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Up here in my neck of the woods we used to get free modems with our internet installs. Now my ISP is going to start charging a monthly rent fee for them so my aunt and I have decided to buy our own. Thing is, we don't have any idea what we need to look for since this is something we haven't needed to purchase since the baud-rate days.

Our ISP says they only "approve" two specific modems for our turbo plans, the Motorola SBG6580 and SB6141. I'm guessing this "approve" malarkey is just some deal that Motorola has with my ISP and that I can in fact get whatever modem I want. If this is true, could someone give me some suggestions?
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I have Motorola Surfboard SB6141 like you have listed there and it works great, I haven't had to reboot it once in the past 7 months. They go on sale for $60-70 a lot. You could really use any modem but you should really get what they recommend. If you don't, they could easily point to your modem and tell you that is your problem if something occurs.

The SB6141 is really one of the best consumer "modems" that you can get so I would say it's a good buy.
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Both of those modems seem to have a lot of negative reviews in the "6 months worked fine..." department. Found someone saying it's the Texas Instrument chipset they use and I should find something with a Broadcom chipset but like I have any idea how to do that. Google searches only seem to get me so much information.
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Up here in my neck of the woods we used to get free modems with our internet installs. Now my ISP is going to start charging a monthly rent fee for them so my aunt and I have decided to buy our own. Thing is, we don't have any idea what we need to look for since this is something we haven't needed to purchase since the baud-rate days.
Our ISP says they only "approve" two specific modems for our turbo plans, the Motorola SBG6580 and SB6141. I'm guessing this "approve" malarkey is just some deal that Motorola has with my ISP and that I can in fact get whatever modem I want. If this is true, could someone give me some suggestions?

You probably need a DOCSIS 3.0 modem. If you have more than 38Mbps DL/ 28Mbps UL... you need it.
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Both of those modems seem to have a lot of negative reviews in the "6 months worked fine..." department. Found someone saying it's the Texas Instrument chipset they use and I should find something with a Broadcom chipset but like I have any idea how to do that. Google searches only seem to get me so much information.

That goes for anything, you have to realize that every manufacturer has a failure rate and not all components can come out perfect. Mistakes happen, it's just that you hear more about the bad ones than the good ones. In reality, there really is only a 5% failure rate or maybe slightly more after 6 months.

Most people just buy their product and use it and you hear nothing else (like me). Angry people or people troubleshooting a problem are the ones you will see on the internet. That's why you don't see people posting "OMG this thing is so awesome, I love it! But why is it so awesome? Why do I love it? Can someone help me out?"
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I have a netgear N600 and it works great for me.... I have Comcast as my ISP. Getting 25 download and 5 upload. In the house we have like 10 different devices that are constantly at use and it works great. Just my personal experience. thumb.gif
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