Modem/Router preferences

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CruzDirector asked 10 months ago

One topic I haven’t seen discussed in cord cutting articles is the best way to replace the cable company’s modem/router. I have poured over the reviews and it can be confusing, especially when reading some of the negative reviews on Amazon. We plan to ditch our phone land line, get a 250 mbps Internet plan, and eliminate the cable TV, rented boxes and rented cable modem. I will need to buy Comcast/xFinity compatible hardware. Looks like Arris SB6190 would be a good modem and Asus AC2900 (RT-AC86U) for a router. What have other folks done after returning the rental boxes.
Thanks.

3 Answers
Luke Bouma Staff answered 10 months ago

A few things to look for get a modem with that is DOCSIS 3.0 or higher. (If you find a 3.1 get that.)

Asus and Netgear both make great modems.  

Joe Viking answered 10 months ago

I got an ARRIS SB6141 modem several years ago (09/2015) to replace the Comcast rental unit. I paired it with a Netgear R6220 router.  I have been very please with both units to this day. However appears the 6141 is not Comcast listed anymore. Something about “only 8 bonded channels”. 
 
Back when I had Comcast, I had no issues with d/l speeds.  100 Mbps plan, occasionally getting up to 120 Mbps.   I went the separate modem/router route with the thought if one goes bad, I won’t need to replace the whole unit.  So far so good.  
 
Having done quite a bit of research, I chose these 2 based specs, reviews and mostly cost.  Keep in mind when reading reviews, people have more tenancy to post when they’re disgruntled (see how I toned it down there). 

CruzDirector answered 10 months ago

Thanks for the helpful feedback.
Cheers
CruzDirector