Best brand for modem--may need new one soon

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Which is the best brand for a new Modem in 2017?

Poll closed Aug 12, 2017.
  1. Motorola

    6.3%
  2. Arris

    6.3%
  3. Linksys

    15.6%
  4. Netgear

    31.3%
  5. TP-Link

    37.5%
  6. Other (Specify in Thread)

    3.1%
  1. orthonovum

    orthonovum Level 3

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  2. Slyguy

    Slyguy Level 22

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    6190 is better than the 8200 because of matured firmware. The PUMA issues as I noted earlier in this thread were vastly overstated and later corrected in Firmware. Currently the 6190 is the best option. Right now the 8200 has some firmware bugs and error correction issues.
     
  3. orthonovum

    orthonovum Level 3

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    What about the DOCSIS 3.0 vs 3.1? Do I need to take that into consideration?
     
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  4. ttto

    ttto Level 7

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    I had an old TP-Link modem, I don't remember very well what model, and it was fantastic, a pity that I have to use now the modem provided for my ISP due to compatibility problems. I also use a range extender, 300Mbps Wi-Fi Range Extender with AC Passthrough - TP-Link , and it works very well too. Very happyy with TP-Link.
     
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  5. Digerati

    Digerati Level 3

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    Probably nothing you need to worry about. It certainly will not do you any good if you ISP does not support it. If they will be going to 3.1 in the near future, and you plan on upgrading your service, then you might consider getting a 3.1 modem now since you are shopping for a new one.
     
  6. orthonovum

    orthonovum Level 3

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    Thanks for the info! I think I am going to pickup the 6190 its pretty cheap. Hopefully I can do the self activation and not have to call Comcast with my MAC to get it to work... I am going to get a new IP which will be a slight pain since I will have to re-issue a cert for my VPN portal but that's just a couple minutes of work.

    Right now I am using an Arris TM822G that they provided (I do not use it for a voice line)
     
  7. orthonovum

    orthonovum Level 3

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    Update, I grabbed the 6190 and replaced my Comcast rental modem. My speeds are exactly the same but now I will save $10.00

    I consistently get 124 Down and 12 Up with the old and the new modem both but after 10 years with this service I have given Comcast a lot of extra money with those rental fees.

    p.s. How do I check/update the firmware on this thing now?
     
  8. ispx

    ispx Level 13

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    arris support page should have it all.

    am surprised that so many users are still using the modem / router provided by their isp & paying monthly fees.
     
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  9. orthonovum

    orthonovum Level 3

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    Yeah, really for me it was just pure lazyness to be honest lol but im turning in the provided modem tomorrow. It looks like this 6190 is updated by the ISP. accessing the web UI from my network does not even give me any admin or config options only read only logs and status options.

    Interesting fact: On the management IP (192.168.100.1) this modem has SMTP port open (filtered) as well as 445 and 139 (these are also filtered) and of course port 80 and 443 (unfiltered)
     
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  10. 212eta

    212eta Level 7

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    Netgear has served me right. ;)
     
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  11. conceptualclarity

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    Thank every one of you very much for your commentary. I can get a little more specific now. This week NETGEAR DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem with 24x 8 Channel Bonding (CM600) is on sale for $99.99, and all TP-Link Modems are 15% off.
     
  12. Slyguy

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    Firmware will auto-push from your ISP. 6190 is generally considered the best 3.0 modem because of the mature FW. SMTP filtered because your ISP likely throttles it on a non-business network, SMB probably filtered for similar reasons and for security purposes.
     
  13. conceptualclarity

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    I am considering buying the TP-Link TC-7620 FOR $67.99 (US) before it goes off sale at closing time tonight. Would be interested in any input on that.
     
  14. Slyguy

    Slyguy Level 22

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    Check the provisioning of your carrier. Some over provision. For example WideOpenWest you won't get over 110Mbps with that modem. It's only 16/4 and WOW over provisions their channels to guarantee higher speed most of the time. Other providers vary, but you should probably know their provisioning guidelines to make an informed decision.
     
  15. Vivek J. Mundkur

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    My choices in order of preference for ADSL/ADSL2+ modems (not including modem routers)

    a) Linksys (my most frequently used for a decade till they were replaced by TP-Link modems)
    b) TP-Link (excellent price/performance)
    c) D-Link (one of my D-Link modems is 10-15 years old. And continues to work today)
    d) Netgear (had one so long ago I can't remember the model)
     
  16. Winter Soldier

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    I'm going with Netgear, and my humble opinion, if you have the ability to use the vertical support, this is the best thing to better dissipate the heat.
     
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  17. Marge Fryryn

    Marge Fryryn New Member

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    it seems to me that it is necessary to choose a modem not by name but by parameters
     
  18. Digerati

    Digerati Level 3

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    Since the modem is the "gateway" device, that is, the device that connects your network to your ISP, it would be a good idea to check your ISP's website for a list of compatible modems.
     
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