Comcast this week announced that they've launched a new home gateway for customers that the company claims is faster than those provided by both AT&T and Verizon. Made by Cisco and tested by Allion, the device sports a dual-band 802.11n router with 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz radios, a VoIP adapter for Xfinity Voice service, and a DOCSIS 3.0 capable modem.
Comcast says the new device delivers up to 270 Mbps on a 5.0 GHz frequency, and provides broader coverage than previous gear due to the MoCA standard. The hardware will run you $7 per month, but only if you're a triple play customer using Comcast's X1 set top platform. The device is being rolled out on a market-by-market basis.
Service providers routers will always be out of date, but's it's easily overcome on the wireless side, I just buy a wireless ap that I can run in bridge mode to provide wireless access, I have fios triple play customer, so it would be a huge headache to use anything other than their default actiontech router as the main router.
On cable there is even less reason to pay rental fees for modems or routers as you can use pretty much anything you want, you're not locked in like triple play fios customers are.
More info about it can be found in this MCN article:
Comcast Revs Up Speedy Cisco Wireless Gateway Debuts Dual-Band 802.11n/DOCSIS 3.0 Gateway in Tandem with Nationwide Broadband Speed Boost By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News - April 26, 2013 »www.multichannel.com/distributio···y/142950
16 Channels, I bet this will be used for those new 205Mbps plans offered this summer. While yes the 8 channel ones could more channels is always better. Of course not many CMTS have beyond 8 channels. In fact I only thing a few do lol
IMO, anybody capable of learning to configure one should not allow onto their LAN a router designed, supplied and owned by their ISP. Might as well grant the local sorority a key to the American Legion building.
I'm not a big fan of Cisco cable gear (TWC uses it up in Maine) and there is a lot of chatter in the Comcast HSI forums about gateways being inferior. Many of the members advise using a separate router and modem and many people have CC put the gateways in bridge mode.
For me, I just have my Motorola SB6120 and my Apple AirPort Extreme router (which is one of the best routers out there).
I own my modem. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
I have not and will not cut the cord.
2013-Apr-30 1:04 pm: ·
Steve Mehs Gun Control Is Using A Steady Hand Premium join:2005-07-16 kudos:1
Re: Just another inferior modem
Calling it an inferior modem are some pretty strong words from someone who has no firsthand experience with the gateway is question. What gives you the right to say that?
And what exactly makes the Apple Air Port Extreme one of the best routers out there? In your opinion that is. The Linksys [Cisco] EA6500 is more advanced than the AirPort Extreme. The older Linksys routers that can be hacked to run third party firmware are superior to the AirPort, not in terms of specs but for the pure fact that you can run custom firmware and the end user has more control their own network. -- 4/17/13 - A Beautiful Day For Freedom, Thank You United States Senate! Message to Anti-Gun Liberals: HA HA! Hussein Obama 0 American Public 1 the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed Repeal Obamacare Now!
There is one interesting bit: this box supports MoCA 2.0, which promises 400Mbps all the way up to 1Gbps+ throughput over local coax. What exactly does "...provides broader coverage than previous gear due to the MoCA standard" mean?
2013-Apr-30 1:41 pm: ·
tshirt Premium,MVM join:2004-07-11 Snohomish, WA kudos:4
MoCa allows you to overlay the TV content with a data network over coax simplifying the wiring/rewiring of homes. MoCa 2 is a lot faster and would easily allow a single or multiple networked DVR's and computer to share video within the home or business.
Here we go again. We will be interfering with the so called new technology causing severe packet loss and slow downs. Our wireless network is based on 5GHz. Have fun folks and by the don't call us to complain.
5Ghz is great for Condos and smaller houses as it has 1/1000th of the congestion of 2.4Ghz but the range is severely limited and its almost useless in large houses or multi-floor dwellings. If you can find a 5Ghz router with multiple external antennas that is the way to go, as the internal ones most of the routers have today are worthless for range and can make your network unusable. Most of the time customers who get a 5Ghz dual band router don't realize the router switched to the 2.4Ghz band to reach the farther portions of their house, defeating the purpose of spending the extra money on a 5Ghz router in the first place.
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2013-Apr-30 3:49 pm: ·
EG The wings of love Premium join:2006-11-18 Union, NJ kudos:9
It's still a combo gateway device with its inherent pitfalls..
Lots of 2.4 GHz here(2wires/N300 routers). From my location I can only usually see one 5 GHz network. There are 3 others but I RARELY see them. The only 5 GHz are the U-verse wireless receiver Cisco access points.
2013-Apr-30 5:53 pm: ·
newview Ex .. Ex .. Exactly Premium join:2001-10-01 Parsonsburg, MD kudos:1
... and the rental price is?
No doubt the monthly rental price on this gateway will be twice (OR MORE) than current devices.