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Well, soon to be TWC-Comcast, anyway. frown.gif

I'm probably going with TWC's 20/2 or 30/5 services, which are $45 and $55 before taxes and whatever fees they feel like tacking on after the fact.

Here's my list of TWC's compatible modems from the Ultimate-75 and Ultimate-100 plans:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApzIz1YSh_e7dEZYb3RORFZxU21jUDh0MWRRSkhhcUE&usp=drive_web#gid=5

Here's their full list of approved cable modems:
http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/residential-home/support/topics/internet/buy-your-modem.html

Here's their full list of approved modems copied into a Google doc:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1phxrrJNDPdcF_ifgQ4W2d_gr_5XoPpnKj7AVoY2EXv0/edit?usp=sharing

I'm leaning towards 8x4 wired modems without routers included, namely the Zoom 5341J since it's the cheapest 8x4 router. I really won't use wireless that much in this particular scenario, and I want to keep the router and modem components separated so I can get the best of each world at this price tier (no FDR / 56GB cards here). I've got a wireless usb 1200ac router I can use as an access point anyway. So which ones have you had firsthand primary experience in benchmarking, or can link to reviews?

I've read that some modems are unusable if they're associated with a current account. Can anyone comment on or verify this?
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I have been running a Motorola SB6121 Surfboard for the past couple of years (Comcast)... and totally happy with it. I see a SB6141 in that list of approved modems, which I why I spoke up. As long as what you get is DOCSIS3, you are probably good.

I run similar to what you describe.. separate modem / router.I prefer that flexibility also.

SB6141 reviews... looks good:

http://lifehacker.com/5957578/the-motorola-sb6141-is-the-best-modem-to-ditch-those-rental-fees-futureproof-your-internet/all

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-cable-modem-is-the-motorola-sb6141/

Did see a reference to outdated firmware slowing things down with this unit. It appears almost identical to my SB6121.

I don't know about the current account lockout thing... but I find it hard to believe they can't unlock that on the providers end.
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+1 for the 6141.

I have a 6120 (which is apparently not even on the list anymore) on the Ultimate 100 plan and it's been chugging along nicely.

As far as 'allowed' usually you just give the ISP the MAC of the modem and you're good once they add it to the list. I hadn't witnessed any instances of an item not working in this fashion.
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I'm running a 6121, but only because I clicked the wrong button on Amazon when I tried to order the 6140. Solid unit and no problems at all on the 30/5 plan.

 

As for setup, I had the same experience as @beers where I just gave them the MAC over the phone and everything was smooth from there.

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I read both of the reviews you linked to. I also found this thread, which has a nearly unanimous favoring of the SB6141 over the Zoom 5341J. http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r28375780-Motorola-SB6141-vs-Zoom-5341J
I'd like to get an SB6183, but they aren't widely available yet, and the only one on eBay is selling for $140. It is a DOCSIS 3.1 modem with 16x4; the firmware for it is buggy currently.

On a less-than-completely-related note, the first review you linked to mentioned modems killed by surges; I have a Rosewill RHSP-13003 with coaxial cable connectors, which means I'm going to be able to protect the modem, but I'm going to have to buy a short coaxial cable to connect it to the protector. The manual says it requires a 75-ohm coaxial cable with F-type connectors. The cheapest one I found was on monoprice for about $4. http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10216&cs_id=1021603&p_id=5359&seq=1&format=2
EDIT: Found a 6' 75-ohm coaxial cable lying around the house. smile.gif
Edited by joeybuddy96 - 4/6/14 at 6:12pm
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I read both of the reviews you linked to. I also found this thread, which has a nearly unanimous favoring of the SB6141 over the Zoom 5341J. http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r28375780-Motorola-SB6141-vs-Zoom-5341J
I'd like to get an SB6183, but they aren't widely available yet, and the only one on eBay is selling for $140. It is a DOCSIS 3.1 modem with 16x4; the firmware for it is buggy currently.

On a less-than-completely-related note, the first review you linked to mentioned modems killed by surges; I have a Rosewill RHSP-13003 with coaxial cable connectors, which means I'm going to be able to protect the modem, but I'm going to have to buy a short coaxial cable to connect it to the protector. The manual says it requires a 75-ohm coaxial cable with F-type connectors. The cheapest one I found was on monoprice for about $4. http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10216&cs_id=1021603&p_id=5359&seq=1&format=2
EDIT: Found a 6' 75-ohm coaxial cable lying around the house. smile.gif

I have been happy with the Motorola... and like you, I research everything before I buy it. That 6183 does sound nice.. but sometimes being an early adopter can be a pain. I would wait and let the code mature a bit... if that is what you want.
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