I got a surfboard 6141 and airport extreme to replace a ubee combo and got very similar numbers so far off speedtests.
My #1 goal was improving wireless coverage in the house so having the airport out of my "tech closet" alone is vastly superior so that's great.
But besides coming out ahead on the lease payments to the ISP after a year or so, are higher end modems going to give you any other benefits?
The benefit is not paying $8 a month or so to use their modem.
also ISPs are starting to do stupid shit like opening up your router as a public hotspot for their customers, they can't do that if you have your own modem. Plus its just nice being able to tweak your network, like I run dd-wrt and setup nintendo streetpass relay on mine so my 3ds get streetpass codes every 8 hours, can't do that with a stock cable modem.
also have mac filtering on my wifi so even if someone knows my wifi password it wouldn't do them any good
What's the best telephony modem? Right now, we have an Arris and I'm looking to get rid of the $8/month rental fee.
That Ubee modem is pure garbage, you made the right choice in getting the Motorola. I was seeing all sorts of intermittent packet loss and lag issues with the Ubee which disappeared as soon as I replaced it with the Surfboard.
The Motorola SB6121 is a good one (for Comcast at least). They're on sale all the time on SlickDeals, example here.
SB6121 + ASUS RT-N66U (or R, they're the same thing) = fantastic. I've got that setup at my place and my brother has the same. I've not had to restart either the modem or router since I purchased them in the middle of May. I put the Merlin firmware on the router for a little extra kick. Works great.
Comcast requires you to use their modem if you want phone service from them as well, so there is that.
I wouldn't expect to see huge gains on Internet speed, however you may be able to provide better throughput on your LAN.
Being able to turn on Jumbo frames for example can dramatically increase transfers to NAS devices, also it was already mentioned about your ISP provided router providing bandwidth using shit like FON.
I'm looking for a router now for this very reason (dropping $8 to face monthly)
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wow i remember in 2001 when i first got cable, i a 3$ cable rental charge, next i yahoo'd a replacement the motorola surfboard, 60bucks, worked well for 7 years, then started to drop on me when i moved. (still went with comcast) bought a new surfboard, then no issues.
i can't believe it's 8bucks a month now, pays for itself halfway into your 1year contract (if you have one).
btw it's easy to do. disconnect your old modem, either take a pic of the S/N or be ready to read it out to comcast tech. call them up, they verify your address, tell em you're replacing a modem, read the S/N and should connected in minutes. then drop off your old router.
So, I moved my computer from the bedroom into the living room and because of that I had to get a wireless adapter, rather than use a wired connection. When I stream content now, it seems to stutter a lot more frequently than it did in the bedroom. I'm assuming this is due to the wireless adapter, rather than the modem. Does anybody have any solid recommendations on a good wireless adapter?
what are you streaming? 1080p? even 720p will give wireless issues.
Typical 720p high bit rate movie only requires 5.4Mbit/s so if you're having problems your router probably just sucks.
What router/adapter do you have? Are they dual band? How far away is the router from the living room? Are there lots of walls in between?
I use an Asus N13 usb dongle and generally have no issues a room away from my router. Download at my connection maximum which is 6.2MB / 50Mb.
Wireless can still shit itself from time to time. I was doing dual band N from my computer to router to tv. Signal strength was good and I was only doing 720p. Still, once in a while, on certain days(weather? idk) the tv would go into rebuffering fits. Ever since wiring up my house, videos load faster and I haven't rebuffered once.
I'll probably get shit on or negged for recommending an Apple product but I bought a 2GB Time Capsule three years ago and still have no issues with it.
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