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tippy2

join:2010-10-16
Richmond, VA

[Wi-Fi] Latest Firmware for Motorola SBG6580 Surfboard

On Monday, Nov 5 Comcast will install internet cable in my uncle's home. He purchase a Motorola SBG6580 Wireless modem which they will setup. Can anyone tell me what the latest firmware is for this modem? I want to make sure the Tech upgrades the firmware before doing the install. Any other tips will be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance



DrDrew
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The tech can't upgrade the firmware. The cable system will do it automatically when it's configured to.



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Any firmware upgrade that Comcast deems necessary will be automatically pushed to the SBG6580 sometime after it goes on-line and is activated for your uncle's account. Unlike DSL modems and routers, cable modems and gateways generally do not have a local firmware update path; the ISP almost always controls what firmware is loaded on any given cable modem. There are a few exceptions, but they are very rare; and even then if the manually forced firmware is not the firmware that the ISP wants you to use, they will push their preferred firmware anyway.
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tippy2

join:2010-10-16
Richmond, VA

Thanks all for the replies. Relatives are wonderful - now my Uncle as decided to install the motorola Cable modem SB6121 given to him by a friend and he purchased a Netgear Wireless Router - N600. this will make his whole house wireless. Any potential problems with this Configuration? thanks



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said by tippy2:

Thanks all for the replies. Relatives are wonderful - now my Uncle as decided to install the motorola Cable modem SB6121 given to him by a friend and he purchased a Netgear Wireless Router - N600. this will make his whole house wireless. Any potential problems with this Configuration? thanks

Sounds like a good combination to me. I have a Motorola SB6121 and a Netgear N150, and they work quite well together.
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andyross
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To be honest, a separate modem/router is better overall. Gateway devices put the whole firmware thing fully into Comcast's control.