Arris SBG6580-2 Cable Modem - Any Good?

Dell / Inspiron one 2320
May 14, 2017 at 13:53:22
Specs: Windows 7, 3.3 GHz / 4001 MB
My daughter is just starting out on her own and wants save the $10/mo Comcast wants for a Wi-Fi enabled cable modem. The Arris SBG6580-2 is compatible with her 25Mb service and is going for $90 on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/SURFboard-SB...

She's not a gamer, just uses her cell phone, a MacBook Pro and maybe a smart TV - if I'm nice enough to buy her one for graduation. ;-)

Is the Arris SBG6580-2 good enough for her needs? I'm open to other recommendations, but I'd like to stay under the 1 year rental fee of $120.

Thanks!

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#1
May 14, 2017 at 15:41:26
More in general, but I have an Arris modem. It works fine, and I haven't heard of anyone complaining about Arris modems. I don't know how good their router/WiFi stuff is, 'cause everyone I know keeps their modem and router separate. Just make sure Comcast doesn't try to sneak the $10/mo. rental fee on the bill anyways.

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May 15, 2017 at 04:54:07
I have no experience with Arris but I would suspect it would do all she needs, and more, quite nicely.

When researching products I'm not familiar with I always check reviews. I'm not going to read through all the info on the link you posted. Nor am I going to google the specification sheet. You might want to. But I did scroll down the page you linked to the reviews and saw this on the very first one:

"Swapped out my Comcast rental modem, was up and running in just a few minutes, and now I don't have to pay the $7 modem rental fee to Comcast. "

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
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#3
May 15, 2017 at 05:39:48
Curt R:

Thanks for the response. I did read many of the reviews, including the one that you quoted. The thing is, that review is over 4 years old, as are many others. There are certainly more recent reviews to be found, but I wonder if a modem that was "great" 4 and 5 years ago is still up to today's standards.

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May 15, 2017 at 06:12:14
Well, if you're worried about the age of the design, it is a DOCSIS 3.0 device. There is DOCSIS 3.1, and it looks like there's now full duplex 3.1, but like all telecom tech you're limited to what the provider supports. I know Comcast said they're going to start rolling out 3.1, so maybe talk to them to see how those plans will impact your kid's future facebooking.

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#5
May 15, 2017 at 06:55:38
Thanks. That's the kind of info I was looking for.

I called and they said that a 3.0 device will be fine for quite a while, especially for the location and service level she'll be using.

It has been ordered.

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November 9, 2017 at 05:24:52
This is a good choice, I am using the product over this year, almost no errors.

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