What are the best cable modems?

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    #1NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Cable Modem

    NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Cable Modem
    The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 cable modem is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem with a built-in Wi-Fi router. With 24 downstream channels, this modem provides high-speed internet with download speeds that can reach up to 960Mbps.
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    Ann Johnson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "It was time to start trimming my Time Warner Cable bill. So, I purchased this puppy. Yeah, it has a cheap price tag, but this little baby packs a punch. I pay for the Extreme package via Time Warner. I was averaging 80 megs down. After installing this and getting it activated, my download speeds are averaging over 115 megs down - that's both wirelessly and hard-wired. The setup is simple. 1. Remove your current cable modem. 2. Put this one in it's place. 3. Hard-wire it to a laptop or a desktop (yellow cable to the yellow port on back of cable modem, the other end to the internet port on your laptop or desktop. 4. Power on the modem (making sure you have already connected the coaxial cable as well. (When the globe stays a solid green with no blinking, it is recognized as being connected. 5. Turn to the activation page in the mini manual that comes with it. It will show various internet providers and their perspective links. 6. Open up a browser (with pop-up blocker offf) and follow the prompts. Odds are in favor you will get "due to your account settings, this will not work - call the 1-800 number shown." That's okay, call it. Tell the operator you are installing your own cable modem. The operator will ask for the MAC address (found both on the box and bottom of cable modem). Agent on the phone will first remove your current cable modem from your plan (or else, this will never work). You will power it off upon request, and back on again 30 seconds later. Go to a website of choice - and wa-la, you are back online!! No more cable modem rental fees!! BTW, I work in the IT field, and have for 25 years. This will be all the modem you ever need unless you plan to go over 450 megs in the future. I have the following items that may be online at any time and all at once: Xbox One, PS3, Two laptops, One desktop, one cell phone, and one tablet. I can play Netflix on all devices (4 at once since that's my Netflix account package), and there is no buffering at all. I bundled this with the Netgear WNDR4500 Dual Ban Gigabit Wifi Router. Here's my layout. Cable Modem feeds the router. The router feeds my 16-port switch. I work on computers on the side, so the switch comes in handy. Any questions? Feel free to ask me. Trim your cable bill and get this or any cable modem for that matter. Note, this is a cable modem only that does not supply wifi. It only has the internet-out port. There are no other ethernet ports on it. So, upgrade your router or get one. The model I mentioned above is a great match. You are welcome!!"
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    #2Motorola MG7550 Cable Modem

    Motorola MG7550 Cable Modem

    The Motorola MG7550 cable modem is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem with a built-in Wi-Fi router. Compatible with major US cable internet providers, it is capable of reaching download speeds of up to 686Mbps through 16 downstream channels.

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    Evelyn Castro
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Motorola MG7550 Cable Modem was perfect for replacing my existing modem. It worked perfectly and provided even better speeds than I was getting through my previous modem. Good product."
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    #3NETGEAR CM600 Cable Modem

    NETGEAR CM600 Cable Modem

    The NETGEAR CM600 cable modem provides internet access through 24 downstream and 8 upstream channels, capable of reaching speeds of up to 960Mbps. A separate router is needed for Wi-Fi connectivity.

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    Mark Wagner
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I've used Netgear modems for a while and this one isn't living up to my expectations. It has to be rebooted way more often than my old one. I thought it might be defective because it tends to get pretty hot, but I've seen other people reporting a similar issue. Generally it gets the job done well, but I have high concerns about how long it will last."
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    #4Motorola MG7310 Cable Modem

    Motorola MG7310 Cable Modem

    The Motorola MG7310 cable modem is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem with a built-in Wi-Fi gigabit router. Compatible with leading cable service providers, it can reach download speeds of up to 343Mbps through 3 downstream channels.

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    Janice Bell
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Set up was relatively easy. Took about 15 minutes to get it connected, booted and account set up done. Wifi signal leaves a lot to be desired as it constantly seems to need a reboot. I know my Xfinity wifi has higher speed than this modem seems to be able to use. Hardwired it is fine, wifi just plain horrible. Not pleased, will be returning. "
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    #5NETGEAR CM500-1AZNAS Cable Modem

    NETGEAR CM500-1AZNAS Cable Modem

    The NETGEAR CM500-1AZNAS cable modem is DOCSIS 3.0-certified modem compatible with most US cable internet providers. It provides high-speed internet that can reach speeds of up to 680Mbps.

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    Ralph Oliver
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Great modem so far, it's sleek and easy to set up. It also seems to run a lot cooler than my last modem that I have a real good feeling about it long term. The GUI is very easy to navigate and set up. I haven't had any issues with this thing so far and I doubt I will."
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    #6Arris SURFboard SB6141

    Arris SURFboard SB6141

    The Arris SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 is a cable modem with eight download channels and four upload channels. Compatible with major US cable internet providers, it is capable of reaching download speeds of up to 343Mbps.

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    Alice Weber
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "works great! very fast, haven't had any problems with it."
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    #7NETGEAR CM400 Cable Modem

    NETGEAR CM400 Cable Modem

    The NETGEAR CM400 cable modem compatible with leading US cable internet providers. This high-speed cable modem is capable of reaching download speeds of up to 343MBps and upload speeds of up to 131Mbps.

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    Vicky Li
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "NETGEAR CM400 saved me a lot of money in the long run on cable modem rental fees and is well worth the money. I have Comcast Xfinity and it works great. It was easy to set up following the instructions. "
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    #8ZOOM Cable Modem

    The ZOOM Cable Modem is equipped with DOCSIS 3.0, providing internet access through cable television operators. It can reach download speeds of up to 343Mbps, with eight channels for downstream and four channels for upstream.

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    Aaradhya Mukopadhyay
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I recently bought the Zoom Cable Modem because I wanted to get rid of my rental from Comcast and I must say I am pleasantly surprised. It was easy to install and seems to be faster than my rental one. "

Summary

Best What are the best cable modems
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Cable ModemElectronics 21 Paid
2Motorola MG7550 Cable ModemElectronics 18 Paid
3NETGEAR CM600 Cable ModemElectronics 14 Paid
4Motorola MG7310 Cable ModemElectronics 13 Paid
5NETGEAR CM500-1AZNAS Cable ModemElectronics 10 Paid
6Arris SURFboard SB6141Electronics 9 Paid
7NETGEAR CM400 Cable ModemElectronics 8 Paid
8ZOOM Cable ModemElectronics 8 Paid
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