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KahunaNui

join:2000-05-01
Fayetteville, AR
Reviews:
·Cox HSI

2 edits

[AR] Modem Recommedation

Hate to say goodbye to such a reliable old 'friend' but I do believe it's now a bottleneck. Been using a Motorola SB 5120 for years now. I like the 'standby' button and the fact that this has been extremely solid but since we are upgrading our HW Zywall FW to get more throughput, we thought we may as well include the Modem in the upgrade.

We have been with Premier package from the start.

What is the most solid choice? Can we assume we need to purchase
and not expect Cox to provide this?

I apologize if we missed a sticky on it but didn't find anything.

Thanks for your help!

Edit: Just looked at my old notes and it appears that DOCSIS 2 is 38 up and 30 down which is more than our present Zywall. Perhaps we don't need to upgrade the modem after all? Zywall 2+ throughput is only 24 and I believe that is only with UDP. The Zywall upgrade would be substantially better than the present one, but now I wonder if a new modem is necessary.

If anyone can offer some advice on this it would be invaluable.


bchandler02

join:2011-07-08
Oklahoma City, OK

Local Cox store is the best deal 99.9% of the time.

Cisco DPC3010 or Moto SB6180 are generally the preferred ones. The big downside to the Cisco is you can't see as much log info in the web admin tool - but if you don't care about that, it is rock solid. The Moto will allow you to see more details.

Either is a solid choice.

I ditched my 5120 about a year ago for a DPC3010. Speeds are much more consistent and reliability is better. If 1 channel goes down, the others pick up and you keep working.
I'd upgrade again in a heartbeat if I had the choice.



KahunaNui

join:2000-05-01
Fayetteville, AR
Reviews:
·Cox HSI
reply to KahunaNui

Thanks for the response! They confirmed only TWO choices:
Moto: SB6180 or they may still have some 6120 or 6121 left.
Netgear: It's a gateway - we don't need that.

I'm leaning towards updating the FW first and go from there.

If it's a choice between the three Motorola, are there threads that have hashed out what the differences are and which are more stable? and

Is Cox selling the SB6121 WITH the optional power button?

Thanks again for all the help everyone!



Anonguy

@cox.net

said by KahunaNui:

Thanks for the response! They confirmed only TWO choices:
Moto: SB6180 or they may still have some 6120 or 6121 left.
Netgear: It's a gateway - we don't need that.

I'm leaning towards updating the FW first and go from there.

If it's a choice between the three Motorola, are there threads that have hashed out what the differences are and which are more stable? and

Is Cox selling the SB6121 WITH the optional power button?

Thanks again for all the help everyone!

You don't want a 612x modem.

At the Minimum get a 6180.

612x 4 downstreams... 6180 Or Cisco 3010 8 downstreams.

daveinpoway
Premium
join:2006-07-03
Poway, CA
kudos:2

For those who do want an SB6121, I see that my local Costco has a bunch of them at $75 each.



CoxTech1
VIP
join:2002-04-25
Chesapeake, VA
kudos:76
reply to KahunaNui

As far as I know the standby feature is no longer offered on any modem. That was removed because people kept pushing and calling us for help getting online.



No_Strings
Premium,MVM,Ex-Mod 2008-13
join:2001-11-22
The OC
kudos:6

1 recommendation

Got a call from my neighbor a couple of years ago. "Our Internet is out. Can you take a look?"

5 minutes later, "You see this button? Don't push that."



KahunaNui

join:2000-05-01
Fayetteville, AR
Reviews:
·Cox HSI

said by No_Strings:

Got a call from my neighbor a couple of years ago. "Our Internet is out. Can you take a look?"

5 minutes later, "You see this button? Don't push that."

Could have been the SB5120 ?


CoxTech1
VIP
join:2002-04-25
Chesapeake, VA
kudos:76

Even more evil was the RCA modems that had an Internet on/off button instead of a standby. Standby would issue you a 192 IP address but the RCA's on/off switch would look exactly like a DHCP failure which is a very common problem people call support for. You had to be an extremely observant technician to have the presence of mind to ask the customer if the Internet light on the modem was on.



No_Strings
Premium,MVM,Ex-Mod 2008-13
join:2001-11-22
The OC
kudos:6

You're right. That was it - the RCA. She'd pushed the Internet button.


Z Overlord

join:2012-08-30
Jamul, CA
reply to KahunaNui

I have an SB 5101, should I upgrade?

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KahunaNui

join:2000-05-01
Fayetteville, AR
Reviews:
·Cox HSI
reply to CoxTech1

said by CoxTech1:

As far as I know the standby feature is no longer offered on any modem. That was removed because people kept pushing and calling us for help getting online.


This is very unfortunate, and as usual, because a bunch of 'technologically challenged' individuals, they remove an excellent feature of this modem.