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I am currently running a Motorola SB6120 (old yes) Comcast shows end of life support, last I had a modem that
showed end of life I had to reset it every 3 day's.
I am not having any problems with my SB6120 but I don't want any either, so should I just replace it now?
I never game online and never download large files, only downloads are drivers and a few game mods now and then.
I am considering this model:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16825690001&ignorebbr=1
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I think it should be fine as long as it's a DOCSIS 3.0 that might be the reason they are saying its at the end of its life. my cable company had us turn in our old router and install the new one.

mine is an Arris it works fine.
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If it's a Motorola I wouldn't replace it unless you have a problem. The old Arris's can have a variety of problems, new Arris routers Brighthouse has been putting out are awesome though fantastic range and AC band.
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Depending on where you live ( I live in northern KY) they just bumped up our speeds really high to where my modem isn't compatible (SB6121) so maybe that's what they were trying to say to you.

To be honest, its time to upgrade lol

That version would be my best suggestion to purchase before DOCSIS 3.1 hits here next year.


ARRIS - SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Silver 79.99 ( you can find cheaper)

Model: SB6141
SKU: 7534146

•Speeds up to 343 Mbps
•Universal
•1 Ethernet Port

This is the highest DOCSIS 3.0 will go before 3.1 rolls around 120$ (also found cheaper elsewhere)

Model: SB6190
SKU: 4600801

•Download speeds up to 1.4 Gbps
•Compatible with major U.S. Cable Providers
•One Gigabit Ethernet port
Edited by Cloudforever - 10/9/16 at 6:31pm
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They didn't tell me in a sense of contacting me, I saw it last time I paid my bill online
I noticed the link to certified modems and when I checked the list it showed mine as
end of life for their support.
my speeds are great, my only concern is what happened to me with my last modem
having to reset it every few days and then later every 10 hours so I had to go buy a
modem at a local store and paid too much.
current performance taken 1 minute ago, I pay for 50mbps (I think) I will double check. Edit: Just checked my account online, I pay for service called Blast which is 105mbps

Edited by jlhawn - 10/9/16 at 6:38pm
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If you are looking to upgrade just to upgrade, then Cloudforever made two good recommendations.
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Originally Posted by Cloudforever View Post

ARRIS - SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Silver 79.99 ( you can find cheaper)

Model: SB6141
SKU: 7534146

•Speeds up to 343 Mbps
•Universal
•1 Ethernet Port

This is the highest DOCSIS 3.0 will go before 3.1 rolls around 120$ (also found cheaper elsewhere)

Model: SB6190
SKU: 4600801

•Download speeds up to 1.4 Gbps
•Compatible with major U.S. Cable Providers
•One Gigabit Ethernet port

If just want to spend the least amount, go for the SB6141, which appears to be retailing for about $70 on amazon.

However, if you really want to future proof, you could go for the SB6190, which appears to be retailing for $120 on amazon.

That being said, if you never anticipate speeds greater than 300 Mb, then the 6141 should be just fine.
     
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I forgot to mention as this was a quick " hey do this ", I didnt get to explain why...

I used to work for TWC here for about 3 years.

basically what happens is, the modem will still work yes. However with older style DOCSIS 3 modems will be discontinued, as for what your talking about. Yes they'll still work, No they will not get your faster speeds as they push through the newer revisions of DOCSIS,

Its a bandwidth limitation issue

For instance : I forget the model but it was the first DOCSIS 3.0 modems that could push up to 30Mbps, Newer ARRIS DG860A's came out to handle 50Mbps, Next finally newer TG6871T ( think they were the model) and others that could handle up to 300 (343Mbps)

So as my quick response earlier, this is my real reason on doing so, hopefully this helps you.

You'll notice a monsterous difference switching. I would go SB1641 personally. They've been the best bang for your buck as far as how many ive installed for everybody. If i was a seller on those, ive sold at least 300 of them out of the years ive worked there just from suggestions and went back to install for those people lol. they work amazing
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Originally Posted by Cloudforever View Post

I forgot to mention as this was a quick " hey do this ", I didnt get to explain why...

I used to work for TWC here for about 3 years.

basically what happens is, the modem will still work yes. However with older style DOCSIS 3 modems will be discontinued, as for what your talking about. Yes they'll still work, No they will not get your faster speeds as they push through the newer revisions of DOCSIS,

Its a bandwidth limitation issue

For instance : I forget the model but it was the first DOCSIS 3.0 modems that could push up to 30Mbps, Newer ARRIS DG860A's came out to handle 50Mbps, Next finally newer TG6871T ( think they were the model) and others that could handle up to 300 (343Mbps)

So as my quick response earlier, this is my real reason on doing so, hopefully this helps you.

You'll notice a monsterous difference switching. I would go SB1641 personally. They've been the best bang for your buck as far as how many ive installed for everybody. If i was a seller on those, ive sold at least 300 of them out of the years ive worked there just from suggestions and went back to install for those people lol. they work amazing

Thanks for th explanation, I am assuming you meant the SB6141 in your post and not SB1641, not to worry I have mixed up numbers myself. biggrin.gif
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haha! Yea sorry, you know what i meant biggrin.gif SB6141 for sure
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