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Choosing Comcast Modem and Compatible Router - Need Suggestions

goodesi 534 160 August 12, 2015 at 12:20 PM
Hello,

I need your suggestions in choosing a right pair of Modem and Router for my Comcast Internet connection (Blast 75 Mbps)
I currently use Linksys CM100 (Modem) and Linksys WRT54G V8 (Router). As both of them are older generation models, I only get around 10-12 Mbps.

Could you please suggest some of the budget Standalone Modem and Router combinations that can output anything above 25 Mbps. I am looking for simple Modem and Router with out whistles and bells.

I am not a techie and I use my WiFi for simple purposes. My requirements:
- stream Netflix on 2 devices at the same time
- should be able to connect/use multiple devises simultaneously (Laptops, Phones, Tablets etc) to WiFi. (Should handle 4 adults internet usage)
- We live in a 3 storied town house and I prefer to have fairly good coverage all around my house.

We am considering Cable Modem Gateway "Motorola ARRIS SURFboard SBG6580" which is available for around $110. I want to know if there are any cheaper/better alternatives.

Thanks

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Dont get a combo...get the 6141...or 6121 motorola
http://www.amazon.com/ARRIS-SURFb...words=6141
and this router - 77 after rebate...or another router from the many router threads.
http://www.amazon.com/Dual-band-W...=ac55+asus
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Dont get a combo...get the 6141...or 6121 motorola
http://www.amazon.com/ARRIS-SURFb...words=6141
and this router - 77 after rebate...or another router from the many router threads.
http://www.amazon.com/Dual-band-W...=ac55+asus

Thanks for the suggestion.

What are the differences between a 6141 and 6121 for a moderate user? Please see my OP to evaluate which model I may need?
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Hello,

I need your suggestions in choosing a right pair of Modem and Router for my Comcast Internet connection (Blast 75 Mbps)
I currently use Linksys CM100 (Modem) and Linksys WRT54G V8 (Router). As both of them are older generation models, I only get around 10-12 Mbps.

Could you please suggest some of the budget Standalone Modem and Router combinations that can output anything above 25 Mbps. I am looking for simple Modem and Router with out whistles and bells.

I am not a techie and I use my WiFi for simple purposes. My requirements:
- stream Netflix on 2 devices at the same time
- should be able to connect/use multiple devises simultaneously (Laptops, Phones, Tablets etc) to WiFi. (Should handle 4 adults internet usage)
- We live in a 3 storied town house and I prefer to have fairly good coverage all around my house.

We am considering Cable Modem Gateway "Motorola ARRIS SURFboard SBG6580" which is available for around $110. I want to know if there are any cheaper/better alternatives.

Thanks
As a heads up there might be something else that is holding you back. That was my parent's exact setup and we were seeing around 20-30 Mbps (which still isn't good but better).

That said while personally I don't go for combos; I did get my parents a combo to help simplify things when I am trying to troubleshoot over the phone. They work well for what they are but they don't offer much of the bells and whistles. The two items that fenderman posted is a great set, but it is $165 AR.

With 4 adults, I expect to see around 10 items on your network. Most mid to high end routers can handle that and more. How old are your and your housemate's computers?

I ask because of the router technology. fenderman pointed at an AC1700 router; this is a new technology and most old devices won't support the upgrade you would get with AC but they should "downgrade' to the Wireless-N standard (by old I mean 1 year). One of the benefits of having two different devices is that you can upgrade independently.

The router (in combo) that you pointed to is a Wireless N; this is the previous standard (AC being the current new). Most devices in the last 3 years support this maybe even longer. It is dual band so range should be good (assuming good power) it should be good enough. Though i don't know the range of this particular radio.

What you are looking is a good enough for most people, though not sure of the cost; it seems about right, maybe a couple of sales can help. Main thing to look at when looking for this are these words:
  1. DOCSIS 3.0 [Most important thing on the Modem side]
  2. Wireless N (Good) or Wireless AC (better)
  3. Comcast (somewhere on the page)
You could check the Target thread they are clearance a lot of good models out.
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Quote from goodesi View Post :
Hello,

I need your suggestions in choosing a right pair of Modem and Router for my Comcast Internet connection (Blast 75 Mbps)
I currently use Linksys CM100 (Modem) and Linksys WRT54G V8 (Router). As both of them are older generation models, I only get around 10-12 Mbps.

Could you please suggest some of the budget Standalone Modem and Router combinations that can output anything above 25 Mbps. I am looking for simple Modem and Router with out whistles and bells.

I am not a techie and I use my WiFi for simple purposes. My requirements:
- stream Netflix on 2 devices at the same time
- should be able to connect/use multiple devises simultaneously (Laptops, Phones, Tablets etc) to WiFi. (Should handle 4 adults internet usage)
- We live in a 3 storied town house and I prefer to have fairly good coverage all around my house.

We am considering Cable Modem Gateway "Motorola ARRIS SURFboard SBG6580" which is available for around $110. I want to know if there are any cheaper/better alternatives.

Thanks
A single router may not be optimal, especially for a 3 story house. Try it with one first, and see how the coverage looks (this may be causing your slow speeds now), and then consider whether you need a second and possibly a third. Experiment with moving the router around the room, the floor, to a different floor, etc. The best way to connect two routers would be an ethernet cable (run through the walls, or along baseboards), but powerline network adapters also get pretty good reviews.

Also, connect whatever you can with wires. Wired connections are in general much faster, much more stable, and more secure, so are preferable when possible.
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Thanks for the suggestion.

What are the differences between a 6141 and 6121 for a moderate user? Please see my OP to evaluate which model I may need?

The difference is something called channel bonding. 6121 operates on 4 channels and 6141 operates on 8 channels.

Each channel is about 40 Mbps; meaning that the 6121 max speed is 120 and the 6141 is 320.

6121 is sufficient (as 120 > 75); 6141 may be overkill but since there are more channels it might have a stronger signal.

I'd say depends on cost differential.. if the cost difference is less than $15 go for the 6141.
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6121 for $70 and Archer C5 for $75. I should have got this but paid $160 for Linksys WRT AC1200 and 6121 on a combo deal from Newegg.
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