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Why Are So Many SBG6580 Gateways Hitting eBay?? Something seems amiss. A bunch of Surfboard SBG6580 Gateways are passing through eBay from secondary sellers. Those are the guys who go to vendors to get returned or refurbished equipment to resell. The prices were in the $85-100 range, but are dropping fast because of the supply.
Is there something going on that makes these cable modem/wi-fi routers undesirable? I have read on the Charter forum here that some are awaiting fixes in a software or firmware update.
The specs make it seem like a great device if it can live up to them.
Sprint cellphone (Sanyo 8400) & Sprint Mobile Broadband service (Novatel S720 data card).
Probably because the firmware forces you to use the ISPs DNS server, which in turn forces you to a default error page, which generates revenue for search.com. That's right, the router portion has no provision for a custom DNS server. I returned mine and got an old fashioned dumb modem.
In addition, the device has no capability to upgrade firmware, which means you are stuck with substandard firmware forever.
Wow. Makes no sense to have a gateway without firmware upgrade capability these days.
Sprint cellphone (Sanyo 8400) & Charger Cable.
reply to Gnarlodious
I would assume that the firmware can be upgraded, but only by your ISP (as is the case with all cable modems).
New York, NY
reply to dbiz
Oh good to know, are there any good DOCSIS 3.0 gateways then?
It usually is best to use a separate modem (such as the Motorola SB6120) and router.
Around here, with TWC, you don't have a choice if you get the new "wideband" service. You're stuck with the SBG6580. Can it be setup as just a modem and let a downstream router take over? If so, is it at least a decent modem?
Just found the bridge mode answer in another thread. Looks like easy setup. So now the question is whether I should stick with the SBG6580 in bridge mode or go out and buy a modem and punt the gateway altogether.