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I'm using a rental docsis 3.0 modem now with a pretty decent netgear router
My internet is not the best, not the worst, should be rated 50/10 mbps

im looking at
http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-SB6121-SURFboard-DOCSIS-Cable/dp/B004XC6GJ0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1370761273&sr=8-3&keywords=motorola+sb6141
for a modem


i do have an older linksys router but i dont know if it's worth upgrading or not
it's a Linksys wrt120n I believe



all suggestions will be much appreciated, i'm trying to spend at least as possible, but get some form of quality as well
  
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surfboard is decent.
wrt120n is also a decent wireless n router, it only has 100mbps ethernet ports though. If you do a lot of LAN file transfers on your home network, you might want to get a gigabit router.
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surfboard is decent.
wrt120n is also a decent wireless n router, it only has 100mbps ethernet ports though. If you do a lot of LAN file transfers on your home network, you might want to get a gigabit router.
you think that model surfboard has any competition? i've always had motorolas and never had issues with them, however if im going to spend some money on a docsis 3.0, i want to make sure i get a good one

i know many people say 'they are all the same' but most of us know there not biggrin.gif even from the plastic shell they sit in, i just want something decent that won't burn out or give me issues with connectivity
  
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you think that model surfboard has any competition? i've always had motorolas and never had issues with them, however if im going to spend some money on a docsis 3.0, i want to make sure i get a good one

i know many people say 'they are all the same' but most of us know there not biggrin.gif even from the plastic shell they sit in, i just want something decent that won't burn out or give me issues with connectivity

Yea the surfboards are fine. Nothing wrong with them. One thing to look into is maybe for a DOCSIS3 modem with 8/4 line bonding. In Canada Rogers (isp here) is running 8/4 bonding and I myself have a Thompson DCM475 (supports 8 downstream channels and 4 upstream channels).

Just one thing that can futureproof you a little bit since the SB6121 only supports 4 downstream and 4 upstream channels.

As for the Router it all depends on the person. Personally i'd say if your not having issues then it's fine for you.
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I'd get a SB6141 if buying a new modem. It has the same features as the SB6121 but supports 8 downstream channels instead of 4, so you have the longevity up through 300 mbit or so, instead of crapping out around ~150 and then having to buy a new device.

The 120n should be okay for that 50 mbit connection. As stated, if you do some LAN transfers on frequent occasion you might want to hang a cheap gigabit switch off of it.
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I'd get a SB6141 if buying a new modem. It has the same features as the SB6121 but supports 8 downstream channels instead of 4, so you have the longevity up through 300 mbit or so, instead of crapping out around ~150 and then having to buy a new device.

The 120n should be okay for that 50 mbit connection. As stated, if you do some LAN transfers on frequent occasion you might want to hang a cheap gigabit switch off of it.
if i have 50mbps internet will the 6141 outperform the 6121 with these 8 channels downstream or will my internet probably be capped to X amount of channels?
i did already purchase the 6121, but for the $20 difference i would consider 6141 if it actually outperformed for my service

some help through the weekend would be nice biggrin.gif might have to return this 6121 today and wait for the rma to process and get the new one


Downstream




DCID
Freq
Power
SNR
Modulation
Octets
Correcteds
Uncorrectables



Downstream 1

1

333.00 MHz
5.69 dBmV
36.84 dB
256QAM
21520223462
4215
0



Downstream 2

3
345.00 MHz
5.97 dBmV
37.09 dB
256QAM
21799208756
4016
0



Downstream 3

4
351.00 MHz
5.72 dBmV
37.36 dB
256QAM
19788439703
3834
0



Downstream 4
7
369.00 MHz
5.20 dBmV
37.94 dB
256QAM
23772285563
3622
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UCID
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Upstream 1

8
27.90 MHz
41.75 dBmV
DOCSIS2.0 (ATDMA)
5120 kSym/s
64QAM

Upstream 4
9
34.80 MHz
42.25 dBmV
DOCSIS2.0 (ATDMA)
5120 kSym/s
64QAM


i am scared the upgrade might not even benefit me with this service?
Edited by INCREDIBLEHULK - 6/14/13 at 1:20am
  
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post #7 of 7
More channels might help with congestion issues during peak hours, but won't give you more bandwidth than you paid for.

As beers said already, its more for being more future proof and having a modem capable of doing 300mbps so you won't have to buy another modem in the future.
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