are some more general tips that can improve your internet even more 😁

  1. Let's start FREE. When playing on your Xbox, open up the Google Wifi app and make your Xbox the "priority device" for an hour or two. Other people browsing the web or watching Netflix won't notice, as if their connection is a little spottier, nothing really changes. Netflix still has few minutes of buffering ahead, so if it drops for a split second or two, nothing happens. For gaming, you'll feel every one of those same drops as lag.
  2. In the Google Wifi app settings, enable IPV6! Your ISP might not support it yet, but if not, nothing changes. If they do support it, awesome! Goodbye DNS issues, and hello speed improvements! I believe the Xbox One also supports IPV6, just check to see if it's also an optional setting or on by default. Sorry PS4 users, still IPV4 only :(
  3. Another obvious one, but turn off every device you aren't using while gaming. Set any PC's in your house to download their automatic updates at a time you aren't gaming. Cut down on the number of cordless phones and other 2.4GHz devices in your house. Keep other device's cables away from the pucks and Ethernet cables. Just do other similar things in that same line of thought.
  4. Move your pucks around. See if you can make improvements, the app can rate how strong the connection is. See if different places can achieve "Great" vs "Good" for strength. Try to avoid having a microwave between them. Try having them out in the open as possible, instead of behind a TV or inside a desk.
  5. For every part of your setup that IS wired, such as from the modem to the first puck and your Xbox to any puck, upgrade to CAT7 Ethernet cable at the shortest length actually needed. (Before I go forward and people throw shade, yes CAT7 is probably overkill for most people, but we're talking about gaming, overkill is in). Here's a link my recommendation of a proven, low price CAT7.
  6. OP has DSL, but for anyone that has Cable, same logic as last point, but for your Coax cables. Here is a quad shielded Coax cable. OP maybe see if there is such a thing as shielded phone line?
  7. Another thing for cable users: BUY YOUR OWN MODEM! First off, it pretty much pays for itself as a lot of cable companies are charging you every month for renting your modem. For Comcast/Xfinity, buying your own modem instantly cuts $10 off your monthly bill, forever. Your modem pays for itself in less than a year. But besides the savings, how can it help gaming? Well, you can buy yourself a modem with a lot of "channels". Think of channels as number of water pipes coming into your house, but for internet signal. Right now your modem might have 4-8. If your neighbors are all using the internet too, they might get congested. If your modem supported 32 channels, your pull would be much more distributed and you might see a more consistent, less congested internet. Here is my personal recommended modem of choice but if that's too pricey, downgrade to the model that only has 16 channels, SB6183. OP, again I don't have DSL, but do some research to see if buying your own modem device can improve your connection, or at the least save you money if you are "renting" from your ISP.

    Hopefully that all helps you, and you can enjoy some lag-free gaming!
u/GamingWithBilly · 1 pointr/Comcast

the 4/4 on the SB6121 is sufficient up to 172 MB speeds. Even the lowest package of 75MB is enough for most people's home use. But I only offered the SB6121 as cheap option that works. OP said he/she will get Google Fiber sometime next year. But if OP wants more speed then OP will need to get the SB6141, 8 channel that works well up to 343MB speeds. Buuuuut the SB6141 is not on the compatibility list with Comcast. They want you to buy the SB6190, which sis a 32 channel down, 8 channel up modem - at $144 ( ), or buy the SB6183 that's 16 down and 4 up at $99 (

All the choices are in OP's hands now

u/FancyLock · 1 pointr/ringdoorbell

Yes, the decos are your routers. I also have my own modem, not one provided by my ISP. This one, I dont know if this would work with your service though:

u/Buddhalite · 1 pointr/SantaFe

This is normal for Comcast to do this when they've identified customers that really are running old equipment. A Docsis 2 modem is limited to ~25 Mbps and that's towards the bottom of what Comcast offers these days. If you're paying for anything more you're losing out. Buy your own equipment and it'll pay for itself in short order.


This is towards the high end and if you want to spend less just look for another Arris Surfboard 3.0 modem.


Depending on what you want to spend and how big our residence is you'll likely want a wireless router. Pick anything here:

If you have a big house buy an Orbi mesh router.

u/Mrkatov · 1 pointr/sysadmin

I'm using one of these. You may not need a model that supports as many downchannels so you might want to check with your ISP.

u/FooFatFighters · 1 pointr/BigIsland

In order of preference considering cost, bandwidth and performance:

  • Spectrum (aka. Oceanic Time-Warner) - Cable Modem
  • HawaiianTel - ADSL Modem
  • Aloha Broadband - Wireless Modem
  • Exede - Satellite
  • Cell Companies - Hotspot devices

    Purchase your own Cable Modem to save on the leased cost from Spectrum. I bought an ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, which is a bit overkill on features, from Amazon. I got a used/refurbished unit so I saved about 25% over a new one. I already had a WiFi router so a built-in one wasn't needed for me since this unit has no WiFi.

    You MUST use the ADSL Modem which HawaiianTel leases. You can't buy your own ADSL Modem, I tried, won't work on their system.

    One of the benefits of going with Spectrum is that you can use their hotspots all over the islands and mainland. So let's say you're in Pepeekeo you can grab a coffee at Low Store and hop onto the hotspot there.
u/SiRWimP · 1 pointr/PS4

i HAD the 722g (love this modem fast fast fast!) and no issues the i ordered this

it has no phone and also no issues

u/PM_ME_YOUR_POSTCARDS · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Now does the router dictate the speed you get from the modem? This is the modem I am getting.

u/wakasm · 1 pointr/jerseycity

I picked up a ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem. It was also on sale when I did so. However here is a list of potential modems. My only requirement for it was it was 1 Gig minimum and 3 star cert, and then I have my own flashed router for my network.

u/TakeCoverOrDie · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I went with that router and then this modem. Is this a good set up or did i make a mistake?

u/revans0 · 1 pointr/HuntsvilleAlabama

Get this Router and this Modem and you won't have an issue with your service. I have the 300mb/s service from WOW and consistently get 200+ mb/s wifi.


I used to use their equipment and had garbage service. The customer service rep was either lying or doesn't know what they're talking about when they say you aren't going to get 100mb/s with your own equipment.

u/clocks212 · 1 pointr/Comcast

I've had solid performance with this one with the 1gb plan:

NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Cable Modem. Max download speeds of 6 Gbps, For XFINITY by Comcast and Cox. Compatible with Gig-Speed from Xfinity (CM1000-

Also had great performance from this one when I had the 150mb plan:

ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Retail Packaging - White

u/ilikeyertleturtles · 1 pointr/russia

Do I need to buy any specific equipment? Can I use American modems or wifi routers?

u/TechFiend101 · 1 pointr/HomeNetworking

$150 total for both?
Then the best bet would be Archer C7

and SB6183

EDIT: This assumes RCN is a cable operator. If they are DSL/Fiber you will need a different modem.

EDIT2: Checked the RCN page and they claim you need atleast 24 channels. Which would mean upgrading to the [SB6190] ( which will blow most of your budget. Sorry :(

EDIT3: Linksys has a modem that meets the requirements at $80. But I've never used a linksys modem. Always stuck with Motorola/Arris

u/slapshot515 · 1 pointr/hockey

I went and bought my own modem so they couldn't charge me another $10 or whatever a month rental fee, fuck them. Got an older version of this, a little pricey up front but less than a year you're paid back and its free money from there.

u/gozit · 1 pointr/iphone

Yep their modems suck. What you need to do is buy a modem of your own off of comcast's approved list then stop paying to rent theirs and return it back to them - I would recommend the Arris 6190 here

Then pair that with your own awesome router such as the Netgear Nighthawk R7000, Asus 87u, TPLink Archer or similar. Thats the solution most people are doing to rid themselves of comcast's shitty modems. Thankfully you guys in the US can do so, us in Canada cannot replace the ISP modems and we have to just live with them.

u/Gunny123 · 1 pointr/Comcast

Is there a way to find out how many download and upload channels my area has? (Freedom Region) Right now, I have a SB6141 and am currently getting 180 mbps down and around 12 mbps up on with my 3rd gen. Airport Extreme. I was thinking about getting a SB6190 if it might bump my speeds up even more...

u/steven9595 · 1 pointr/HomeNetworking

This should handle any upgrades you might get to your internet.

ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Retail Packaging - White

u/LtRoyalShrimp · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Arris motorola SB6183 or SB6190

Have used the SB6183 for many years now, and no real issues. Small hiccups here and there when a new firmware comes out or something goes wrong on Comcast's end.

As for router, I use the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk. Its pretty nice. Fast, looks ok and simply works. Its not too flashy. I connect multiple iPhones to it, and all my consoles(Ps4, ps3, xbox 360, xbox one, WiiU, and more) and PC's and have not ever had any issues with it. I also use it with my Apple TV 4 to stream wirelessly and the speed and range are fantastic.

u/ifelldownthestair · 1 pointr/HomeNetworking

I don't have Comcast so i prob wont be much help but you could try the arris surfboard modem. They are highly rated on Amazon

As for a router, you could get away with an archer c5 or archer c7. The linksys router should be fine too

u/ayswanny · 1 pointr/Overwatch

If you a using a modem / router from your ISP it could very well be the cause of your disconnects. Try buying a modem and router, it may improve your disconnects. You can always return them if it continues.

modem / router

Those are some recommendations on what I use, increased speed and cut dcs (especially my brothers from WoW). It is an investment but you end up saving as those component should last you 10 years of use, beating the rent.

u/WhisperToARiot · 1 pointr/Comcast

I got an Arris 1.4 GB on Amazon. No problems at all.
ARRIS SURFboard (32x8) DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, 1.4 Gbps Max Speed, Certified for Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, Cablevision & more (SB6190 White)

u/thephoenixx · 1 pointr/phoenix

I have Cox, didn't want to be a moron using their subpar equipment for ridiculous prices so I bought my own modem.

Went with the Arris Surfboard and ended up going with Google Wi-Fi for ease of use as I'm not a hardcore tech guy and wanted a mesh network that was easy to use.

I actually bought the 3-pack for the Google WiFi and I love it. I actually had my own router prior to buying the Google Wifi and used that with the modem and got OK speeds, but switching gave me better speeds than what I was paying for. I pay for 100 down/10 (I think) up but I was getting sometimes 130 down/20 up.

I want to switch to gigabit internet but I'd need to upgrade the modem to the DOCSIS 3.1 version so I'm kind of mad I didn't just do that in the first place. Otherwise though, love the setup.

u/DorilMagefont · 1 pointr/chartercable

Maybe you have already attempted it, but have you tried using your own modem/router? It sounds like you are using one provided by Spectrum. The modems/routers/gateways that ISPs provide are usually garbage.


I'm also an avid gamer and way back when I used to think these problems were all ISP controlled. Then I learned that router/modem instability can also cause these problems, independent of your ISP -- and to be completely clear, I think ISPs are evil, but it's not ALWAYS their fault. For example, your router or gateway could just straight up suck and cause packet loss, which is why you're experiencing the problems that you are.


It's a pricy one-time investment, but to me it's 100% worth it to avoid disconnects, etc. You'll also want to consider whether you want a gateway (a "modem/router-in-one") or a separate modem/router. I trust internet advice (maybe I shouldn't) so I got a separated setup (See:



Outdated and I think overpriced because it's old hardware, but I've been using this combo:

-Modem (Had this for like 3-4 years and still going on strong):

-Router (had this for 1-2 years and very rarely do I have problems):


I did a quick Amazon search and found this much cheaper modem:


PS. Yeah Spectrum sucks. I saw my bill almost double and I'm considering going to AT&T in my area for at least 1 month just to get the promotional pricing. I think at worst I could switch back to Spectrum and maybe get promotional pricing?


Edit: Forgot one more important point: make sure your modem is "compatible" with Spectrum (or whatever ISP you go with). In most cases, if you buy a modern one, you should be fine (google DOCSIS and read a little about it).

u/godnotthejumpercable · 1 pointr/buildapc

Always buy your own you can get better equipment that will last longer and you can pick your equipment. Get a two in one or you can get a separate modem and router and choose. you can get a cheap router that will get you by or get a super high end one that will last you years. average modem rentals 10 bucks a month so its 120 bucks a year. just for the rental.


This modem is 100 bucks and would be paid for in 10 months and probably last at least five years its a docsis 3.0 modem so it wont support full gigabit speed tho.


This modem is 165.00 and would be paid off in about a year and a half if you were renting instead and again will last at least five years if not longer and supports a gigabit connection so its somewhat future proof if your looking for gig speeds.


This is a decent two in one modem router combo for about 170 bucks it doesnt support gigabit speed but you wont have to shell out for a separate router.


The only time i would recommend renting is if you have absolutely no idea how any tech or wifi works and you just need it to work like magic. If your techie or like performance or know anything about modems or routers or you like getting under the hood and playing with settings get your own and save some money.


Source i work for one of the big bad ISP's lol

u/thebranbran · 1 pointr/HomeNetworking

Okay, so I figured out the modem I'm going to get.

What about a router?

u/mcq2015 · 1 pointr/Omaha

As a previous poster stated, asking people that live around you will give you an idea of the speed you'll receive from CL. I live off of 84th and Q and tried CL and ended up switching to Cox for various reasons:

  1. Speeds were half of what I was supposed to receive. No surprise here because the DSL line running into my apartment was nearly 3 apartment buildings away, so the sheer length of the cabling my connection had to go to for communication was absurd. I signed up for the 80mbps plan and got a consistent 35mbps because I had a fairly decent technician.
  2. For whatever reason, I never received a bill from CL. I didn't want to end up paying a bulk bill because CL's systems were awful and couldn't keep track of my account, but when I cancelled they ended up just sending me a bill for the 3 months I had service expecting me to pay all of it since they hadn't previously charged me. Wonderful.
  3. CL's service reps are hands-down much worse than Cox's. In my entire existence I've never had a rep transfer me around to 4 or 5 different departments to solve such a simple question, whereas Cox typically answered my questions immediately.

    I would never recommend CL to even my worst enemies. If you're upset with Cox, I would recommend cancelling your service then reactivating it under one of their deals at the time. Also, buy your own modem and router and don't go with what they give you, you'll notice a hell of a difference and it makes the process of cancelling and re-subscribing much easier. If you want a recommendation for equipment, I suggest a Ubiquiti router that suits your needs, but I would recommend the Unifi AP-AC Pro as it is what I use. For the modem, I would recommend a 16x4 modem if you have around 2-3 people living in the household or a 32x8 modem if you want to go all out. The only reason the channel count matters is if you have a high-bandwidth plan or if you have many, many devices simultaneously connected.

    If you have any questions about anything I posted, let me know!

    Tl;dr - Centurylink is garbage unless you can get the gigabit plan. If you can, get CL. If you can't, stay with Cox.
u/Gawdsauce · 1 pointr/ypsi

Comcast. All other providers in the area are sub-par. If you do go with Comcast, and it's only the Internet package, I would suggest purchasing your own modem and router and returning the Comcast modem, as that will cut $7+ off your bill each month, and pay for the modem in under a year.

Router is your choice.

u/fyrilin · 1 pointr/HomeNetworking

Your setup sounds exactly like what I'm about to move into. I can't afford to do this quite yet (because of just moving into a new house) but my plan is:

  • ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 - this is compatible with Comcast's 200Mbps service. If you're getting slower service, check their compatibility list for a cheaper version
  • Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite
  • TP-Link 16-Port Switch - obviously if you're going to need more connections, get a bigger switch. I only need 16 for now
  • Ubiquiti Unifi AP AC Lite
  • Leftover wifi router set to AP-only mode for the basement since I only care about wifi in one room there

    Run wires to every fixed location (TVs, desktop, server, all wifi access points, anywhere you think you might put a computer). Set up the APs on different channels but with the same SSID and security. That will allow devices to roam between them.
u/silverlair · 1 pointr/HomeNetworking

ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Retail Packaging - White

TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (AC1750)

Those 2 will be perfect for you

u/schoolpaddled · 1 pointr/HomeNetworking

Edit: link was to Arris SB6190:

OK the Intel logo is on the box, that's a Puma6 chipset modem:

Puma6 will work, but is not recommended.

$750 is a nice budget.

OK, what about running some ethernet cables, or, are some already installed?

If you can't run cables: this is one mesh solution:

Note: I have not used that set up. Other people here can recommend mesh systems they've used and had success with.

Another recommendation: Ubiquiti router plus Access Points.

u/AdinDoesGaming · 1 pointr/HomeNetworking

I ordered this one -

I'm experienced with PC building but I have 0 idea how to hook a 120mm fan up to that.

u/Emerald_Flame · 1 pointr/buildapc

Okay, for cable internet at those speeds, you're looking at these:





The 6190 technically supports 1.4Gbps, but the ethernet port on it is only 1Gb which caps you there. The 8200 supports 1.4Gbps and can actually do it because it has 2x 1Gb ports, but it requires your provider to give you multiple IPs for that which is almost unheard of in the consumer space. So effectively both are going to be capped at 1Gb down and 343Mb up.

The 6190 is DOCSIS 3.0 and the 8200 is DOCSIS 3.1. This doesn't really matter right now as everyone supports 3.0 and 3.1 support is just starting, but the 3.1 will be supported much longer. So if you're looking for a modem to keep the next 10+ years, go with the 8200, but if you don't mind saving about 50% now and then buying a new modem in 10 years, the 6190 is great.

Both are on XFinity's supported list.

For routers:

Nighthawk AC2300 R7000P:


Nighthawk AC1900 R6900P:


Asus AC66U AC1750:

The R7000P is a pretty high end pick. It's going to support the fastest wireless speeds on the 5GHz AC band. However, you'll likely be limited by the device at the other end, as most end devices don't support speeds that high.

The R6900P is the next step down. It's very similar, but it's 5GHz AC speeds are slightly slower. Even still though, it's faster than what most devices support so you'll likely be limited by the device.

The AC66U is the more budget pick. It supports the same speeds as the 6900P on the 5GHz AC band, but has slightly slower speeds for older N based devices. For most users this likely won't matter as almost everything is AC these days except for like printers and IoT devices that don't need bandwidth. With the AC66U, you also don't have MU-MIMO support, which the more expensive options do. While MU-MIMO isn't required, it can really help in homes that have lots of devices.

u/Tato23 · 1 pointr/HomeNetworking

ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Retail Packaging - White

u/ryao · 1 pointr/HomeNetworking

Those numbers for DOCSIS 3.0 listed there are wrong and even the article itself says so. They are for a DOCSIS 3.0 modem with 4 bonded download channels and 4 bonded upload channels. DOCSIS 3.0 modems capable of bonding more channels exist. Here is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem capable of 1.4Gbps down from 32 bonded channels and 262Mbps up from 8 bonded channels:

u/gkbpro · 1 pointr/cordcutters

This is what I am looking at but you will want to double check with spectrum that it will work. They should have a webpage with all compatible modems.

u/JTD121 · 1 pointr/Comcast_Xfinity

Arris SB8200 is a newer Broadcom-based modem.

u/M3rc_Nate · 1 pointr/Comcast

Actually $130 on Amazon right now so that is pretty sweet.

Thanks for your recommendation!

Just looked at our bill; $10 a month for the router we are leasing from then. Awful. Gonna buy one and return theirs.

So in your experience is a modem swap pretty simple? Just unplug the one and plug in the new one and everything should go smoothly?

u/jimmy_eat_womb · 1 pointr/buildapc

this is a link to a cable modem with 1.4Gbps download speed.

ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Retail Packaging - White

what is the purpose of having such a high download capacity, futureproofing? who would be able to utilize this device to its max today? anywhere in the US?

u/Baggotry · 1 pointr/buildapc

Thanks. On their website they list a bunch of Arris modems, but recently the negative 1 star reviews on amazon are all complaining about it being bad for gaming (packet loss issue), and that's about all I do on my computer.

When I called my ISP about what works for them, they said as long as its Docsis 3.0 compatible it's okay.

I even found people complaining about the puma 6 chipset in reviews for

"Does this use the now-notorious Intel Puma 6 chipset?"

Also Arris has a 3.1 model, but it has complaints of overheating issues lol

And what router do I need? No idea what technical needs I need for it.

u/aerofly0610 · 1 pointr/homelab

Depending on your speed get one of these (should be ok with comcast but you need to call them about it anyways)

Put it into bridge mode after comcast adds the MAC to their system. Then the modem goes into a router of your choice. You can get router switch hybrids if you want.

Edit: I have spectrum 100/12 and use the SB6141 that goes into an edgerouter X, then into various switches from each router port. I use a UBNT AC PRO for my wireless.

u/taintedbloop · 1 pointr/Comcast

Yeah any router should work. Any decently new modem should work too, like this one:

edit: according to the title this one should work with comcast and it's cheap as hell. should be fine if you have 100mb or less speeds. If you want a future proof modem, this one would be a good choice.

u/subverted77 · 1 pointr/Comcast

Specifically, this modem will ensure you are protected from lower speeds and future-proofed so you don't have to buy another modem again when speeds increase.

u/namtaru_x · 1 pointr/Comcast

You'll want to stick with a SURFboard modem, they are the most used modems out there.
You linked a black SB6141, which is $30 more than a white one. Did you need black?

If you're willing to spend the $90 on a modem, and have it be white, i'd get the SB6183, since its a better modem (16x4 instead of 8x4). To expand even further, if you are willing to spend another $20 you can get the SB6190 which is 32x8.

Routers are highly a subjective topic, but I would go with the Asus over the others. The TP-Link's imo are great on the routing side of things, but shitty on the WiFi side. I personally use one but have the WiFi disabled and use a Ubiquiti AP for my wireless. And Linksys has just completely gone to shit, again imo.

u/Jman095 · 0 pointsr/HomeNetworking


Price isn’t really an issue, I’d say $750 would be the absolute cutoff for the whole setup

>Pretty big in Japan? Or pretty big in Texas

7000 sqr ft

>That modem is 1G capable?

It’s this one

>What is “pretty big” house made of?

Walls are mostly plaster with some drywall

u/Froggypwns · -1 pointsr/technology

Yea it is the sellers fault, Amazon is the seller.

That was literally the first thing I tried to look up, the reviews are mixed between several models of cable modems. Most of them are marked Prime, also Ship and Sold by Amazon.